BETHANY, W.Va. – A Bethany College assistant professor of history will discuss the violence in Ukraine from a historical lens as part of the college’s Bethany Connect Lecture Series.

Ian LanzillottiDr. Ian Lanzillotti will present “The Origins of the Russo-Ukrainian War: Putin’s Historical Delusions, Competing National Visions, and the Politics of NATO Enlargement” at 4 p.m. March 15 in Phillips Lounge. The lecture also will stream live.

Lanzillotti has a Ph.D. in history from Ohio State, a master’s degree in Russian studies from Indiana, and a bachelor’s in history and Russian from the University of South Florida.

He began researching the Caucasus region of Russia as part of his doctoral studies at Ohio State University. In the fall, he published “Land, Community, and the State in the Caucasus: Kabardino-Balkaria from Tsarist Conquest to Post-Soviet Politics” through Bloomsbury Academic Press.

The Bethany Connect Speaker Series features faculty members, distinguished Bethany alumni from many fields of study, accomplished professionals in the community, and student researchers.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.