David Ost, professor of political science, will discuss the Russian documentary, “On the Way Home,” following its screening at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) at Ithaca College on Sunday, April 6.
“In light of the fact that Russia has been in the news in the last month or so in such an extreme way, this provides a different, personal access to Russia, to people, to some of the issues going on there,” says Ost.
The documentary focuses on a terminally ill truck driver’s journey home to his wife after 20 years driving throughout Russia. Ost participated in a FLEFF committee that selected the film in collaboration with the International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana. Ost also helped select a Russian film for last year’s festival.
A member of the political science faculty at HWS since 1986, and a frequent lecturer in Eastern Europe, Ost holds a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. His research focuses on labor and politics, democracy and capitalism, questions he has explored through a focus on the political economy of contemporary Europe.
Ost is also the author of two books on Polish politics: “Solidarity and the Politics of Anti-Politics” and “The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe.” He has published more than 40 articles in scholarly books and journals, and is on the editorial boards of Politics and Society, East European Politics and Societies, the Polish Sociological Review, and several other European journals. He has been featured on the BBC, PBS, the “McNeil-Lehrer Report” and on numerous major radio stations.
“I always try to bring the lives and experiences of Eastern Europe to American students, American audiences,” says Ost. “That is something I’ve always been committed to doing, and I’m happy to be able to do it here at FLEFF as well.”