Richard Stites Memorial Lecture Series

The second Richard Stites Memorial Lecture took place on 25 September 2015: Jeffrey Veidlinger of University of Michigan, “Six Million Jews in Peril: The Pogroms of 1919 in Ukraine.”

Co-sponsored by the Russian History Seminar of Washington, DC; the Georgetown Institute for Global History; the Department of History, and the Richard Stites Memorial Lecture fund of Georgetown University.

Jeffrey Veidlinger is the Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies and Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Under the mentorship of Richard Stites he received his PhD from Georgetown in 1998. He is an expert in modern Russian and Eastern European Jewish history and is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage (2000), which won a National Jewish Book Award and the Barnard Hewitt Award for Theatre Scholarship and was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. His book Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire (2009) won the Abe and Fay Bergel Award in Scholarship at the Canadian Jewish Book Awards, as well as the J. I . Segal Award. His recent book, In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine (2013), was based on some 400 interviews with Yiddish-speakers conducted in the small towns of Eastern Europe. His work has been recognized through research grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is currently working on a project about Jewish migration, population displacement and border crossings.

The Richard Stites Memorial Lecture, held biennially is founded as a living memorial to Richard Stites (1931-2010), a giant in the field of Russian history who taught at Georgetown from 1977 until his death.  Every other year a distinguished scholar will deliver the lecture to celebrate scholarship in the tradition of Richard Stites in the fields of history, Russian studies, cultural history, and the history of popular culture. Richard Stites’s many works in the Russian field swept across the imperial and the Soviet periods and innovated ways of linking cultural explorations to their political, social, and international contexts.

The Inaugural Richard Stites Memorial Lecture took place on 7 November 2013: Alfred J. Rieber of the Central European University, "The Struggle Over the Eurasian Borderlands: La longue durée."

Richard’s humanity, humor, joie de vivre, and endless interest in people continue to inspire historians, colleagues, students, and his many friends.


Among the most eloquent memorials to Richard Stites—the man, scholar, friend, colleague, and teacher—were those written and compiled by his colleagues and friends.

The lecture series is part of the program of the Russian History Seminar of Washington, DC, which Richard enriched as a founding member and treasured participant. It is supported by the Georgetown Institute for Global History and the CERES program also at Georgetown, to which Richard made so many lasting contributions.

Your support of the Richard Stites Memorial Lecture fund is most appreciated and honors the memory of Richard and his remarkable life.

Contribute to the Richard Stites Memorial Lecture Fund.  After clicking the link, select "Other" and write "Richard Stites Fund" in the box. Donors may also call Georgetown's Gift Processing department directly to make a gift by phone at 1-202- 687-1789.