Khlebnikov, Tatlin, and the Utopian Geopoetics of the Russian Avant-garde (Event Recap)

Professor Harsha Ram’s paper primarily focuses on the poetics, the literary theory, and the politics surrounding the Russian Revolution, and how the particular “convergence of literature and politics can help rethink the problem of world literature.” Focal to Ram’s research are poet Velimir Khlebnikov and artist Vladimir Tatlin, whose unconventional work presented a utopia imbued with a new vision of geopolitics.

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Who is to blame for US-Russia tensions?

Call it a new cold war or a “hot peace,” US-Russia relations are terrible, yet within recent memory the two countries still cooperated on a range of issues. To answer which side is to blame for current tensions, Stephen Cohen debated Michael McFaul at Columbia University.

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Putin’s Last Term?

Surprising no one, Vladimir Putin secured his fourth and possibly final presidential term in an election last March. A panel of scholars discussed what the next six years of Putin could mean for Russia and the world.

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Kompromat: What it is, and what it means for US-Russia relations


Keith Darden, Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University
Miriam Elder, World Editor, BuzzFeed News
Katy E. Pearce, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Washington

Our panelists will address the history of Kompromat in both the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet successor states, the role it is currently playing in Russian politics, the ways in which in technological changes have impacted Kompromat, as well as the the potential effects of Kompromat on US-Russian relations.

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