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Talk • Georgia: The Burdens and Joys of History and Geography
March 20, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the complex history and geography of the country of Georgia as we explore the burdens and joys that have shaped its identity over the centuries. From its strategic location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia to its unique cultural heritage and turbulent political history, Georgia is an interesting country to explore. This online lecture will analyze how geography, religion, language, and tradition have contributed to Georgia’s rich and complex tapestry. It will also address the Russo-Ukrainian war and its impact on contemporary Caucasian politics. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session with Professor Jones.
Registration is required to receive a Zoom link to the meeting.
Stephen Jones is the director of Georgian studies program at Harvard University and a professor of modern Georgian history at Ilia State University. He is an expert on post-communist societies in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. In addition to his extensive scholarly work on Georgia’s politics and history, he has briefed the U.S. Department of State on a regular basis, as well as a number of U.S. ambassadors to Georgia. Professor Jones is also leading an ongoing effort to work with officials in Georgia to identify, preserve, and catalog archival materials and employ contemporary library technologies to support the nation’s archival and library systems.
This event is open to the public. Sponsored by UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies. CLE credit available to students who register and attend the event.