FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series
February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Twenty Years in 2020: Reflections on Putin in Power
When Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was named acting president of Russia in 1999, he was relatively unknown both within and outside of Russia. The carefully orchestrated campaign to shape and sculpt Putin’s image began almost immediately with the publication of an authorized biography called “From the First Person: Conversations with Vladimir Putin,” a book that was distributed free-of-charge throughout Russia in early 2000. Since then Putin has been named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and has topped Forbes list of Most Powerful People four times. On the 20th anniversary of Putin’s ascent to power, this talk will attempt to take stock of what we know and do not know about Putin the Person, Putin the Politician and Putin’s many personae… his masks and projected images in Russian and Western media sources. Finally, we will reflect on how the often starkly conflicting images of Putin have influenced and helped to perpetuate Putin’s years in power.
In an increasingly globalized world where nations are often interdependent, foreign policy is important to our local and global welfare. In the 2020 election year, foreign affairs feature prominently among voters’ concerns, according to a recent Gallup report. International trade, global diplomacy and multilateral relations are far-reaching and impact Montanans locally. To help us understand these connections and how they have evolved and continue to do so, FVCC has invited distinguished experts to share their research and insights on global affairs in 2020. Bring a friend and join us for this intellectually stimulating and informative series. Lectures are free and open to all.
Dr. Clint Walker
University of Montana
Dr. Clint Walker is a professor of Russian at the University of Montana, where he has taught courses in language, literature, cinema and culture since 2007. He received his Ph.D. in Slavic studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research interests include classic 19th-century Russian prose (e.g. Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov) and how Moscow is reflected as a cultural space in 20th-century literature and film.