AMERICA’S SEMINAL RED SCARE: THE US AND THE PERCEPTION OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION
Oct. 14, 2017 - RLS–NYC
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The Russian Revolution is usually considered a watershed between the “long” 19th and the “short” 20th century. What Eric Hobsbawm referred to as the “Age of Extremes” was consequently initiated by the events in Russia that obviously had a tremendous impact on the United States as well; especially when it comes to the U.S. perception of revolutions and communism as two determining and “dangerous” factors in world history.
A conference at the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung’s New York Office on Saturday, October 14, 2017 will try to shed light on the multiple perceptions of the Russian Revolution in the United States since 1917.
9:45am: Welcome Notes
10:00am–12:00pm: Perceptions of the Russian Revolutions in the United States
Russia and the CPUSA: What Went Wrong? (James R. Barrett, University of Illinois)
“Reclaiming Russia”: Catherine Breshkovsky and the First American Red Scare (Chelsea Gibson, Binghamton University)
Kazimir Malevich’s White on White: Provenance and Shifts in Revolutionary Perception (Allison Leigh, University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
12 pm-1pm Lunch Break
1pm–2:15pm: Fearing Another Revolution
The Russian Revolution, (Black) Communism/Socialism, and the Formulation of a Black Nation in the Garvey Era (Daniel Hanglberger, Johannes-Kepler-University Linz, Austria)
The Youthful Earl Browder, the Russian Revolution’s Seductive Allure, and the American Communist Party (James G. Ryan, Texas A&M University at Galveston)
2:30pm-3:45pm: Actors of the Anti-Revolutionary Struggle
To Tell All My People: Race, Representation, and African-American FBI Informants Julia Brown and Lola Belle Holmes (Veronica Wilson)
We the Living: The first novel on Soviet Russia and its aftermath in the Cold War (Vojin Saša Vukadinović, ETH Zurich)
4:00pm-5:15pm: U.S. Interpretations and Discourses about the Revolution
From Hope to Demonization: Emma Goldman’s Conversion in Post-Revolutionary Russia (Frank Jacob, City University of New York, QCC)
Paul Frölich, American Exile, and the Discourse about the Russian Revolution (Riccardo Altieri, University of Potsdam)
5:15pm: Final Remarks
This event is co-organized by Frank Jacob (Queensborough College) and RLS–NYC.
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