RFE Project


As part of its Initiative on Cultural Power in International Relations, the European Institute launched in fall 2015 the Radio Free Europe (RFE) Research Project. The project is led by Professor Victoria Phillips, Lecturer in History at Columbia. Csaba Békés, Professor of History at Corvinus University in Budapest and Founding Director of the Cold War History Research Center in Budapest, and A. Ross Johnson, Former Director of RFE and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, serve as advisers to the project.

Radio Free Europe served, for many decades, as a key part of the American cultural strategy to win the “hearts and minds” of people during the Cold War. Engaging hundreds of exiles to report on events taking place behind the Iron Curtain, RFE reached millions of listeners throughout Eastern and Central Europe with news about political uprisings, party coups, environmental disasters, as well as everyday life.

The European Institute’s RFE Research Project offers to selected Columbia students the opportunity to conduct original research on the history of RFE at archives in the US and in Europe (College Park, MD; Budapest, Hungary; Stanford University, CA; Abilene, KS). After the conclusion of each research session, the students work on research papers to be presented at a conference at Columbia in the Spring semester.

The students selected for 2016 – 2017 were:

Elena Burger, BA in History candidate at Barnard College

Lotte Houwink ten Cate, PhD in History candidate

Sunny Chen, BA in History candidate

Spencer Cohen, BA in History candidate

Eddie Crouse, BA in History and English candidate

Tinatin Japaridze, BA candidate at Columbia University’s School of General Studies

Giancarlo Milea, MA/MSc in International and World History candidate

David Noell, PhD in Communications candidate at Columbia Journalism School

Sarah Roth, MA in Modern European Studies candidate

Serhii Tereschenko, MA/PhD in Slavic Languages candidate

Alex Wu, BA in History candidate

 

The students selected for 2015 – 2016 were:

Fatima Dar, BA candidate at Columbia University’s School of General Studies

Thalia Ertman, MA in International & World History candidate

Lotte Houwink ten Cate, PhD in History candidate

Tinatin Japaridze, BA candidate at Columbia University’s School of General Studies

Monique Kil, MA in International & World History candidate

Adriana Popa, Masters in International Affairs candidate

Sarah Roth, BA candidate at Columbia College

As part of its Initiative on Cultural Power in International Relations, the European Institute launched in fall 2015 the Radio Free Europe (RFE) Research Project. The project is led by Professor Victoria Phillips, Lecturer in History at Columbia. Csaba Békés, Professor of History at Corvinus University in Budapest and Founding Director of the Cold War History Research Center in Budapest, and A. Ross Johnson, Former Director of RFE and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, serve as advisers to the project.

Radio Free Europe served, for many decades, as a key part of the American cultural strategy to win the “hearts and minds” of people during the Cold War. Engaging hundreds of exiles to report on events taking place behind the Iron Curtain, RFE reached millions of listeners throughout Eastern and Central Europe with news about political uprisings, party coups, environmental disasters, as well as everyday life.

The European Institute’s RFE Research Project offers to selected Columbia students the opportunity to conduct original research on the history of RFE at archives in the US and in Europe (College Park, MD; Budapest, Hungary; Stanford University, CA; Abilene, KS). After the conclusion of each research session, the students work on research papers to be presented at a conference at Columbia in the Spring semester.

The students selected for 2016 – 2017 were:

Elena Burger, BA in History candidate at Barnard College

Lotte Houwink ten Cate, PhD in History candidate

Sunny Chen, BA in History candidate

Spencer Cohen, BA in History candidate

Eddie Crouse, BA in History and English candidate

Tinatin Japaridze, BA candidate at Columbia University’s School of General Studies

Giancarlo Milea, MA/MSc in International and World History candidate

David Noell, PhD in Communications candidate at Columbia Journalism School

Sarah Roth, MA in Modern European Studies candidate

Serhii Tereschenko, MA/PhD in Slavic Languages candidate

Alex Wu, BA in History candidate

 

The students selected for 2015 – 2016 were:

Fatima Dar, BA candidate at Columbia University’s School of General Studies

Thalia Ertman, MA in International & World History candidate

Lotte Houwink ten Cate, PhD in History candidate

Tinatin Japaridze, BA candidate at Columbia University’s School of General Studies

Monique Kil, MA in International & World History candidate

Adriana Popa, Masters in International Affairs candidate

Sarah Roth, BA candidate at Columbia College

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