Distilled: Pub Talks

Held on the first Wednesday of the month at The Half Penny, Distilled features free public talks by Willamette scholars. No background knowledge is needed, and a Q&A follows each talk.


What Remains of the Bolshevik Revolution?
Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., The Half Penny

On. Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at The Half Penny, Willamette University’s “Distilled” series will feature a talk from historian Bill Smaldone, who will present “Distilled: What Remains of the Bolshevik Revolution?”  

A century ago, the Bolshevik Revolution overthrew capitalism in Russia and established a new communist society, the Soviet Union. “By challenging the established world order, the Bolshevik Revolution inspired millions of people around the world to fight for radical change,” says Smaldone. “At the same time it mobilized millions who feared it and aimed to destroy it.  Now — one hundred years after the revolution came to power and a quarter century after the Soviet Union’s demise — it’s worth taking stock of the revolution’s legacy in America and the world.”

Smaldone’s research focuses on 20th century German and European labor. In addition to a textbook on the history of socialism, he’s written two books involving German Social Democrats before and during the rise of Adolph Hitler. Most recently, Smaldone translated and edited two volumes of documents about European socialist thought during the first half of the 20th century.

Smaldone is the E.J. Whipple Professor of History and has taught at Willamette since 1991. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s from The College at Brockport and his doctorate from Binghamton University, both State University of New York campuses.

About Distilled: Pub Talks
Held on the first Wednesday of the month, Distilled pub talks feature scholars in an informal environment. The free presentations are geared for the public, and no background knowledge is needed. A question and answer session will follow the talk.

Just south of Madrona at 3743 Commercial St. S., The Half Penny is open to all ages until 9 p.m.