Humanities Colloquium Cultural Event

As part of the Humanities Colloquium Series, Dr. Tracy Busch and Richard Byington will be presenting “Election without a Choice? Russia Goes to the Polls in March 2018” on Thursday, February 15th at 11:00am in the University Center 217. Richard Byington graduated from Ferris State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in World History. It was during this time that he began his fascination with Russian history and current events. After graduating from Ferris, he made the decision to continue his studies in Arkhangelsk, Russia at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University. He graduated from the masters program, “Comparative History of the Circumpolar World” in the summer of 2017. While in Russia, he participated in many conferences and cultural events trying to help the Russian public better understand American culture, and he looks forward to opportunities to do the same here at home. Dr. Tracy Busch, who has traveled extensively to Russia for work and research, teaches a wide variety of history classes at Ferris State University. Below is some information about what their presentation will cover.

The news is filled with information about Russia and its potential collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 U.S. election. This news always includes the Russian president Vladimir Putin. With the Russian election taking place next month, it is important to understand the system and process that the Russian people go through during their own election period. To understand how Putin has been able to maintain his level of power and control, it is important to look at the historical events leading up to current events. It is also crucial to investigate how the Russian public perceives Putin, as well as their place in the larger global arena.

Light refreshments will be provided at the event. For more information, please contact Dr. Tracy Busch at 231-591-5846 or email