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The Imitation Imperative: Making Sense of the Crisis of Black Sea Europe

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  • Harriman Institute
  • Department of Slavic Languages

Please join Columbia’s new global initiative, Black Sea Networks, for its inaugural event, a lecture with Ivan Krastev. America and Europe created the post-1989 world, yet today they have begun to fear and even hate it. As we look back at the turbulent decades since 1989, we are astounded by the speed with which yesterday’s euphoric victory has turned into today’s anxiety and distress. Explaining why and how this change occurred in different parts of the wider Black Sea region (Russia, Turkey, Eastern Europe) is the principal ambition of this lecture.

The Black Sea Networks—the recipient of the President’s Global Innovation Fund grant for 2016-2018—is a new teaching, learning, and research initiative at Columbia University. Housed in Columbia’s Slavic Department and led by Professor Valentina Izmirlieva, the project aims to re-conceptualize existing multidisciplinary programs and initiatives within a larger Black Sea framework and to encourage undergraduate and graduate education in Black Sea Studies. Truly global in its scope, the initiative is developed by an international team of scholars in partnership with Yale University, NYU, Cambridge University, and Columbia’s Global Centers in Istanbul and Paris, and boasts the support of the Harriman Institute, the American Councils for International Education (Washington D.C.), the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University, and a vast network of institutions across the Black Sea region.

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  • Lecturer Ivan Krastev Chairman Centre for Liberal Strategies, Bulgaria