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Totalitarianism, Dissent and Democratic Institutions lecture series

This lecture series, made possible by The Lowe Family Holocaust and Genocide Education Endowment, is designed to foster understanding, and to disseminate knowledge, about the causes and conditions that foster genocides, including the Holocaust and to generate public awareness about the danger of authoritarian, totalitarian and nationalistic regimes to the future of humanity.

The Life and Death of the Russian Revolution


lecture by Yuri Slezkine 
University of California, Berkeley
reservation required

Nov. 1, 2018 | 7 p.m.
College of Design North, room 60
ASU Tempe campus
810 South Forest Mall, Tempe
free and open to all 

This talk will follow the lives of the original Bolsheviks from the time they joined the apocalyptic sect known as “the party of a new type” to the time most of them were arrested for terrorism and treason. It will focus on the connection between private lives and millenarian expectations and attempt to clarify the reasons for socialism’s premature demise.

Yuri Slezkine is the Jane K. Sather Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include: The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution (Princeton University Press, 2017); The Jewish Century (Princeton University Press, 2004), which won the National Jewish Book Award; and Arctic Mirrors: Russian and the Small Peoples of the North (Cornell University Press), 1984.  Slezkine has been a visiting lecturer at Oxford University and Vassar College, and has received fellowship support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), among others.

This lecture is made possible by The Lowe Family Holocaust and Genocide Education Endowment, ASU Jewish Studies and support by the ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies.