'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.

Illiberal Populism in Europe

Event Date: 
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

Event Date: 
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.