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The Russian Revolution

Image credit: Hoover Institution Archives

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Join Stanford scholars in an extraordinary exploration of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Designed for middle school, high school, and community college history teachers, this course includes museum and archival visits, a period film screening with Q and A, a vibrant academic lecture, and content specific pedagogical support to make all of what you learn accessible and relevant to your students.

Course Description:

A key feature of this course is an exploration of The Crown under the Hammer: Russia, Romanovs, Revolution, a special joint exhibition at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and the Cantor Arts Center that marks the centenary of the revolution. The exhibition showcases Stanford’s extensive collection of original art objects and primary source documents from the era, a collection unmatched outside of Russia. Participants in this course will get to experience the public exhibits as well as spend hands-on time with materials directly from the archives.

Complementing visits to both the Cantor Arts Center and the Hoover Archives, Hoover fellow and co-curator Bertrand M. Patenaude will provide a content deepening talk to bring the artifacts and artwork to life. A screening of Sergei Eisenstein's famous, cutting-edge documentary-style film, October (1928), followed by a discussion with Stanford film scholar, Pavle Levi, will give educators another look at the representation of the Russian Revolution and explore how different media can be used to engage students in learning about the revolution and its legacy.  Historian Jovana Knezevic will round out the workshop with a talk that considers the Revolution in the broader context of the First World War and surveys the latest trends in the scholarship of the war and revolution.

Instructional support will be provided to develop educators’ expertise in making the content relevant to students through inquiry-based, culturally responsive lesson design. Teachers will have the opportunity to work collaboratively to plan lessons on the Russian Revolution; site-based teaching teams are highly encouraged to register together.

Because CSET believes that transformative professional development only happens when given the opportunity to practice, implement, and reflect, the course registration fee also covers two virtual small group follow-up sessions with a pedagogy specialist and instructional coach focused on lesson plan design and facilitation.

Audience: Designed for history educators at the community college, high school and middle school levels


Dates and Times:

February 2, 2018   1:30 pm-7:30 pm

February 3, 2018   9:00 am-4:00 pm

February 4, 2018   9:00 am -12:00 pm

Format of Course: In-person at Stanford University with two instructor facilitated virtual learning community sessions throughout the spring semester.




The cost includes morning coffee/tea service, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch.


Please note this course is offered at a reduced fee thanks to support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI and the Stanford Global Studies Division.

Payment information will be sent out to registrants within 1 week.  Registrants will be contacted directly and payment instructions will be provided.

Continuing Studies Credit: 1


Status: Registration opens Monday, Dec 4, 2017 12:00 pm PT


Maximum class enrollment : 24

Payment information will be sent out to registrants within 1 week.