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Through the Looking Glass at Russia

FOUR MONDAYS, NOON – 1:30 P.M. SEPTEMBER 8, 15, 22 AND 29 | THE MENIL COLLECTION, 1515 SUL ROSS


SEPTEMBER 8 - UNDERSTANDING PUTIN’S RUSSIA
In his opening lecture of this series, Robert Moser will discuss Vladimir Putin, a relative unknown in 1999 and now the unrivaled central figure of Russian politics. Putin’s presidency has brought a measure of stability but has also increased centralization of power and diminished democratic freedoms. This lecture will compare Putin’s presidency to that of his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin.


SEPTEMBER 15 - U.S. - RUSSIAN RELATIONS: IS RUSSIA A FRIEND OR FOE?
This lecture will put the seemingly schizophrenic nature of U.S.–Russian relations since 9/11 into the broader context of the post–Cold War international system.


SEPTEMBER 22 - RUSSIA’S WAR IN CHECHNYA
Russia’s difficult and costly war with the breakaway republic of Chechnya will be examined in this lecture, which will explore the roots of the conflict, the problems and prospects for long-term resolution, and the war’s impact on Russian democracy.


SEPTEMBER 29—THE FUTURE OF RUSSIA: RENEWAL OR DECAY?
Chronic decline in the 1990s suggested that Russia might break apart and become, in the words of one commentator, “Zaire with permafrost.” Yet now, there is hope of renewal. This lecture will analyze the changes and prospects for Russia’s future.

Robert Moser is an associate professor of government at the University of Texas, Austin. He is author of Unexpected Outcomes: Electoral Systems, Political Parties and Representation in Russia, and co-editor of Russian Politics: Challenges of Democratization. In 2002, Professor Moser won the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award.

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Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 

 

The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is 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 on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.

 

AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A FALL POP-UP COURSE!
Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced

 

Fall is just around the corner. Register today!

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