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Panelists & Moderators

Eliot Borenstein

Eliot Borenstein

Professor, Russian & Slavic Studies, and Senior Academic Convenor, Global Network, New York University

He is the author several books, including PUSSY RIOT: SPEAKING PUNK TO POWER (to be released on November 12, 2020) and PLOTS AGAINST RUSSIA: CONSPIRACY AND FANTASY AFTER SOCIALISM.

Dmitry Dubrovsky

Dmitry Dubrovsky

Associate Professor, School of Politics and Governance, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Dubrovsky is an expert on human rights in Russia who focuses primarily on xenophobia, ultra-right nationalism, hate crimes, and hate speech as they relate to freedom of conscience and freedom of speech.

Raquel Greene

Raquel Greene

Associate Professor, Department Chair of Russian, Grinnell College

Greene is a scholar of the interplay of race, ethnicity and culture. Her work focuses on the construction of race in Russian literature and culture, and Greene is especially interested in depictions of race in Soviet children’s literature.. She has been active in improving diversity in student recruitment and in the teaching of Russian across the U.S.

Alaina Lemon

Alaina Lemon

Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan

Lemon is a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist interested in how debates about aesthetic techniques and communicative forms relate to struggles over political change or social hierarchies. Her work has explored how racial discourses in post-Soviet Russia are connected to Cold War narratives, to counterfeit currency, to public transit, and to institutionalized forms of performance.

Maxim Matusevich

Maxim Matusevich

Professor, Department of History, and Director, Russian and East European Studies Program, Seton Hall University

Matusevich is a historian specializing in the history of cultural and political encounters between Africa and Russia/Soviet Union. He has also studied how African American travelers experienced the Soviet Union.

Kimberly  St. Julian-Varnon

Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon

History PhD Student, University of Pennsylvania

St. Julian-Varnon is a historian of Russia, the Soviet Union, and Eurasia whose work explores how Black experience in the Soviet Union shaped Black identity, and how the presence of people of color shaped ideas and understandings of race, ethnicity, and nationality policy in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet space.

Amalia Zatari

Amalia Zatari

Journalist and Producer, BBC News Russian

Amalia Zatari worked for various Russian media outlets as a news editor (RBC, Slon.Ru) and correspondent, covering mostly Middle East news (Rusplt.Ru) and also terrorism and defense issues (Gazeta.Ru). For the last two years she has been working as a producer for BBC Russian Service, focusing mostly on cultural affairs, modern art and problems related to young people.