Pictured skiing in the northern Caucasus, Ber Kirchner is an MA student at the Harriman Institute. What are some of your favorite Harriman Institute related memories? Dinner conversations with guests after presentations, whether it be with Estonia’s first cyber ambassador to the UN or a dissident.
Standing outside of the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Grady Vaughan is an MA student at the Harriman Institute. What do you miss most about the Harriman Institute while socially distancing? My classmates and lively class discussions.
Rebecca Unger is an MA student at the Harriman Institute. In the picture, she is wearing a traditional hat from Central Asia at the annual Harriman Institute holiday party.
Mariya Chukhnova is a BA/MA student at the Harriman Institute. This year she received the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Fellowship from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Fellowship recognizes outstanding students born in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
Dante Matero (MARS-REERS ’20) is studying diaspora and identity formation. He’s writing his thesis on LGBT asylum seekers from Russian-speaking countries. I spoke with Dante at the Harriman Institute on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. What follows is an edited and condensed version of our conversation.