Russian Politics and Culture: Perestroika to the Present | Newberry

Russian Politics and Culture: Perestroika to the Present

Led by Nina Wieda. Seven sessions. 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Wednesdays, June 26 - August 7 

2 - 4 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $250
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $275

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Seminar Description

Although the Cold War-era Iron Curtain has been lifted, our understanding of contemporary Russia remains limited due to strict censorship, challenging language barriers, and differences in culture and history. This seminar seeks to help bridge the gap between our culture and Russia’s by studying a selection of Russian cultural phenomena in depth and connecting them to current political and social conditions. With this goal in mind, we will pay especially close attention to literature, journalism, film, music, architecture, and city planning.

Seven sessions. E – $250, L – $275

Nina Wieda holds a PhD in Slavic from Northwestern University and an MA in nationalism studies from Central European University. A native of Russia, she has lived in the U.S. for 17 years. She teaches at Northwestern University.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.