The Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies (GIRS) congratulates 2019 and 2020 Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR) experts Jon Finer and Jake Sullivan on their appointments to the Biden administration, and welcomes renowned Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya to MSSR 2021.
Jake Sullivan has been named National Security Advisor in the administration of President Joe Biden and Jon Finer has been named Deputy National Security Advisor. Over the past two summers these experts have shared insights on U.S.-Russian relations directly with MSSR fellows.
GIRS is proud to welcome renowned Russian writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya to MSSR 2021. Ulitskaya is the recipient of the first Russian Booker prize (2001), the prestigious Austrian State Prize for European Literature (2014), and two-time winner of the Russian National Literary Award Big Book (2007, 2016). Her novels include Sincerely Yours, Shurik; Daniel Stein, Interpreter; and Jacob’s Ladder.
This year’s symposium will be held online June 28 – August 4, 2021.
We are currently accepting applications for this summer’s symposium (deadline: March 1, 2021).
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Next-generation Russia experts gained invaluable training at an eight-week summer symposium offered by the Middlebury Institute’s Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies, with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York.
This summer, the Middlebury Institute brought together 13 distinguished fellows with 46 leading experts in U.S.-Russia relations for the fourth annual Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR). These lectures are now available on the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies webpage.
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