Director’s Letter – Fall 2017


Dear friends and affiliates of the Jordan Center:

It’s hard to imagine, but summer has ended and the start of the Fall 2017 semester is here once again. While I am sorry to report that the latest tit-for-tat between the US and Russian governments will only make it that much harder for scholars to get visas to travel between our two countries, rest assured the Jordan Center will do whatever we can to help as we continue to support our mission of ensuring high quality scholarship on all things Russia.

As most of you reading this letter know, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and as such will be an important year for Russian studies centers far and wide. The Jordan Center is no exception, but rather than hold a single 100 year anniversary conference, we have decided to have a semester-long lecture series featuring NYU’s own history professors Yanni Kotsonis, Jane Burbank, and Anne O’Donnell. We are also absolutely delighted to welcome Shelia Fitzpatrick, who will be spending part of the semester in residence at the Jordan Center, to give a lecture as part of this series as well. In addition, we will have an open lecture for undergraduates as part of the series entitled “What was 1917?” that will explore what the Russian Revolution has meant to different academic disciplines, including history, literature, and political science.

This is not to say in any way that we are letting down on our regularly scheduled events in addition to the 1917 series! Quite to contrary, we’ve got a packed schedule of events throughout the fall. We will kick thing off on Thursday, September 14th at 4:00 PM with our Jordan Center Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will be given this year by Harvard University Professor Timothy J. Colton, who will speak on “Russia and the Ukraine Crisis”, a topic that I am sure will be of interest to just about all of you. If you have not already RSVP’d for the event, please do so by Monday, September 11th at

We are also pleased to be hosting a number of conferences this fall, including:

I’d also like to draw your attention to a new initiative we are going to be rolling out this semester. We know we are extremely fortunate to be able to have so much high quality Russia programming at the Jordan Center, but that there are many institutions, particularly liberal arts colleges, that are unable to host much Russia related programming. We have long been live streaming events at the Jordan Center for anyone who wants to watch them, but we are going to try to set up partnerships this year with institutions that will agree to set up a room where faculty and students can watch some of our events. In return for agreeing to “host” a minimum number of these events for your students and colleagues, we will provide a way for your attendees to ask questions during the event. I will be reaching out directly in the coming weeks to a number of your regarding this initiative, but if you are interested in participating feel free to contact us directly at

Hope everyone has a great semester, and hope to see you all at the Jordan Center often! As always, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Joshua A. Tucker