10 Days that Shook the World: Eisenstein and the Russian Revolution | Newberry

10 Days that Shook the World: Eisenstein and the Russian Revolution

Frank Biletz and Julia Denne
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

6 to 7:30pm

Ruggles Hall 

Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Open to the Public

Join us for a special presentation on Sergei Eisenstein’s 1927 film, October, sponsored by the Adult Education Seminars Program.

Produced to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Sergei Eisenstein’s film October has become a lens through which the world perceives the political upheaval of November 1917. Restaging historical events on original locations with dramatic exaggeration and satiric mockery, the film raises ongoing questions about the remembrance and representation of historical events and the use of film as propaganda.

Drawing on their upcoming seminars,”The Russian Revolution” and “Panorama of Soviet Life in the 1920s,” Frank Biletz and Julia Denne will screen excerpts from Eisenstein’s film and discuss the complicated legacy of the Russian Revolution.

Frank A. Biletz received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently Adjunct Instructor in History at Loyola University Chicago and has been teaching seminars at the Newberry since 1994. Frank will be teaching his popular Russian Revolution seminar this Fall. More information on the seminar, as well as links to registration, may be found here.

Julia Kriventsova Denne studied literature at St. Petersburg University, Russia, and currently leads several groups on Russian literature in the Chicago area. Julia will be teaching a course titled Panorama of Soviet Life in the 1920s. More information on the seminar may be found here.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public; free tickets required. Obtain tickets using this online form.

Doors open half an hour before the program begins, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. We will admit walk-ins without tickets if space permits, 10 minutes before the event begins.

People with accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, first register using the link above, then email publicprograms@newberry.org at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.