Russian, Central European,
and East European Conference
Macalester students and faculty have organized the annual Russian, Central European, and East European Studies conference each spring since 1992. Events include a nationally recognized speaker, a term paper competition in which students compete for cash prizes, and an evening gala event.
Paper contest guidelines
Past speakers have included:
- Simon Morrison (Princeton University)
- David Brandenberger (University of Richmond)
- Viktor Pivovarov (Russian Conceptualist artist) spoke about the contemporary Russian art scene ("Poet in a Snowed-In City") and the conference featured an exhibit of his art (2004)
- Paul Wilson (writer, editor, and former member of the legendary rock band, The Plastic People of the Universe) - "Then and Now: What Happens to Yesterday's Radicals When the World Turns Upside Down?" (2004)
- Irina Paperno (UC-Berkeley) - "Stalin: "Remembering March 5, 1953" (2003)
- Hilde Hoogenboom - "Women on Top: The Empress, the Academician, and the Cavalry Officer" (2003)
- Michael Alexeev - "Fiscal Federalism in Russia's Regions" (2002)
- Nikolay Petrov - "Putin's New Economic Reforms” (2002)
- Igor Zevelev (RIA-Novosti) - "Russian Ethnonationalism and Regional Security"
- Peter Rutland (Wesleyan University) - "The IMF Transition Model and the Reality of Russian Reform"
- Alexis Pogorelskin (University of Michigan) - "New Perspectives on Karelian Fever"
- Igor Zevelev - "The Russian Quest for a New Identity, the Implications for Security in Eurasia"
- Jerry Hough - "Russian Reform in Comparative Perspective"
- Nodari Simonia - "Bureaucratic Capitalism in Russia & Its Political Implications"