Yuliya Komska

Professor Yuliya Komska: Iron Curtains (Reuters)

The term “iron curtain” is more than 200 years old. Its usage has evolved through time. Long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Professor Yuliya Komska says that its recent rise in common usage may help to foster destructive divisions among European nations.

“By applying ‘iron curtain’ to these divisions,” Professor Komska writes, “journalists and politicians create a fault line between Western Europe and countries in the east. In doing so, they risk associating problems common across all Europe — security, immigration, xenophobia — with only a handful of communities on the EU’s eastern periphery.”

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Yuliya Komska on Teaching German and Other Joys

By Joni B. Cole

This Focus on Faculty Q&A is part of an ongoing series of interviews exploring what keeps Dartmouth professors busy inside—and outside—the classroom.

Yuliya Komska is an assistant professor of German studies, a Cold War cultural historian, and a self-proclaimed “wannabe Austro-Hungarian.” A native of Ukraine, Komska recently published her first book, The Icon Curtain: The Cold War's Quiet Border. She shares her views on belonging, her joy in teaching, and the difference between her and the futuristic mom in the 1960s cartoon show The Jetsons.

Dartmouth Public Voices to Broaden Debate for a Third Year

Over the past year, Assistant Professor of German Yuliya Komska became a regular columnist for Reuters on her native Ukraine and other issues and was part of The New York Times “Op-Talk” feature, and Associate Professor of Engineering Vicki May landed a book deal based on her Huffington Post series on STEM education and is preparing a five-part lesson series for TED-Ed on thinking creatively about engineering.

This is just a fraction of the work produced with support from the Dartmouth Public Voices Fellowship program, an initiative launched in 2013 in partnership with The OpEd Project, which is dedicated to increasing the impact of the nation's top scholars.

Following the successes of 2014, when 15 Dartmouth Public Voices fellows from diverse scholarly fields produced 44 articles for major media outlets, and broadened their reach as expert commentators for TV and radio, the College has extended the program for a third year.