‘The Seagull Project’ turns heads in Tashkent

On April 23, 2014 a Seattle based troupe of self-producing actors their director and a production manager flew to Tashkent, Uzbekistan to present their production of Chekhov’s The Seagull at the renowned Ilkhom Theatre of Mark Weil.

‘More to do’: Grigas speaks on European energy security

Agnia Grigas, energy security expert and political risk analyst, discussed the impact of Russian energy monopolies in Europe during her visit to Seattle.

VIDEO | Ukraine and Russia: Regional and Global Implications

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, the Ellison Center produced a panel discussion on Ukraine and Russia in light of events in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.

In case you missed the event, or if you want to refer back to some of the points, the individual panelists’ discussions are below.


Reshaping the sea: Ukraine’s dismal future in Black Sea Basin

The consequences of Russia’s annexation of Crimea extend beyond concerns of land sovereignty...

Ethnicity does not determine political allegiance: Breaking through the stereotypes about Ukraine

“Russians don’t surrender.” These were the words of Ukrainian Navy Captain Maxim Emelianenko...

Video | Global Gypsy: Balkan Romani music, representation & appropriation

Dr. Carol Silverman (professor of anthropology and folklore, University of Oregon) presented the 2014 Ellison Center Treadgold Talk covering the culture and stereotypes of the largest ethnic minority population in Europe, the Roma. Watch a video summary of her talk below.

2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games REECA medal count

This post is part of the Ellison Center blog Series on Sochi. Click here to read more of our coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia! 

Corruption: “Catastrophic Criminality”

This article is part of the Ellison Center blog Series on Sochi. Click here to read more as we cover the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia!    By Sarah McPhee For weeks we have seen the viral image of the tandem toilets, incomplete construction and shoddy workmanship in Sochi. “There is no point hosting a prestige event, at a cost of $50 billion, if the standard of hotels and ease of travel around the country isn’t in step,” said David Scowsill, president of the World Travel and Tourism Council. This is a shame, because there is so much that has been impressive and beautiful about the Sochi Games, it highly disappointing that Russia could not pull the event off with panache. Unfortunately, the Games were destined to be plagued with problems because of the catastrophic criminality that hobbles the Russian system.

Listen | Radnitz speaks about Ukraine with local NPR affiliate

Ellison Center Director Scott Radnitz speaks with The Record’s Ross Reynolds about the on-going situation in Ukraine. Listen to the interview on Seattle’s local NPR affiliate, KUOW here.

From the streets of Kyiv: “We Are Definitely Going Somewhere”

By Jennifer J. Carroll This post was written at 11 a.m. Feb. 20, 2014 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Read Jennifer’s previous report on EuroMaidan here. I got up early Tuesday morning. A march on parliament had been planned to demand a return to the 2004 constitution — the constitution replaced six years later by a new one of President Viktor Yanukovych’s design, one that gave him sweeping executive powers. I overslept, as I am prone to do. I hustled out of my apartment, camera in my bag, phone in my pocket, one shoe untied, half-eaten pastry hanging from my mouth, hoping to make it downtown by 8 a.m. When I arrived at Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), columns of people had already begun walking up Institutka Street toward the parliament building. Large vans with loudspeakers and music took the lead. Thousands — easily thousands — followed behind them with flags and banners. Some in the crowd were organized self-defense brigades, paramilitary units of stoic individuals (mostly, but not entirely, men) who had volunteered to serve as a first line of defense for the people in Maidan. They decorated their jackets with matching ribbons and paper stickers. They all carried the same homemade shields. They walked through the crowd beside priests and politicians, beside women who carried icons and wore shirts declaring that they were mothers. There were students, lawyers, doctors, journalists, children. The crowd passed several police blockades on neighboring streets, but managed to reach Mariinsky Park, where the Ukrainian parliament building is located.