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“Memory, Commemoration, Memorialization: Moscow’s Western Battlefields”
"Memory, Commemoration, Memorialization: Moscow’s Western Battlefields”

By Professor William Brumfield
WHEN: Monday, October 7, 2013, 3:00PM
WHERE: American Councils, 12th floor   

You are cordially invited to attend a lecture by Professor William Brumfield who will present an exploration of evolving Russian attitudes toward commemorating the catastrophic sacrifices of the first year (1941-1942) of the Great Fatherland War. Of particular interest is the growing role of the Russian Orthodox Church in the sanctification of memorials. What had formerly been a secular process--supervised by state institutions with limited attention to the extent of the catastrophe--is now moving toward concepts of exaltation of the myriad of souls given in defense of the motherland.

This presentation will include the author’s recent field research and photography in the Viazma region of Smolensk oblast’. The monument to General Mikhail Efremov in Viazma and the memorial complex at Bogoroditskoe Polye (north of Viazma) are of special interest. Comparisons will be made to related battlefield memorials in the western part of Moscow oblast’, including Dubosekovo, the site of heroic resistance in October 1941. All monuments illustrated with the author’s photographs.

RSVP  by October 3, 2013 to Lacey Cope: lcope@americancouncils.org. 
               Tel: 202.833.7522


  WILLIAM CRAFT BRUMFIELD is Professor of Slavic studies at Tulane University and Honorary Fellow of the Russian Academy of the Arts. He was assistant professor at
Harvard University (1974-80), and has held visiting appointments at the Universities of
Wisconsin (1973-74) and Virginia (1985-86). Professor Brumfield is the author and
photographer of numerous works on Russian architecture: Gold in Azure: One Thousand Years of Russian Architecture (1983); The Origins of Modernism in Russian Architecture (1991); A History of Russian Architecture (1993), Lost Russia: Photographing the Ruins of Russian Architecture (1995); and Landmarks of Russian Architecture: A Photographic Survey (1997). He edited and contributed chapters to Reshaping Russian Architecture: Western Technology, Utopian Dreams (1990), Christianity and the Arts in Russia (1991), and Russian Housing in the Modern Age: Design and Social History (1993). He has also published twenty-four books in Russia devoted primarily to that country’s regional architectural heritage. Brumfield has spent a total of ten years in Russia. His photographs of Russian architecture, exhibited in the U.S., Russia, France, and Canada, are part of the collection of the Photographic Archives at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He has received fellowship and grant support from numerous foundations and organizations.
In April 2002 Brumfield was elected to the State Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences. In May 2006 he was elected Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of the Arts (Российская Академия художеств), founded in 1757. For a selection of Professor Brumfield’s illustrated articles on Russia’s cultural heritage in the online news outlet Russia Beyond the Headlines, see http://rbth.ru/discovering_russia.
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