Talks and Lectures

The Putin Exodus and Its Implications for Russia and the West

Human capital is fleeing Russia. Since President Vladimir Putin’s ascent to the presidency, between 1.6 and 2 million Russians – out of a total population of 145 million – have left for Western democracies. This emigration sped up with Putin’s return as president in 2012, followed by a weakening economy and growing repressions. It soon began to look like a politically driven brain drain, causing increasing concern among Russian and international observers.

“Primo Levi’s Homecoming, 1945-46: The Need to Bear Witness.”

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of Primo Levi’s birth. To celebrate the centenary of Italy’s revered and beloved survivor/witness of the Shoah, Yale will host Levi’s biographer, Ian Thomson, who will speak about how the author came to write his first great book, Se questo è un uomo (published in the U.S. as Survival in Auschwitz, and in the U.K. as If This Is a Man, the literal rendering of the Italian title).

Henry L. Stimson Lectures on World Affairs: Britain and Europe in a Troubled World with Vernon Bogdanor

“Never Closer Union. Does the EU Have a Future?”

Vernon Bogdanor is a frequent contributor to TV, radio, and the press. In 2008, he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Award by the Political Studies Association for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies. His books include Devolution; The People and the Party System: The Referendum and Electoral Reform in British Politics; Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution; Power and the People: A Guide to Constitutional Reform; Devolution in the United Kingdom; The New British Constitution; and The Coalition and the Constitution.

Henry L. Stimson Lectures on World Affairs: Britain and Europe in a Troubled World with Vernon Bogdanor

“Brexit means Brexit. Britain out of Europe.”

Vernon Bogdanor is a frequent contributor to TV, radio, and the press. In 2008, he was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Award by the Political Studies Association for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies. His books include Devolution; The People and the Party System: The Referendum and Electoral Reform in British Politics; Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution; Power and the People: A Guide to Constitutional Reform; Devolution in the United Kingdom; The New British Constitution; and The Coalition and the Constitution.

Neither Good Nor Old-Fashioned: Rereading Soviet AI

Benjamin Peters, Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Tulsa, will present a lecture on Soviet artificial intelligence, entitled, “Neither Good nor Old-Fashioned: Rereading Soviet AI.” Professor Peters is a scholar of media theory and Russian and Soviet media and technology. He is the author of “How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet” and editor of “Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture.”

Lines of Flight: Karamanli Refugee Literature after 1923

What happens when a refugee community is denied access to mainstream media? How do they tell their stories? This talk will explore this question through the case of the Karamanli Christians, Greek Orthodox Christians of the Ottoman Empire who spoke Turkish but wrote it in the Greek alphabet. In 1924, they were uprooted from their homelands as part of the massive Greco-Turkish Population Exchange and deported to Greece, where they faced systemic discrimination and exclusion due to their language.

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