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Where Does Russia End? Russian Imperialism & Anti-Ukrainianism from Past to Present

Marc Chagall’s art and biography reflect the multi-ethnicity and transnational cultural life of his birthplace, the Russian Empire. Yet Russia’s political leaders have violently rejected Chagall’s art as alien and embraced it as quintessentially Russian at different historical moments.

Mykola Hohol/Nikolai Gogol’s identity is equally contested, given his important place in both Ukrainian and Russian literature.  Join Christine Evans, Associate Professor of History at the UW-Milwaukee, to explore both the long history of the Russian state’s efforts to conquer its Western neighbors and decide who and where is Russian, and the imperialist narratives that have accompanied and sought to justify that effort.

DATE: Thursday, August 8, 2024
TIME: 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Jewish Museum Milwaukee
COST: Members $5 | Nonmembers $10*

*Nonmembers can purchase an add-on admission ticket ($5) to view the exhibit before the program. Add-on admission tickets are valid for the day of the program from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Member admission is always free!

Christine Evans is Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she has taught Russian history since 2011. Her first book, Between Truth and Time: A History of Soviet Central Television (Yale UP, 2016), received Honorable Mention for the 2017 USC Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and came out in Russian translation in 2024. Her second book, No Heavenly Bodies: A History of Satellite Communications Infrastructure (MIT Press, 2023), coauthored with Lars Lundgren, explores the transnational history of satellite communications infrastructure during the Cold War.

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