The Russian Soul in the Twenty-First Century

Seminar Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

George Young

For us, it’s “The American Dream.” For the Russians, the quality that they think best defines them is Russkaia Dusha, “The Russian Soul.” But today, with a Big Mac on the tray and rap music in the earphones, what is happening to the “Russian Soul?” This seminar will examine current efforts to reassert “Russianness” in Russia. Topics include the Eurasian, Nationalist, and Cosmist movements, and the nostalgia for Stalinism.


George Young has degrees from Duke and Yale, has taught Russian language and literature at Grinnell and Dartmouth, and is the author of a book and many essays on Russian and Western Esoteric literature, art, and philosophy. He has taught in the UNE English Department since 2003.

Assigned Reading

James H. Billington, Russia in Search of Itself (Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2004)


A reception will be held at 5pm at the UNE Art Gallery


Center for Global Humanities


(207) 221-4335

6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public