Aesthetics as East Ethics: Norman Manea between Romanian Culture, Biopics and World Literature

Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:00
Please join the East Central European Center, the Romanian Cultural Institute, and the Harriman Institute for a talk about writer Norman Manea, presented by Claudiu Turcuș (Babeș-Bolyai University). Claudiu Turcuș is Assistant Professor of Literary and Film studies at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He obtained his PhD in Humanities (2011) at Babeș-Bolyai University after a fellowship research at Bard College, New York. His research focuses on East-Central European Literature and Culture, Cinema and Criticism.

Deconstructing the Culture of Post-Truth Under Slobodan Milošević: Milica Mićić Dimovska, Her Novel MRENA, and Its New Translation as THE CATARACT

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 18:00

Please join the Njegos Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture at Columbia University’s East Central European Center and the Harriman Institute for a lecture by Jasmina Lukić, Professor, Department of Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary and Sibelan Forrester, Susan W. Lippincott Professor of Modern and Classical Languages and Russian at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

'My name is Carlos and I am a good person': Communist States and Carlos the Jackal

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:00

Please join the Harriman Institute and the East Central European Center for a talk with Daniela Richterová, PhD Candidate, University of Warwick, United Kingdom. “Carlos the Jackal” is perhaps the most notorious terrorist of the Cold War. Born as Ilich Ramírez Sánchez in Venezuela, before turning thirty, the self-proclaimed Marxist revolutionary-cum-hired gun established one of the most feared terrorist groups of the time.

Film Screening & Discussion: Houston, We Have a Problem!

Event Date: 
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 06:00

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Njegos Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture for a screening of Houston, We Have A Problem! followed by a discussion with the film's director Žiga Virc, and producer, Boštjan Virc, who also collaborated on writing its screenplay. In Croatian, English, Serbian, and Slovene with English subtitles (88 min., 2016). Post-screening Q&A with the director and producer.

A Celebration of Romania’s Union Day

Event Date: 
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 18:00

Please join us for a celebration of Romania’s national holiday and a screening of the documentary film The Realm Between Waters. The Realm Between Waters premiered in New York on December 1, 2016, courtesy of the Romanian new agency AGERPRES. This documentary depicts the lives of Lipovan Russians who live between the Black Sea and the Danube in the Danube Delta. It is about union, cultural preservation, unique architecture, and natural landscapes.

What is Populism?- Event with Jan-Werner Mueller

Event Date: 
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 18:00 to 20:00

What is populism? We are thrilled to host a discussion on November 18th at 6:00pm on “What is Populism?”with Jan-Werner Mueller, Professor of Politics at Princeton University and author of “What is Populism?” and Nadia Urbinati, Professor of Political Theory and Hellenic Studies at Columbia University. The event will take place in the Heyman Center Common Room.

Sixty Years On: The 1956 Hungarian Revolution and World Politics

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 12:00

Please join the Harriman Institute and the East Central European Center for a talk with Csaba Békés, István Deák Visiting Professor of History, Columbia University. Csaba BÉKÉS, Ph.D., Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, is Research Chair at the Center for Social Sciences, Institute of Political Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and founding director of the Cold War History Research Center (, both in Budapest.