PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. Chris Burton

Join history professor, Dr. Chris Burton, as he explores

Identity and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 7-9 p.m. (MST)

Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge
320 Scenic Dr S, Lethbridge, Alberta
Free. Everyone welcome. Space is limited.
Limited light appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

Livestream: This talk will also be live streamed on YouTube. While we'd love to see you in person, we understand that some may not be able to attend. Please join us on YouTube and use the chat function to have your questions answered. Please note that you will gain access to the YouTube live feed once the speaker takes the stage (between 7-7:15 p.m.).

The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 took nearly everyone, including the “experts” by surprise, but is rooted in the long and uneasy history between Ukraine and Russia. Chris Burton will analyze the contemporary and historical causes of the conflict with a focus on questions of identity. Vladimir Putin himself claims to be acting on behalf of the diaspora of ethnic Russians but cross-border populations have a long and tangled history. Who is a Russian? Who is a Ukrainian? The answers are complex, problematic, and illuminate the fighting in 2022.

Christopher Burton grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland, taking his BA in history at Memorial University, followed by an MA from Carleton University. He worked in the Soviet Union during the glasnost’ years, then studied with Sheila Fitzpatrick in the 1990s at the University of Chicago for his PhD. He is an associate professor of history at the University of Lethbridge and has been teaching Russian history, and modern European history more generally, for the last twenty years.  His research interests include the medical profession under Stalin, social policy in the Soviet Union, and the Soviet science of environmental health, including their understanding of air and water pollution.

The U of L lifted its general mask mandate on May 6, 2022. Masks continue to be available, and the community is encouraged to make use of them to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our indoor environments. The University is a mask friendly environment, and individual decisions to wear a mask or not should be respected. We will have masks and hand sanitizer available at each event. If you feel under the weather, please watch the live broadcast from the comfort of your home.

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