Professor Scott Kenworthy
The Program in Russian and East European Studies announces another wonderful lecture coming up soon:
Wednesday, November 13 at 4:30 p.m. in 242 O’Shaughnessy Hall
Tikhon Bellavin was chosen as Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church in November 1917, at the very moment when the Bolsheviks were seizing power. He was therefore at the center of the conflict between the militantly atheist revolutionary regime and Russia’s foremost religious institution. In addition to his critical role during the Russian Revolution, before his election as patriarch he served a great variety of posts within Imperial Russia and was bishop of the Orthodox Church in North America for nearly a decade at the beginning of the century, a time of great transformation in American Orthodoxy. He is therefore one of the most important figures in twentieth-century Russian Orthodox history.
Scott Kenworthy is a fellow at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study and Associate Professor of Comparative Religion at Miami University in Ohio. His work focuses on the modern history of Orthodox Christianity, and the author of an award-winning book on Russian monasticism, The Heart of Russia: Trinity-Sergius, Monasticism and Society after 1925.