Ellison Memorial Lecture: 2017, The Year that Should Shed Light on Both Russia's Past and Future

Maria Lipman
Maria Lipman
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 6:00pm
Kane Hall 225

Lecture and discussion - 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Reception - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution. Russia does not have a shared national narrative of this formative event of the twentieth century. Was it a historical disaster or the beginning of the Soviet state of which today’s Russia is a successor? Just how is the Russian government going to commemorate this event? As for the future, this year Putin is expected to announce whether he’ll run for a fourth term as president. If he runs, what will he seek to achieve during another six years as the Russian leader?

Maria Lipman is the Editor of Counterpoint, an online journal published by the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (George Washington University); she is a Russian political analyst and commentator.

Lipman was the Editor-in-chief of “Pro et Contra,” a policy journal published by the Carnegie Moscow Center from 2003 to 2014. Before joining Carnegie Moscow Center Lipman was co-founder and Deputy Editor of two Russian weekly magazines.

From 2001 to 2011 Lipman wrote an op-ed column on Russian politics, media and society for the Washington Post. She has contributed to a variety of Russian and US publications; since 2012 she has written a monthly blog for The New Yorker online.

She contributed to, and co-edited several volumes on Russian politics and society including “The State of Russia: What Comes Next?” Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

Her most recent publication is How Putin Silences Dissent, Foreign Affairs, May/June 2016.

This event is being put on by the Ellison Center and is co-sponsored by the Slavic Department