For 40 years, Dr. Choldin has focused her research on studying censorship in the Russian empire and the Soviet Union. Government control of expression has always been strong in this part of the world, reaching new highs (or lows) during the Soviet period. In the last years of the Soviet Union and the first years of post-Soviet Russia, censorship seemed to disappear, but is again on the rise. Professor Choldin will describe its themes and techniques and share with us some of her adventures while conducting her research.
Choldin is the Mortenson Professor Emerita, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was educated at the U. of Chicago, taught in the U. of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, was director of the Russian and East European Center, and head of the Slavic and East European Library. She was President of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the Rudomino Library Council USA, an organization supporting projects promoting tolerance in Russia. Professor Choldin is the recipient of the Russian government’s Pushkin Gold Medal for culture and many other awards for public service and intellectual freedom.
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