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[Past Event] Cultural Treasures of the Soviet Era | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

Throughout the seven decades of Soviet rule, the state exerted tremendous pressure on the artist. And yet, in spite of severe censorship and repressions, Russian culture produced works of extraordinary genius in all areas of art. In this illuminating six-part offering, we will look at Soviet history as it is preserved in Russian cultural memory through literature, popular and classical music, fine art, and film. We will also explore the relationship between the artist and state power, specifically Stalin’s interaction with artists. Legendary artists to be discussed will include Sergei Eisenstein, Boris Pasternak, Dmitri Shostakovich, Vsevolod Meyerhold, and many more.


Tuition: $60.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays/Thursdays, Aug. 24, 26, 31; Sept. 2, 7, 9
*10:00 - 11:30pm* (6 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Elena Sheygal-Placzek, Ph.D., is a retired professor of the Volgograd University, Russia. Author of the "English- Russian Dictionary of U.S. Life and Culture," she has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley as well as an OLLI lecturer there and at CSUMB.