Below is a full list of upcoming and ongoing Havighurst Center-related events. See menu on the left to view detailed schedules of our annual lectures and conferences.

FALL 2018 

Wednesday, August 29                   
Opening Panel on Truth and Power
Russian Propaganda Then and Now
The Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies kicks off its fall series on "Truth and Power" with a discussion of Russian propaganda in the past and how it works in the present. The event will feature remarks by Dr. Stephen Norris, Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Russian History and Director of the Havighurst Center, and Dr. Hannah Chapman, Assistant Professor of Political Science.
HRN 111, 4:30pm
Tuesday, September 4              
Truth, Power, & Sport—Propaganda and Political Ideology: 
A Film Series
Legend No 17
The life and career of Russian hockey player Valeri Kharlamov, from
his rise to stardom to his untimely death.
HRN 302, 4:30pm
Wednesday, September 5             
Havighurst Colloquia: Russia Abroad - Homesick and Sick of Home
Who was Peter Chaadaev?
Jake Beard, The Ohio State University
Harrison Hall 202, 11:40am

Tuesday, September 11
Truth, Power, & Sport—Propaganda and Political Ideology: A Film Series
The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.
HRN 302, 4:30pm

Friday, September 14            
Karen Dawisha: Scholar, Mentor, Teacher
The Havighurst Center will commemorate Karen Dawisha's life as a scholar of Russian politics, a mentor to faculty and students, and a teacher. Speakers will include Bruce Parrot (Johns Hopkins University), Gulnaz Sharafutdinova (King's College, London), Venelin Ganev (Miami University), Rebecca Fradkin (Oxford University), and Harrison King (University of California, Berkeley). Ricardo Averbach, Conductor of the Miami University Orchestra, will conduct a quartet playing some of Karen's favorite pieces. The event will also include a reception.
John Dolibois Room, Shriver Center, 3:00-5:00pm       

Friday, September 14

Deceptive Cadence: Stories from Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Shchedrin.
This collaborative performance brings together the music and biographies of Russian Composers Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shchedrin in an imaginative and dramatic evening exploring the question, "Who decides what makes art good?" Featuring live music, acting, and projections.
Gates-Abegglen Theater, 7:30pm

Saturday Sept 15
Deceptive Cadence: Stories from Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Shchedrin
Gates-Abegglen Theater, 2:00pm
Monday, September 17            
Havighurst Colloquia: Russia Abroad - Homesick and Sick of Home
Beyond Exile: Nabokov in Berlin and Practices of Not Belonging
Roman Utkin, Wesleyan University
HRN 202, 11:40am
Thursday, September 20            
Reporting on Russia
Anna Veduta, Meduza Media 
Veduta is the Global Outreach Director for Meduza Media ( and Aleksei Navalny's former spokesperson.  
HRN 111, 4:30pm
Tuesday, September 25            
Truth, Power, & Sport—Propaganda and Political Ideology: A Film Series
Going Vertical
A Russian sports drama about the controversial victory of the Soviet national
basketball team over the U.S. Olympic team at the 1972 Munich Olympics,
ending their 63-game winning streak.
HRN 302, 4:30pm 

Monday, October 1                  
Havighurst Colloquia: Russia Abroad - Homesick and Sick of Home
The Two Solitudes of Russia Abroad: Russian & Russian-Jewish Writers in France’s Long Second World War
Leonid Livak, University of Toronto
HRN 202, 11:40am
Wednesday, October 3 
Martin Nekola, Research Director at Democracy 2.1
For the Freedom of Captive European Nations: Eastern European Exiles in Postwar America
King Library 320, 1:15pm
Monday, October 15                
Havighurst Colloquia: Russia Abroad - Homesick and Sick of Home
Tamizdat, the Cold War, and Contraband Russian Literature: the Case of Varlam Shalamov
Yasha Klots (Hunter College)
HRN 202, 11:40am

Monday, October 22                
Havighurst Colloquia: Russia Abroad - Homesick and Sick of Home
The Тheme of a City in the Poetry of Russian Emigration
Polina Barskova, Hampshire College
HRN 202, 11:40am
Friday, October 26                
Havighurst Center Lecture
Truth and Power in Putin's Russia:  A Conversation with Mikhail Zygar 
Mikhail Zygar, Russian journalist, writer and filmmaker
Zygar is the founding editor-in-chief of the only Russian independent news TV-channel, Dozhd (2010–2015). which provided an alternative to Kremlin-controlled federal TV channels by focusing on news content and giving a platform to opposition voices. Zygar is also the author of the book All the Kremlin's Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin, the history of Putin's Russia, based on interviews with Russian politicians from Putin's inner circle. He is also the author of the forthcoming book Eyewitness 1917: The Russian Revolution as it Happened, based on the unique Project1917 website, a month-by-month re-telling of Russia's year of revolutions, consisting entirely of primary sources: letters, memoirs, diaries and other documents of the period.
HRN 204, 1:15pm 

Monday, October 29
Havighurst Colloquia: Russia Abroad - Homesick and Sick of Home
Slava Mogutin as a Diasporic Russian Queer Voice: Countercultural Globalization and Transcendental Homelessness
Vitaly Chernetsky, University of Kansas
HRN 202, 11:40am

November 6              
Journalism in Kharkiv 
Journalists from the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine will speak about their reporting experiences.
HRN 304, 1:15pm
co-sponsored with Dept of Journalism

Tuesday, November 6
An Evening with Masha Gessen
Masha Gessen, author and Visiting Assistant Professor, Amherst College
Winner of the National Book Award in 2017 for the book “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” Gessen has written about Russia, autocracy, LGBT rights, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump, among others, for The New York Review of Books and the New York Times.  
Shideler Hall 152, 5:00pm
co-sponsored with the Humanities Center

November 12            
Havighurst Colloquia: Russia Abroad - Homesick and Sick of Home
Exploring Immigrant Mentality in Post-Soviet Cinema
Oleg Sulkin, Voice of America
HRN 202, 11:40am

Tuesday, November 13            
Listopad (“November”)
The film tells the story of three teenage boys who were swept up in the Czech Republic's 1989 Velvet Revolution. We will be joined by the film's producer, Jeffrey Brown.
Irvin Hall 40, 4:30pm

Tuesday, December 4            
Anti-Jewish Violence in the Former Lands of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the 19th Century
Darius Staliūnas, Deputy Director, The Lithuanian History Institute
King Library 320, 5:00pm
co-sponsored by Hillel at Miami University