Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Falvey Memorial Library Rm 205 at 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Lynne Hartnett, Assistant Professor History and the Director of the Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict will be giving the Scholarship@Villanova lecture. She will be speaking "On the Edge of Revolution: Activism, Terrorism, and Political Resurrection in the Life of One Russian Revolutionary Legend."
This talk will use the life of Vera Figner, a Russian noblewoman who became a revolutionary terrorist, as a historical lens through which to explore political activism and radicalism in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Russia. As a leading member of a radical group widely considered to be the world's first modern terrorist organization, Vera Figner's biography provides great insight into the circumstances and choices that impel otherwise peaceful individuals to embrace violence as a method of protest. This talk will follow Figner through the revolutionary underground, prison, exile, and the Russian Revolutions of 1917 in order to analyze and assess the role that gender, class, personality and historical timing played in Figner's decision to become a radical activist, her experiences within the revolutionary movement, and her subsequent status as an icon of the revolution in Soviet Russia.