Ronald Suny

Ronald Suny

William H. Sewell, Jr., Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Political Science and the University of Michigan and Senior Researcher, National Research University-Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Russia

"Lessons of October: The Fate of Democracy and Socialism in the Age of Revolution and Counter-Revolution"

8:00 PM Friday, October 20, 2017
UC Ballroom

"Koba, the Young Stalin: The Making of a Revolutionary"

3:00 PM Friday, October 20, 2017
GBB 123

Please join us for a seminar and lecture with Professor Suny. A Ph.D. graduate in history from Columbia University in 1968, he taught at Oberlin College (1968-1981) and then became the first holder of the Alex Manogian Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of Michigan (1991-1995) where he founded and directed the Armenian Studies Program. He was the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History at the University of Michigan (2005-2015) and director of the Eisenberg Institute of Historical Studies (2009-2012). Since 2015, he has been the William Sewell, Jr., Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan.

For the past forty-five years, Professor Suny has published numerous books on Russian and Armenian history. He has been particularly interested in the non-Russian nationalities of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, particularly the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia). His recent book publications include the following:

                        Russia’s Empires (2016, with Valerie A. Kivelson)

                        A History of the Armenian Genocide (2015)

                        A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottom Empire  (2011)

                        The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR and the Successor States (2010, 2cd ed.)

                        A State of Nations: Empire and Nation-Making in the Age of Lenin and Stalin (2001)

                        Becoming National: A Reader (1996), ed. by R. G. Suny and Geoff Eley

                        Making Workers Soviet: Power, Culture, and Identity (1994)

                        The Revenge of the Past: Nationalism, Revolution, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union (1993)

                        The Russian Revolution and Bolshevik Victory: Visions and Revisions (1990)

He serves on many editorial boards, appears frequently as a guest on news programs, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, the New Left Review, Dissent, and other papers and journals. He is finishing a book on the topic of the seminar.

The seminar and lecture are free and open to the public.

In collaboration with: An UM Conference, Reflections of the Revolution: The October Revolution and Global Order, 1917-2017

Dates: Friday and Saturday, October 20-21

Location: University Center, Rooms 332 & 333