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“100 Year Anniversary of the 1917 Revolution”- Roundtable Discussion on “What was 1917?”

November 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Please join us on November 8th, 2017 for “What was 1917?”, a roundtable discussion with Anne Lounsbery (NYU) and Anne O’Donnell (NYU). This discussion will be chaired by Joshua A. Tucker, Director of the Jordan Center and Professor of Politics at New York University. This is the third 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.

100 years ago the Russian Revolution took place, an event that would come to wield a global influence far beyond what anyone could have anticipated in 1917. With the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989 and the Soviet Union in 1991, we now have a generation of students who have grown up in a post-communist era, who may not be as familiar with the Russian Revolution and its consequences as previous generations. Please join us then for an interdisciplinary round table for students on what the Russian Revolution has meant for the study of literature, history, and politics featuring Professors Anne Lounsbery (Department of Russian and Slavic Studies) Anne O’Donnell (Department of History) and Joshua Tucker (Department of Politics), Intended for those who know nothing about the Russian Revolution as well as those who have long been fascinated by it but want to know more, the event will provide a multi-disciplinary assessment of one of the most consequential developments of the 20th century.

Anne Lounsbery
is a scholar of the 19th-century Russian novel and Chair of the Department of Russian & Slavic Studies at NYU.

Anne O’Donnell is an Assistant Professor of History and Russian and Slavic Studies at NYU.

Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics, an affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and an affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University.  He is the Director of NYU’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia.

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


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>


November 8, 2017
9:30 am - 10:45 am
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Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia
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NYU Department of Politics
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New York, NY 10012 United States
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