The Russian Revolution Comes to Stanford: Alexander Kerensky on Campus

Thursday, October 26, 2017

5:00 pm

Cantor Arts Center Auditorium, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305 Map

Sponsored by:
Stanford Historical Society

Speaker: Bertrand M. Patenaude, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Alexander Kerensky was the charismatic leader of the Provisional Government that held a tenuous grip on power in Russia between the fall of the Romanovs in February 1917 and the storming to power of the Bolsheviks in the October Revolution. Kerensky first visited Stanford in 1955 and spent much of the next ten years on campus, conducting research in the Hoover Library & Archives, teaching seminars, giving guest lectures, and appearing on panel discussions devoted the latest developments in the USSR. He left lasting impressions on Stanford students and faculty—and is even alleged to have carved his initials into a table at the Oasis. Dr. Patenaude, a Stanford History PhD, will discuss Kerensky's sojourn on the Farm, and attempt to separate fact from fiction.

Lecture arranged in conjunction with The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution, an exhibition jointly sponsored by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford and opening on October 18, 2017. Dr. Patenaude is serving as co-curator of the exhibition.

You may also enjoy listening to "Morning Walks with Alexander Kerensky," the recollections by Dottie Walters, '57 of her relationship with Alexander Kerensky. Walters's oral history was conducted as part of the 2007 Alumni Stories by the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Cantor Arts Center Auditorium, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford, CA 94305 Map

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