Panel Discussion: Theo-Politics, Tragedy and Memory: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 Noon EST.

Second in a series of on-line discussions sponsored by the Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy. Panelists Nicolai Petro, Susannah Black, Paul Grenier, Matthew Dal Santo, Michael Martin, Vasily Shchipkov will consider what Russia’s past tells us about Russia today.  What is Russia? What in its tradition – despite, perhaps because of, its differences from our own – calls forth our respect?  What doesn’t?

While the greatness of Russian art, thought and literature is widely acknowledged, it is less often granted that Russia forms a distinct civilization. And yet, increasingly, this is what Russians themselves believe.  For some, the apotheosis of this civilization is the Eastern Orthodox church (Holy Rus); for others it is the Soviet experience, especially its victory over Nazi Germany. For still others, it is both. (And of course some Russians reject all such notions, including any distinctiveness.)


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When: Dec 16, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Simone Weil Center Panel Discussion: Russia’s Meaning

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