Arts and Literature

*EVENT CANCELED* A Centenary Celebration of Prokofiev and America

Due to a scheduling conflict, this event has been canceled.

Event Recap: Fears of the Fourth Estate, Current Challenges for the Pakistani Press

Today, we live in a world of increasing democratic backsliding and attacks on free speech are not uncommon. Pakistan is no different–print or media journalists who are perceived to have crossed certain red-lines can face censorship and intimidation while the media houses that employ them could be financially undercut. As the Pakistani state cracks down on the mainstream media, social media has become a bastion of critical voices, but now the Pakistani authorities have turned their attention to social media and bloggers are facing similar consequences.

Kennan Institute Back-to-School Reading List

The Kennan Institute asked some of our scholars to share some of their top choices for 2018 back-to-school reading. Here are a few of their picks, ranging from Soviet and post-Soviet organized crime to the relationship between Facebook and democracy.


Stacy Closson, Global Fellow, Kennan Institute


Kennan Institute Summer Reading List

The Kennan Institute asked some of our scholars to share part of their 2018 summer reading lists with us. Here are a few of their picks, ranging from social media savviness to the history of the Russian ballet.

Nina Jankowicz, Global Fellow, Wilson Center


Celebrating Black History Month with A Cappella Group Reverb

The Wilson Center’s African American Heritage Event Committee is pleased to invite you to an afternoon of live entertainment by the a cappella group Reverb.

Can Music Change the World?

Can art be a transformational power in society and in creating more equal and ethical leadership? The Wilson Center’s Finland Scholar Emilie Gardberg helps answer the question, “Can classical music change the world?” That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW. 

A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial

A Rift in the Earth tells the remarkable story of the ferocious "art war" that raged between 1979 and 1984 over what kind of memorial should be built to honor the men and women who died in the Vietnam War. The story intertwines art, politics, historical memory, patriotism, racism, and a fascinating set of characters, from those who fought in the conflict and those who resisted it to politicians at the highest level.

Kyrgyz Cultural Evening: “Rooted in Felt” & “Salt Peanuts”

The Kennan Institute and the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States and Canada invite you to an evening celebrating Kyrgyz art, both contemporary and traditional. The event will begin with a reception featuring a display of artworks at the Wilson Center. The exhibit, titled “Rooted in Felt” has been organized by the organization Voices, a DC nonprofit, and includes felted rugs, wall panels, fashion design, and other objects created by artisans from Kyrgyzstan and this Central Asian republic’s neighbors such as Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and Russia.