First Nevada Conference on Soviet Culture*

November 23, 1992

Introduction. 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Statement
Dmitri N. Shalin, Conference Director, UNLV

Welcome to Conference Participants
Robert Maxson, President, UNLV

Panel I. Political and Civic Culture
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Political Culture: Dispensing with the Communist Legacy
Vladimir Shlapentokh, Michigan State University

Civic Culture: Public Opinion and the Resurgence of Civic Culture
Yuri Levada, National Center for Public Opinion Research in Moscow

Robert Tucker, Princeton University

Panel II. Economic and Labor Culture
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Entrepreneurial Culture: Privatizing the Soviet Economy
Anthony Jones, Northeastern University

Labor Culture: Work Ethics under Perestroika
Vladimir Magun, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences

Edward Beliaev, Columbia University

Lunch Break. 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Panel III. Moral and Pedagogical Culture
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Moral Culture: Public Morality and Private Responsibility
Igor Kon, Institute of Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences

Pedagogical Culture: Reschooling Soviet Society
Margarita Zhamkochian, Moscow Independent University

Jerry Pankhurst, Wittenberg University

Panel IV. Psychological and Everyday Culture
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Psychological Culture: Ambivalence and Resistance to Social Change
Alexander Etkind, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences

Everyday Culture: From Communal Living to Private Life
Svetlana Boym, Harvard University

Bruce Mazlish, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Reception for the Conference Participants and Guests
UNLV, Engineering Center Lobby, 6:00 p.m.

November 24, 1992

Panel V. Historical and Intellectual Culture
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

The God that Failed: Revolution in Russia and Eastern Europe
Bruce Mazlish, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Intellectual Culture: The End of Russian Intelligentsia
Dmitri N. Shalin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Eugene Halton, Notre Dame University

Panel VI. Literary and Artistic Culture
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Literary Culture: "New Soviet Man" in the Mirror of Literature
Maurice Friedberg, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Artistic Culture: The Trial by Freedom
Daniil B. Dondurei, Moscow Institute of Cinema Art

Boris Paramonov, Radio Liberty

Reception for Russian Scholars
Residence of Lonnie Hammargren,
Member, UNLV Board of Regents, 6:00 p.m.

*The Conference is held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4255 Paradise R., Las Vegas, NV 9109. Call 702-369-4400 for reservations. Conference participation is free. An optional $95 fee covers a luncheon, dinner reception, and day trip to the Grand Canyon. For more information write to Dr. Dmitri Shalin, Sociology Department, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 89154-5033, email:

Web Links

Russian Culture at the Crossroads: An Introduction
Russian Culture at the Crossroads: Paradoxes of Postcommunist C
UNLV Center for Democratic Culture Russian Culture and Intelligentsia Project
Second Nevada Conference on Russian Culture

Third Nevada Conference on Russian Culture
Cold War Art Samples