Please join us in room 204 of Falvey Memorial Library on Tuesday, April 1, at 2:30 p.m. for a Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Lynne Hartnett, PhD, assistant professor, Department of History, director of Russian Area Studies, director of the Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict. Dr. Hartnett’s talk is entitled "On the Edge of Revolution: Activism, Terrorism, and Political Resurrection in the Life of One Russian Revolutionary Legend." This talk will use the life of Vera Figner, a Russian noblewoman who became a revolutionary terrorist, as a historical lens through which to explore political activism and radicalism in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Russia. As a leading member of a radical group widely considered to be the world's first modern terrorist organization, Vera Figner's biography provides great insight into the circumstances and choices that impel otherwise peaceful individuals to embrace violence as a method of protest. This talk will follow Figner through the revolutionary underground, prison, exile and the Russian Revolutions of 1917 in order to analyze and assess the role that gender, class, personality and historical timing played in Figner's decision to become a radical activist, her experiences within the revolutionary movement, and her subsequent status as an icon of the revolution in Soviet Russia.
This lecture highlights some of the issues that Hartnett explores in her book The Defiant Life of Vera Figner: Surviving the Russian Revolution.
This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, the Russian Area Studies Program, the Department of History and the Department of Political Science, is free and open to the public.