Sheila Fitzpatrick on “Celebrating (Or Not) the Centenary of the Russian Revolution”

Wednesday, October 11
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Interpretation of the Russian Revolution has always been politically contentious, in the West as in the Soviet Union and its successor states. But the centenary, coming only a few decades after the collapse of Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, finds Western scholars at a loss – and in Putin’s Russia it is an outright embarrassment. At this lecture, organized by the Revolutionology research project, Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow Sheila Fitzpatrick (professor of history, University of Sydney; Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Russian History and the College, University of Chicago) will consider the ways the event should be commemorated.