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January 10, 2013


Six lectures by five University of Montana faculty members will examine why Russia matters in this year’s annual Community Lecture Series: “Russia on the Oval.” The weekly lecture series, now in its 15th year, will begin Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Always entertaining and educational, this year’s lineup focuses on how Russian history and culture have impacted the world, examining topics such as Russian literature, folklore and cinema, Soviet propaganda art and the question of identity in Russian history. Attendees will discover a broad spectrum of people and events that made Russia what it was and what it is today.

Lectures will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday, Feb. 19-March 26, in the University Center Theater. Each event will include a question-and-answer session. The schedule of lectures is:

  • Feb. 19: “Between East and West: The Question of Identity in Russian History,” UM Department of History Associate Professor Robert Greene.
  • Feb. 26: “The Roots of Russian Folk Belief,” UM Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Associate Professor Ona Renner-Fahey.
  • March 5: “The Other Russian Revolution: How Russia Revolutionized the Arts,” UM Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Assistant Professor Clint Walker.
  • March 12: “Power in the Streets: Reconsidering the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917,” UM Department of History Associate Professor Robert Greene.
  • March 19: “Hands Held High: Soviet Propaganda Art,” UM School of Arts Professor H. Rafael Chacon.
  • March 26: “Educational System in Today’s Russia: A View on the Role of Education in a Contemporary Society,” UM Department of Mathematical Sciences Chair and Professor Leonid Kalachev.

Tickets cost $20 for the complete lecture series for the general public, $15 for UM Alumni Association dues-paying members, $10 for students and $5 at the door, if seats are available. They can be purchased online at or by calling the UM Office of Alumni Relations at 406-243-5211. Space is limited.

For more information call Jay Kettering, UM Alumni Association on-campus events coordinator, at 406-243-6439 or email; or call Linda Gillison, UM professor and the lecture series facilitator, at 406-243-2719 or email





Contact: Jay Kettering, on-campus events coordinator, UM Alumni Association, 406-243-6439,; Linda Gillison, UM professor and lecture series facilitator, 406-243-2719,