Southern Conference on Slavic Studies

The Curtiss Lecture


John Shelton Curtiss (1899-1983) was a professor of Russian history at Duke University for over 20 years (1947-1969) and a founding member of SCSS. During World War II he published one of the first books that challenged the authenticity of the infamous work The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and successfully encouraged other scholars to cosign his work. Among his publications: Church and State in Russia; Russian Army Under Nicholas I; Russia’s Crimean War; and many others.

Olesya Khromeychuk, Director of the Ukrainian Institute London, has accepted our invitation to serve as 2024 the John Shelton Curtiss lecturer at the SCSS banquet in Chapel Hill.


Dr. Khromeychuk is a writer and historian. She received her PhD in History from University College London. She has taught the history of East-Central Europe at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the University of East Anglia, and King’s College London. She is the author of The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister (2022) and ‘Undetermined’ Ukrainians. Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division (2013). She is currently the Director of the Ukrainian Institute London.
In addition, she has published many articles in 

scholarly journals as well as opinion pieces in newspapers; she is a frequent speaker at universities, conferences, and on news programs. She combines the best attributes of scholar and public intellectual. Her talk promises to be a highlight of a FABULOUS 60th anniversary gala.

April 2023 – Mark Galeotti- University College London – “Putin’s Russia and the struggle between autocracy, adhocracy and technocracy.”

2022 Feb. 25


Don Raleigh, UNC-Chapel Hill (emeritus)

“The Brezhnev you may not Know”


2019 MarchKate Brown, University of MarylandHow Bad was Chernobyl
2018 March 23Joan Neuberger, University of Texas-Austin“Something Old, Something New: Going Digital”
2017 April 6Rex Wade, George Mason University“My Career as a Soviet Historian”
2016 March 18Serhii Plokhii, Harvard University“The Ukrainian Crisis in Historical Perspective”
2015 March 6Julie Buckler, Harvard University“Repurposing the Past: Post-Soviet Urban Spaces”
2014 April 11Richard Wortman, Columbia University“Three Charismatic Words: Some Incidental Reflections on Russia’s Past”
2013 March 22William Brumfield, Tulane University“Memory, Commemoration, Memorialization: Moscow’s Western Battlefields”
2012  March 30Christopher Read, Warwick University“Where Have All the Workers Gone?”
2011  April 8Henry Hale, George Washington University“Two Decades of Regime Change in Post-Soviet Eurasia: What’s New, What’s Old, and Why”
2010  March 27Mark von Hagen, Arizona State University“History Wars: Memory and Geopolitics in Eastern Europe”
2009  March 27Abbott Gleason, Brown University“Totalitarianism: Russian Historians and the T-word During the Cold War”
2008  March 28Ron Suny, University of Michigan“Breaking Eggs, Making Omelets: Explaining Violence in the Revolution of Lenin and Stalin”
2007  March 23Diane Koenker, University of Illinois“From Social History to the History of Tourism”
2006  March 24Nancy Condee, University of Pittsburgh“Does the Empire Have No Close? Problems of National Identity”
2005  April 15Blair Ruble, Kennan Institute“Creating Diversity Capital: How Studying Migrants in the Former Soviet Union can Teach us About Ourselves”
2004  March 19James Billington, Library of Congress“The Future of Russia: The Lady or the Tiger?”
2003  March 28Esther Kingston-Mann, University of Massachusetts-Boston“The Romance of Privatization: Russia in Comparative Historical Perspective”
2002  March 15Angela Stent, Georgetown University“The Scholar as Policy Maker”
2001  March 2James Collins, Ambassador to Russia“The Yeltsin Legacy and U.S./Russia Relations”
2000  March 17Gabriel Gorodetsky, Tel Aviv University“Stalin and the Invasion of Russia”
1999  March 26Yuri Urbanovich, University of Virginia, “Russia Today: A Psycho-political Review”
1998  March 20Laura Engelstein, Princeton University“Paradigms, Pathologies, and Other Clues to Russian Spiritual Culture: Some Post-Soviet Thoughts”
1997  March 21Brenda Meehan, University of Rochester“Russian Women and the Radiant Future”
1996  April 12Vassily Aksyonov, George Mason University“Novelist and University”
1995  March 17Robert C. Tucker, Princeton University“Reflections on Soviet History”
1994  March 18Murray Feshbach, Georgetown University“Ecocide Updated: Even Worse Than I Thought”
1993  March 19Moshe Lewin, University of Pennsylvania“The Benefits and Pitfalls of Historical Comparison: Russia and Germany”
1992  March 27Tatyana Tolstaya, Russia“Culture in the New Russia”
1991  March 22Evgenii Anisimov, Institute of History, Leningrad“Progress By Means of Coercion: Russia’s Historical Path?”
1990Meeting postponed to spring 1991 
1989  October 12Dorothy Atkinson, Executive Director, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies“The State of Our Profession”
1988  October 21Francis Conte, University of Paris IV, “The Russian Peasant and his Faith: Orthodoxy, Dvoeverie or Troeverie?”
1987  October 23Josef Skvorecky, University of Toronto “My Neighbor Jaroslav Seifert”
1986  NovemberWilliam Fletcher, University of Kansas“Soviet Policy on Religion: The End of an Era”
1985  November 3Met jointly with ICSEES (International Committee for Soviet and East European Studies) in Washington, D.C. 
1984  October 12S. Frederick Starr, Oberlin College, “American Public Opinion and the Soviet Press”
1983  October 7Edward L. Keenan, Harvard University“Area Studies”
1982Met jointly with AAASS in Washington, D.C. 
1981  October 23Edward Wasiolek, University of Chicago
“Russian Formalism and Contemporary Criticism”
1980  September 19Marshall Shulman, Special Advisor on Soviet Affairs to the Secretary of State
“US-Soviet Relations: What Do We Want?”
1979  October 19Ralph T. Fisher, Jr., University of Illinois“From Another Window”
1978  November 3Joseph S. Berliner, Brandeis University
“Family and Economy in Soviet Russia”
1977  October 21Edward Wasiolek, University of Chicago
“Dostoevsky and Tolstoy: Two Worlds”
1976  October 22James Billington, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Politics 
1975Hosted AAASS in Atlanta 
1974  October 18Frederick Barghoorn, Yale University
“Dissent and Change in the USSR: Some Reflections”
1973  October 12David Joravsky, Northwestern University
“The Mechanical Spirit, From Chernyshevsky’s Sechenov to Stalin’s Pavlov”
1972  October 13Victor Erlich, Yale University
“How Russian Is Russian Literature?”
1971  October 1Nicholas V. Riasanovsky, University of California, Berkeley
“Some Thoughts on the Government and the Educated Public in Russia in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century”
1970  October 16Merle Fainsod, Harvard University“Conformity and Dissent in the U.S.S.R.”
1969  October 17Alex Inkeles, Harvard University“The Half-Century of the Russian Revolution”
1968  October 25Sergius Yakobson, Library of Congress“Slavica at the Library of Congress”
1967  October 27Program does not list a speaker. 
1966  October 21George Gibian, Cornell University“The Old and New in Soviet Russian Literature: 1965-66”
1965 October 22Richard V. Burks, Wayne State University“The Decline of Communism in East Europe”
1964 October 16Hans Kohn, University of Texas“On the Loneliness and Togetherness of the Slavs”
1963 October 11Philip E. Mosely, Russian Institute, Columbia University 
1962 October 5Geroid T. Robinson, Russian Institute, Columbia University 


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