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The Russian Diaspora and Cultural Diplomacy Conference

November 15, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Organized by the Russian American Cultural Heritage Center (RACH-C) and the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, and sponsored by the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund.

The Russian Diaspora is a significant immigrant constituency in America. This conference will examine its history, its present reality, and its future potential. It will consider applicable experiences and best practices of other US Diasporas. It will reflect on the possible contribution of the Russian American community, through cultural diplomacy, as an instrument for mutual understanding and common purpose. Perspective and commentary will be provided by distinguished members of the American and Russian academic community and other accomplished political, community, cultural and business leaders.

The conference will feature four panels between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM EST.

Topics will include:

Panel I  |  The nature of the “Russian Diaspora” in the United States: the tradition of preserving and promoting national culture.

Panel II  |  Cultural Diplomacy: historical traditions and challenges of our times.

Panel III  |  Cultural Diplomacy: resources and capabilities of national diasporas.

Panel IV  |  Projects and Programs for the Diaspora: how to become visible and useful for the development of Russian-American dialogue.

The conference will be followed immediately by a reception for all attendees from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST.  We hope you will join us for further dialogue.

Please download the conference schedule to learn more about the speakers and timing of each panel session.


“The Russian Diaspora and Cultural Diplomacy Conference” gathers academics, experts, and activists to bring to bear a variety of perspectives on the promotion of Russian culture abroad. The conference is inspired by the Russian American Cultural Heritage Center (RACH-C), and the event marks the tenth anniversary of that organization’s efforts to preserve and share Russian-American cultural heritage. The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia is happy to host and co-organize this event with RACH-C and welcomes the support of the Gorchakov Foundation of Public Diplomacy of Russia.

Dr. Yanni Kotsonis, Director of the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia


English will be the working language of the conference.


There are no fees for attendance, but you must register in advance to participate. Registrations will be accepted until we reach capacity.  Please contact the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at jordan.russia.center@nyu.edu or the Russian American Cultural Heritage Center at info@rach-c.org with any questions or concerns.


November 15, 2013
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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