UM-Dearborn to host auto heritage talk on Russian auto industry

November 3, 2006

DEARBORN / Nov. 3, 2006---Lewis Siegelbaum, professor of history at Michigan State University, will discuss "Cars, Cars, and More Cars: The Faustian Bargain of the Brezhnev Era" at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Room 1030 of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The lecture is part of the "Automotive Heritage: Culture, Politics and Society" series and is sponsored by UM-Dearborn’s Center for the Study of Automotive Heritage.

Siegalbaum’s research interests include modern Russia, Communism and modern Europe. His published work includes "Soviet Car Rallies of the 1920s and ‘30s and the Road to Socialism” in Slavic Review and “Soviet Workers and Industrialization, 1900-2000” in The Cambridge History of Russia, as well as Social Dimensions of Soviet Industrialization published by Indiana University Press and The Politics of Industrial Mobilization in Russia, 1914-1917 published by St. Martin’s Press.

Siegalbaum received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to produce an online sourcebook on Soviet history at

He’s currently working a book called Comrades and Cars: A History of the Soviet Automobile.

Support for the Siegalbaum lecture is provided by UM-Dearborn’s African/African American Studies Program, the American Studies Program, the history discipline, the Department of Social Sciences, the Science and Technology Studies Program and the Henry Ford.

For more information, contact Sharie Beard at 313-593-4925.


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