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The Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington promotes in-depth interdisciplinary study of all major post-communist subregions - Eastern and Central Europe, the Baltic region, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and Russia - in order to understand the legacies of the imperial and communist past as well as to analyze the emerging institutions and identities that will shape Eurasia's future. We share audio of interesting and relevant events ...
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A series of appropriate, relevant, and educational podcasts, designed to illuminate the compelling need for the consideration of research ethics in research protocol writing and review, and across the research enterprise. The podcast will feature a series of interviews, panel discussions, and reviews of issues related to human research ethics by discussing current events in the human research world, talks with investigators and research subjects, and reviews of literature relevant to those i ...
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In February 2022, Russian missiles rained on Ukrainian cities and tanks rolled towards Kyiv to end Ukrainian independent statehood. President Zelensky declined a western evacuation offer and rallied the army and citizens to defend Ukraine. What are the roots of this war which has devastated Ukraine, upended the international legal order, and brough…
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A Jackson School interview with Latin American and Caribbean Studies Alum ‘01 Natalie “Tasha” Kimball, Associate Professor of History at the College of Staten Island, and affiliated faculty at the Graduate Center, both within the City University of New York, on their career and research trajectory in reproductive health care with a particular focus…
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Nargis Kassenova is a senior fellow and director of the Program on Central Asia at the Davis Center. Prior to joining the center, she was an associate professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies of KIMEP University (Almaty, Kazakhstan). She is the former founder and director of the KIMEP Central Asian Studies Center …
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David Ost is a professor of Politics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. He has written widely on eastern Europe, with a focus on Poland, labor, class, democracy, and the radical right. His books include Solidarity and the Politics of Anti-Politics, Workers After Workers’ States, The Defeat of Solidarity, and the edited collec…
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When Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his unprovoked, full-scale invasion of Ukraine just before dawn on 24 February 2022, it marked his latest and most overt attempt to brutally conquer the country and reshaped the world order. Christopher Miller, the Ukraine correspondent for the Financial Times and the foremost journalist covering the c…
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Regional Repercussions of the War is a public talk and discussion featuring Marc Lynch, faculty and director of the Project on Middle East Political Science at George Washington University. The event was held and recorded on Feb. 13, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. in Architecture Hall at the University of Washington in Seattle.This event is part of our Winter 2…
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The 'New Elites' of X: Identifying the Most Influential Accounts Engaged in Hamas/Israel Discourse is a public talk and discussion featuring UW Center for an Informed Public faculty Kate Starbird, Mert Bayar and Mike Caulfield. The event was held and recorded on Feb. 6, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. in the HUB South Ballroom at the University of Washington in …
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The Question of Palestine and the Evolution of Solidarity and Resistance in the U.S. is a public talk featuring Karam Dana, Alyson McGregor Distinguished Professor; Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. The event was held and recorded on Jan. 30, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. in the HUB South …
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Hope and Despair in Israel/Palestine is a public talk featuring Mira Sucharov (Carleton University) and Omar M. Dajani (University of the Pacific) in a conversation moderated by Liora Halperin (Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington). The event was held and recorded on Monday, Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Kane Hall at the Univ…
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On the Ground in Israel Now is a public talk that was held on Jan. 16, 2024, featuring Joel Migdal, Professor Emeritus, UW Jackson School of International Studies in a pre-recorded conversation with Reşat Kasaba, Professor, UW Jackson School of International Studies. It was followed by remarks and Q&A with Alan Dowty, UW Stroum Center for Jewish St…
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Contrary to Putin’s expectations, most Ukrainians responded to Russia’s full-blown invasion of Ukraine by a stronger attachment to their country and nation. One element of this attachment is an embrace of the national language at both the symbolic and communicative levels. Not only did Ukrainians come to love their language more than before, but th…
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Mutations of “Lenin” The Sacred Core of Sovereignty: Soviet, Post-Soviet, Anti-SovietAlexei Yurchak is Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. His interests include political anthropology, linguistic anthropology, science and technology studies, anthropology of theimage and Soviet and post-Soviet studies. He is the author o…
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Józef Piłsudski, Founding Father of Modern Poland, and his Plan for Ukrainian IndependenceJoshua D. Zimmerman is Professor of History at Yeshiva University in New York, where he holds the Eli & Diana Zborowski Chair in Holocaust Studies and East European Jewish History. He is the author of Józef Piłsudski: Founding Father of Modern Poland(Harvard, …
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The lecture will focus on the current political developments in Europe after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. In response to thousands of civilian deaths and destruction of the country, the international community has imposed fierce sanctions targeting every sector of the Russian economy. The war has created a new reality and changed …
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The Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington presents the first talk (12/1/2022)in the 2022-2023 REECAS Lecture Series on Russia in the Arctic. Valeria Vasilyeva (Ph.D. in Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences) is a research fellow at the Center for Arctic Social Studies, European Unive…
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David Bachman, Henry M. Jackson Professor of International Studies and Associate Director of the Jackson School of International Studies, shares perspectives on the growing tension between China and Taiwan in an interview with Morning Wave in Busan. The 14-minute interview aired Oct. 26, 2022.Av UW Jackson School
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Dean LaRue presents his lecture, "How Does the EU Actually Work and How Is It Changing in the Face of Russian Aggression in Ukraine?" on Aug. 17, 2022.This lecture was part of the 2022 EU Policy Forum for Educators. More information about the workshop, as well as the visual Presentation Slides accompanying this lecture can be found here: jsis.washi…
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Scott Montgomery presents his lecture, "EU Economic and Energy Responses to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine" on Aug. 17, 2022.This lecture was part of the 2021 EU Policy Forum for Educators. More information about the workshop, as well as the visual Presentation Slides accompanying this lecture can be found here: jsis.washington.edu/euwesteurope/ed…ca…
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Glennys Young presents her lecture, "Russia's War Against Ukraine: Teaching Opportunities and Challenges" on Aug. 17, 2022.This lecture was part of the 2021 EU Policy Forum for Educators. More information about the workshop, as well as the visual Presentation Slides accompanying this lecture can be found here: jsis.washington.edu/euwesteurope/ed…ca…
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Christopher Jones presents his lecture, "What to Do About Russia? Russia, the EU, and the International System" on Aug. 17, 2022.This lecture was part of the 2021 EU Policy Forum for Educators. More information about the workshop, as well as the visual Presentation Slides accompanying this lecture can be found here: jsis.washington.edu/euwesteurope…
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Brendan Mcelmeel presents his lecture, "Russia vs. ‘Gayropa?’ Russian Cultural Politics since the Conservative Turn" on Aug. 17, 2022.This lecture was part of the 2021 EU Policy Forum for Educators. More information about the workshop, as well as the visual Presentation Slides accompanying this lecture can be found here: jsis.washington.edu/euweste…
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Eliot Borenstein is Professor of Russian & Slavic Studies and Senior Academic Convenor for the Global Network at New York University. He gave this talk as part of a lecture series hosted by the Ellison Center at the University of Washington.Av The Ellison Center at the University of Washington
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The Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies presents "In Focus: Russia's Invasion of Ukraine" on March 7, 2022, a panel discussion with UW faculty and other guest speakers on the unfolding situation in Ukraine.Find resources for supporting Ukraine here: https://jsis.washington.edu/ellisoncenter/news/how-to-help-support-…
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The Ellison Center presents the panel, "Challenges to the Post-Cold War Order: Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan" on Feb. 1, 2022.Speakers:Oxana Shevel, Associate Professor - Political Science (Tufts University)Oxana Shevel is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University where her research and teaching focuses on Ukraine and the pos…
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Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz presents his lecture "Revealing Schemes: The Politics of Conspiracy in Russia and the Post-Soviet Region" on January 13, 2022.The lecture presents Radnitz's book by the same title, and is moderated by Jacqueline Miller, World Affairs Council of Seattle President and CEO, with Discussant Paul Stronski from the C…
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Visiting Scholar at Cornell University Azamat Gabuev presents his lecture "Stalin as a Neo-Pagan Deity in Contemporary Russia" on Dec. 8, 2021.The word "cult" has been used with regards to Stalin since a famous report made by Khrushchev "On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences". But in post-soviet Russia it returns from political to primary…
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The Ellison Center presents the panel "Feminist Anthropology of Old Europe: Celebrating the Centennial of Marija Gimbutas" on April 30, 2021.This panel was part of the virtual 2021 REECAS Northwest Conference. Find more information about the conference here: jsis.washington.edu/ellisoncenter/reecas-nw/Marija Gimbutas (1921-1994), Professor of Europ…
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Elżbieta Korolczuk presents her lecture "Anti-Gender Politics and Right Wing Populism in Poland" on April 27, 2021.This lecture is part of Talking Gender in the EU, a lecture series hosted by the Center for West European Studies at the University of Washington, covering gender politics in Poland, Latvia, France, and the European Parliament. This le…
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The Ellison Center presents the panel "The Future of Nagorno-Karabakh: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Peacebuilding and Development in the South Caucasus" on April 29, 2021.This panel was part of the virtual 2021 REECAS Northwest Conference. Find more information about the conference here: https://jsis.washington.edu/ellisoncenter/reecas-nw/Foll…
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Mary Callahan, an expert on Myanmar politics and associate professor at the Jackson School of International Studies, gives a first-hand account and context to the unfolding civil war in Myanmar following a military coup there on Feb 1, 2021. (segment begins at 45:00).Av UW Jackson School
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Conor O'Dwyer presents his book talk "Coming Out of Communism: The Emergence of LGBT Activism in Eastern Europe" on Nov. 8, 2019 at the University of Washington, Seattle. This book talk is a part of the Ellison Center's "1989 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall" lecture series.While LGBT activism has increased worldwide, there has been …
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The University of Washington presents the panel, "The Politics of Memory in Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Russia 30 Years After the Berlin Wall" on Nov. 7, 2019.Panelists:Conor O'Dwyer, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of FloridaLaada Bilaniuk, Professor of Anthropology at the University of WashingtonWilliam Hill, Global Fel…
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Dr. William H. Hill presents his book talk, "No Place for Russia: European Security Institutions Since 1989" from his book of the same title, published by Columbia University Press. This lecture was given on Nov. 6, 2019 at the University of Washington.This lecture is part of the 1989 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall series, organize…
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Dennis Deletant presents his lecture, "The Fall of Communism in Romania: A BBC Journalist's Perspective" on Oct. 29, 2019 at the University of Washington, Seattle. The lecture covers the fall of communism in Romania from the point of view of a BBC reporter and first-hand witness of the events, honoring the invitation of the UW Ellison Center and Am…
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Dr. Laura Dean presents her lecture, "Political Ethnography with a Gender Lens in the Latvian Parliament" on March 1st, 2021.This lecture is part of Talking Gender in the EU, a lecture series covering gender politics in Poland, Latvia, France, and the European Parliament. The European Union has set impressive standards on gender equality, providing…
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This panel discussion features the following speakers: Dr. Philip Gamaghelyan, Assistant Professor, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego Dr. Resat Kasaba, Ann H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington Dr. Kamal Makili-Aliyev, Senior Lecturer,…
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In the BBC Sounds podcast "Thinking Allowed" UW Jackson School Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies Daniel Chirot is interviewed about his book "You Say You Want a Revolution? Radical Idealism and Its Tragic Consequences" (Princeton University Press, March 2020).Av UW Jackson School
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Our introductory episode focuses on the successful campaign in early 2019 to create a Ukrainian Orthodox Church, independent from the Moscow Patriarchate. This religious nationalism formed a major plank of then-President Poroshenko’s platform for re-election. However, in the 2019 elections, he lost in a landslide to Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian t…
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Narenda Modi, Prime Minister of India, rules in the name of hindutva or Hindu Nationalism. His party’s shared vision for India has resulted in massive violence between Muslims and Hindus, as it did during his rule as Chief Minister in Gujarat. Most recently, Modi’s values of Hindu strength have led to the occupation of Kashmir, a massively popular …
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Our introductory episode to ReligioPolitics, our six-part podcast series, focuses on the successful campaign in early 2019 in Ukraine to create a Ukrainian Orthodox Church by then-President Poroshenko who later lost in a landslide to Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian that had impersonated him on a popular show. Joining the program to explain its impli…
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Prominent Russian environmental activist Evgeniya Chirikova (who begins speaking at minute 6:30) discusses recent environmental and political protests in Russia and the awakening of civil society both in Moscow and elsewhere in the country. This talk took place on October 21, 2019 at the University of Washington's Henry M. Jackson School of Interna…
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Kennan Institute Deputy Director William Pomeranz is interviewed by Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz at the 2019 REECAS Northwest Conference (ASEEES) about his book "Law and the Russian State: Russia’s Legal Evolution from Peter the Great to Putin." From the publisher: "Russia is often portrayed as a regressive, even lawless country, and yet t…
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Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University, a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and a permanent fellow of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. His book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (Tim Duggan Books; February 28, 2017), has resona…
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