Tuesday, February 11th, NYU’s Jordan Center presents “Siberian Mestizos: Nation and Race in Asian Russia, 1860s-1920s.” The lecture, by David Rainbox, will discuss the idea of “Siberian nationality,” and reflect on Russia’s eighteenth and nineteenth-century political culture. More information can be found at the Jordan’s website.
Wednesday afternoon, David L. Phillips, director of the Program on Peace-building and Human Rights at Columbia’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and former advisor in the U.S. Department of State, will be discussing “Intervention”. The talk will address issues regarding the US’ intervention in foreign conflicts, focusing on Kosovo, the subject of Phillip’s recent book. More details can be found on the Harriman website.
This year is the 400th Anniversary of the House of the Romanov, and the Harriman Institute, along with the Slavic Department of Columbia University, will be devoting two days, from Feb. 14th to Feb. 16th, to examine the Romanovs’ history and legacy. During the conference, panels will discuss various aspects of Romanov rule (“Romanovs and the Jewish Question,” “Romanovs and Art”…). The conference opens Thursday afternoon with a keynote address from acclaimed historian Richard Wortman. More information can be found here.
If you’re still looking for that perfect Valentine’s, the Brooklyn Banya (602 Coney Island Ave.) will be hosting “A Steamy Valentine’s Night at the Russian Baths”, with the Hungry March Band, plates of pierogies, and (achem) an open vodka bar. The New Yorker writes: “the only [party] where you’ll come out cleaner than when you came in…” The party goes from 7pm-2am on February 14th.
On a more serious note, Sunday Feb. 17th is the last day to see Renata Poljak’s exhibition “Uncertain Memories” at the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery. Through video and photography, the Croatian artists examines history, memory, and the power of political ideologies. More information, and links to several of Poljak’s works, can be found at the Gallery’s website.