A Video From the OLLI Archives: The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union and the Rise of Russia
Course DescriptionOLLI breaks into their Archives to bring you one of their most popular video documentaries! The Road to Putin - The Soviet Union became a gerontocracy. Mikhail Gorbachev attempted reform. Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin tried to resurrect Russia as a great and consequential power. Yeltsin failed; Putin has done it. PRE-RECORDED PRESENTATION - NO INSTRUCTOR PRESENT.
- Time: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
- Date: Wednesday, August 30
- Location: Friedberg Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Building
Member - $10
Non-member - $15
One-time guest pass, Member or Non-member at the door - $15.
About the Instructor
Stephen Berk, Ph.D., is a professor of history at Union College in Schenectady, New York, where he holds the Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair in Holocaust and Jewish Studies. He is the author of "Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882". Berk has written articles on Russian and Jewish history, anti-Semitism, and the Middle East. In 2010, he was designated an Israel Hero for his defense and advocacy of the State of Israel by JERNY, the Jewish Educational Resources of New York. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Citizen Laureate Award from the University of Albany Foundation.