Dr. Mel Weissman, retired professor of history at County College of Morris (CCM) and noted Russian scholar, will discuss two of his most recent books, including The Fractured Windows to the West: The Pillars of Russia’s History, at CCM.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, takes place Tuesday, April 8, from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. in DeMare Hall, Room 118, on CCM’s Randolph campus, 214 Center Grove Road.
In his book, Fractured Windows to the West, Weissman details topics beginning with Russian contact with Western Europe and goes on to investigate a variety of ideas and issues including feudalism, conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy, the Mongols, Muscovy, Ivan the Terrible, the Time of Troubles, the 19th century dissolution among those who hoped for change, the growth of anarchism, and the Battle of Kursk in 1943. He also is the author of The Treasures Left Behind, a review of the contributions of Hellas and Rome to western civilization.
“We’re delighted that Dr. Weissman has agreed to come back to CCM to share his knowledge of Russia and its impact on the world,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM.
Following his lecture, Weissman will hold a book signing in the CCM Campus Store starting at 2 p.m.
Weissman taught at CCM from 1970 to 2006. He was awarded two Fulbright Scholarships, in 2000 and 2009, to teach in the Russian Federation. A resident of Colorado Springs, CO, he currently is an adjunct professor of history at the University of Colorado where he teaches courses in Russian history and culture.
He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.