Curtiss Lectures

John Shelton Curtiss Lectures

John Shelton Curtiss (1899-1983) was a professor of Russian history at Duke University for over 20 years (1947-1969) and a founding member of SCSS. During World War II he published one of the first books that challenged the authenticity of the infamous work The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and successfully encouraged other scholars to cosign his work. Among his publications: Church and State in Russia; Russian Army Under Nicholas I; Russia's Crimean War; and many others.

 1962  October 5              Geroid T. Robinson, Russian Institute, Columbia University

1963  October 11             Philip E. Mosely, Russian Institute, Columbia University

1964  October 16             Hans Kohn, University of Texas, “On the Loneliness and Togetherness of the Slavs”

1965  October 22             Richard V. Burks, Wayne State University, “The Decline of Communism in East Europe”

1966  October 21             George Gibian, Cornell University, “The Old and New in Soviet Russian Literature: 1965-66”

1967  October 27             Program does not list a speaker.

1968  October 25             Sergius Yakobson, Library of Congress, “Slavica at the Library of Congress”

1969  October 17             Alex Inkeles, Harvard University, “The Half-Century of the Russian Revolution”

1970  October 16             Merle Fainsod, Harvard University, “Conformity and Dissent in the U.S.S.R.”

1971  October 1              Nicholas V. Riasanovsky, University of California, Berkeley, “Some Thoughts on the Government and the Educated Public in Russia in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century”

1972  October 13             Victor Erlich, Yale University, “How Russian Is Russian Literature?”

1973  October 12             David Joravsky, Northwestern University, “The Mechanical Spirit, From Chernyshevsky’s Sechenov to Stalin’s Pavlov”

1974  October 18             Frederick Barghoorn, Yale University, “Dissent and Change in the USSR: Some Reflections”

1975                              Hosted AAASS in Atlanta

1976  October 22             James Billington, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Politics

1977  October 21             Edward Wasiolek, University of Chicago, “Dostoevsky and Tolstoy: Two Worlds”

1978  November 3           Joseph S. Berliner, Brandeis University, Family and Economy in Soviet Russia”

1979  October 19             Ralph T. Fisher, Jr., University of Illinois, “From Another Window”

1980  September 19         Marshall Shulman, Special Advisor on Soviet Affairs to the Secretary of State, “US-Soviet Relations: What Do We Want?”

1981  October 23             Edward Wasiolek, University of Chicago, “Russian Formalism and Contemporary Criticism”

1982                              Met jointly with AAASS in Washington, D.C.

1983  October 7              Edward L. Keenan, Harvard University, “Area Studies”

1984  October 12             S. Frederick Starr, Oberlin College, “American Public Opinion and the Soviet Press”

1985  November 3           Met jointly with ICSEES (International Committee for Soviet and East European

                                    Studies) in Washington, D.C.

1986  November              William Fletcher, University of Kansas, “Soviet Policy on Religion: The End of an Era”

1987  October 23             Josef Skvorecky, University of Toronto, “My Neighbor Jaroslav Seifert”

1988  October 21             Francis Conte, University of Paris IV, “The Russian Peasant and his Faith: Orthodoxy, Dvoeverie or Troeverie?”

1989  October 12             Dorothy Atkinson, Executive Director, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, “The State of Our Profession”

1990                              Meeting postponed to spring 1991

1991  March 22               Evgenii Anisimov, Institute of History, Leningrad, “Progress By Means of Coercion: Russia’s Historical Path?”

1992  March 27               Tatyana Tolstaya, Russia, “Culture in the New Russia”

1993  March 19               Moshe Lewin, University of Pennsylvania, “The Benefits and Pitfalls of Historical Comparison: Russia and Germany”

1994  March 18               Murray Feshbach, Georgetown University, “Ecocide Updated: Even Worse Than I Thought”

1995  March 17               Robert C. Tucker, Princeton University, “Reflections on Soviet History”

1996  April 12                 Vassily Aksyonov, George Mason University, “Novelist and University”

1997  March 21               Brenda Meehan, University of Rochester, “Russian Women and the Radiant Future”

1998  March 20               Laura Engelstein, Princeton University, “Paradigms, Pathologies, and Other Clues to

                                     Russian Spiritual Culture: Some Post-Soviet Thoughts”

1999  March 26               Yuri Urbanovich, University of Virginia, “Russia Today: A Psycho-political Review”

2000  March 17               Gabriel Gorodetsky, Tel Aviv University, “Stalin and the Invasion of Russia”

2001  March 2                James Collins, Ambassador to Russia, “The Yeltsin Legacy and U.S./Russia Relations”

2002  March 15               Angela Stent, Georgetown University, “The Scholar as Policy Maker”

2003  March 28               Esther Kingston-Mann, University of Massachusetts-Boston, “The Romance of Privatization: Russia in Comparative Historical Perspective”

2004  March 19              James Billington, Library of Congress, “The Future of Russia: The Lady or the Tiger?”

2005  April 15                Blair Ruble, Kennan Institute, “Creating Diversity Capital: How Studying Migrants in the Former Soviet Union can Teach us     About Ourselves”

2006  March 24              Nancy Condee, University of Pittsburgh, “Does the Empire Have No Close? Problems of National Identity”

2007  March 23              Diane Koenker, University of Illinois, “From Social History to the History of Tourism”

2008  March 28              Ron Suny, University of Michigan, “Breaking Eggs, Making Omelets: Explaining Violence in the Revolution of Lenin and Stalin”

2009  March 27              Abbott Gleason, Brown University, “Totalitarianism: Russian Historians and the T-word During the Cold War”

2010  March 27               Mark von Hagen, Arizona State University, “History Wars: Memory and Geopolitics in Eastern Europe”

2011  April 8                    Henry Hale, George Washington University, “Two Decades of Regime Change in Post-Soviet Eurasia: What’s New, What’s Old,         and Why”

2012  March 30               Christopher Read, Warwick University, “Where Have All the Workers Gone?”

2013 March 22                William Brumfield, Tulane University, “Memory, Commemoration, Memorialization: Moscow’s Western Battlefields”

2014 April 11                   Richard Wortman, Columbia University, "Three Charismatic Words: Some Incidental Reflections on Russia's Past"

2015 March 6                  Julie Buckler, Harvard University, "Repurposing the Past: Post-Soviet Urban Spaces"

2016 March 18               Serhii Plokhii, Harvard University, "The Ukrainian Crisis in Historical Perspective"

2017 April 6                   Rex Wade, George Mason University, "My Career as a Soviet Historian"

2018 March 23               Joan Neuberger, University of Texas-Austin, "Something Old, Something New: Going Digital"

2019 March                   Kate Brown, Chernobyl

2020 March 13              Don Raleigh, UNC-Chapel Hill, "The Brezhnev you may not Know"