Revisiting Red October

The Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society at Baylor University receives, maintains, preserves, expands and makes available to scholars the Keston Archives and Library, the world's most comprehensive artificially assembled collection of materials on religious persecution under Communist and other totalitarian regimes. As part of its mission and in cooperation with academic partners from across the university, the Center marks the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia with a series of lectures and films designed to explore the global impact of these revolutionary events not only a century ago but to our own time.

Public Lectures & Panel Discussions

"Holy Fools: Faith and Freedom in Soviet Russia"
Dr. Dominic Erdozain, Research Fellow at King's College in London and Visiting Scholar at Emory University (bio)
October 25, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
Armstrong Browning Library
featuring our distinguished panelists
Wallace Daniel, Philip Jenkins, and Julie deGraffenried
A reception and book signing will follow the presentation

"Revolution and Memory: One Hundred Years of Commemorating the Russian Revolution"
Dr. Karen Petrone, Professor of History at the University of Kentucky (bio)
November 6, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
Kayser Auditorium in the Hankamer Academic Center
A reception will follow the lecture.

Revisiting Red October: A Conversation
November 7, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
Draper 152

A panel presentation, discussion and open conversation featuring
  • Karen Petrone, Professor of History, University of Kentucky
  • Sergiy Kudelia, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Baylor University
  • Steve Gardner, Director of the McBride Center for International Business and Professor of Economics, Baylor University
  • Adrienne Harris, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures, Baylor University

Russian Film Screenings

  • “The Romanovs: An Imperial Family” (2000) will be shown on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library. Dr. Julie deGraffenried hosts this Russian film that tells the story of the last year and a half of Tsar Nicholas II and his family from the February Revolution of 1917 to their execution in July 1918.
  • “The Chekist” (1992) will be shown on October 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library. Dr. Julie deGraffenried will host the screening of this film that follows the unraveling of an officer in the CHEKA, the secret police force formed by Lenin, as he oversees the systematic execution of people who are unsympathetic to the post-revolutionary Russian government.
  • “The 41st” (1956) will be screened on November 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cox Lecture Hall of Armstrong Browning Library. “The 41st” tells the story of a tragic romance between a female sniper in the Red Army and an officer in the White Army. This screening will be hosted by Dr. Julie deGraffenried.
  • Eisenstein’s “October” (1927), a film commissioned by the Soviet government ten years after the revolution, will be shown on November 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. This screening will be hosted by Dr. Michael Long.

For more information about these upcoming events, please contact Associate Professor and Director of the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society Kathy Hillman by email at Kathy_hillman@baylor.edu or by phone at (254) 710-6684

Revisiting Red October is proudly sponsored by the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society; the Armstrong Browning Library; the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures; the Department of History; the McBride Center for International Business; International Studies; and Phi Beta Kappa.