Was Lenin the Prophet of a new faith or an opportunistic scoundrel? Until he turned 47 he was a little known Russian political emigrant, an unsuccessful lawyer and journalist whose style can be characterized as a best means against insomnia. If anyone was to attempt to guess the future leader of Russia on the New Year eve of 1917, Lenin would not have even made it to the top 100 names. Yet he was driven by ruthless fanaticism and a single-minded dedication to seizing and keeping power. We will explore the foundations of his world view, the evolution of his personality, peculiarities of his managerial style and the legacy he left the world with.


PRESENTER: Olexandr Shevchenko is an educator and historian. He has studied worldwide and earned a PhD in History as well as a Diploma of Specialist in History from the Vernadsky Tavria National University in Simferopol, Ukraine.


FEES: Members $15 / Guests $20

DATE: Thursday, March 19

TIME: 1:00 - 2:30

Lenin: Thoughts on the 150th anniversary