Visiting professors to discuss religion in Russian politics

How did religion intersect with Russian politics during the Soviet era? What is the role of Russian Orthodoxy in Russian politics today? On March 9 and 10, visiting professors from as far away as Europe will explore these questions in a pair of events, free to the public, being held at Miami in connection with a conference on Eastern Christian history and culture.

March 9

Three specialists from Germany will hold a roundtable discussion, "Russian Orthodoxy 1917/2017." The roundtable will concentrate on the history of Orthodox Christianity in the 20th century, both in Russia/the Soviet Union and abroad, and on the current role of contemporary Russian Orthodoxy in Russian politics and society.

Thursday, March 9
11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
226 Upham Hall

Sebastian Rimestad, University of Erfurt
Hanna Stähle, University of Passau
Margarete Zimmermann, University of Jena

March 10

Vera Shevzov, professor of religion at Smith College, will deliver an address titled "The Bolshevik Revolution and the Art of Spiritual Warfare." Dr. Shevzov is author of the award-winning Russian Orthodoxy on the Eve of Revolution (Oxford UP, 2004).

Friday, March 10
5:30 p.m.
204 Harrison Hall

Both of these events are being held in connection with the biennial conference of the Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC). This year's conference is being organized by Dr. Scott Kenworthy, associate professor in Miami's Department of Comparative Religion, who is serving a three-year stint as ASEC's president. Dr. Kenworthy specializes in the study of religion in Russia.