Lisa Kirschenbaum Lecture
Monday, September 16, 2019, 04:30pm - 06:00pm
Mikhail Borodin, one of the most intriguing and important revolutionaries of the early twentieth century, will be the subject of a lecture on Monday, September 16, at 4:30 PM in Van Dyck Hall, room 301. Lisa Kirschenbaum, Professor of History at West Chester University, will speak on “Local Transnationalism: How Michael Gruzenberg Became the International Revolutionary Mikhail Borodin.”
Borodin began life as Mikhail Gruzenberg, a Russian Jew who was arrested after the failed revolution of 1905, emigrated to the United States, and taught English to immigrants in Chicago for a decade. After the revolutions of 1917 Gruzenberg returned to Russia, served as a communist agent in Mexico, Scandinavia, Britain, Spain, Turkey, then became the key Communist International advisor in China in the 1920s.
Kirschenbaum’s research on Borodin builds on her most recent book, International Communism and the Spanish Civil War: Solidarity and Suspicion (2015). She has also published The Legacy of the Siege of Leningrad, 1941-1995: Myth, Memories and Monuments (2006) and Small Comrades: Revolutionizing Childhood in Soviet Russia, 1917-1932 (2001).