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The 20th Century Through Russian Eyes

The 20th Century Through Russian Eyes

The 20th Century Through Russian Eyes is a workshop series and summer institute for local educators.

By Christine Wilson

In many respects, the 20th Century has been shaped by two nations, the United States and the Soviet Union.

The UCLA History-Geography Project, The California Geographic Alliance at UCLA, and The Center for European and Eurasian Studies at UCLA are collaborating to
present “The 20th Century Through Russian Eyes”, a workshop series and summer institute for local area educators.

In many respects, the 20th Century has been shaped by two nations, the United States and the Soviet Union. While much attention is given to the history and politics of the United States in middle and high school classrooms, the Soviet Union is often not given equal time.  The Thursday workshop series traces major moments in the 20th Century from the Russian or Soviet point of view. Designed as an integrated program that addresses the state curriculum in grades 10-12, the series features stimulating lectures by UCLA and regional scholars, presentations by classroom teachers and workshop time for discussion, collaborative sharing and hands-on applications. The series culminates in an intensive one-week summer institute in which participants have the opportunity to research and develop their own lesson plans during the summer of 2003.

Thursday, February 27, 2003
The Russian Revolution through American Eyes
with Choi Chatterjee, California State University, Los Angeles, History
A discussion of the revolution's impact on American Russian relations, and accounts of American eyewitnesses to the October Revolution: John Reed, Louise Bryant, and Albert Rhys Williams.

Thursday April 10, 2003
Stalin's Rise to Power in the USSR
with J. Arch Getty, UCLA, History
A PowerPoint demonstration of a visual-spatial presentation of historical content, using Stalin's rise to power as an example.

Thursday May 8, 2003
World War II on the Russian Front
with Donal O'Sullivan, Visiting Professor, Claremont McKenna College

Thursday June 12, 2003
Who Started the Cold War?
with Richard Anderson, UCLA, Political Science
A discussion of Russian perceptions of the origins of the Cold War.

Summer Institute: August 11-15, 2003
Presentations by scholars and teachers will focus on uprisings, reform, and revolution in Eastern Europe and the collapse of the Soviet Union. The majority of the time will be spent conducting research at UCLA and collaborating with colleagues and curriculum specialists on the design of innovative lesson plans for your classrooms.

Thursday workshops meet 5-8 pm in 6275 Bunche Hall at UCLA. Summer Institute meets Monday-Friday, 9am-4 pm.  Parking is $7.

Teachers who would like to participate in the workshops and summer institute can apply online by visiting the institute website. The application deadline is February 7, 2003.  All participants will receive a $100 gift certificate to Social Studies School Service upon completion of all dates and requirements. LAUSD and UCLA extension credit available. For more information and to apply online, visit The UCLA History-Geography Project website: http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/~hgp, or call

For more information call (310) 206-9796 or (310) 825-4060.

Center for European and Eurasian Studies