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5th Annual John W. Chambers II Oral History Graduate Fellowship Lecture

Friday, April 14, 2023, 12 PM EST
Hybrid Event
The 2022-2023 Chambers Fellows are Laura De Moya-Guerra and Yulia Cherniavskaia.

Laura De Moya-Guerra "Chinese in Colombia: One Community, Divergent Voices"

demoya guerra lauraDe Moya-Guerra is a doctoral student in the Department of History specializing in the history of migration, diasporas and mobility in Colombia in the 20th century. Her talk, "Chinese in Colombia: One Community, Divergent Voices," examines how different generations of Chinese immigrants and their descendants experience and relate to and within the diaspora. Through oral history, her scholarship focuses on the voices and perspectives of these historical subjects, which are often not represented in traditional written sources. In this way, it is possible to account for the dynamics of the community and how gender and class impact relationships within the diasporic community. The interviews she conducted also illustrate the diversity found in Colombia's Chinese community.

Yulia Cherniavskaia "Knowledge is Happiness": Popularizing Science in the USSR and the Late-Soviet Ideal of a Well-Rounded Person

cherniavskaia yuliaCherniavskaia is a doctoral student in the Department of History specializing in modern European, women's and gender and global and comparative history. Her dissertation explores the popularization of science and humanistic knowledge in the postwar USSR. It focuses on the Soviet Society for the Dissemination of Knowledge (Znanie), a mass-education institution that propagated new knowledge to Soviet citizens through public lectures and popular science brochures. Her project examines how Soviet ideologists and Znanie activists conceived of popularly-available science as means to mold all Soviet citizens into modern, educated subjects--seen as a key prerequisite for a future communist society. She uses oral history to explore how Soviet actors, who popularized and disseminated new knowledge, make sense of Soviet ideals of personhood, knowledge and humanism today. What often motivated Znanie activists was a belief in the liberating and progressive nature of science and its ability to transform people and societies. Tracing the impact of these activities, her work situates popular education as central to Soviet subjectivity and its lived experience after the Second World War.

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Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Building, 1 Spring Street, 4th Floor, New Brunswick, NJ
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The Chambers Fellowship Lecture is co-sponsored by the Rutgers Oral History Archives, Rutgers Living History Society, Department of History, and Office of the Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.