March 12, 2010                                                        

AMHERST, Mass.—On Monday, April 19, at 8 p.m. in the reading room of Amherst College’s Center for Russian Culture (Webster Hall, room 202), Temple University history professor Vladislav Zubok will discuss “Russia and the U.S.: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the college’s Lamont Fund and Department of Political Science.

Zubok has published two major books on Russia in the last three years. The first, A Failed Empire: the Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev received the Marshall Shulman prize as “an outstanding monograph on the international behavior of the countries of the former communist bloc.” The second, Zhivago’s Children: The Last Russian Intelligentsia was reviewed by The Washington Post, The Economist, The London Review of Books, Times Higher Education and Foreign Affairs. Zubok has also co-authored a book with Constantine Pleshakov of MountHolyokeCollege, Inside the Kremlin’s Cold War. He is currently finishing a biography of Dmitry S. Likhachev, the late, distinguished Russian scholar and cultural leader.

Educated in the Soviet Union, Zubok has been for the last three years the director of the U.S.-Russian Advanced Faculty Training Program for Humanities and Social Sciences. The last workshop of the program—which took place in the Crimea, Ukraine, in July 2009—included 10 senior and 30 younger scholars from the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belorussia, Moldova and Kyrgizstan.