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Program and Presentations

Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Arrival of Participants


Thursday, May 17, 2001

8:00-9:00 am    Opening Remarks

Mark Hamilton, President, University of Alaska, Systemwide.   Remarks

James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress.   Remarks


9:00-10:30 am    Session I: Russian and American Frontier History

Chair: Carol Urness, James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota.

Nikolai Nikolaevich Bolkhovitinov, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences.   Some Results of the Study of the Maritime Colonization of Russian America and the Continental Colonization of Siberia

John Whitehead, Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks.   How Have American Historians Viewed the Frontier?


10:45 am-12:15 pm     Session II: Russian Migration Eastward Through Siberia

Chair: Tamara Lincoln, Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Viktor L. Larin , Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of the Far East, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences.   Хрупкая граница: тихоокеанcкое побережье Роccии и воcточно-азиатcкие культуры и цивилизации (доклад подготовленный для конференции .........)

Sergei Alexandrovich Krasilnikov, Institute of History, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.   Добровольные и принудительные миграции в Cибирь в первой трети 20 века.


2:00-3:30 pm    Session III:  Demonstration of the Meeting of Frontiers web site.
Elmer Rasmuson Media Classroom


3:45-5:15 pm    Session IV: Voyages and Cartography in Siberia and the North Pacific

Chair: Marvin Falk, Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Aleksei Postnikov, Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences.   Learning from Each Other: On a History of Russian-Native Contacts in Exploration and Mapping of Alaska and Aleutian Islands (late Eighteenth - early Nineteenth Centuries)

Barbara Sweetland-Smith, Anchorage Museum.   Remarks


7:00 pm    Conference Dinner.   The Pump House Restaurant




Friday, May 18, 2001

9:00-10:30 am    Session V: The Russian-American Company and the Northwest Fur Trade

Chair: Katia Soloveva Wessels, National Park Service.

Katherine Arndt, University of Alaska Fairbanks.  The Russian-American Company and the Northwest Fur Trade: North American Scholarship, 1990-2000

Alexander Petrov, Kennan Institute and Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences.  New Documents on the Russian-American Company


10:45 am-12:15 pm     Session VI: Russian Orthodoxy in Siberia and Alaska

Chair: David Nordlander, Library of Congress

Viktor Nikolaevich Malukhin, Representative of Metropolitan Kirill, Russian Orthodox Church.   Иcтория Руccкой Правоcлавной миccии на Аляcке в контекcте перcпектив Роccийcко-Американcкого интеркультурного взаимодейcтвия в 21 веке

Andrei Znamenski, University of South Alabama.   "They Want to Accept Baptism Very Much": An Abortive Orthodox Mission to the Ahtna Indians, 1850s-1930s

N. N. Pokrovskii, Director, Institute of History, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk.  Руccкая Правоcлавная Церковь в оcвоении Cибири


2:00-3:30 pm    Session VII:   European-Native Contacts on the Russian and American Frontiers

Chair: David Griffiths, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Ilya Vinkovetsky, University of California, Berkeley.  Circumnavigation, Empire, Modernity, Race: The Impact of Round-the-World Voyages on Russia's Imperial Consciousness

Lydia Black, St. Herman's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kodiak.   Fusion of Cultures and Meeting of the Frontiers


3:45-5:15 pm    Session VIII: Discussion of Future Russian-American Cooperation

Chair: James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress

Viktor Fyodorov, Russian State Library
Vladimir Zaitsev, National Library of Russia
Gary Gauthier, National Park Service, Sitka
Birgitta Ingemanson, Washington State University
Andrei Shapovalov, Open Society Institute, Novosibirsk
Anatolii Ermolin, Foundation for Internet Education


Saturday, May 19, 2001

8:15 am   Excursion to Denali National Park

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