Today’s Russia Through the Prism of Its Intellectual History and Literature | Newberry

Today’s Russia Through the Prism of Its Intellectual History and Literature

Led by Nina Wieda. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Wednesdays, February 14 - March 21

2 - 4 pm

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

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

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

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

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Today’s Russia appears less enigmatic when considered in the context of its intellectual history. In the environment of censorship and stifled social debate, Russian thinkers traditionally expressed their ideas through literature. The course will illuminate the Russia of today by tracing its ideas from the present day back to Russia’s first attempts to find its position between East and West, define its identity, and assert its national pride. Six sessions.

Nina Wieda teaches at Northwestern University, after earning her PhD in Russian literature from Northwestern University and her MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University.

Materials List


  • Yevgeny Zamyatin, We. Penguin Twentieth Century Classics (August 1, 1993). ISBN#: 978-0140185850
  • A course pack of additional materials, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time.

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.