Director’s Letter: Fall 2019


September 2019

To all:

Greetings from New York City, where we got the first hints of fall weather this morning. And as surely as summer turns to fall, students return to NYU and the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia gears up for another busy semester!

The highlight of our fall, as always, is the Jordan Center Distinguished Lecture, which will take place this year on Thursday, October 10th, from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.  We are absolutely delighted that NYU’s own Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies Boris Groys has agreed to deliver the Distinguished Lecture. If you are in the New York City area and can join us, we would love to see you there! 

In addition to our Distinguished Lecture, we will have a full slate of talks and conferences this fall. You can find information about all of these on our website, but they include:

We’re also hosting three conferences at the Jordan Center this semester:

  • Historical Siberia: Works in Progress, October 11
  • Energy Aesthetics: Transfers, Flows, and Entropy in Russian Literature and Culture, October 25
  • Soviet Literature as World Literature, November 21-22

I’m also very pleased to be able to report that the Carnegie Foundation of New York has renewed its support for our very popular New York City-Russia Public Policy series that is hosted in conjunction with Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. We’ve just recently been made aware of this development, so the events for the fall semester are not yet planned, but do keep an eye on your emails and the Jordan Center website for the return of this popular series.

We once again have a dynamic lineup of nine Short Term Visiting Fellows that will be joining us at the Jordan Center for approximately a month each; this fall we’ll be hosting David Darrow from the University of Dayton, Alberto Masoero from the University of Turin, Kirill Zubkov from St. Petersburg State University, and Ornella Discacciati from the University of Bergamo.  If you haven’t previously spent time at the Jordan Center as a Short Term Visiting Fellow, it’s not too early to think about it for the 2020-2021 academic year!  Applications are not due until this spring, but you can find information about the fellowship program on the website.

I would also like to draw your attention to the fact that the Jordan Center blog, All The Russias, is always eager for pitches and submissions! The Editor of the blog is Professor Maya Vinokour, and you should reach out to her directly at with ideas for submissions. Please note that we are interested in submissions on “all things Russia”, so this work includes from all fields of academic inquiry.

Finally, I am delighted to announce that Alexandra (Sasha) Shpitalnik, a joint Slavic Studies and Government major from Harvard University, has joined us as the new Program Administrator for the Jordan Center. If you have not already met her, please introduce yourself the next time you join us for an event.  I also hope that you will join me in thanking Joanne Algranati, who held the role of Program Administrator during the 2018-19 academic year, for her service to the Jordan Center.

As always, if you appreciate the work of the Jordan Center – be it our events, conferences, blog, live streams, support for graduate students, and support for high quality academic research — we ask that you consider making a financial contribution to support the Jordan Center. Any amount helps and will be put to good use!  Details are available on the website, and you can always reach out to me directly at


I hope you all have a wonderful fall, and hope to see you at the Jordan Center!



Joshua A. Tucker