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Silk Road Project. 2005-7
The Miami University Havighurst Center for the Study of Russian and Post-Soviet Studies has taken as its theme for the 2005-2007 academic years the study of the countries and peoples of the Silk Road, the trading route that connected China and the Mediterranean region for many centuries. Among the many projects and events being sponsored was a six-week trip (May 21-July 2, 2006) taken by 15 Miami faculty, with major funding from a Fulbright-Hays Group Study Abroad Grant. The trip included visits to important sites as well as seminars arranged with local academics. Faculty on the trip, representing nine fields of study, are all developing curricular and research interests in Central Asia. Funding for the project included the Fulbright Program, Miami University's College of Arts and Science, The School of Fine Arts, Office of International Programs, The Hampton Fund, Committee for the Enhancement of Teaching and Excellence; and the Departments of Classics, Religion, German Russian and East Asian Languages, Political Science, Geography, French and Italian, Architecture and Interior Design, History, and Geology, as well as the Havighurst Center. External and university funding for the trip exceeded $100,000.

Russian Studies Curriculum Transformation. 2002-7

The project (with Robert DiDonato and Gretchen Ziolkowski from the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages) received start-up funding from Miami University’s Committee for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching to explore the feasibility of a Russian studies program at Miami. A further grant from the Department of Education’s Title VI fund for the transformation of the curriculum was received in 2004. Clearly the existence of the Havighurst Center has helped to promote intellectual enquiry in this area. The hiring of new faculty in History, Political Science, Russian language and culture in GREAL, Comparative Religion, Architecture, and Anthropology, and the continuing funding available for post-doctoral teaching fellows in various departments allied to the Havighurst Center have increased the number of courses offered and the number of permanent faculty who are interested in the endeavor. The working group began convening in 2003 and led to the introduction of a new major and minor in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies in 2005.  External funding for curricular initiatives was $120,000.

The Russian Littoral Project, 1992-97

The Russian Littoral Project, started in 1991, was the first and remains the most thorough and systematic effort to create a new corpus of research on the new states of the former Soviet Union. It was a multi-year project between the University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University; jointly directed by Professors Karen Dawisha and Bruce Parrott. The project recruited young scholars and policy makers from the former Soviet Union as fellows; and  provided a research environment for them to write high-quality pieces in interaction with specialists from this country.  These papers were presented along with contributions from the best specialists in the United States and Europe at ten international conferences organized by the project on themes ranging from the legacy of history, to the impact of religious revivalism on politics to the nuclear challenge in Russia and the new states.  Conferences were held in the United States, Europe and the former Soviet Union. Eleven volumes along with 100 working papers were published. More than 900 conference participants from over 40 countries participated. The Russian Littoral Project  received funding from the MacArthur Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The Presidents and the administrations of both the University of Maryland, College Park, and Johns Hopkins University  provided substantial support for the project. Over $1.5 million was raised to maintain the activities of the project.

The Odessa Public Policy Project, 1994-97

Also a joint project of the University of Maryland, College  Park, and Johns Hopkins University, the Odessa Public Policy Project was designed to train Ukrainian professors and students in public policy.  The program  admitted 25 students per year, enabled an exchange of students and faculty between Maryland and Odessa.  Funding was also received for an annual Summer Symposium in Theories and Pedagogy in the field of Public Policy, allowing professors and heads of programs in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to meet with their Western counterparts to discuss common issues. Funding for the Odessa Public Policy Project has come both from the Universities and from the United States Information Agency and the Eurasia Foundation. Over $400,000 was raised for this project.

Democratization in Post-Communist States, 1995-97
This project was funded primarily by the State Department and the American Council for Learned Societies. It was designed to produce a large cross-national comparison of democratization trends in all 27 post-communist states.  Professors Dawisha and Parrott headed the project and produced the theoretical papers which guided the presentation of case studies, as well as writing the final conclusion drawing the comparisons between the cases. The project brought together country specialists on each of these countries with comparativists who had done substantive work in non-communist democratic transitions. Over $150,000 was raised for this project.