CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S020 (Belfer Case Study Room)
Since 1996, the Davis Center has organized the annual Undergraduate Colloquium on Russian and Eurasian Studies to showcase outstanding work by students from Harvard, Wellesley, and Wheaton colleges. Please join us and our student presenters, faculty, family, and friends for this lively and engaging event!
Opening Remarks - 1:45-2:00 p.m.
Panel I - 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Isabelle DeSisto, Harvard College, Agua Caliente en Tierras Frías: Rethinking the Role of Soft Power in Soviet-Cuban Educational...
Who Should Teach Whom to Read Tolstoy?: Curating the 1928 Centenary
The People’s Commissariat of Enlightenment greeted the centenary of Leo Tolstoy's birth with some trepidation. In the words of one official: “An inept, politically illiterate approach to Tolstoy’s anniversary can turn into a harmful sermon on Tolstoyanism.” My talk will examine the pamphlets, bibliographies, and lecture scripts produced by the Commissariat to chaperone new readers through Tolstoy’s oeuvre. How could Tolstoy be taught, and put in service of the Soviet cause, ...