Category Archives: Essays

Ticket to Freedom: The Nansen Passport and Soviet Migration

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By Jessica Baloun The Nansen passport was the first known travel document made for stateless people. Since its creation in 1922, it has been foundational in the advancement of refugee law. My interest in this topic stems from my work … Continue reading

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On Alexievich’s “Unwomanly Face of War”

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By Nancy Pellegrino Svetlana Alexeivich won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015 for her “documentary novels,” which capture “her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our times.” Her first, remarkable work, The Unwomanly Face of War, … Continue reading

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The Royal Brides of the Eurasian Steppe

By Megan Snyder Women’s political role in early Eurasian nomadic cultures is not well documented yet clearly played a vital part in power dynamics between nomadic groups and their sedentary neighbors. The Hsiung-nu and the Turks who inhabited the Eurasian … Continue reading

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The Unknown Women of the Ancient Eurasian Steppe

By Megan Snyder It can be challenging to study the ancient nomads of Eurasia as many cultures did not leave their own written records. Instead, it was often outsiders who did not understand the nomadic way of life and had … Continue reading

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The Belarusian Art of Protest

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By Alex Adams “If I say it ended in tragedy, this is, in the first place, because of the size of the human toll taken in course of that social – or chronological – change. For in a real tragedy, … Continue reading

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Wellness through War and Peace

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By Alex Adams On the March 25 Wellness Day, a couple friends and I decided to watch War and Peace. The definitive War and Peace adaptation. The 431-minute long, four-part, 1967 Sergei Bondarchuk War and Peace film.             Sergei … Continue reading

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