CANCELED Undergraduate Colloquium on Russian and Eurasian Studies


Friday, April 3, 2020, 1:45pm to 5:30pm


CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S020 (Belfer Case Study Room)

Since 1996, the Davis Center has organized the annual Undergraduate Colloquium on Russian and Eurasian Studies to showcase outstanding work by students from Harvard, Wellesley, and Wheaton colleges. Please join us and our student presenters, faculty, family, and friends for this lively and engaging event!

Opening Remarks - 1:45-2:00 p.m.


Panel I - 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Isabelle DeSisto, Harvard College, Agua Caliente en Tierras Frías: Rethinking the Role of Soft Power in Soviet-Cuban Educational Exchange Programs

Cassandra Smith, Wheaton College, King and Vassal: Soft Diplomacy in Pre-Revolutionary Bukhara

Claire Flintoff, Harvard College, 'An unconscious mood of joy': Masculinity, Childhood and Contradiction in Platonov's Short Stories

Christine Kang, Wellesley College, Koryo-saram: A Nationless People

Kenneth Palmer, Harvard College, Langston Hughes in Soviet Central Asia


Panel II - 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Nicholas Lekkas, Wheaton College, Guns, Oil, and Diamonds: Russian Private Military Companies in the Middle East and Africa

Kamila Czachorowski, Harvard College, Polishness and Media in the Diaspora of Chicago

Christopher Patvakanian, Harvard College, The Ethnic Connection: Diaspora Investment in Armenia

Vojtech Drmota, Harvard College, Colonization of Direct Democracy: A Mismatch in the Czech Far-Right



Panel III - 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Sabrina Beaver, Wellesley College, Authoritarians’ Cyber Toolbox: Internet and Social Media Control in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan

Nadia Ostreicher, Wheaton College, Russian Geopolitics of the Arctic

Sonia Kim, Harvard College, Contemporary Koryo-saram: Between South Korea and the Post-Soviet Space

Hollis Rammer, Wellesley College, Reconceptualizing Soft Power: Russian Influence in the South Caucasus

Taylor Rooney, Wheaton College, Figure Skating in the United States and Russian: An Untouched Opportunity


Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.