Event Schedule

A wide variety of events are scheduled for the 2016-2017 academic year, spread across the fall and spring semesters. See the Fall Semester Event Schedules below:

Please Note: Lectures held in Social Science 1019 every Thursday from 12:30-1:45 pm unless otherwise noted.

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Spring 2017 Schedule

  • January
  • 12th

    World War and Russia’s Great Power Status

    John W. Steinberg, Professor of History
    Austin Peay State University

  • 17th

    Historic Preservation and World Heritage Sites in Russia

    Rodney Mims Cook, Founder and President
    National Monuments Foundation

  • 19th

    Russia’s Fiscal Reforms, Privatization Efforts and Transition to a Market Economy

    Mark Rider, Associate Professor of Finance, Georgia State University

    Luc Noiset, Associate Professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University

    Mikhail Melnik, Associate Professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University

  • 26th

    Russia’s Domestic Politics

    Henry E. Hale, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
    George Washington University

  • 30th - Feb. 3rd

    Film Festival

    6:30pm Daily (More Details)


  • February
  • 2nd

    Discovering the Collective Mind: L. S. Vygotsky, Cognition, and Learning

    Stephen T. Kerr, Professor Emeritus, Learning Sciences & Educational Technology
    University of Washington

  • 9th

    Bone Records: The Story of Censorship, X-Ray Film, and Bootleg Music in Soviet Russia

    Patricia S. Poulter, Dean, College of the Arts and Professor of Music
    Kennesaw State University

  • 16th

    Arctic Ecology and Climate Change

    Bruce Forbes, Research Professor, Arctic Centre
    University of Lapland

  • 23rd

    Russia's Olympic Experience: Benefits and Challenges

    Dennis Coates, Professor of Economics
    University of Maryland-Baltimore


  • March
  • 2nd

    Ethnicity, Land and Conflict in Russia

    John O'Loughlin, Professor of Geography
    University of Colorado at Boulder

  • 8th

    Year of Russia: Stravinsky's "L. Histoire du soldat" & Stephenson's "The Devil's Tale"

    Conductors: David T. Kehler and Nathaniel Parker.

    Guest composer: James Stephenson
    Performed by the KSU Faculty Players

    Bailey Performance Center, 8:00 pm

  • 9th

    A Punk Prayer from Moscow to the World – Pussy Riot, Civil Disobedience, and the Digital Age

    Letizia Guglielmo, Associate Professor of English, Kennesaw State University

    Stacy Keltner, Professor of Philosophy, Kennesaw State University

    Ashley McFarland, Instructor of Gender and Women's Studies, Kennesaw State University

  • 16th - 17th

    Conference: U.S. / Russian Relations in Global Context

    Featured Presentation
    Russia’s Foreign Policy

    Andrei P. Tsygankov, Professor of Political Science and International Relations San Francisco State University

  • 16th - 26th

    The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

    Stillwell Theatre

  • 23rd

    The Opportunities and Limitations of Russia's Oil and Natural Gas

    Andrew Barnes, Professor of Political Science
    Kent State University

  • 30th

    Contemporary Russian Capitalism

    Leonid Kosals
    Professor, Department of Economic Sociology, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow/ Adjunct Associate Professor, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
    University of Toronto


  • April
  • 20th

    Russia's Arctic Policies

    Dr. Thomas Rotnem
    Professor of Political Science
    Kennesaw State University

  • 22nd

    Russian Folk Music Concert

    Atlanta Balalaika Society
    Bailey Performance Center, 8:00 pm

Fall 2016 Schedule

  • August
  • 25th

    Introductory Overview to the Series

    Alice Pate, Professor of History; Jack Moran, Professor of Political Science; and Mikhail Melnik, Associate Professor of Economics.

  • September
  • 1st

    Genetic Prehistory of Eurasia and the Peopling of the Americas

    Theodore G. Schurr, Professor, Department of Anthropology
    University of Pennsylvania

  • 7th

    Russian Masterworks of Early 20th Century
    Performed by KSU Symphony, featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (with Artist-in-Residence Robert Henry), Anatoly Lyadov’s settings of Eight Russian Folk Songs, and a suite from Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird
    8:00 pm; Bailey Performance Center

  • 8th

    Medieval Russia

    Eve Levin, Professor of History
    University of Kansas

  • 22nd

    Major Themes and Problems in Russian Literature

    Mikhail Epstein, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature
    Emory University

  • 29th

    Russia's Tsars and Tsarinas

    Susan P. McCaffray, Professor of History
    University of North Carolina Wilmington

  • October
  • 6th

    Tsar, Faith, and People in Revolutionary Russia, 1881-1936

    Page Herrlinger, Associate Professor of History
    Bowdoin College

  • 13th

    Student Panel – Russia Today

  • 19th

    Year of Russia Day

    Featuring folk song and dance performances by the Atlanta Balalaika Society

    KSU Campus Student Center
    12:30 pm

  • 20th

    Serfdom, Emancipation, and the Russian Social Order

    Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter, Professor of History
    California State Polytechnic University

  • 24th - 28th

    Film Festival

    6:30 pm daily (More details)

  • 27th

    Russia's Defeat of Napoleon and its Impact on the Russian Worldview

    Alexander Martin, Professor of History
    University of Notre Dame

  • November
  • 3rd

    The Russian Revolution and its Global Impact

    Alice Pate, Professor of History
    Kennesaw State University

  • 10th

    What Makes Music Russian?


    Jeff Yunek, Limited Term Assistant Professor of Music Theory, KSU
    Mystical Beings and Russian Chromaticism

    Kayleen Justus, Part-time Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, KSU
    Punk, morality, and politics in Putin's Russia - a look at the music of Pussy Riot

    Edward Eanes, Professor of Musicology, KSU
    What makes music “Little Russian”: Tchaikovsky’s “Ukrainian” Symphony

  • 11th

    Year of Russia: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at KSU

    Robert Spano, Conductor
    David Coucheron, Violin

    Knussen - Flourish with Fireworks
     Scriabin - Symphony No. 5, "Prometheus, Poem of Fire" (arr. Kurth)
     Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 1
     Stravinsky - The Firebird Suite (1919)

    Morgan Concert Hall, BPC, 8:00 pm

  • 14th

    Year of Russia: KSU Wind Ensemble / Wind Symphony Concert

    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) - Procession of the Nobles (1870/1938)-

    Geoffrey Gordon (b. 1968) – ROCKS (2016) - WORLD PREMIERE-

    Warren Benson (1924-2005) - The Leaves are Falling (1964)

    Alfred Reed (1921-2005) - Russian Christmas Music (1944)

    Performed by: KSU Wind Ensemble

    (KSU Wind Symphony program TBD)

    Bailey Performance Center, 8:00 pm

  • 17th

    Today: Islam and The Politics of Identity and Security in Russia

    Shireen Hunter, Research Fellow, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
    Georgetown University

  • 29th

    Soviet Economic History and New Economic Policy

    Peter Boettke, Professor of Economics
    George Mason University