Idaho Found Welcomes Dr. Karen Leibert
Dr. Karen Leibert is an expert in Russian History, and her knowledge of this subject has provided valuable insight for our South East Idaho community as Russia continues its war with Ukraine. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Leibert, and be greatly rewarded by her treasure of knowledge about the Russia of yesterday, how the world is responding to Russia today, and what we may expect from Greater Russia in the future.
Karen Leibert a Ph.D. in Russian History with a minor in Modern European History from the University of Maryland. She received a IREX grant to study in the Soviet Union, but the USA boycott of the 1980 Olympics in the USSR resulted in her being denied a visa for entry for her studies. Dr. Leibert pivoted and received a Fulbright grant to continue her research in Finland at the University of Helsinki (from the Napoleonic Wars until 1917, Finland was part of the Russian Empire and a collection of Russian History was housed at the university). Returning to Idaho Falls, Dr. Leibert continued to teach history classes at Idaho State University (ISU) and continuing education for District #91 in Idaho Falls. In 2005, she coordinated the World Nuclear University summer course at ISU. Dr. Leibert continues to educate our community on all matters of Russian history, and recently received the Mayor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Community Education for her seminars on Russia’s current war in Ukraine.