Course Description for RUSS 38.16:

In 2020, a cathedral was built in Moscow that scandalized many Russians. For on its walls were mosaics of Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Putin, who were pictured receiving blessings from the Virgin Mary. Thirty years ago, it was unthinkable that Stalin, a man who murdered millions of Christians, would someday be depicted alongside the saints. How could the public memory of the twentieth century be reconstructed so dramatically, so quickly? In this interdisciplinary course, we shall learn that Russia is a country with an unpredictable past: one that is currently being exploited in order to sacralize the reign of Vladimir Putin.