Housed within the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, the Romanoff Center for Russian Studies promotes the interdisciplinary study of the Russian Federation and its larger historical precursors, the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire. Founded in 2022, thanks to the generous bequest of Princess Janet Romanoff, the Center is dedicated to informing both the University of Oklahoma community and the broader public about the history and culture of Russia, current events involving the Russian Federation, and Russia’s actions on the world stage. It sponsors lectures, symposia, and cultural events; engages with scholars and public figures nationally and internationally; and works to support excellence in teaching and research in Russian studies.
On Thursday, March 9, The Romanoff Center for Russian Studies and OU’s Department of International and Area Studies hosted a Zoom conversation with Dr. Volodymyr Dubovyk, Associate Professor, Dept. of International Relations and Director, Center for International Studies, Odesa I. I. Mechnikov National University, Ukraine. Dr. Dubovyk commented on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the implications of this war for post-Soviet Eurasia, Eastern Europe, the Black Sea region, and the world order as a whole. A recording of this event, which was hosted by Dr. Hannah Chapman, is available online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw9dP2vapYk.
On March 1 at 11:00 a.m. CST (12:00 p.m. EST) the Romanoff Center co-hosted (along with Columbia University's Harriman Institute, the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Russian and East European Studies, and the magazine World Literature Today) a Zoom launch for the March/April 2023 issue of World Literature Today, which focuses on the Russophone Literature of Resistance. Speakers included the writers Maria Stepanova, Mikhail Shishkin, and Ruthie Jenrbekova as well as the scholars Mark Lipovetsky (Columbia) and Kevin M. F. Platt (University of Pennsylvania). A recording of this event can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qk88Yj_cT8.
On March 30 (1:30-2:45 p.m. CST), the Romanoff Center and OU's Department of International and Area Studies will host a Zoom presentation by Bradley Jardine, the managing director of the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs and former editor of The Moscow Times. The talk will focus on Sino-Soviet relations in Central Asia amid the war in Ukraine. This event will be moderated by Dr. Hannah Chapman. Join the Zoom webinar here: https://calendar.ou.edu/cis/event/94927-1.
Join the Romanoff Center for the 25th annual conference of the Central Association of Russian Teachers of America at the Sheraton Hotel in Oklahoma City, March 31-April 2, 2023. For more information and to register, see: https://cartaws.wixsite.com/online/carta2023.
Emily D. Johnson and Melissa K. Stockdale
Romanoff Center for Russian Studies
Attn: Prof. Emily Johnson
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Linguistics
University of Oklahoma
780 Van Vleet Oval, Room 206
Norman, OK 73019