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Please join us for a one-day teacher workshop devoted to "Understanding the Space Race" sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. The event will be held at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on Friday, April 27, from 9am--4pm. 10 PDPs will be offered to participants. To find out more about this free workshop or to register, please contact Cris Martin at

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Here is the complete agenda for our Understanding the Space Race event.

The Outreach Program at the Davis Center is pleased to announce a one-day workshop devoted to Understanding the Soviet Space Race. The workshop will feature four lectures devoted to the origins and history of the Space Race in the USSR (for more details, please see complete agenda below). The workshop is free and open to the public. Full day attendance is not required, but RSVPs are appreciated.


Workshop, Understanding the Soviet Space Race

Sponsored by the Davis Center Outreach Program

Friday, April 27, 2012


*Note location* 61 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA


9:00—9:30 AM  Welcome and Introductions

                        Cris Martin, Davis Center


9:30—11:00 AM Lecture: Two Russian Revolutions: Science, Technology, and the Early Soviet State

                        Maya Peterson, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the History of Science, Harvard University


11:00—11:15 AM  Break


11:15—12:45 PM  Lecture: Yuri Gagarin, Soviet Culture, and the Origins of the Space Race

                           Asif Siddiqi, Associate Professor of History, Fordham University


12:45—1:30 PM  Lunch Break


1:30—2:30 PM  Lecture: A History of Russian Technology: Is Space an Exception?

                        Loren Graham, Senior Scholar, Davis Center, Harvard University


2:30—3:45 PM  Lecture: Soviet Cosmonauts in a Propaganda Machine: The Human Side of a Public Icon

                        Slava Gerovitch, Visiting Scholar, Department of Mathematics, MIT


 *For more information about this workshop or to RSVP, please contact Cris Martin at*





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