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Lenin and the Sacred: Representing the Unrepresentable

This event was held virtually on Zoom.

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The Department of Slavic Languages William E. Harkins Colloquium and the Harriman Institute present a lecture by the 2021 colloquium guest speaker, Alexei Yurchak (University of California, Berkeley).

Alexei Yurchak is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His work focuses on political anthropology, anthropology of science, anthropology of art, and the former Soviet Union. He is the author of the award-winning book Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation (Princeton University Press, 2006 and NLO 2014). He is currently completing a book manuscript about Lenin’s body and the Moscow laboratory that has maintained it since 1924.

In 2020, he gave a talk at the Harriman Institute entitled “Laboratory of the Future: Lenin’s Body Between Biochemistry and Art.” Watch the event video here.