The 2010 Alice D. Mortenson Lecture Series on Russian Art and History

TMORA hosts three internationally recognized scholars for public lectures.

MINNEAPOLIS (September 20, 2010) – This fall The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) will host the Alice D. Mortenson lecture series, featuring three nationally renowned scholars of Russian studies.  The lectures are made possible through a grant from Minneapolis resident Ms. Alice D. Mortenson.  Ms. Mortenson is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and she has endowed a chair in Russian history at her alma mater since 2005.  The first and current holder of the chair, Professor David McDonald, speaks on October 23.

Saturday, October 16, 4:30pm
“Miraculous Treasures of the Russian North”
Professor William Brumfield, Tulane University

The historic Russian North, the territory extending from the White Sea basin, is home to a remarkable culture little known in the West. For over two decades Professor William Brumfield has explored, photographed and published several books on this area—its traditional log buildings, churches and monasteries. His lecture will present a richly illustrated view of this culture through its architecture in the Vologda and Arkhangelsk territories—regions that were highlighted in TMORA’s recent exhibition The Road North.

Saturday, October 23, 4:30pm
“The Imperial Rhythms of Modern Russian History”
Professor David McDonald, University of Wisconsin—Madison

“Basically, I offer an answer to the perennial question among English-speaking audiences:  ‘Why can’t the Russians be like us?’” —David McDonald; Alice D. Mortenson-Michael B. Petrovich Professor of History at UW-Madison

This lecture addresses historical changes in authority in the Russian state as reflecting a deeply established set of Romanov-era ways of talking about the world and the Russian state’s place in it.

Saturday, November 6, 4:30pm
“The Nuremberg Trials and the Making of the USSR as an International Power”
Professor Francine Hirsch, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Professor Hirsch discusses how the Nuremberg Trials of 1945-46 became one of the first fronts of postwar competition between the USSR and its former wartime allies—a competition in which the USSR did not fare well. The United States proved far more adept at shaping the trials and using them to advance a postwar agenda.  By evaluating the USSR’s contributions, Hirsch suggests that although Nuremberg was a failure for the USSR, it taught the Soviets important lessons that shaped their development as an international power.

—Robert Schnieder, Editor of the American Historical Review

Each lecture:  Free for members; $10 for non-members
Doors will open at 4:15.
**Reservation and pre-payment required**

Space is limited.
Contact Lynda Holker at (612) 821-9045 to purchase seats by credit card, or for TMORA members, to reserve space.

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