Location: Visitor Center Theater
Part of: Lectures and Talks
This program is sold out. If you are interested in joining the waiting list, please call 202.686.5807.
Hillwood and the Initiative for Russian Culture at American University are pleased to present a symposium complementing the exhibit Pageants of the Tsars: The Coronation Albums of the Romanovs. The exhibition marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Romanov dynasty in 1613 and explores the history of Russia through the lens of Hillwood’s collection of five coronation albums. Spend the day with Russian scholars, including exhibition curator Kristen Regina of Hillwood, Anton Fedyashin and Eric Lohr from American University, Fiona Hill of The Brookings Institution, Russell Martin of Westminster College and Edward Kasinec of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.
Participants are welcome to bring their own brown-bag lunch or to pre-order from the Hillwood Café. Lunch is $20 and includes a sandwich (choice of ham, turkey or veggie) , salad, cookie and drink. Lunch orders can be placed when you call to make your reservations for the program. Orders are due no later than noon on Tuesday, February 26. Please call 202.686.5807.
11 AM WELCOME
Kate Markert, Executive Director of Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens
Anton Fedyashin, Executive Director, Initiative for Russian Culture, American University
11:15 AM OPENING SESSION
Kristen Regina: Pageant of the Tsars: The Romanov Coronation Albums. An Overview
Exhibition curator Kristen Regina will give an overview of the show, examining the importance of the Romanov coronation albums during the imperial period and up to today.
Eric Lohr: The Romanov Historical Context: Why were Coronations so Important?
Prof. Lohr will provide some broad historical context to the coronations, pointing to various aspects of Imperial Russian history to explain why the regime thought coronations deserved such elaborate attention.
Edward Kasinec: Book Treasures for Tractors: The Dispersal of Libraries in Soviet Russia and Hillwood's Exhibit
The destruction and displacement of cultural treasures has often followed in the wake of political and social revolution. Kasinec explores the Soviet government-sponsored sales of art, books, and manuscripts—particularly those in Western languages—to Western collections during the 1920s and 1930s, addressing what was sold, and profiling sellers and purchasers. Please note: This presentation includes some images which are intended for a mature audience.
QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH ALL SPEAKERS
12:15-2:15 PM BREAK FOR LUNCH AND TO TOUR PAGEANT OF THE TSARS AND HILLWOOD’S MANSION
One-hour docent-led tours of Hillwood’s Mansion are available at 12:15 and 1:15 pm.
You may also visit the Mansion and Pageant of the Tsars in the Dacha on your own during this time.
Those who have pre-ordered lunch from Hillwood’s café may pick them up at the Adirondack Building. If you brought lunch, you may find seating in the Adirondack Building.
2:15 PM ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: RUSSELL MARTIN AND FIONA HILL, MODERATED BY ANTON FEDYASHIN
Professor Martin’s expertise is on the Romanovs post-1917 and Dr. Hill recently published a book titled “Mr. Putin” and is working on the dynamics of Russia/the Romanovs today. Each speaker will present an overview of their expertise and the discussion will be moderated by Anton, Executive Director of the AU Initiative for Russian Culture.
3 PM TEA RECEPTION