Understanding Putinism

Illiberal Russia Through the Liberal Arts

The symposium takes place April 2–3, 2016 in Performing Arts Building, Room 320 at Reed College. Free and open to the public.

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Videos of the symposium are now available.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

3 p.m.

Opening Remarks

3:15–4:45 p.m.

Keynote Lecture
Daniel Treisman (UCLA)
“Putin and Crimea: Anatomy of a Decision”

5–6:30 p.m.

Panel: “Putinism and History”

  • Sergei Glebov (Smith and Amherst), “Putinism: A Historical Trajectory”
  • Polina Barskova (Hampshire), “ ‘Is the Siege of Leningrad Over Yet?’: Repurposing the Disaster”

Sunday, April 3, 2016

10:30 a.m.–noon

Panel: “Media and Gender in Today’s Russia”

  • Julie Cassiday (Williams), “Charisma, Camp, or Kitsch?  Gender in Putin’s Russia” 
  • Konstantine Klioutchkine (Pomona), “Recent Career Paradigms in Russian Journalism and New Media”

1:30–3 p.m.

Keynote Lecture
Maria Stepanova (Colta.Ru)
“The Media and the Message: Russian Sensibility in Putin's Times”

3:30–5 p.m.

Panel: “Russia’s Self-Help and Ukraine’s Resistance”

  • Olga Shevchenko (Williams), “Delai sam: Self-help, Difference and Collective Imagination in the Putin Era”
  • Alexandra Hrycak (Reed), “Rituals and Resistance to Putinism in Ukraine”

5:15–6:30 p.m.

Roundtable: “Teaching Today’s Russia to American College Students: Challenges and Solutions”

  • Evgenii Bershtein (Reed), moderator
  • Baktygul Aliev (Williams)
  • Cathy Ciepiela (Amherst)
  • Anne Dwyer (Pomona)

6:30 p.m.


This symposium is sponsored by the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) and Reed College. For more information, please email Professor Evgenii Bershtein.