Russia: Politics and Culture

Draft Schedule

Lecture details will be updated throughout February.

Friday, April 27

8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Checking in
You can pick up your packet with a name tag, schedule, participant biographies, list of open classes and meal tickets at the Pontypool building. There is a small driveway in front available while you pick up your packet.
Pontypool, 22 Snell Street

8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Visit Open Classes
A list of open classes is available online and will also be provided in registration packets.
Various locations

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lunch (as you are free)
Meal tickets provided in registration packets.
Valentine Dining Hall

1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Checking in
Check in and pick up your packets on site at the program.
Lobby, Converse Hall

2 P.M. – 3 p.m.

Historical and Political Context
Sergey Glebov, Associate Professor of History and Kathleen (Kelly) Smith ’87, Professor of Teaching, Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

3:10 P.M. – 4:10 p.m.

Putin and the Patriarch — Poets and Patriarchy 
Bryn Geffert, Librarian of the College and Catherine Ciepiela ’83, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of Russian and Director of the Amherst Center for Russian Culture
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

4:10 P.M. – 4:30 p.m.

Break

4:30 P.M. – 5:30 p.m. 

Student Research Presentations
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

5:45 p.m.

Reception
Amherst Center for Russian Culture, Webster Hall

7 p.m.

Dinner
Share a meal and conversation with students
Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons

Saturday, April 28

7:30 A.M. – 9 a.m.

Breakfast (as you are free)
Meal tickets are provided in registration packets.
Valentine Dining Hall

9 A.M. – 10 a.m.

Soviet Film and LGBTQ Literature
Michael Kunichika, Associate Professor of Russian and Kevin Moss ’77, Jean Thomson Fulton Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, Middlebury College
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Book cover image of a Russian man with scar on forehead The Rise and Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev
William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science, Emeritus.  Lecture followed by a book signing of Gorbachev: His Life and Times in Converse Lobby.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

11:45 A.M.

Lunch
Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons

1 P.M. – 2 P.M.

U.S. - Russia Relations: A Deeply Rooted Clash of Strategic and Political Cultures
Andrew Kuchins ’81, Senior Fellow at the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, Georgetown University. From the optimism at the end of the Cold War for a new era of warm relations between Moscow and Washington, the U.S.-Russia relationship has descended in the last few years to a state described by many as a "new Cold War". There is lots of blame for both sides for the current dangerous and depressing state of relations, but we also need to appreciate that going back to the 19th century, conflict and tension in the bilateral relationship has been the norm punctuated briefly by alliance relations in two world wars and Russian support, mostly symbolic, for the Union in our Civil War. Understanding why this is so requires looking closely at the dramatic differences in political and strategic cultures in Russia and America.
Pruyne, Fayerweather Hall

2:15 P.M. - 3 P.M.

Gallery Talk
Alla Rosenfeld, Curator of Russian and European Art
Amherst Center for Russian Culture Gallery, Webster Hall