Established as a consortium in 1984, The Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies advances innovative use-inspired research and teaching on the languages, societies and geopolitics of greater Eurasia.  The Center’s core mission is to enhance contextual expertise and cultural awareness in the communities it serves, through partnerships across disciplinary, ideological and geographical borders.

As an instructional unit, the Center sponsors the Critical Languages Institute, one of the largest summer training academies for intensive training in less commonly taught East European and Eurasian languages.

As a research unit, the Center draws on the expertise of over forty faculty affiliates, and partners with educational institutions in the US and the region to build programs of academic exchange, international development, and collaborative research.

The Melikian Center adopted its current name in late 2006, in recognition of the generous support of Gregory and Emma Melikian.

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November 1, 2018

Totalitarianism, Dissent, and Democratic Institutions series

Lecture - The Life and Death of the Russian Revolution

The talk follows the lives of the original Bolsheviks from the time they joined the a... more

Time: 7:00 PM Location: ASU College of Design North (CDN), room 60, 810 South Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
November 3, 2018

Professor Yuri Slezkine shares his latest book, telling the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin's p... more

Time: 7 PM Location: Changing Hands - Tempe, 6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283
November 5, 2018
Jews and Ukrainians book cover art

Please join Jewish Studies and The Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies for a special lecture presentation.

Paul Robert Magocsi is professor of history and political science at th... more

Time: 7 PM Location: Arizona Jewish Historical Society, 122 East Culver Street, Phoenix

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