University of Chicago Center in Paris Public Lecture Series
with Faith Hillis (Assistant Professor of Russian History, University of Chicago)
Wednesday 16 April 2014 at 7:30 PM
Faith Hillis is the author of Children of Rus: Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation (CornellUniversity Press, 2013), as well as several articles and essays. These works explore the politics, culture, and society of the Russian empire's southwestern borderlands--a region that in the nineteenth century was an ethnically, confessionally, and linguistically diverse border zone and today is located at the heart of the independent nation of Ukraine. She is currently at work on a second project, entitled Europe's Russian Colonies: Community, Politics, and Modernity Across Borders. A synthetic history of human and intellectual traffic between the Russian empire and central and western Europe over the long nineteenth century, this project reconstructs the internal lives of the continent's Russian emigre communities and traces their influence on European politics and culture. Hillisreceived her PhD from Yale University in 2009. Her research has been funded by ACLS, the Mellon Foundation, NCEEER, IREX, and the Fulbright program, among others.