Europe


Ambassador of France Discusses Foreign Policy at the Center for European Studies

Former French Ambassador to the United States Pierre N. Vimont discussed the future of European foreign policy with diplomats and Harvard affiliates in a conversation hosted by Harvard’s Center for European Studies Friday.


Former Ambassador Shares Hopes for Ukraine at Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program’s Launch Event

Former United States diplomat John F. Tefft shared his hopes for the new Ukranian government under recently elected President Volodymyr O. Zelensky at a talk in the Barker Center to launch Harvard’s new Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program on Monday evening.


Georgios Kaminis

Georgios Kaminis, the current mayor of Athens, speaks at the Future of the Left Symposium at the Center for European Studies Wednesday afternoon. Among other things, Kaminis discussed the future of liberal politics in the face of rising right wing populism.


Sounds of the Russian "Silver Age"

Mikhail Bondarev and Ekaterina Belisova, two members of St. Petersburg’s Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet, play during a group performance at the Harvard Ed Portal on Wednesday night.


Italian Ideology

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks to a packed auditorium at the Harvard Art Museums Thursday morning. Mr. Renzi highlighted the importance of valuing individuals as unique citizens instead of mere numbers in light of recent terror attacks in Europe.


Amidst Terrorism, Italian Leader Calls for Investing in Education

Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi called for greater investments in culture and education, in addition to national security, to stabilize current political and economic unrest in Europe on Thursday.


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The work I was doing is easy to put into do-gooder buzzwords: access, public health, marginalization, human rights, etc., etc. It’s the sort of work that Harvard likes to fund.


Ulitskaya’s ‘The Big Green Tent’ Capacious and Compelling

"The Big Green Tent" is not a book one may quickly breeze through, but Ulitskaya’s epic will reward patience, a love of literature, and an eye for detail with a brutally stark portrait of her homeland’s darkest years.


'War, So Much War' a Catalan Master Novelist's Grown-Up Fairy Tale

In her novel "War, so much War," the late Catalan writer Mercè Rodoreda successfully weaves an intricate allegorical examination of evil, both beautiful and disturbing, without the simplistic moralizing of many fairy tales.


‘Submission’ Doesn’t Submit To Easy Analyses

By subduing his satire, Houellebecq encourages his audience to submit to his theoretical world, only to dismantle it through dry humor or unexpected exaggeration. The novel's acerbic critique, when it does come, feels more like a punch than a slap to the face.


Amid Crises, Experts Gather To Discuss E.U.’s Future

Academics and policymakers at the conference were cautiously optimistic about the E.U.’s ability to survive its current crises.


Ferrante's Fourth Dazzles

The novel’s wild intensity derives just as much from its language as from its thematic content. Long, furious sentences constantly modify and double back on themselves, occasionally breaking into lush, lyrical interludes.


A Noteworthy Space: Harvard Cellist Studies Abroad

Unable to rent a cello in the small Tuscan town, Siena, where she was studying abroad, Saskia Maxwell Keller '18 travelled fifty miles to Florence by bus. But that was not the biggest challenge she faced – she had to find a quiet space where no one would hear her scales and concertos.


'My Struggle' Doesn't Struggle to Succeed

In “Book Four,” Knausgaard peels backs the curtains on his early years and brings forth a brutally honest story that remains hard to tear away from despite being incredibly mundane.


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