Revisiting: Russia and the West (2018)

Revisiting: Russia and the West (2018)

Revisit Chautauqua Institution's 2018 week on Russia and the West, featuring lectures and discussions from Nina Khrushcheva, Victoria Lomasko, William J. Burns, Masha Gessen, Amor Towles, and Chris Coons.

A quarter-century has passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union — and the promise of new relationship with the West — yet we find ourselves at what some consider the brink of a new Cold War. What has happened to damage relations between Russia and the West over 25 years, how have power dynamics changed in the age of digital and information warfare, and what must we understand about the recent history of Vladimir Putin’s Russia and its relationship with the West and the world? Building upon the work of the Chautauqua Conferences on U.S.-Soviet Relations of the 1980s and 1990s, we reaffirm our need for a deeper cultural understanding of Russia, its history and its people.

About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.

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Revisiting: Russia and the West (2018)
  • Ukraine: The End of Europe?

    Originally recorded at 10:45 a.m. ET Friday, August 14, 2015.

    This lecture by Timothy Snyder was presented in 2015 during Chautauqua Institution's week exploring "Redefining Europe."

    Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, gave Friday, August 14 morning's ...

  • Nina Khrushcheva

    Originally recorded at 10:45 a.m. ET Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

    Nina Khrushcheva is Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School, author of The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey Into the Gulag of the Russian Mind, and biological great-granddaughter (and adopted granddaugh...

  • Masha Gessen

    Originally recorded at 10:45 a.m. ET Friday, July 20, 2018.

    Masha Gessen is a journalist and the author of numerous books, including The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

    As a journalist and editor in Russia for more...

  • Diplomatic Moments That Changed the World

    Originally recorded on July 17, 2018.

    William J. Burns recounts world-historic diplomatic events that helped shape where we are today. He discusses the Cold War being a “plastic moment,” the eventual fall of the Soviet Union and current relations with Russia.

    Burns, president of the Carnegie ...

  • Victoria Lomasko

    Originally recorded at 3:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

    What does it mean to live in Russia today? What is it like to grow up in a forgotten city, to be a migrant worker or to grow old and seek solace in the Orthodox church?

    For the past eight years, graphic artist and activist Victoria Lom...

  • A Comprehensive Look at U.S.-Russia Relations

    Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Monday, July 16, 2018.

    On the day the presidents of the United States and Russia held a historic summit in Helsinki, Sen. Chris Coons breaks down the state of relations between the west and Russia, discuss Donald Trump’s presidency, current relations with R...

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 19, 2018.

    Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore:

    A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel, A Gentleman in Moscow imm...