Norwich University Peace and War Center to Host Exhibition and Presentation based on the work of Dmitri Beliakov

By NU Office of Communications

The John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center at Norwich University announced today that it will host an event to mark the anniversary of the current war in Ukraine with a special panel presentation titled “On the Margins of Europe: A War Before the War”.

Dmitri Beliakov

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, and will run from 9:25 AM – 10:40 AM in Mack Hall Auditorium at Norwich University. The presentation will feature award-winning Russian photojournalist, Dmitri Beliakov, and a curated panel of subject matter experts (SME). Live streaming will be available.

From 2014 to 2019, Beliakov documented the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government with the goal of revealing all aspects of the armed conflict in the region. In 2005, he garnered the Overseas Press Club of America award for his 2004 coverage of the Beslan school siege terrorist attack.

Beliakov’s imagery explores the fanaticism that has driven the largest war in Europe in a generation, the transformative effects of the conflict on both the pro-Ukrainian government fighters and Moscow-backed armed separatists, and the tragedy of the most vulnerable – the elderly, the ill and the poor of the region.

The On the Margins of Europe event will feature a panel discussion, a slideshow of Belyakov’s photographs from 2014-2019, and contextualization of the current conflict in the region against the backdrop of the previous war.

Panelists at the event will include Dmitri Beliakov; Rachel Denber, Deputy Director, Europe & Central Asia Division, Human Rights Watch; Nathan Hodge, Senior Editor, CNN London; and Major Sergey Filippov, Commander, Kiev Volunteer Battalion.

Images featured during the presentation will be on exhibit in the Kreitzberg Library following the live event. The exhibit is hosted by the Norwich University Sullivan Museum & History Center and will be on display through March 30, 2023.

For more information on the On the Margins of Europe: A War Before the War live presentation and exhibition, visit the Norwich University’s Patton Peace and War Center’s website at

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The John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center is a Norwich University academic center of excellence for students, scholars, and practitioners seeking to advance interdisciplinary knowledge on the relationship between peace and warfare at local, national, and global levels.

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