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Breakfast Seminar with Loren Graham: Why Does Russia Have So Much Trouble Modernizing?
November 7; 8:00am


Boston, MA

Event cost:

Members: $35

Non-Members: $40


Breakfast Seminar with Loren Graham
The leading scholar on Russian science outside Russia
MIT Professor Emeritus, of the History of Science
in the Program in Science, Technology and Society

Why Does Russia Have So Much Trouble Modernizing?
Monday, November 7
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Harvard Club - Downtown, One Federal Street, 38th Floor, Boston, MA

Price per person:  $35 (member) or $40 (non-member),
includes a buffet breakfast and presentation

Loren GrahamLoren R. Graham is a noted historian of science, considered the leading scholar on Russian science outside that country. For almost fifty years he has published on that subject and others, and has taught at Indiana University, Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University, where he is currently a research associate.  He usually goes to Russia several times a year.

In addition to history of science, he has also written a popular book on Native American history (A Face in the Rock) and a memoir (Moscow Stories) which describes his youth in the United States and his adventures in Russia. He has also been a strong supporter of human rights and scholarship. He was a member of the board of trustees of George Soros’s International Science Foundation which gave financial support to scientists in Russia immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

For many years he has been a member of the Governing Council of the Program on Basic Research and Higher Education, which supports the combining of research and teaching in Russian universities and is financially supported by the MacArthur Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Russian Ministry of Science and Education, and local groups in Russia. He is a member of the advisory council of the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation, which supports international scientific collaboration. For many years he was a member of the board of trustees of the European University at St. Petersburg and still serves on the board of a body raising money for that university. He gave several thousand books from his library to the European University which has established a special collection in his name.

In addition to writing on the history of scientific theories, Graham has written much on the organization of science in Russia and the Soviet Union, including a book on the early history of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (The Soviet Academy of Sciences and the Communist Party) and a more recent one on the situation of science in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union (Science in the New Russia, written together with Irina Dezhina).

In 1996 he received the George Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society and in 2000 he received the Follo Award of the Michigan Historical Society for his contributions to Michigan history.

Graham is a member of a number of honorary societies, both American and foreign, including the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Russian Academy of Natural Science. His books have been published in English, Italian, German, Russian, Spanish, French, and Chinese.


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