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5/5/2008 Stalin era focus of history lecture

press image McMINNVILLE – J. Arch Getty, one of the world’s foremost experts on Stalinism and the terror of the 1930s in the Soviet Union, will speak on “Maneuvering the Boss: Stalin, Yezhov, and the Secret Police” Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored through the Jonas A. "Steine" Jonasson Endowed Lecture.

Getty is a professor of history at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Boston College. He is the author of many influential books and articles, including "Origins of the Great Purges: The Soviet Communist Party Reconsidered, 1933-1938,"

"Stalinist Terror: New Perspectives," which he co-edited with Roberta Manning, and "The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939." He has recently completed a biography of Nikolai Yezhov, Stalin’s secret police at the height of the terror in the 1930s, which Yale University Press will publish this year as "Stalin’s Iron Fist: The Life and Times of N. I. Yezhov."

Getty has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, a Research Fellow of the Russian State Humanities University (Moscow), a Senior Fellow of the Harriman Institute (Columbia University) and the Davis Center (Harvard University), as well as Senior Visiting Scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He is currently a co-investigator with the Stalin Era Research and Archives Project of the University of Toronto on a project to analyze and publish the secret reports from the Soviet secret police to the Politburo on the moods of the population during the Stalin period.

The Jonas A. "Steine" Jonasson Endowed Lectureship at Linfield honors Jonasson, professor emeritus of history who was associated with Linfield for more than 60 years before his death in 1997. The endowment is used to bring in distinguished scholars and speakers in the area of history. Jonasson held the unofficial title of Linfield historian and wrote "Bricks Without Straw," a history of the college. For more information, call 503-883-2281.