The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and the Hoover Institution Library & Archives co-sponsor a presentation by Bertrand Patenaude, curator of the latest exhibition from the Library & Archives, Bread + Medicine: Saving Lives in a Time of Famine, which brings to light an American rescue operation during the catastrophic famine in Soviet Russia and Ukraine a century ago. Through photographs and archival material, viewers discover the medical plight of those suffering from starvation and meet the American doctors and local medical teams who worked together to prevent a potentially devastating spread of disease. 

In his talk, Patenaude will discuss the background and organization of the American medical relief efforts and give a virtual tour of exhibition highlights.  The event will be held in person at Encina Commons 123 on Friday, October 21, 2022, from 12 pm to 1 pm PT. It is currently open to Stanford Affiliates.

RSVP is required.

Participant Bios


Bertrand Patenaude is a research fellow and the instructional and outreach archivist at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and a lecturer in History and International Relations at Stanford University.  His most recent book is Defining Moments, published by the Hoover Institution Press in 2019. He is also the author of Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary, published by HarperCollins in 2009, and A Wealth of Ideas: Revelations from the Hoover Institution Archives (Stanford University Press, 2006). Among his important discoveries in the Hoover Archives is a 1922 Russian-language book manuscript by the Moscow economist Lev Litoshenko. Patenaude taught for eight years (1992–2000) in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where his outstanding performance as a classroom instructor was recognized with the Schieffelin Award for Teaching Excellence for two consecutive years, 1998 and 1999.

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