November 1, 2013
Conferences, Fairs and Symposiums, Lectures, Readings and Discussions, Free Events
Shouky Shaheen Lecture: Priscilla Roosevelt
Georgia Museum of Art
M. Smith-Griffith Auditorium
“Serfdom and Splendor: The World of the Russian Country Estate,” Priscilla Roosevelt. Part of the symposium, "The Enlightened Gaze: Gender, Power, and Visual Culture in Eighteenth-Century Russia." Her visit is made possible by the support of Doris and Shouky Shaheen, the Georgia Museum of Art and the Lamar Dodd School of Art.
The leading Western authority on aristocratic country life in Imperial Russia, Roosevelt has fascinated audiences across the United States, in Europe and in Russia with her illustrated lectures on the lost world of the Russian estate. Roosevelt received a bachelor's degree in Russian history and literature from Harvard and an masters and doctorate degree from Columbia University, where she was a Fellow of the Faculty of History. She has won recognition both in the U.S. and abroad for her scholarly articles and books on Russian culture, and for her extensive efforts to preserve Russia’s cultural heritage.
She is a past president of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies. The Russian Ministry of Culture, citing Roosevelt’s “numerous contributions to Russian culture,” appointed her to the Jubilee Committee commemorating the 250th birthday of the playwright A. S. Griboedov, and to the committee for the bicentennial celebration of the poet Alexander Pushkin’s birth. In 2001 the Governor of Smolensk presented her with a charter in recognition of her “personal contribution to the preservation and development of the memorial museum Khmelita.” She is the only non-Russian member of the board of trustees of the historic estate, Arkhangelskoye. In 2003, the tricentennary of the founding of St. Petersburg, the Russian ambassador to the U.S., Yuri Ushakov, presented Roosevelt with a presidential medal struck for the occasion.