Fairfield University lecture commemorates 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution with a fascinating look into its social, cultural, and political impact.
Any people who fight for something better in life, for themselves and others... are finding meaning in the Russian Revolution and continuing its legacy.
— David McFadden, PhD, History Department chair and director of the Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies program
Prominent Russian Revolution Scholar Mark D. Steinberg, PhD, professor of history and director of graduate studies at the University of Illinois, will present “Meaning and Legacy of the Russian Revolution,” an historic and informative lecture in commemoration of the uprising’s 100th anniversary, at Fairfield University’s Kelley Center on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Departments of History and Politics, and the International Studies and Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies programs.
“The History Department and the Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies program felt that the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution was an important milestone which deserved reflection and study, and we wanted to bring one of the foremost historians of that revolution to Fairfield to aid in that reflection,” said David McFadden, PhD, chair of Fairfield’s History Department and director of the Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies program.
Throughout his lecture, Dr. Steinberg will discuss the social, cultural, and political impact of the Russian Revolution 100 years after its historic occurrence and explore what its legacy means today by focusing on accounts of what the revolution meant to the individuals who experienced it firsthand.
“Any people who fight for something better in life for themselves and others, especially for human dignity and rights, freedom, equality, and fairness — they are finding meaning in the Russian Revolution and continuing its legacy,” Dr. McFadden said. “I hope that all those who attend the speech come away with a greater understanding of the meaning of the revolution and are inspired to continue their own struggles for better life for all people.”
Dr. Steinberg specializes in the cultural, intellectual, and social history of Russia and the Soviet Union in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His current research focuses on the urban history, revolutions, emotions, religion, violence, and utopias, and his most recent books include The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921 (Oxford University Press, 2017) and the extensively revised ninth edition of A History of Russia, with Nicholas Riasanovsky (Oxford, January 2018). He received his B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz and his doctoral degree from U.C. Berkeley.