Director’s Letter- Winter 2018

Dear friends and affiliates of the Jordan Center:

Ready or not, the “spring” semester is just about upon us at NYU.  As interest in all things Russia shows no sign of diminishing as we head into 2018, the Jordan Center will definitely be ready!

We’re coming off a packed fall schedule that featured our 100th Anniversary of 1917 Lecture Series thanks to lectures from Jordan Center Faculty Affiliates Yanni Kotsonis, Jane Burbank, and Anne O’Donnell, as well as Jordan Center visiting scholar Sheila Fitzpatrick.  Our joint New York City-Russia Public Policy Series with the Harriman Institute at Columbia University also continued with events on Russia and Afghanistan, the role of the “Ideas Industry”,  and a standing room only event on Russia and the 2016 US election (the last of which was the first time I’ve ever seen people sitting on the floor at one our events!).  All of this was in addition to the fact we hosted five different conferences this fall:

In case you missed any of these – or any of our other colloquia or lectures – we are very pleased to let you know that you can find recordings of all of these events on our website in the Video Archive as well as write ups of events in the Event Recapsection.  Our goal is for all of events to be accessible to anyone who is interested in them, regardless of whether they can attend in person and/or are free at the time we are holding it.  As always, we will continue live streaming as many of our events as possible, so feel free to join us virtually when you can!

Speaking of upcoming events, we’ve got another busy semester at the Jordan Center this spring.  Once again the Jordan Center will be hosting the North East Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Association Annual conference in April. Over the course of the semester, we’ll have somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 individual talks and colloquia, including past Jordan Center Distinguished Lecture speaker Stephen Kotkin of Princeton University for a book talk on March 5th. Our next scheduled New York City – Russia Public Policy panel will be on Russia and the World Cup (on February 1st).   We’ll kick things off earlier than usual this semester with a talk from Shaun Walker, Moscow correspondent for The Guardian, this coming Tuesday, January 23 at 12:30 PM, on his new book The Long Hangover – Putin’s Russia and the Ghosts of the Past.

I also want to draw everyone’s attention to the fact that applications are now open for proposals to serve as a (funded!) Short Term Visiting Fellow during the 2018-2019 academic year.  If you are interested in spending up to a month at the Jordan Center to work on a Russia-related research topic, please do consider applying!  In addition, if you are in a graduate program at NYU studying Russia, please consider applying for our summer research or Russian language training grants or academic year research fellowships.

Finally, I want to share some bittersweet/exciting news.  Eliot Borenstein, our founding author/editor of the Jordan Center’s All The Russias blog, is stepping down from his role as editor, although he is doing so in part in the hope that this will allow him to go back to writing for the blog more often.  We are absolutely delighted, however, to announce that Maya Vinokour, currently a Faculty Fellow in Russian and Slavic Studies but who will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Russian Literature in September, has agreed to take over as editor of the blog! If you are interested in writing a piece for All The Russias, please feel free to reach out to Maya directly with a pitch.

As always, hope to see you – either in person or virtually! – at the Jordan Center this semester.

All best,

Joshua A. Tucker

Director, Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia

PS. If you enjoy what we do at the Jordan Center and share our belief that now, more than, ever, the world needs informed information about all things Russia, please consider making a – still tax deductible! – gift to support the work of the center. If interested, you can make a gift online, or feel free to reach out directly to me at