Nicole Disser

Disser, Nicole

Nicole Disser is an M.A. candidate in the joint program for Russian & Slavic studies and Global Journalism at New York University. She completed her B.A. in Political Science and Eastern European Studies at the University of Michigan in 2011. Her academic interests include Lenin’s New Economic Policy, the Russian avant-garde, contemporary Russian politics of protest, and Nabokov. Nicole currently resides in Brooklyn with a difficult cat.
Articles by Nicole Disser

Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and the Small of this World: Robin Feuer Miller discusses her upcoming book

Robin Feuer Miller, professor of Humanities and Russian Literature at Brandeis University, led a lively discussion at the Jordan Center on Friday of her new book Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the Small of this World. Faculty from the region in attendance at the round-table discussion work-shopped with Miller, hashing out possible frameworks and style points for the upcoming book.

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Чаадаев и пустота (Chaadaev and Void)

What is modern Russia really like?

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What counts as corruption?

It would be difficult to argue that the Russian political system is squeaky clean. However, the ways in which the media defines corruption are skewed to classify what may be elements of long embedded cultural practices within Russian political cultural as injustices that necessarily need adjusting.

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Strongmen, Regular Guys, and Killer Bunnies

If you can remember picking up a copy of the Washington Post on the morning of August 30th, 1979 you may recall the shock of reading a front-page headline announcing something quite unimaginable– “Rabbit Attacks President.” Reading on, you would come to find out President Jimmy Carter had been involved in an “incident” in which he fearfully fought off the reportedly not so cuddly advances of what most people find to be a tiny, fuzzy creature.

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Cultures of War: Homefronts

Saturday’s panel “Homefronts”, part of this past weekend’s international symposium Cultures of War: From the French Revolution to the Russian Revolution, saw a lively discussion of the domestic experience of war, focusing on the social consequences of mobilization for warfare

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