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

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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.

Illiberal Populism in Europe

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Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 13:00

Please join us on November 3rd at the Maison Francaise for an exciting event among distinguished academics and professionals regarding the current populist movement in Europe. We are thrilled to host Pippa Norris (McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard), Jan Kubik (Professor and Director of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London) and discussant Sheri Berman (Professor of Political Science at Barnard College).

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.

Tackling Trauma Through a Museum: The War Childhood Museum in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 18:00 to 20:00

 Please join the East Central European Center, the Harriman Institute, the Columbia Department of History, and the History in Action Program for a talk with Jasminko Halilović, Founder and Executive Director of the War Childhood Museum. How do you create a museum? Two years ago, young Bosnian author Jasminko Halilović and a small team of collaborators set out to establish an institution that would commemorate growing up during the country's brutal war in the early 1990s.

Book Talk: Soviet Occupation of Romania, Hungary, and Austria 1944/45–1948/49

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 18:30

 Please join the Harriman Institute and the East Central European Center for a talk with Csaba Békés and László Borhi, editors of Soviet Occupation of Romania, Hungary, and Austria 1944/45–1948/49 (CEU Press, 2015. With Istvan Deák (Professor Emeritus, Columbia University) as commentator.

LGBT Rights in the Balkans in the Communist Era and Today

Event Date: 
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 16:00

Please join the East Central European Center and SIPA Spectrum for a talk with Zvonimir Dobrović, LGBT rights activist and editor of An Oral History of Homosexuality in Croatia. Dr. Jasmin Mujanović (Friedrich Ebert Foundation, former visiting scholar at the Harriman Institute) will discuss LGBT rights in the Balkans, and Dobrović will present passages of the English translation of his book. Zvonimir Dobrović is an activist, curator, and festival director from Croatia.

The Romanian Mythology of Death: A Lecture and Musical Performance

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:30
Please join the East Central European Center and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York for a presentation by Dr. Marina Cap-Bun professor at Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania, and a musical performance/lamentation by Romanian folk artist Ludovica Muresan. Dr. Marina Cap-Bun is a professor at Ovidius University of Constanţa, Romania, where she teaches Romanian Culture and Civilization, Romanian Studies in European Perspectives, The Great Classics of Romanian Literature, Fantastic Literature, The Poetics of the Absurd Theatre.

Discussion with Performers and Scholars of The Ghost of Elsinore: Every Tzara Has His Dada

Event Date: 
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 12:00 to 13:30
A discussion with performers and scholars from "The Ghost of Elsinore: Every Tzara has his DaDa". A contemporary theatrical collage celebrating the centenary of DaDa and its Hamlet-admiring visionary Tristan Tzara by Ion Pop and Stephana Si Ioan Pop-Curseu. A co-production of National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Theatre and Television of Babes-Bolyai University Cluj, and Persona Association performed on September 8th at 7:00pm at Riverside Church Theater, 91 Claremont Ave. Presented by the Romanian Cultural Institute and the East Central European Center of Columbia University.