The Right to Memory

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
protestors outside holding "Memorial" sign in Russian

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium)

"The Right to Memory," a documentary about Arseny Roginsky and the work of Memorial in Russia, presents excerpts from lengthy interviews with Arseny Roginsky (1946-2017), who offers his thoughts about Russia and Memorial.  Roginsky was one of the co-founders and the long-time director of Memorial, which was set up in Moscow in 1988 to document the egregious crimes of the Stalin era and to push for respect of human rights in the USSR (and later in the Russian Federation). Roginsky discusses how Memorial sought to overcome the obstacles posed by official whitewashing under Putin and widespread public indifference.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Ludmila Gordon, joined by Benjamin Nathans of the University of Pennsylvania and Rochelle Ruthchild of UMass-Boston.  Mark Kramer of the Davis Center will moderate the discussion.

Director Ludmila Gordon, 2018, 1 h. 36 min.; Russian, English subtitles.

Speaker(s)

Ludmila Gordon, Filmmaker
Benjamin Nathans, Associate Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
Rochelle Ruthchild, Research Scholar, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University; Center Associate, Davis Center
Moderator: Mark Kramer, Program Director, Cold War Studies Program, Davis Center

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.