How Do Historians Make Sense of the Present: Reflecting on the Russo-Ukrainian War

An Online Conversation with George Mason Historian Steven Barnes

Monday, September 12, 2022 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM EDT

 

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The Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Department of History and Art History, The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University Present:

How Do Historians Make Sense of the Present: Reflecting on the Russo-Ukrainian War

An Online Conversation with George Mason Historian Steven Barnes

Monday, September 12 3:00-4:15pm EDT


Steven Barnes kicks off the Fall 2022 Speaker Series, Russia's War on Ukraine in Historical Perspective with a series of reflections on how a historian, trained to write about the past and things long over, can try to make sense of a present, ongoing event like Russia's criminal war on Ukraine. How do historians use the past to understand the present? How do current events reshape historians' understanding of the past? What is the duty of the historian in the present? Dr. Barnes will talk about these questions and set the stage for a series of ten historians to share their historical knowledge and to reflect on how history helps them confront this war.

Steven Barnes is Director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History. He teaches broadly on the history the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, modern Russia and the other independent countries from this imperial space. He has engaged in research on the history of the Soviet forced labor camp system, the Gulag, including extensive field research in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Registration link for the Zoom session is coming soon.

This lecture is part of George Mason University's Fall 2022 Lecture Series, "Russia's War on Ukraine in Historical Perspective." For other events and information on the series, visit the main series page https://rest.gmu.edu/russia-war-on-ukraine.

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