2019 Convention Special Events

Please note that the Exhibit Hall hours will be different than past conventions.

Saturday, November 23 - 4:00 - 6:30 PM (Opening Reception at another location)
Sunday, November 24 - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday, November 25 – 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM (ASEEES Awards Reception in the Exhibit Hall - 5:30 - 6:30 PM)
Tuesday, November 26 - Exhibit Hall Closed

For information on our Film Series, please visit the 2019 Convention Film Series.



  • Join all registered convention attendees to celebrate the opening of the 2019 Convention. Complimentary dessert will be offered along with a cash bar. 


  • First democratically elected President of Poland and co-founder of the Solidarity Movement, President Lech Walęsa joins scholars to discuss the causes and impact of 1989. A 30-year retrospective of the mostly peaceful end to one-party regimes in the Warsaw Pact countries.



    • Mark D. Steinberg (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), 2019 President of ASEEES, chairs the Plenary with speakers Eliot Borenstein (New York University), Laurie Essig (Middlebury College), Joan Neuberger (University of Texas at Austin), and Ronald Grigor Suny (University of Michigan).

    • Can belief be a transformative practice? Are there practices of belief that do the work not only as theoretical alternatives to dark realities past and present but create real change. As theorists of “utopia” have suggested, can belief be a method, a refusal to accept “the tyranny of the now,” a disruption of normativities? Through explorations of visual, literary, historical, performative, and social practices, this panel will explore such questions. Socialism, capitalism, heteronormativity, and ideology are among the questions that may be scrutinized—for our region and beyond, past and present. And belief itself may be interrogated for its own hazards.

  • Vice President-Designated Panel: Poland: Cultural Mechanisms of (Right-wing) Political Upheaval 1:45pm-3:30pm 

  • Roundtable Reflections on Russian History at Retirement, 1:45pm-3:30pm

This roundtable brings together prominent historians who have recently retired or announced their retirement to reflect on the changes they have witnessed in the field of Russian/Soviet history over the last several decades and where they see the field going in future years. 

Johanna Mellis (Ursinus College) and Kathryn Julian (Maryville College) invite participants to brainstorm and incorporate input from teacher-scholars about the makeup and goals for a Working Group on Innovative Pedagogy to be proposed within ASEEES in 2020. The Working Group will be a space for scholars to share teaching resources and strategies, from digital tools to tips for creating an inclusive classroom.


  • ASEEES Awards Reception 5:30pm-6:30pm Exhibit Hall 

  • ASEEES Award Presentations and President's Address 6:30pm-8:00pm 

    • Mark D. Steinberg, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present his address, "Belief: Possibility and its Discontents".

  • Celebration Dance Party with DJ Katya Suvarina, 9:00pm-11:30pm   
    Light refreshments served along with a cash bar

  • Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

    • With an addition designed in 1998 by Daniel Libeskind, the Contemporary Jewish Museum serves as a lively center that focuses on the celebratory nature of the Jewish experience through shared experiences with the arts. Below are some of the exhibits that will be open during the Convention

    • Daria Martin: Tonight the World
      Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped
      Izidora Leber LETHE: Peristyle

    • Convention attendees will receive a discounted rate of $11 to visit the museum which is conveniently located next to the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

  • Museum of Russian Culture 2450 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115

    • The Museum is located at the Russian Center on the 3rd floor and can be reached by buses 38 or 38R (Divisadero St. & Geary Blvd stop)

    • Established by individuals fleeing the 1917 Revolution, the Museum of Russian Culture focuses its attentions on the pre-revolutionary Russia. There will be special hours for 2019 Convention Attendees (Saturday from 10:00am-2:30pm and Monday 10:00am-9pm) and on Saturday, November 23rd at 7:00pm the Russian Center will have its annual Autumn Ball (formal attire). You must purchase tickets for the ball in advance. Please call Zoia Choglokoff at (415) 794-2301 with questions.