Film Screening: The Right to Memory

April 11, 2019, 6:30-9:00pm
CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St., Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), Cambridge, MA

Join Harvard's Davis Center for a screening and discussion of "The Right to Memory," a documentary about Arseny Roginsky and the work of Memorial in Russia. The film presents excerpts from lengthy interviews with Arseny Roginsky (1946-2017), who offers his thoughts about Russia and Memorial. Roginsky was one of the co-founders and the long-time director of Memorial, which was set up in Moscow in 1988 to document the egregious crimes of the Stalin era and to push for respect of human rights in the USSR (and later in the Russian Federation). Roginsky discusses how Memorial sought to overcome the obstacles posed by official whitewashing under Putin and widespread public indifference.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Ludmila Gordon, joined by Benjamin Nathans of the University of Pennsylvania and Rochelle Ruthchild of Brandeis University. Mark Kramer of the Davis Center will moderate the discussion.


Ludmila Gordon, filmmaker

Benjamin Nathans, associate professor of history, University of Pennsylvania

Rochelle Ruthchild, research scholar, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University

Mark Kramer (moderator), program director, Project on Cold War Studies, Harvard University