This presentation, featuring Louis Porter, a PhD Candidate in the UNC History Department, will focus on a chapter from a larger project on Soviet participation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the 1950s and 1960s. It presents a case study of the daily lives of Soviet citizens who worked in the international civil service of the UN during the Cold War. Detailing the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of Soviet professionals recruited by the state as part of a broader Soviet campaign to challenge Western domination of UN administrations, the chapter investigates how these specialists interpreted their foreign work environment by creatively appropriating Soviet narratives of international affairs at that time.
This event is the last in a series of three as part of the The Carolina Seminar: Russia and Its Emipres, East and West. See here for more.