Serbian Studies

The Njegos Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture

 

 

The Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture at Columbia University, named after the great 19th Century Serbian-Montenegrin prince and bishop-poet, Petar Petrovic-Njegoš, was founded in 1997 with the goal of supporting instruction in Serbian language, literature and culture at Columbia University.  As part of its overall fundraising effort, the Njegoš Endowment sponsors a wide range of lectures and cultural events related to Serbia, the Serbian People, and the Serbian population in the United States.

           

Columbia University has a long history with Serbian studies. Serbian has been taught at Columbia since 1918, and the Harriman Institute in the School of Public and International Affairs continues to provide courses and cultural events that bring Serbian studies to both the University community and the general public. Notable among the University’s Serbian connections have been Nikola Tesla and Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin. Tesla’s lecture on the rotating magnetic field as a means for the electrical distribution of energy and discoveries in the realm of high frequency engineering and coupled tuning were invaluable to the growth of modern electrical engineering, and he was awarded an honorary LL.D. from Columbia in 1894. Pupin graduated from the college in 1883, and after obtaining his Ph.D. at the University of Berlin, he returned to Columbia in 1889 as a lecturer of mathematical physics in the newly formed Department of Electrical Engineering, where he became a professor in 1901 and a professor emeritus in 1931. Pupin's research pioneered carrier wave detection and current analysis, and his accomplishments included invention of the Pupin coil and replication of Roentgen's production of x-rays. He was also a consul of the Kingdom of Serbia in New York. Pupin Hall has been named a National Historic Landmark for its association with experiments relating to the splitting of the atom and the Manhattan Project.


2016 Events

Friday, May 6, 2016

7 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

Conversation with Writer Mario Liguori 

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

7:40 pm

702 Hamilton Hall

Film Screening: "Karpotrotter" and Q&A with Director Matjaž Ivanišin

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

12 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

Visual Images and Politics in the Post-Yugoslav World 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

6:30 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

Film Screening of "Enclave" followed by Q&A with Director Goran Radovanović

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Friday, February 5, 2016

6 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

Mapping Identity: The Challenges of Immigrant Culture

 


2015 Events

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

12:00 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

Theorizing Culture of Transition in (Post)-Yugoslav Space

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

4 pm

Room 1201 International Affairs Building

Figuring Out the Enemy: Re-Imagining Serbian-Albanian Relations

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

12:00 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Senimar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

Using Neglected Literary Texts to Understand the Evolution of Serbian Society

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Friday, September 25, 2015

6 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

"Evaporating Borders," a film by Iva Radivojević

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Friday, May 1, 2015

6 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 W 118th St.)

Art and Reality: Serbian Perspectives

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Friday, March 6, 2015

6 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 W 118th St.)

Tesla: A Portrait with Masks

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Friday, January 23, 2015

6:30 - 8:30 pm

15th floor IAB, Atrium (420 West 118th St.)

The Serbian Medieval Cultural Legacy: Exhibit and Celebration


2014 Events

Friday, December 5, 2014

6 - 8 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

Performance and Conceptual Art, the Third Way: Yugoslavia in the 1970s

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

7:15 pm

602 Hamilton Hall

Documentary Screening: Brasslands 

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Friday, March 14, 2014

7:15 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

European Big City at Home: Foreign Popular Culture in Belgrade Between the Wars

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Friday, February 21, 2014

7:15 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

Conversation with Marija Sajkas 

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Friday, January 31, 2014

7 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

Human Sacrifice and its Social Implications: The Balkans and Beyond


2013 Events

Friday, November 15, 2013

7 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

Documentary Screening: The Second Meeting

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Friday, October 18, 2013

7 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

I Am Not Ashamed of My Communist Past: Dušan Makavejev's "W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism"

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Friday, March 8, 2013

6 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

Frozen Time, Liquid Memories: 1942-2012

 


 2012 Events

May 18, 2012

6:30 pm

1219 International Affairs Building

A Correspondent Reflects on Serbia 1963-1990

David Binder, formerly of The New York Times

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March 9, 2012

6 pm

1219 International Affairs Building

A Conversation on Transnational Literature with Dubravka Ugrešić

Moderated by Professor Radmila Gorup

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Friday, December 14, 2012

6:30 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building

“The Enduring Legacy of the Hilandar Monastery for Serbian Culture,” by Reverend Zivojin Jakovljevic, Ph.D

Sponsored by the Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Studies

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)
6:30 - 8:30 pm


Serbian novelist Vladimir Kecmanovic will discuss his book, "The Canon was Red Hot"

Recently translated by Vladimir Pistalo.

Radmila Gorup will introduce and moderate the session.

RSVP to rjg26@columbia.edu

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Monday, October 22, 2012

12:00 pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

Youth Movements After Revolution: Lessons from Otpor, the Color Revolutions and the Arab Spring

 


2011 Events

October 21, 2011
12-2pm
1219 International Affairs Building
 
“Kosovo Serbs and their Participation in Kosovo Institutions”
Slobodan Petrovic
Deputy Prime-Minister, Kosovo

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Thursday, November 3, 2011
12—1:30pm
1219 IAB 
 
“The Work of the Carnegie Endowment in the Balkans after World War I: The University Library of Belgrade, 1919-1926”  
Nadine Akhund, Ph.D.
Sorbonne University 

Among the significant features of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), was not only the study of the causes but also of the impacts of the wars on civilian populations. Following World War One, the Carnegie Endowment revitalized its effort to promote international conciliation and undertook major works of reconstruction throughout Europe. Starting in 1919, the Endowment financed the construction of several university and public libraries in Belgium, France and Yugoslavia. In Belgrade, the project was supervised by Leo Capser, a former lieutenant in the US Navy nominated as the head of the Carnegie Committee in Belgrade. Drawing from Capser’s CEIP reports, the paper follows the various stages of the project starting with the formation of the Committee, the relationship between its seven members (US and Serbs/Yugoslav), their opinions and the unfolding of the construction-work. The paper also examines the triangular relationship among three sharply contrasted actors during the complex immediate post-war period: one relatively new non-profit organization (CEIP) and the two states, Yugoslavia and USA, the former newly created, barely internationally recognized and the later a new comer on the international stage. Despite obstacles, the library with room for 200,000 books, was inaugurated in May 1926.

According to Nicholas Butler, later president of the Endowment, education was a major objective of the Carnegie Endowment and public opinion was appreciated as a potential force that needed to be informed and educated in order to contribute preventing further conflicts.

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October 25, 2011
Faculty Room, Low Library
 
An American Foreign Policy Success Story:  The Dayton Accords, Republika Srpska, and Bosnia's European Integration

Milorad Dodik, President, Republika Srpska

 

Friday, March 4, 2011

6:30-8:00pm
1219 International Affairs Building



"The International Position and Foreign Policy of Serbia" H.E. Pavle Jevremovic


Former Permanent Representative of Serbia to the United Nations

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
12-1:30pm
1219 International Affairs



"A Critical Look at the Political Scene in the Former Yugoslav States: What Has Dayton Wrought?"
 

Bogdan Denitch
City University of New York

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Monday, April 4, 2011
12-1:30pm
1219 International Affairs Building

 

"Youth Interactions with Contemporary Political-Economic Circumstances of the Post-War Western Balkans"
 

Colette Daiute
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
12-2pm
1501 International Affairs Building
 
“From Belgrade to Cairo: The Strategy and Organization of Non-Violent Revolution”

 

Srdja Popovic, Centre for Applied Non-Violent Action & Strategies (Belgrade), founder of OTPOR (Resistance)

Tina Rosenberg, Writer and author of Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World

Kurt Schock, Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Affairs, Rutgers University

Jack Snyder, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University

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Thursday, April 7, 2011
7pm
Altschul Auditorium, 4th Floor, SIPA


Documentary Film Screening: Bijelo Dugme - Igor Stoimenov, dir. 2010

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May 4, 2010
12-1:30pm
1219 IAB

 

“Fear, Memory, and Mobilization: Croatian Serbs & the Serbian Democratic Party



John Schiemann, Associate Professor of Political Science
Director, Florham Laboratory for Experimental Social Science (FLESS) Chair, Department of Social Sciences & History
Fairleigh Dickinson University

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2010 Events


September 22, 2010
6:00pm–8:00pm
ACFNY, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
 

FAQ Serbia - Opening reception
 
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade are pleased to present an exhibition of works by 18 contemporary artists entitled FAQ Serbia. The artists, many of whom are from Serbia, former Yugoslavia and Austria, reflect on two decades of drama in the Balkans with a special focus on Serbia. The exhibition will be on view from September 23rd to January 11th at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York.

Artists: Biljana Djurdjevic, Uroš Djuric, Vlatka Horvat, Johanna Kandl, Kunsthistorisches Mausoleum, Paul Albert Leitner, Marko Lulic, Ahmet Ögüt, Marko Peljhan, Dan Perjovschi, Darinka Pop-Mitic, Anri Sala, Walter Steinacher, Zoran Todorovic, Raša Todosijevic, Milica Tomic, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Katarina Zdjelar.

Admission is free.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a week-long film series at the Czech Center, starting October 13, 2010. The Romanian Cultural Institute will host a staged reading of “The Locusts” by Serbian writer Biljiana Srbljanovic in the presence of the author on October 12, 2010 at the City University of New York Martin E Segal Graduate Center, and the Harriman Institute of Columbia University will host an academic conference entitled “Constructing the Balkans, De-Constructing Ourselves” on November 5, 2010. Finally, a roundtable discussion will take place at the Open Society Institute on January 10, 2011.

”FAQ Serbia” is an official EUNIC project, and is supported by the Fund for an Open Society–Serbia; Open Society Institute; Ministry of Culture of Serbia (tbc); General Consulates of the Slovak Republic, Slovenia; Croatia; Serbia; Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations; Czech Center New York; Harriman Institute at Columbia University; Hungarian Cultural Center; Romanian Cultural Institute; New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Wax Factory.

For further information please visit http://www.acfny.org.

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EXHIBIT: FAQ Serbia



Curators: Branislav Dimitrijevic & Andreas Stadler

Exhibition Coordination: Natascha Boojar & Vesna Milic (MOCA Belgrade)

Artists: Biljana Djurdjevic, Uroš Djuric, Vlatka Horvat, Johanna Kandl, Kunsthistorisches Mausoleum, Paul Albert Leitner, Marko Lulic, Ahmet Ögüt, Marko Peljhan, Dan Perjovschi, Darinka Pop-Mitic, Anri Sala, Walter Steinacher, Zoran Todorovic, Raša Todosijevic, Milica Tomic, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Katarina Zdjelar.

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade are pleased to present an exhibition of works by 18 contemporary artists entitled FAQ Serbia. The artists, many of whom are from Serbia, former Yugoslavia and Austria, reflect on two decades of drama in the Balkans with a special focus on Serbia. The exhibition will be on view from September 23rd to January 11th at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York.

For further information please visit http://www.acfny.org.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a week-long film series at the Czech Center, starting October 13, 2010. The Romanian Cultural Institute will host a staged reading of “The Locusts” by Serbian writer Biljiana Srbljanovic in the presence of the author on October 12, 2010 at the City University of New York Martin E Segal Graduate Center, and the Harriman Institute of Columbia University will host an academic conference entitled “Constructing the Balkans, De-Constructing Ourselves” on November 5, 2010. Finally, a roundtable discussion will take place at the Open Society Institute on January 10, 2011.
 


2009 Events

September 15, 2009
12-1:30 pm
1510 International Affairs Building  
 
Complicity and Community: Preserving Multiculturalism in World War II Sarajevo

With Emily Greble Balic, Assistant Professor of History at The City College of New York. A specialist on the modern Balkans, particularly the countries of the former Yugoslavia, her research and teaching focus on questions of nationalism, civil war and genocide, social transformation in twentieth century Europe, and Islam and the West.

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September 24, 2009
12-1:30pm
1219 International Affairs Building
 
Update from Pristina: Kosovo after Independence

With Engjellushe Morina, Executive Director of the Kosovar Stability Initiative (IKS) in Pristina. Prior to her joining IKS she was responsible for the Higher Education portfolio at the Public Diplomacy Section, U.S. Embassy, Prishtina. During the Kosovo final status negotiating process, Ms. Morina served as expert and consultant in the Cultural Heritage group within the Unity Team. Her input focused in particular on the protection of Cultural and Religious Heritage in Kosovo.

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October 2, 2009
6:30-8:30pm
1219 International Affairs Building
 
The Imidgology and Ideology of 'Humanitarian Interventions' in Yugoslavia and Serbia

With Svetozar Stojanovic (Center for National Strategy, Belgrade)

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October 6, 2009
12-1:30pm 
1219 International Affairs Building
 
Beyond Dayton in Bosnia: Challenges of International Withdrawal

With Sophia Sebastian, a non-resident Associate Fellow at the Madrid-based think tank FRIDE. She has recently received her doctorate from the London School of Economics with a dissertation entitled, State Building in Deeply Divided Societies: Beyond Dayton in Bosnia.

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October 15, 2009
12-1:30pm
1302 International Affairs Building
 
Expert Witnesses at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

With Richard A. Wilson, Gladstein Distinguished Chair of Human Rights, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. He has written on human rights, truth commissions and international criminal tribunals. His authored or edited books include The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa (2001), Human Rights and the ‘War on Terror’ (2005) and Humanitarianism and Suffering: the mobilization of empathy (2008). Presently, he holds a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is writing a book on ‘Judging History: the use of historical and social science evidence in international criminal trials’. He serves as the Chair of the Connecticut State Advisory Committee of the US Civil Rights Commission.

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Monday, October 26, 2009
Kellogg Conference Center
International Affairs Building
 
Brussels and the Western Balkans: Next Steps for the EU Integration Process

Participants: Marie-Janine Calic; Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich; Milica Delevic, Director, European Union Integration Office, Belgrade; Vladmir Drobnjak, Chief Negotiator for Accession Negotiations with the EU, Zagreb; Venelin Ganev, Miami University of Ohio; Nida Gelazis, Wilson Center, Washington, DC; Tim Judah, Balkans correspondent, The Economist; Erion Veliaj, Mjaft, Tirana.

Sponsored by The Harriman Institute/ East Central European Center and The Wilson Center in Washington DC

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November 4, 2009
12-1:30pm
1219 International Affairs Building
 
Memories of a Balkan Childhood:  Wayne Vucinich in Hercegovina in the 1920s

With Larry Wolff, professor of history at NYU and director of the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.  His books include "Inventing Eastern Europe" (1994), "Venice and the Slavs: The Discovery of Dalmatia in the Age of Enlightenment" (2001), and the forthcoming "The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture" (2010). Professor Wolff is also the editor of the Vucinich memoirs:  "Memoirs of My Childhood in Yugoslavia" (2007).

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December 9, 2009
6:30-8:00 pm
Garden Room 1, Faculty House, Columbia University
 
Contemporary Balkan Cinema

A roundtable discussion on contemporary Balkan Cinema

Participants: Martichka Bojilova (Bulgaria) , AGIRPROP Films

Corina Suteu (Romania), Director Romanian Cultural Institute

Mihai Kirilov (Romania), Director NY-Romanian Film Festival and Transylvania IFF

Mevlud Akaya (Turkey), Director NY-Turkish Film Festival, Producer Akaya Films NY

H.E. Raiko Raichev, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to the United Nations

Jana Karaivanova, Founder/CEO Bulgaria America Cultural Exchange Inc., Director NY-Bulgarian Film Festival

Moderator: James Jermanock, producer/director


March 5-8, 2009

 

New Balkan Film—A Festival and Multidisciplinary Conference Examining New Directions in Balkan Cinema 

Participants: Thanos Anastopoulos (Greece; director, “Correction,” 2007); Aida Begic (Bosnia-Herzegovina; director, “Snow,” 2008), Srdjan Golubovic (Serbia; director, “The Trap,” 2007); Metod Pevec (Slovenia; director, “Estrellita,” 2007); and Ognjen Svilicic (Croatia; director, “Armin,” 2007).    

The festival and conference is being generously supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Consulate-General of Serbia.

Cosponsored by the Harriman Institute, the East Central European Center, the East European, Russian and Eurasian National Resource Center, the Film Department, the Hellenic Studies Program, and the Slavic Department

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January 30, 2009
6:30pm
1219 International Affairs Building
 
Has 'Greater' Vanished From the Balkan Vocabulary? Fragmentation and Cohesion in Southeast Europe

David Binder, former Balkan correspondent for The New York Times.

Sponsored by The Harriman Institute and the Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture at Columbia University.


2008 Events

November 19, 2008
6:30 -8:30 p.m.
1219 IAB
 
Food and Culture

Professor Vladimir Zoric of the University of Nottingham will present the book "Tastes of Belgrade"  by Branka Todorovic and Krsnija Rakic.

Co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute and the Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture at Columbia University.

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October 9, 2008
6-8p.m.
1512 IAB
 
Letter in a Bottle: Writing in a Transcultural Space

With Dubravka Ugresic, best known in the former Yugoslavia for her fiction, novels and short stories: Poza za prozu, 1978; Stefica Cvek u raljama zivota, 1981; Zivot je bajka, 1983; Forsiranje romana reke, 1988. Her novel Forsiranje romana reke was given the coveted NIN-award for the best novel of the year: Ugresic was the first woman to receive this honor. Dubravka Ugresic has also received several major European literary awards

Co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute and the Njegoš Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture at Columbia University.

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October 31, 2008
3 p.m.
1512 IAB
 
Charting Serbia's European Future

 

With H. E. Vuk Jeremic, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Serbia. Minister Jeremic was an adviser to the Minister of Telecommunications of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 2000 until 2003, when he was appointed Special Envoy for Euro-Atlantic Affairs at the Ministry of Defense of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. From July 2004 to May 2007, he served as Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to Boris Tadic, President of the Republic of Serbia. In February 2004, he was appointed Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and in February 2006 elected to the Main Board of the Democratic Party.

Co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute


January 23, 2008

12-1:30p.m.
1219 IAB
 
The New Political Dynamics of Southeastern Europe

With Gordon N. Bardos (Assistant Director, Harriman Institute at Columbia University) and Alex N. Grigor'ev (Executive Director, Project on Ethnic Relations, Princeton University, New Jersey)
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January 28, 2008
12-1:30p.m.
1219 IAB
 
Independent Kosova: Regional Implications.

With Elez Biberaj (Director, Voice of America Eurasia Division)

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February 18, 2008
12-1.30p.m.
1219 IAB
 
Peacebuilding in the Balkans: The View from the Ground Floor

With Paula M. Pickering (Assistant Professor of Government, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia)

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March 4, 2008
12-1.30p.m.
1219 IAB
 
Post-war Perspectives of Youth across the Former-Yugoslavia

With Colette Daiute (The Graduate Center, City University of New York)

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April 2, 2008
12-1.30p.m.
1219 IAB
 
The Balkan Region and the Role of Greece

With Dusan Sidjanski (President of the European Cultural Center, University of  Geneva & Special Advisor to the President of the European Commission).

Co-sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, USA

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The Thirteenth Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)  presents "Nation,  Identity, Conflict and the State".

April 10-12, 2008
International Affairs Building

The Balkan Region and the Role of Greece

This year's convention features over a dozen panels focusing on southeastern European history and politics. For more information, please visit www.nationalities.org

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Monday, May 5, 2008
12-1:30p.m.
1219 IAB
 
Party Transformation in the Western Balkans: From Fragmentation to Europeanization

With Leonard J. Cohen (Professor, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University)



2007 Events

October 1, 2007
12-1:30p.m.
1219 IAB
 
Titostalgia: The Socio-Cultural Aspects of Nostalgia for Tito

With Mitja Velikonja (Department of Cultural Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana)

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October 5, 2007
6.30-8.30p.m.
1219 IAB
 
Bosnia and Sandzak - In The Shadow of Islam?

With LTC Steve Oluic, PhD (United States Military Academy, West Point)

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November 12, 2007
12-1:30p.m.
1510 IAB
 
Kosovo and Literature

With Milisav Savic, writer and literary critic and moderated by Professor Radmila Gorup

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December 3, 2007
6-7p.m.
The New School, Orozco Room 66 W12th St, 7th Floor
 
Kosovo's Final Status in Historical Context

A panel discussion with Professors Ivo Banac, Larry Wolff and Susan Woodward. Moderated by Anna Di Lellio