Steven Lee, Associate Professor of Englsh at UC Berkley and the author of the prize-winning book The Ethnic Avant-Garde: Minority Cultures and World Revolution (Columbia UP), is visiting CofC for a public lecture on Monday, January 14th.
“Beyond Interference: Soviet and Russian Lessons for American Multiculturalism”
Monday Jan 14th, 5:30pm, Rita Hollings Auditorium
In the wake of the Russian interference in the 2016 election, Dr. Steven Lee’s talk will explore avenues for cross-cultural dialogue between the U.S. and Russia, and lessons we can draw from history. Russian interference included the manipulation of U.S. identity politics via fake social media accounts and propaganda. During the Cold War, Soviet propaganda about Jim Crow indirectly helped lead to U.S. civil rights reform. So, what can we learn from Russia today? Dr. Lee will focus on how Soviet and Russian discourses on race, ethnicity, and nationality might open new ways of conceptualizing multiculturalism here in the U.S, and offer a useful complement to contemporary U.S. discourses of “otherness” and “intersectionality.”