This is a past event

Please join us for the opening of "The Anti-Racism Library,” which collects materials related to the themes of anti-racism, the engagement of ethnic minorities with socialism and the Soviet Union, and the complex entanglement of race and communism. Its aim is to serve as resource for future students of these topics and of the conflicted legacies of Soviet propaganda and the geopolitics of racism, both domestic and international, in the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union.

The collection has various sources of inspiration: the College’s Anti-Racism Plan, the conceptual artist Yevgenyi Fiks’s Wayland Rudd Collection, and remarks made by the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she visited Amherst in 2019 and briefly discussed the role of Soviet propaganda in shaping American domestic policy, in particular the decision in Brown v. Board of Education. In its current iteration, research for the Library has been conducted by Bebe Leistyna ’24, Oliver Spiva ’24, and Jack Stephens ’23. We anticipate collecting for the Library well into the future as part of an ongoing project of the Center and courses in the Russian department.

For this event, the student researchers will present on various aspects of the Library, followed by a keynote address by Prof. David Chioni Moore (Macalester College). Reception to follow. 


Bebe Leistyna '24

Claudia Lonkin (NYU)

Oliver Spiva, ‘24

Jack Stephens, ‘23

Prof. Michael Kunichika

Moderated by Erica Drennan

Keynote Lecture: 

Prof. David Chioni Moore, "Racial Paradise in Central Asia, or Political Famine in Soviet Ukraine? Langston Hughes, Alva Christiansen, and a Chance Encounter, 1932"

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Amherst Center for Russian Culture
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