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Lewis Global Studies Center Annual Conference

Made possible through the generous support of Mrs. Elizabeth M. and Mr. Jean-Marie Eveillard

Understanding Russia: Perspectives on Culture and Politics

February 15–17, 2019

The 2019 Lewis Global Studies Center annual conference will feature a variety of speakers, including:

  • Polina Barskova, Poet, Associate Professor of Russian Literature at Hampshire College
  • Cathy Ciepiela, Translator, Professor of Russian at Amherst College
  • Lauren McCarthy, Associate Professor of Legal Studies at UMass Amherst
  • Irina Prokhorova, Literary critic and cultural historian, editor-in-chief of the Russian magazine and publishing house New Literary Observer
  • Stanley Rabinowitz, Professor of Russian at Amherst College
  • Peter Rutland, Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Wesleyan University
  • Marjorie Senechal, Professor Emerita in Mathematics and History of Science & Technology at Smith College
  • Vera Shevzov, Professor of Religion, Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Smith University
  • Maria Sidorkina, Fellow, Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College 
  • William Taubman, Professor of Political Science at Amherst College

Celebrating Collaborations

The annual Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together conference showcases and celebrates the scholarly work of Smith College students. Students present the results of their senior theses, independent study projects, research seminars and other creative work as part of oral sessions, panels, poster sessions, exhibits and performances. Projects are developed as a result of associations with the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute or Praxis, for example, and fall into categories ranging from science and technology, social, cultural and literary studies to the performing arts.

Smith in the World Conference

The annual Smith in the World Conference explores the relationship between formal classroom education and learning that takes place in off-campus programs, such as Praxis internships, study abroad and community service.