New York University will host “Russian Diaspora and Cultural Diplomacy,” a conference that will examine the past, present, and future of the Russian diaspora in the United States, on Friday, November 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center for Arts and Science (100 Washington Square East/between Waverly and Washington Place). Doors open at 8 a.m.
The conference, co-organized by the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and the Russian American Cultural Heritage Center (RACH-C) and sponsored by the Gorchakov Foundation for Public Diplomacy, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Registration required. Please RSVP by calling 212.992.6575 or by clicking here. Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street).
The conference, which comes 80 years after the establishment of U.S.-Russian diplomatic relations, will consider the role of the Russian-American community, through cultural diplomacy, in developing mutual understanding between the two nations.
The conference will be attended by representatives of the Consulate General of Russia in NYC, Rossotrudnichestvo, representatives of local government, the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, the governments of the city and state of New York, and representatives of Russian-American community organizations, and the leading centers for the study of Russia in the US.
The NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia undertakes to make Russia intrinsic to all aspects of scholarly investigation: from politics to literature, economics to anthropology, history to visual culture. Joining the ranks of US and western universities with distinguished traditions of inquiry and expertise on matters Russian and Soviet, the Center is distinguished by its particular mission of situating Russia in a global context. We aim both to help educate Russia specialists on the interconnectedness of Russia with the world and to remind other fields of Russia’s ubiquity. While recognizing that any country is best understood as part of a global economy, culture, and politics, the Center works to ensure that Russia’s dramatic and enduring influence is an integral part of every conversation.
The Russian American Cultural Heritage Center is a charitable and educational not-for-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the best traditions, the history, the culture and the heritage of Russian Americans. RACH-C recognizes that the ultimate recipients of its efforts are children for whom this preserved heritage will enrich the present and inform the future. RACH-C utilizes varied means to accomplish its Mission: Performing, Literary and Visual Arts; Salons, Seminars, and Forums; Workshops; Publications; “Children’s Festivals,” Post Adoption and related services and events. It has recently published "Russians in USA: Organizations of Russian Emigration XX-XXI Century." RACH-C is the initiator and coordinator of Russian American History Month in New York State: www.rach-c.org.