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SPREES Ceremony

Visitors of S.P.R.E.E.S.

Students at S.P.R.E.E.S. meet and engage with leading experts in the region. Whether it is a political scientist from Oxford, a leader of the Russian women's movement, a poet from Moscow, or an ambassador from Kyrgyzstan, students are exposed to leading thinkers and policymakers in their field.

Our visitors have included:

  • Kyrgyzstani journalist Zamira Sydykova
  • Tolstoy scholar and translator Rosamund Bartlett
  • Analyst and strategist Masha Lipman
  • Academic director of the Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe Sofia Dyak
  • Eminent historians of the Holocaust and Eastern Europe Jan T. Gross and Atina Grossmann
  • Chechen foreign minister Ilias Akhmadov
  • Turkmen historian Shokrat Kadyrov
  • Writers and poets Tatiana Tolstaia, Andrei Voznesensky, Evgeny Yevtushenko, Bella Akmadulina, and Anatoly Rybakov
  • The Honorable Roza Otunbayeva, ambassador from Kyrgyzstan and The Honorable Dr. Yuri Scherbak, ambassador from Ukraine
  • Russian space scientist Roald Sagdeev
  • Russian journalists Egor Kuznetsov and Tamara Kalugina
  • Western Russian studies specialists Archie Brown, Thomas Remington, John Armstrong, Caryl Emerson, Boris Gasparov, Michael Mandelbaum, William Fuller, Janine Wedel, and Jerry Hough
  • American astronaut and former resident of the Russian space station Mir Jerry Linenger
  • Director of the Center for Political and Strategic Studies Susan Eisenhower