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Interdisciplinary Student Research Symposium

Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Free – $10

The Museum of Russian Art and a consortium of Minnesota colleges and universities will host an Interdisciplinary Student Research Symposium.

This event will take place in connection with Unknown Fabergé: New Finds and Rediscoveries.


This exhibition features more than eighty objects designed and produced by the Fabergé jewelry firm, a leading supplier to the Russian Imperial Court in the late 19th-early 20th century.  On loan from American and European collections, the beautifully crafted objects on display are rich in historical references.

Undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines with an interest in the history and culture of Russia will participate.  The planning committee includes representatives from Macalester College, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota, the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, and Winona State University.

The Interdiscliplinary Student Research Symposium will take place in the Lower Gallery of The Museum of Russian Art during museum hours.  Admission is the price of regular museum admission.  


Adults: $10.00  |  Seniors:  $8  |  Students:  $6

TMORA Members are admitted free of charge.  Consider becoming a member today!



Welcome (12:30-12:45)       

Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov, The Museum of Russian Art and Prof. Matt Miller, University of Northwestern – St. Paul


Panel 1: Fabergé, Art, and Russia (12:45-1:45)

Chair: Prof. Adrian Barr, Winona State University

  1. Sanja Petrashek, Winona State University, “Fabergé and its Patrons”
  2. Sophia Litkewitsch, University of Minnesota, “The House of Fabergé and Russian Industrialization”
  3. Chelsea Cervantes De Blois, University of Minnesota, “With Love, From Russia: The Art of Gifting



Panel 2: Art, Music, and Russia (2:00-3:00)

Chair: Prof. Roslye Ultan, University of Minnesota

  1. Emma Tomb, Winona State University, “Mikhail Vrubel and the Rise of Russian Symbolism”
  2. Kathleen Fitzgibbon, Macalester College, “Playing the Unconventional Notes: Lev Termen, the Theremin, and Hannibal
  3. Grace Duginski, University of Minnesota, “A History of Russian Ballet”



Panel 3: Literature, Culture, and Russia (3:15-4:15)

Chair: Prof. Julia Chadaga, Macalester College

  1. Liam Bickerstaff, St. Mary’s University, “Pushkin’s Queen of Spades meets Dostoevsky’s Wandering Russian: A Case Study for Early Slavophilism”
  2. Madeline Reid, University of Minnesota, “Death in War and Peace
  3. Anna Ivanov, Macalester College, “Kornei Chukovsky: Children’s Literature as a Model of Outliving Censorship”


Panel 4: Politics, Society, and Russia (4:30-5:45)

Chair: Prof. Nadya Clayton, University of Minnesota

  1. Abram Whitebird, Saint Mary’s University, “The Primacy of Peter: Peter the Great, Charles XII, and Voltaire’s Royal Thesis”
  2. Nathan Runke, University of Northwestern, “Innovation in the Military Reforms of Peter I”
  3. Kalleigh May, Saint Mary’s University, “A ‘Particular Sunless World’: Hemophilia and the Concept of Failing Masculinity in the Last Russian Imperial Family”
  4. Ezoza Yakvalkhodjieva, Macalester College, “Men of the Future: The Evolution of the Soviet Man”


The symposium planning committee wishes to thank the following organizations for their financial support: Catering by Kowalski’s Lyndale Market, Macalester College, the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, the University of Minnesota, and Winona State University.


Saturday, February 25, 2017
12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Free – $10


5500 Stevens Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419 United States