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“100 Year Anniversary of the 1917 Revolution” – What’s in a Year? Doubts about the Great Event

September 20, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us on September 20th, 2017 for “What’s in a Year? Doubts about the Great Event”, a talk by Yanni Kotsonis, Professor of History, Russian & Slavic Studies at NYU and Emeritus Director of the Jordan Center. This is the first event in the lecture series entitled “100 Year Anniversary of the 1917 Revolution” hosted by the NYU Jordan Center and co-sponsored by the NYU Department of History.

It was quite a year: an autocracy collapsed, power spilled onto the streets, and the world’s first successful socialist revolution unfolded in Petrograd. It was the end of an era and the start of another. Not surprisingly the controversy continues, with many of us finding meaning and a model, others a dire warning, and still others lessons on how to do it differently. Five events at the NYU Jordan Center will adopt different approaches to that same year and consider multiple possible meanings — from the angst of intellectuals to the nature of non-capitalist law and value to longue duree of world history. The lecture series culminates in a keynote by the renowned Sheila Fitzpatrick and roundtable with scholars representing diverse disciplinary perspectives: literature, culture, history and politics.

In this lecture, Kotsonis proposes that 1917 is a useful marker that should not be taken too literally. We had best go back some 40-50 years, and forward many more, if we are to delve past the signifier and into the process.

Yanni Kotsonis was raised in Athens and educated in Montreal, Copenhagen, London, and Moscow. His first position was at the University of Essex before moving to NYU where he teaches on Russia, the USSR, economic thought, and dystopianism and supervises doctoral students in a variety of subfields. He is the founding director of the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia and father to three children.

For more information regarding the “100 Year Anniversary of the 1917 Revolution” lecture series, please contact jordan.russia.center@nyu.edu.

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Image: “Lenin, Vladimir: during the Russian Revolution, 1917”. Photo. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 28 Aug. 2017. <https://www.britannica.com/event/Russian-Revolution-of-1917?oasmId=121015>


September 20, 2017
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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