Starts tomorrow: Russia's War on Ukraine and Its Consequences for the World: A Weekly Q&A

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Dear Colleagues,


As a companion to the Monday lecture series, but also as a separate session to allow for more q&a and discussion, my colleague at the College of the Holy Cross, Cynthia Hooper (the second speaker in the speaker series) will be facilitating a weekly discussion. All are welcome. Please come join us, and please share with your students, friends, and colleagues.




Russia's War on Ukraine and Its Consequences for the World: A Weekly Q&A


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Fridays 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

STARTS Friday, September 30

Hi, everyone,


Please join us for what we hope will be an interactive, facilitated discussion on Russia’s War on Ukraine. Our hope is not the Professors Barnes and Hooper serve as talking heads but that we facilitate a conversation among those in the audience, many of whom will be more expert than us.


The course and consequences of Russia's war on Ukraine are growing ever more unpredictable. We invite you to join Professors Steven Barnes of George Mason University and Cynthia Hooper of the College of the Holy Cross in virtual conversation about the week's events and the experiences and opinions of ordinary people caught up in this terrible conflict. Taking questions from audience members and from each other, these scholars aim to encourage community discussion of difficult issues relating to the war, the obligations of nations and individuals affected by it,  the workings of propaganda and dictatorial power, and the future of the international world order.  These informal gatherings are intended to serve as opportunities to exchange and explore ideas, as the hosts bring their training as historians to bear in adding to our understanding of a critical and rapidly unfolding global crisis.


Come join us for a lively interactive discussion!


Register for the weekly Zoom Q&A here.


This event is brought to you by the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Department of History and the Program in Russian and Eastern European Studies at the College of the Holy Cross.


Cynthia Hooper is Associate Professor of History and head of Russian and Eastern European Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. She has extensive research experience having spent several years in the Russian cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Ekaterinburg, and Samara. She has published widely on aspects of Soviet dictatorship during the Stalin era, particularly on the experience of repression and the actions and attitudes of those involved in its organization and practice. Since the beginning of Russia’s war on Ukraine in 2014, she has specialized in the study of contemporary Russian media strategies, writing on the subject for, among others, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and for The Conversation. She has been featured on CNN, Bloomberg News, ITV, and NPR,


Steven Barnes is Director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History. He has engaged in research on the history of the Soviet forced labor camp system, the Gulag, including extensive field research in Russia and Kazakhstan. He is the author of the multiple award-winning Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society and is at work on a new book Gulag Wives: Women, Family, and Survival in Stalin's Terror, which traces women’s lives in a camp for elite women arrested only for the fact that their husbands had been arrested during the height of Stalin’s Great Terror. He is also the organizer of Russia's War on Ukraine in Historical Perspective, an online Monday speaker series for the fall of 2022.


Register for the weekly Zoom Q&A here.




Steven A. Barnes

Director, Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies

President, Southern Conference on Slavic Studies

Associate Professor of Russian and Soviet History


George Mason University