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Past Events


The Black Russian: How the Son of Mississippi Slaves Became a Millionaire in Moscow...
Dr. Vladimir Alexandrov, B. E. Bensinger Professor Emeritus, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University. Co-sponsored by CLAS Dean, Africana Studies and the History Department.
Spring 2021


The "Russkij Mir" (Russian World) Espoused Concept by State and Church
Dr. Thomas Bremer, Professor of Ecumenical Theology, Eastern Churches Studies and Peace Studies, Münster University, Germany; visiting fellow NYU's Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia.
Spring 2015


The Genre of Human Voices: Svetlana Alexievich
Dr. Angela Brintlinger, Director of the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, The Ohio State University. Brintlinger focuses on the unique genre of Alexievich’s work and how she channeled the voices of Soviet and post-Soviet people, creating “monuments” in words. This talk is presented by Russian Area Studies, the Department of English and Global and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Spring 2016


Food, Family, and History in the USSR
Anya von Bremzen, three-time James Beard Award-winning culinary writer and author of Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing (Crown, 2013).
Spring 2014

file Russia and Internet Politics
Speakers include Hank Carter PhD - assistant professor, Computing Sciences, Villanova University; Sean Guillory PhD - postdoctoral fellow, Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh; Kevin Rothrock - senior editor, English-language Edition of Meduza.
Spring 2018


The October Revolution and Soviet-American Relations: Ideologies, Images, and Identities
Dr. David Foglesong, Professor, Rutgers University.
Author: The American Mission and the “Evil Empire": The Crusade for a "Free Russia" Since 1881 (Cambridge University Press, 2007); America's Secret War Against Bolshevism: U.S. Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1917-1920 (The University of North Carolina Press, 1995). In collaboration with two Russian historians, he is now writing a comprehensive history of American-Russian relations since 1776.
Fall 2017

Alexander Martin

Russia After Crimea
Dr. Leonid Gozman. President of the Union of Right Forces and former co-chairman of the Right Cause Party (2008 to 2011). From 2008 to 2013, he served as director of humanitarian projects at RUSNANO, a state-owned enterprise that commercializes innovations in nanotechnology; and from 1999 to 2008, he was executive board member and representative for governmental and NGO relations at Unified Energy System of Russia (RAO UES). An active participant in Russia's democratic, he is also the author of eight books and is a lecturer at Moscow State University.
Spring 2015

Fall 2019

The Brief life of Socialism with A Human Face: The 1968 Prague Spring and the Soviet Invasion
Villanova Associate Professor of History and Director of the History Graduate Program Lynne Hartnett, PhD, served as moderator; the panel included Villanova alumnus Sean Brennan, PhD, ’03 MA, Associate Professor of History at the University of Scranton, and Benjamin Nathans, PhD, Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.
Fall 2018


Political Economics: 25 Years of Transition in Russia - What Have We Learned?

Dr. Ickes is Head of the Department on Economics and Professor of Economics at the Pennsylvania State University. Also: Director of the Center for Research in International Financial and Energy Security; Founder, New Economic School in Moscow; President, American Friends of the New Economic School; Past Chairman, Board of Directors of the National Council for Eurasia and East European Research; Past President, Association for Comparative Economic Studies; Co-author, Bear Traps on Russia's Road to Modernization (Routledge, 2013) and Russia's Virtual Economy (Brookings, 2002).


Freedom and Opportunity: Tsarist Russia as a Country of Immigrants
Tsarist Russia, like the New World, was a magnet for immigrants who sought freedom, opportunity, and fortune. Newcomers from abroad helped make Russia a great civilization, and the changing fortunes of their communities trace Russia’s path from imperial might to revolutionary collapse. Dr. Martin will employ the story of one family from Germany to reconstruct the larger history of Russia as a promised land for migrants from the age of Napoleon to the end of the tsarist empire.
Spring 2020


Sherlock Kholms: Detective Fiction in the Late Imperial Russia
Dr. Louise McReynolds, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor, UN-Chapel Hill.
Author: Murder Most Russian: True Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial Russia
(Cornell, 2013); Russia at Play: Leisure Activities at the End of the Tsarist Era (Cornell University Press, 2003); Imitations of Life: Two Centuries of Melodrama in Russia, co-editor with Joan Neuberger (Duke University Press, 2001).
Spring 2012


The Religious Renaissance in Russia: Toward 1988, and Beyond
Fr. Dr. Meerson will review and analyze the dissident movement and religious renaissance surrounding the millennial celebration of Christianity in Russia (1988), plus the post-Soviet turn to religion.
Fall 2019


Russian American: The Alaskan Church Today V. Rev. Nicholas Molodyko-Harris
The Archpriest Nicholas Molodyko-Harris is an Orthodox priest, having served the Church in Alaska for over thirty-two years. He is the former Chancellor of the Diocese of Alaska, former Dean of the South Central Deanery in Alaska, and Founding Pastor of St. Innocent Bicentennial Orthodox Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska.
Spring 2016


The Euromaidan Protests in Ukraine and Their Consequences for Russia and Ukraine
Dr. William Jay Risch (Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2001) is Associate Professor of History at Georgia College, where he teaches courses on modern global, Russian, and East-European history. He is the author of The Ukrainian West: Culture and the Fate of Empire in Soviet Lviv (Harvard University Press, 2011), as well as numerous academic articles and book chapters, and most recently he edited Youth and Rock in the Soviet Bloc: Youth Cultures, Music, and the State in Russia and Eastern Europe (Lexington Books, 2015).
Spring 2016

russia week

Imperial Apocalypse: The Great War and the Destruction of the Russian Empire
Dr. Joshua Sanborn, Professor and Head of the Department of History and Chair of the Russian and East European Studies Program at Lafayette College (Easton, PA). Prior to writing Imperial Apocalypse (Oxford University Press, 2015) he authored Drafting the Russian Nation: Military Conscription, Total War, and Mass Politics, 1905-1925 (N. Illinois U. Press, 2002).
Fall 2015


Understanding Putin's Russia Through the Bottom of the Bottle
As part of the Scholarship@Villanova series, Mark Lawrence Schrad, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Schrad looked at developments regarding alcohol politics in Vladimir Putin's Kremlin as a means to understanding the deeper political, economic and social tensions in Russia. 
Fall 2013

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Theater as a Mirror of Contemporary Russia
Renowned theater scholar, writer, and critic Dr. Anatoly Smelyansky is also the Dean of the Moscow Art Theater School, which has trained more than half the actors in Russia.
Spring 2011


Contact Information

Rev. Joseph Loya, OSA, PhD
Director, Russian Area Studies
Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Phone: 610-519-7243

Sarah Peters
Program Coordinator
Theology and Religious Studies Department
Phone: 610-519-4732