Harvard Davis Center Announces New Georgian Studies Program | New
Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies is launching a new Georgian studies program with support from the Georgian government, the center said on Wednesday.
The program will be led by Stephen F. Jones, professor at Mount Holyoke College and Ilia State University in Georgia.
In a Davis Center press release Wednesday, Jones said the center’s creation was a “first.”
“Now academics from Georgia and the South Caucasus have an academic center at Harvard, where they can exchange ideas, pursue research and collaborate with Georgian colleagues,” Jones said. “His establishment here at Harvard benefits both Georgia and the United States. “
The program was made possible by a $ 2.3 million “research grant” from the Georgia Department of Education and Science to support “academic research and exchange, teaching and learning. awareness, ”according to the press release.
The aim of the program is to broaden the knowledge of American students about Georgian history, culture, literature and politics. It will also fund the research projects of Georgian academics and finance visits to the Harvard campus for them.
Professor Rawi E. Abdelal of Harvard Business School, who heads the Davis Center, said in the statement that the establishment of the center was a “real step forward” in the university’s ability to study Georgia and its region. surrounding.
“Students are crying out for opportunities to travel to the Caucasus and Central Asia. Working with the Georgian government will allow us to establish high quality internships and exchanges, ”Abdelal said. “It is, after all, the experience of other countries and cultures that strengthens understanding, appreciation and analysis.”
The program is expected to host an annual conference on Georgia and the South Caucasus, and will feature events, conferences and workshops on the region.
Courses on Georgia, including Georgian language courses, will be offered in history and social sciences each year starting in the spring semester 2022.
Davis Center executive director Alexandra M. Vacroux said in the announcement that the creation of the program provides undergraduate and graduate students better “intellectual and physical” access to Georgia, which Vacroux says , is “the way to create a pipeline of experts on the Caucasus.
“Our master’s students are becoming leaders in the public and private sectors, and their in-depth knowledge of Georgia and the Caucasus will enhance America’s understanding of the region’s foreign policy, its journalism, and the worlds of business and culture. “she said.