Lecture discusses Great War as Jewish Russian

For Immediate Release:  Nov. 4, 2014

BLOOMSBURG — Michael C. Hickey, professor of history at Bloomsburg University, will present the lecture, “Russia and its Jews in the Great War,” as part of the Institute for Culture and Society’s Great War Centennial Lecture Series.

Michael Hickey

Hickey’s presentation will be offered on Monday, Nov. 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall 218.

Hickey’s lecture will discuss the fate of Jews in the Russian empire during World War I, the politicization of Jewish society during the Russian Revolution, the explosion of anti-Jewish violence that accompanied Russia's civil war, and the relationship between these events and Zionism, the Jewish cultural movement to create a Jewish homeland in Israel.

Hickey is a specialist in modern Russian history whose published work examines the history of revolutionary politics and Jewish life in provincial Russia. His book, “Voices in Conflict in the Russian Revolution: Fighting Words,” won a 2012 American Library Association RUSA prize and was a 2011 Choice Outstanding Title. His most recent essay, “Jews in the Revolution,” will appear in the forthcoming Oxford Companion to the Russian Revolution. Hickey teaches courses on European, Russian and Jewish history at BU, where he is director of the Institute for Culture and Society.

All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

ICS The Great War Centennial Lecture Series

  • Brion White, instructor of communications studies, “Boardwalk Empire, PTSD and the Great War,” on Monday, Feb. 3, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • Jeanette Keith, professor of history, “The Lusitania Syndrome” and Beth Michalec, instructor of communication studies, “American Advertising and the Great War,” on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • Lisa Stallbaumer, professor of history, “War is Funny Business: The Use of Humor to Explore the Great War,” on Monday, Feb. 26, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • M. Safa Saracoglu, professor of history, “Film and Discussion: The Ottoman Empire in the Great War,” on Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • Nancy Gentile Ford, professor of history, “Americans All! Immigrant Soldiers in the U.S. Army in the Great War,” on Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • Yahya Laayouni, assistant professor of languages and cultures, “Film and Discussion: France in the Great War,” on Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • Tina Entzminger, professor of English, and students, “Hemingway and the Great War: Poster Presentations and Discussion,” on Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.
  • Nogin Chung, associate professor of art and art history, and students, “The Great War and Modernism in the Visual Arts: A Student Colloquium,” on Friday, April 24, 2015, 11 a.m. at Centennial Hall, room 239.

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