Center for Digital Research and Scholarship Launches NEH 2013 Summer Institute Website
NEW YORK, December 19, 2012 –

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) is pleased to announce the launch of the website for the 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute for College & University Teachers "America’s Russian-Speaking Immigrants and Refugees: Twentieth Century Migration and Memory."


Columbia University was the recipient of the prestigious NEH grant, and the Summer Institute will be held June 9 through June 29, 2013. Co-directors of the Summer Institute are Harriman Institute Research Scholar Edward Kasinec and Columbia University Libraries’ Robert Davis, with the leadership of Harriman Director Timothy M. Frye. The Summer Institute will consider the substance of the terms “diaspora,”  “transnational,” “accommodation,” and “memory” through the specific prism of the four distinct waves—First (1917-40), Second (1947-55), Third (1967-89), and Fourth (1989 to the present)— of Russian-speaking immigrants to America.

The Institute is also looking towards a "re-pairing" of the 20th-century historical narrative, which hitherto has looked at "Soviet and post-Soviet history" separately from "Russia abroad.” The scholars will have an extended opportunity to make use of printed and rich archival resources available at Columbia, which the Institute hopes will ensure that these scholars return for further research in the future.

Columbia is one of the preeminent centers for Slavic, east European, and Eurasian studies in the United States, and the upcoming Institute, along with 2011’s Summer Institute on the past, present, and future of Russian studies in America, is but another manifestation of this recognition. The Institute will enable a competitively selected, highly diverse group of NEH Summer Scholars from across the country to participate.

CDRS collaborated with the Institute organizers and developed and launched the Summer Institute website, which details the core Summer Institute issues and narratives, features study plans and resources, and enables prospective candidates to apply to become Summer Scholars. Streamlining the application process in this way is proving to be invaluable for Institute organizers, who know well that working out the practical logistics for such an event is no mean feat. “It takes at minimum half a year to do the job right, and in order to formulate an Institute theme, input must be solicited from faculty, the topic must be defined and redefined, and commitments must be made from leading scholar-presenters in specific areas from around the country,” said Davis.

On collaborating with CDRS, Davis continued: “Having the precedent of 2011 made the process very straightforward, and the CDRS staff always exhibit the highest standards of professionalism and knowledge of their fields. We have been very satisfied with their services, and intend to include them again in the near future!”

Rebecca Kennison, CDRS Director, added: “It has been a great pleasure to work with the Institute team to create this new site, the second Institute site we have hosted. It is an honor to be part of an event that will contribute such excellence in scholarship to Columbia and to the field of Slavic, east European, and Eurasian studies.”

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The Harriman Institute is a leading center for the advancement of knowledge in the field of Russian and Eurasian studies at Columbia University. Through its programs, conferences, lectures, and publications, it seeks to create a forum for intellectual exchange and the further enhancement of students’ education. Find more about The Harriman Institute and their research on their website.

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) serves the digital research and scholarly communications needs of the faculty, students, and staff of Columbia University and its affiliates. Our mission is to increase the utility and impact of research produced at Columbia by creating, adapting, implementing, supporting, and sustaining innovative digital tools and publishing platforms for content delivery, discovery, analysis, data curation, and preservation. In pursuit of that mission, we also engage in extensive outreach, education, and advocacy to ensure that the scholarly work produced at Columbia University has a global reach and accelerates the pace of research across disciplines. CDRS, led by Rebecca Kennison, is one of six entities that comprise the Digital Programs and Technology Services branch of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services. The Center was created in July 2007 to address the ongoing evolution of researchers’ and scholars’ needs as new technologies, policies, and systems of knowledge support arise.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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