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60th Anniversary

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, in 2019-20, CREES has organized a series of signature events by prominent scholars, artists, and public figures that will feature the region and highlight important topics in the field. We also compiled a commemorative booklet to show the depth of scholarship and engagement that have led to six decades of success.

CREES 60th Anniversary Signature Events

Friday, September 20
Lecture.
“The Ukrainian Famine: What We Know Now—And Why It Matters.” Anne Applebaum, author and foreign policy columnist, The Washington Post. more info | video

Friday, October 4
CREES Distinguished Lecture and Film.
“From the Soviet Gulag to Franco’s Spain: Historical Fiction’s Power for Global Dialogue.” Ruta Sepetys, author. Followed by a screening of Ashes in the Snow. more info

Monday, November 11
Annual Copernicus Lecture.
“Working Around, Against, and Without: An Artist’s Excursion on Shifting Political Ground.” Artur Żmijewski, visual artist. more info

Sunday, November 24
Alumni Reception.
ASEEES Annual Convention, San Francisco. more info

Monday, January 27
Lecture.
“The Russian Media: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall.” Yevgenia Albats, journalist and CREES Distinguished Fellow. video


**Unfortunately, our in-person April events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will attempt to reschedule in the 2020-21 academic year.**

Thursday, April 2 (cancelled)
Lecture.
“A Manifesto for Compassion: The Place of the Artist is on the Side of the Weak.” Gluklya, artist.

“The Place of the Artist Is on the Side of the Weak”: A Manifesto for the 21st Century. A conversation between visual and performance artist Gluklya and Dianne Beal (BA REES '79), curator and art advisor of Galerie Blue Square. Sponsors: Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. video

Thursday, April 23 (cancelled)
Lecture.
“The Great Chernobyl Acceleration: A Humanist’s Encounter with the Science of Disasters.” Kate Brown, professor of science, technology, and society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Friday, April 24 (cancelled)
Panel.
“2020 Vision on CREES: Viewing the Field through Directors’ Eyes.” Katherine Verdery, Michael D. Kennedy, Douglas Northrop, and Bill Rosenberg, former CREES Directors.