HWS Day is Tuesday, Feb. 24. The theme for the day is “Aftershocks: How the Soviet Collapse is Reshaping the World.” Participants in the day's talks should know more about this vast part of the world, appreciate some of the many ways in which it continues to exercise enormous influence over global economic, political, social, and environmental developments, and be able to draw generalizations from the specifics of the post-Soviet experience. Classes will not be canceled for the day.
The schedule of events is as follows:
8:45-10:10 a.m.: Student panel discussing agriculture and the environment in Russia
10:20-11:45 a.m.: Nancy Ries, “Coping with Violence in Conditions of Social Upheaval”
Ries, of Colgate University, is the author of the Heldt Prize-winning book Russian Talk (Cornell University Press, 1977). Recent articles include “Everyday Comfort and Terror: Anthropology and Local Theory.” Her recent research focuses on poverty, crime, elites and the mafia in Russia.
11:55 a.m.-1:20 p.m.: Christine Loomis, “Fostering Financial Markets and Entrepreneurship in Russia”
Loomis worked for several years with the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund, concentrating on small and medium sized businesses and high-growth entrepreneurs. She has recently been named to the board of directors of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.
1:30-2:45 Georgi Derluguian, “What Happens to the Third World When There's No Second World?”
Derluguian, of the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University, worked for the Soviet State Planning Committee in Mozambique in the late 1980s. His recent theoretical work has focused on the synthetic understanding of capitalism and the dynamics of state socialism; recent field research has dealt with guerrilla wars and terrorism in the Caucasus and Central Asia. He is a prolific writer and has been published widely in both the academic and the popular press.
3:05-4:30 Student panel, “Religions, State and Politics”
7:30 p.m.: Keynote address by Ahmed Rashid on oil, Islam and Central Asia.
Rashid, a Pakistani journalist, is the author of several books, including “Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia” and “Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia,” which have received critical acclaim.