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Authority on U.S.-Russian relations to visit

Friday, November 14, 2014

LAWRENCE — Victoria Zhuravleva will present “Russia and the United States: Images of Each Other in the Ukrainian Crisis” at noon Tuesday, Nov. 18, in 318 Bailey Hall. The talk is one of the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) weekly Brownbag lecture series. Zhuravleva is the professor and director of the Program on American Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow.

Zhuravleva’s research interests focus on American history with a specialization in U.S. foreign policy and Russian-American relations. She has written many articles for leading Russian scholarly journals on images of Russian-American relations, and as well as chapters in the textbook World History of the 20th Century (2002) and Russia and the US: Diplomatic Relations. 1900-1917 (2009). She was the editor of Russian-American Relations in Past and Present: Images, Myths, and Reality (2007), Abraham Lincoln: Lessons of History and the Contemporary World (2010), and Russia and the United States: Mutual Representations in Textbooks (2009), co-edited with Ivan I. Kurilla.

In her latest book, “Understanding Russia in the United States: Images and Myths, 1881-1914” (2012), Zhuravleva analyzes the ways in which Russia was portrayed in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her work for this book included close inspection of not only diplomatic material but also portrayals of Russia and Russian ideals in political cartoons, American textbooks, tourist guides and other primary sources.

Zhuravleva will also be presenting “Images of Post-Soviet Russia in American Political Cartoons” on Nov. 22 at the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) annual convention in San Antonio.

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