Russia’s Past and Prospects

Four Mondays, Noon - 1:30 p.m., October 1, 8, 15, and 22 | The Menil Collection, 1515 Sul Ross

Does Russian culture hinder the development of democracy? Have centuries of authoritarian rule created a cultural deficit that precludes democratic governance in the "new Russia"? This series will consider different facets of these questions by examining broad social attitudes in Russia, historical legacies of the Soviet period the emerging youth culture, and the music of two Soviet-era composers.

October 1, RUSSIA'S CULTURE, Robert G. Moser, assistant professor of government, University of Texas, Austin

October 8, RUSSIA'S PAST AND FUTURE, Charters Wynn, associate professor of history, University of Texas, Austin

October 15, RUSSIA'S YOUTH, Thomas J. Garza, associate professor of Slavic languages and literature, University of Texas, Austin

October 22, RUSSIA'S MUSIC, Zoya Shuhatovich, accompanist, Moores School, University of Houston



Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.

Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


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