Dramatizing the 1917 Russian Revolutions

April 5, 2017
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7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
COOR 184
Event Description: 

During the event "Dramatizing the 1917 Russian Revolutions," Hilde Hoogenboom, Erika Hughes, Ana Olenina, and Peter Schmelz will be demonstrating and discussing how the revolutions of 1917 affected art and how art affected the revolutions of 1917. The event will be moderated by Mark von Hagen.


Hilde Hoogenboom is an Associate Professor, Russian, School of International Letters and Cultures, ASU.  She received her PhD in Russian Literature from Columbia University.  Before coming to ASU, Hoogenboom taught as a professor at the University at Albany (SUNY), Macalester College, Stetson University, and the College of Wooster. Her most recent major work is The Memoirs of Catherine the Great (Modern Library, 2005; paperback, Modern Library, 2006).  Hoogenboom was the Jesse Ball DuPont Fellow at the National Humanities Center and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Eurasia Program of the Social Sciences Research Council.  Her varied research interests include nineteenth-century literature, sentimentalism and realism, women writers, Catherine the Great, and the digital humanities. Besides Russian literature, among other courses, she teaches Russian intellectual history, theater, film, and opera.

Erika Hughes is an Assistant Professor, Theatre, School of Film, Dance, and Theatre, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU.  She received her PhD in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin.  Her research interests include the theatre of the Holocaust, German drama and dance, and European political theatre for young audiences.  Hughes has held fellowships at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Technische Universität Berlin, and the Universität Bonn.  She teaches classes in Applied Theatre, Theatre for Youth, Dramatic History and Historiography, and Performance Studies.  Her manuscript looks at youth Holocaust drama.

Ana Olenina is an Assistant Professor (as of FA 2017), Comparative Literature and Media Studies, School of International Letters and Cultures, ASU.  She received her PhD in Film from Harvard University.  Her teaching and research interests include 20th-century Russian literature and cinema, and international film history. She has received grants from American Council of Learned Societies, the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain, and the Soros Foundation-Open Society Institute.  Olenina is currently completing a book manuscript, entitled Psychomotor Aesthetics: Movement and Affect in Russian and American Modernity.

Peter Schmelz is an Associate Professor, Musicology, School of Music, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU.  He received his PhD in History and Literature of Music from the University of California, Berkeley.  Before coming to ASU, Schmelz taught as a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also served as Chair of the Music Department, and the University at Buffalo (SUNY).  His areas of expertise include twentieth- and twenty-first century music; Russian, Ukrainian, and Soviet music; music in the Cold War; popular music; and film music, among others.  In 2009, he published his monograph, Such Freedom, If Only Musical: Unofficial Soviet Music during the Thaw (Oxford University Press), for which he won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 2010.  Schmelz also edits the Journal of Musicology.



Mark von Hagen received his Ph.D. in History and Humanities from Stanford University. Formerly the Boris Bakhmeteff Professor of Russian and East European Studies, Chair of the Department of History, and Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, at ASU he served first as the Chair of the History Department, then as the Founding Director of the School for Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies.  He currently is a Professor of History and Global Studies in the School of International Letters and Cultures and the School of Politics and Global Studies.  Von Hagen is the Founding Director of the ASU Office of Veteran and Military Academic Engagement and the Interim Director of the ASU Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies.  In addition, he is the Dean of the Philosophy Faculty at the Ukrainian Free University in Munich Germany.  He was elected President of the International Association for Ukrainian Studies in 2002 and presided over the Congress in Donetsk in 2005.  He also served as President of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (2009). 


This event is is part of the series, “Revolution: Meanings, Origins, Memories.” A year-long conversation on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution.