Russian Deserters to Sweden in World War I

November 9 (Mon) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

with Mart Kuldkepp, Lecturer in Scandinavian Studies, University College London

Reuben Hills Conference Room
Encina Hall East (Second floor)

The fate of a soldier serving in the Russian army in the First World War largely depended on luck and circumstances. But even though his own means of influencing his fate were limited, there were available certain active choices – such as shirking and desertion – that could turn his life around in both positive and negative ways. For Russian civil and military authorities, of course, desertion was a nuisance that was fought against by all available means. Sometimes, such as with physical punishment, these means only succeeded in lowering the already low morale and increasing the number of deserters.

18th Annual Dallin Lecture: Russia as a Global Challenge

November 10 (Tue) - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

with Lilia Shevtsova, Lilia Shevtsova, Non Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution (Washington), an Associate Fellow at the Russia-Eurasia Program, Chatham House - The Royal Institute of International Affairs (London)

Bechtel Conference Center
Encina Hall
616 Serra Street

The Russian System of personalized power has been demonstrating an amazing capacity for survival even in the midst of decay. It has defied many predictions and ruined many analytical narratives. Today the Russian authoritarian rule is trying to prolong its life by turning to repressions at home and by containing the West. Russia, kicking over the global chess board with the war in Ukraine, returns to the international scene as a revisionist and revanchist power. The Russian Matrix demise will be painful, and it already has brought about  Russia’s confrontation with the West.  The challenge posed by Russia’s decaying petro –nuclear state is huge, and it is sure to be one of the dominant problems of the twenty-first century.

Post-socialist Societies: Unknotting the Misalliance of Civic Political Lassitude and Demand for Democracy

November 13 (Fri) - 12:00pm - 1:15pm

with Svitlana Khutka, Visiting Associate Professor, CREEES and Associate Professor of Sociology, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Encina Hall West, Room 219

Civic political involvement is a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses political support, interest in politics, and civic participation. Modernization along with economic development leads to a change in values, an increase in human capital, personal autonomy and higher mass political empowerment and democracy. But historical contexts of modernization in transition vs. non-transition industrialized countries introduce contradictions to the trajectory of citizens’ democratic empowerment.

Baltic Film Series

November 16 (Mon) - 6:30pm - December 7 (Mon) - 8:00pm
Cubberley Auditorium
485 Lasuen Mall
Stanford University

BALTIC FILM SERIES AT STANFORD features the following films:

"Those Who Dare" (2015)
"Dangerous Summer" (2000)
"In the Crosswind" (2014)
"Land of Songs" (2015)