Dear colleagues, students, and friends,
I am delighted to welcome you to our 2014-15 program, which includes a host of academic and cultural events and begins on October 16th with a book discussion featuring UCLA Distinguished Professor Margaret Jacobs of the Department of History. Our fall events continue on October 20th with a panel discussion of the crisis in Ukraine, while on October 23rd a public lecture by the renowned Polish intellectual Adam Michnik will offer an assessment of democracy after communism twenty-five years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and extend the discussion about the situation in Ukraine. Another highlight of our fall calendar is the “New Walled Order: The Aesthetics and Politics of Barriers,” an international symposium organized with the Getty Museum, which will take place at the Getty Center on November 15th. These are but a taste of what CEES will offer this year, so please check the calendar section of our website for upcoming events and updates throughout the year.
While CEES strives to offer a variety of public events and funding opportunities, the quarter began with our learning that CEES was not awarded Title VI funds from the U.S. Department of Education. This means that the breadth of our events must be curtailed, underscoring the fact that in a persistently tough budgetary climate, augmented by this recent news, it has become extremely challenging to maintain the quality and diversity of our programming. Hence, we very much welcome your support and urge you to consider making a donation to CEES. To do so, please visit the Support Us section of our website and join the friends of CEES.
We greatly appreciate your interest and support, and look forward to seeing you often!
Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Director, Center for European and Eurasian Studies
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013