Fellows' Presentation, Virtual Event

The Popularization of Doubt: Scientific Literacy and Alternative Forms of Knowledge in the Soviet Union after World War II

Photo courtesy of Alexey GolubevPhoto courtesy of Alexey Golubev

Part of the 2020–2021 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Alexey Golubev RI '21

Free and open to the public.

Registration is required and will open later this fall.

While at Radcliffe, Alexey Golubev is working on a new book project: a history of Soviet efforts to produce mass scientific literacy after World War II, when tens and later hundreds of thousands of members of the Soviet intelligentsia were recruited to communicate scientific knowledge to the public through popular science lectures, publications, public experiments and debates, and television shows. This mass scientific literacy campaign resulted in a diverse and autonomous network of people and ideas in the late Soviet Union that was only superficially controlled by the state, and it eventually undermined the public trust in officially sanctioned knowledge. As a result, this project is also an inquiry into a pressing social question, especially in the age of COVID-19, of why mistrust of science remains a persistent feature in modern societies.


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Live closed captioning will be available for this webinar.