In 1995 the late Mark von Hagen opened his thought-provoking essay “Does Ukraine Have a History?” with an observation that Ukrainian studies lack full historiographical legitimacy in major academic centers
In the summer of 2020, I faced two challenges as I prepared to teach my course on Russian history to Peter the Great in the fall semester: first, the need to transform a course normally taught in a classroom into a virtual format during Covid-19, and second, the need to respond to growing protests about racial injustice during summer 2020. Now, my memory of teaching pre-Petrine Russia in fall 2020 will always be associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests, and the storming of the US Capitol.
The impact of COVID on study abroad and on SRAS is far-reaching. There was the rush to bring students home and the need to transition quickly to online studies so that they could complete their semesters while attending classes across multiple time zones. Then we found ourselves unable to send students abroad for more than a year. However, I think we were not alone in deciding to use this “down time” to organize systems and plan for the next term and what seemed like perhaps a new era in study abroad.
Much has been written about the recent Geneva summit between Presidents Biden and Putin. What does it tell us about how relations with Russia have shifted since the change of administration in Washington? How does looking at that relationship from the broader perspective of US-European-Ukrainian relations help us gain a more nuanced understanding of the situation and the challenges moving forward?
During the pandemic year I worked on a couple of poetry-translation projects...Working on these books was extremely illuminating and rewarding, and they have been well received. F-Letter may have gotten more attention and press than any other translation project I have worked on. While I’m glad to have helped to bring this poetry to a global audience, I am ceaselessly bemused by a process that often involves marketing and politics as much as literature.