Pluralism in Politics and Culture

Pluralism in Politics and Culture is an initiative jointly sponsored by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies that examines the foundations of free and open societies. The project builds on the university’s rich legacy of study and support of the dissident culture in the former Soviet Union and on several existing efforts at U-M. The initiative focuses on cultural, legal, political, and economic manifestations of political pluralism, past and present.

Apr 8, 2014
The Power of Weak States in Central Asia
Baktybek Beshimov, visiting professor, Northeastern University; and visiting scholar, Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Feb 18, 2014
Erosion of Rights in Russia: A Lawyer’s Perspective
Pavel Ivlev, chairman, Committee for Russian Economic Freedom

Feb 12, 2014
Weapons of the Watchtower: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Resistance to Soviet Power
Emily Baran, assistant professor of history, Middle Tennessee State University

Jan 29, 2014
Gypsycriminality and the Racial Politics of Punishment in Central Europe
Lynne Haney, professor of sociology, New York University

Jan 15, 2014
Everyday Law in Russia
Kathryn Hendley, William Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Wisconsin

Nov 6, 2013
“What Is Becoming of the Uzbeks?” Islam, Uzbek Identity, and the Search for Meaning in Contemporary Uzbek Independent Religious Media
Noah Tucker, Central Asia sociocultural analyst and managing editor,

Oct 3, 2013
Shades of Orange: A Decade of Ukrainian Democracy
Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine (2005-10)

Sep 25, 2013
Election Fraud and Preference Falsification in Russia’s 2012 Presidential Election
Kirill Kalinin, doctoral candidate, political science, U-M

Sep 20-21, 2013
Ann Arbor in Russian Literature: Revisiting the Carl R. Proffer and Ardis Legacies 

Mar 27, 2013
Escaping the Poverty Trap: Economic Convergence between Russian Regions in the 1990s and 2000s
Sergei Guriev, professor of economics; president, Center for Economic and Financial Research; and rector, New Economic School

Feb 6, 2013
Dangerous Art: From Varvara Stepanova to Pussy Riot
Irina Aristarkhova, associate professor of art & design, history of art, and women’s studies, U-M

Nov 19, 2013
A Conversation with Irina Prokhorova
Irina Prokhorova, editor-in-chief, New Literary Observer Publishing House

Oct 25, 2013
How to Undermine Democracy: Politics in Putin’s Russia
Kathryn Stoner, deputy director, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University

Oct 17, 2013
Trade-in Your Human Rights: A Path to Sovereign Democracy
Pavel Khodorkovsky, president, Institute of Modern Russia

Sep 19, 2013
The Crisis of the Legal Profession in Contemporary Russia
Ekaterina Mishina, assistant professor of law, Vysshaya shkola ekonomiki; visiting professor of law, U-M

Sep 12, 2013
The Pussy Riot Affair: The Prank Heard ‘Round the World
Moderator: Olga Maiorova, CREES director. Presenters: Elena Gapova, associate professor of sociology, Western Michigan University, and European Humanities University; Holly Hughes, professor of art and design and professor of theatre and drama, U-M, and performance artist; Ekaterina Mishina, assistant professor of law, Vysshaia shkola ekonomiki, and visiting professor of law, U-M