The Intelligentsia in Russia: Spiritual and Moral Values

Banner for "Intelligentsia in Russia: Spiritual and Moral Values" features headshots of 11 members of the Intelligentsia featured in the volume.

March 13-14, 2021

In preparation of their edited volume, "The Intelligentsia in Russia: Myth, Mission, Metamorphosis," Olga Partan, Associate Professor of Russian at Holy Cross, and Professor Sibelan Forrester of Swarthmore College virtually convene the book's contributors to present and solicit feedback on their draft work. The volume offers a multidisciplinary approach to addressing spiritual and moral missions of the Russian Intelligentsia, tracing its evolution over time from the 18th century to the post-Soviet era. Zoom sessions are open to the public.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Sessions on this day are in U.S. Eastern Standard Time

10:15 a.m.: Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Moderators: Sibelan Forrester and Olga Partan

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Session I 

The Intelligentsia before the Intelligentsia: 18th Century Roots (The Reign of Catherine the Great)
Marcus Levitt, University of Southern California, USA

Through the Prism of Chekhov: Russian Intelligentsia and Western Intellectuals
Svetlana Evdokimova, Brown University, USA

Merchants vs. the Intelligentsia: The Case of the Moscow Art Theatre
Maria Ignatieva, Ohio State University, USA

1-2:30 p.m.: Session II

Accommodating the Intelligentsia: Tolstoyan Nonresistance as a Response to Russian Intelligentsia
Michael Denner, Stetson University, USA

The End of the Russian Intelligentsia?
Gary Hamburg, Claremont McKenna College, USA

The Marxism-Idealism Schism in the Russian Silver Age Intelligentsia and God-Building as Sexy Socialism
Irene Masing-Delic, Ohio State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

3-4:30 p.m.: Session III

Vekhi—The Russian Intelligentsia at a Crossroads
Olga Sobolev, London School of Economics, UK

The Knights Templar in Soviet Russia
Olga Partan, College of the Holy Cross, USA

Remaking the Literary Intelligentsia (1930s – 1940s)
Carol Any, Trinity College, USA

Writer Anton Chekhov reading his play Seagull to a group of actors and directors of the Moscow Art Theater

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Sessions on this day are in U.S. Eastern Daylight Time

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Session IV

The Intelligentsia and the Thick Literary Journals
Marina Adamovich, Editor of The New Review/Novyi Journal, New York, USA

The Intelligentsia Writers and Readers of Soviet Science Fiction During the Thaw
Sibelan Forrester, Swarthmore College

Deconstructing Nostalgia: Tatiana Tolstaya’s Reflections on the Russian Intelligentsia
Alexandra Smith, University of Edinburgh, UK

1-2:30 p.m.: Session V

The Intelligentsia and the Intellectuals: A History of Two Terms
Alyssa DeBlasio, Dickinson College, USA

Pelevin and Ulitskaya on Shestidesiatniki
Sofya Khagi, University of Michigan, USA

Legacy and Denial: The “New Russian Intelligentsia” On-Line and on Screen
Tatiana Smorodinska, Middlebury College, USA