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Apr. 17: Fake News?: Post-Truth & the Politics of Authenticity since the Cold War

4:00pm - 6:00pm

The panelists will explore public perceptions of authenticity and falsehood, focusing on case studies in the US, Russia, and China since the 1990s. Listen to it here.

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Apr. 14: California Slavic Graduate Colloquium

8:00am - 6:00pm

More information coming soon.

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Nov. 9: Myth - A Documentary Film 


From the filmmakers that brought you “The Ukrainians”, Leonid Kanter and Ivan Yasnii, now bring you “MYTH”. The film is the remarkable and tragic story of Vasyl Slipak; a talented opera singer whose unique voice brought him world renown. To view the trailer for the film, use this link

6:00 PM

Center Hall 115, UCSD

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Dec. 7: Why Gorbachev Failed and Deng Xiaoping Succeeded? The Comparison of Soviet and Chinese Transformations -  with Vladislav Zubok 

The speaker explores the origins of Soviet and Chinese reforms in comparative perspective and in international context. Ultimately, the reformist aspirations in both countries pulled them towards the US-led global capitalist system, not towards each other. The talk focuses on the key policy choices by Deng Xiaoping and Mikhail Gorbachev, which made possible China’s rise and triggered the Soviet Union’s collapse.

4 :00 - 5:00 pm

Dolores-Huerta Phillip Vera Cruz Room, UCSD

Presented in partnership with the Institute of Arts and Humanities, History Department, Chinese Studies Program, and the International Institute. 

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UCSD’s New Writing Series and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program Present: Serhiy Zhadan

Monday, April 24, 11:00 am

Literature Building, Room 237

ZhadanWarwick's and the University of California San Diego are hosting author Elif Batuman on Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30pm to discuss and sign her new book The Idiot. Batuman_2017Elif Batuman has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2010. She is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, and a Paris Review Terry Southern Prize for Humor, she also holds a PhD in comparative literature from Stanford University. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

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Socialism in Contexts: Antecedents, Realities, Legacies

Socialism in Contexts: Antecedents, Realities, Legacies [website]

Currently, scholars across a wide range of disciplines are concerned with the relationship between socialism as an ideology and as a political practice. This workshop will convene around several important questions, across cultures and disciplines: What is the difference between socialism in theory and in practice? How has the experience of recently existing socialisms affected the notion of freedom, transparency of government, and history? What can be gleaned from existing and recent socialist states to help us better understand the role of Marxism in society? What is the relationship between socialist ideology and the institutions of culture? The group will be convening monthly for 2-hour discussions of a scholar’s research in progress.

Russian Soviet Studies partners with Socialism in Contexts to host regular talks on recently existing Socialist societies including in Russia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, China, and Latin America. A list of their events can be found on their website.

Russian Club at UCSD

Russian Club at UCSD [Facebook Page]

The Russian Club at UCSD is a student run group that holds activities and runs on-campus,  weekly conversation sessions in Russian.

UCSD Slavic Affiliates

UCSD Slavic Affiliates [Facebook Page]

This page contains reminders and annoucements about events and research opportunities related to Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.



A group of faculty and graduate students gathers quarterly for an informal discussion of a recent published work. For more information about the "Kruzhok", please email Prof. Amelia Glaser (

Russian Conversation Table

Russian Conversation Table [Facebook Group]

The Russian Conversation Table offers anyone an opportunity to practice Russian with other speakers. The group meets every Monday at 1pm in front of the Price Center Jamba Juice. Anyone is welcome! You can follow the groups activities by joining their Facebook Group, currently managed by Elena Yulaeva.


Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies


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CAESAR Programs Coordinator


Andrianna Martinez

Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Room 1024
(858) 534-4551