Global Scholars Program Schedules Information Sessions for Summer 2014 Program

November 08, 2013

The 2014 Global Scholars Program—“Contemporary Cities of Eurasia: Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator, Beijing”—will be a four-week summer workshop taking students through Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator and Beijing. Two information sessions will be held in the coming days (see schedule below).

Students will explore the histories, cultures, built environments and lived spaces of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Mongolia and China through travel and site visits to major cities of the "Eastern Bloc." The program will include a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Beijing, where students will focus on the theme of socialist and post-socialist cities of Eurasia.

Students will be under the guidance of Columbia faculty members Charles Armstrong and Catharine Nepomnyashchy. Students will investigate how the common problems of urban life in the twentieth century were addressed in the USSR and societies influenced by the Soviet model, and how the collapse of state socialism in the Soviet bloc and its transformation in China have shaped the development of cities there in the twenty-first century. Students will enroll in the spring 2014 Global Seminar "Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities of Eurasia" prior to departure. During the summer seminar, they will prepare a significant research paper, presenting their findings in the last week of the course.

Click here for GSP 2014 Program Details

The GSP 2014 is a joint collaboration of the Harriman Institute, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Office of Global Programs and Columbia Global Centers | East Asia.  For more information, contact Harriman Institute Program Manager Lydia Hamilton at

Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 12 noon, International Affairs Building, Room 918  MAP
  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m., Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, International Affairs Building, Room 1219

Watch a photo gallery of some of the activities and research students participated in during the portion of the program in Beijing in 2013.