Protecting the Pearl of Soviet AsiaDecember 2, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Sakamaki A-104
Dr. Nicholas Breyfogle (Associate Professor, Ohio State University" will present "Protecting the Pearl of Soviet Asia: Post-War Development, Conservation, and Lake Baikal" as part of the ongoing History Workshop series, "Capitalism in Crisis: Development, Sustainability, and Inequality in Global Contexts."
In August of 1958, one of the most visible and successful environmental protection movements in Soviet history exploded onto the public stage in the USSR. In an effort to shield Lake Baikal and its surroundings from the effects of a dramatic post-WWII campaign at industrial development in eastern Siberia, scholars and writers published exposÃ©s in both local and all-union newspapers and lobbied behind the scenes for changes in economic development policy. Coming out in advance of Silent Spring, the proponents of Baikal alerted the Soviet public and its leadership to the threats of aggressive industrialization to the natural world.
This talk tells the story of Lake Baikal environmentalism in the context of Soviet economic strategies and places the Soviet experience into the larger context of the global post-war development of environmentalism. While we are most familiar with the Soviet Unionâ€™s legacy of environmental degradation, the Lake Baikal movement is a reminder that there did exist important environmentalist efforts in the Soviet Union and that that socialism and environmentalism were not necessary mutually exclusive.
Over 25 million years in age, Baikal is one of the earthâ€™s natural wonders. The lake is the worldâ€™s oldest, deepest, and largest (in terms of volume of water), holding one-fifth of all surface, liquid freshwater on the planetâ€”more water than all the Great Lakes combined. Its unusually pure water and unique ecosystem contains at least 1,500 endemic species, such as the iconic nerpa, a freshwater seal. Baikal was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, and long ago came to be viewed as an inseparable component of Russian identity.
History, Mānoa Campus
History Workshop, (808) 956-7407, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, December 2
Grad & Law Schools FairMānoa Campus, Campus Center Courtyard
Linguistics SeminarMānoa Campus, St. John 011
Protecting the Pearl of Soviet AsiaMānoa Campus, Sakamaki A-104
Ultimate Frisbee Pick-up on Bachman LawnMānoa Campus, Bachman Lawn
Q&A with Admissions Directors from Several West Coast Law SchoolsMānoa Campus, Law School Classroom 1, 2515 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822
Korean Film SeriesMānoa Campus, Center for Korean Studies