Nina Tumarkin

Professor Nina Tumarkin

The 2024 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Back in the USSR: The Soviet Legacy in Putin’s Russia, delivered by Nina Tumarkin, Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Slavic Studies
Apr 17, 4:30 PM
Collins Cinema
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The Wellesley community is invited to attend the 2024 Distinguished Faculty Lecture, “Back in the USSR: The Soviet Legacy in Putin’s Russia,” delivered by Nina Tumarkin, Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Slavic Studies and professor of history. A reception in Davis Plaza will follow.

This in-person event is open to Wellesley College students, staff, and faculty. We ask that you please pre-register to attend the lecture in person, which will also be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person.

Since coming to the College, Professor Tumarkin has educated generations of Wellesley students about Russian history from the medieval period to the present. She has also taught the history of 20th-century Europe, including a comparative history seminar, HIST 302: World War II as Memory and Myth. Her service to the College has been significant: She has twice been chair of the Department of History and served as longtime director of the College’s dynamic and highly respected Russian Area Studies Program.

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Professor Tumarkin has stepped in to help our students and our community make sense of the history and geopolitical factors at play in the ongoing war.

Professor Tumarkin’s current research explores Russia’s memory of the Soviet period. She especially focuses on how the memory of World War II resonates in Russian society even as the Kremlin uses it as justification for its war in Ukraine. Her scholarship, she says, examines how various groups “have been remembering, celebrating, commemorating, condemning, condoning, forgetting, ignoring, and grappling with the country’s troubled past and the vastly complex history and legacy of the Soviet experience in World War II and its fateful aftermath.” 

Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Distinguished Faculty Lecture was established in 1999 to provide an opportunity for the College’s accomplished and respected faculty members to deliver a public lecture that allows the community to reflect on the meaning of a liberal arts education.

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