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Lecturer on Western Ways of Viewing Russian History and Culture
Coming to Downtown Library

In 1939, Winston Churchill famously described Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

Russian historian Pavel Tribunsky will remove some of the wrappings when he visits the Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, on Sunday, April 18, for a lecture on the ways in which Russian émigrés have contributed to the shaping of Western perspectives on Russian history.  The talk will begin at 2:00p.m.

“Sometimes,” said librarian Darlene Browers, “we get ideas about other countries and we don’t even know for sure where those ideas came from.  Mr. Tribunsky, who holds the Candidate of Sciences, which is the Russian equivalent of the Ph.D,, wrote the definitive biography of one of the men who supported gradual change over radical upheaval in Russia in 1905.”

As a Fulbright Scholar in 2004 and 2005 Tribunsky visited and conducted research at several important archives and libraries in the United States, and he is an expert on the writings of the émigré historians whose versions of events leading up to the revolution of 1918 differ notably from the “official” government version.

It is only with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 that much of this material held by the old Soviet government has become available for research in Russia. 

Mr. Tribunsky’s lecture is free and open to the public.  It is intended for adult audiences.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and the Russian Club at Oklahoma State University, and the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.