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Events

The Russian Section has had the great privilege of hosting a number of writers, translators, and scholars. These events allow students to engage directly with Russian culture and to supplement their studies in exciting ways. Our recent guests include…
2018-2019: poet Maria Stepanova, artist and graphic reporter Victoria Lomasko, writer and filmmaker Vladimid Kozlov, Oscar-shortlisted documentarian Marianna Yarovskaya, poet Yuri Andrukhovych, Nonviolence International representative Andre Kamenshikov
2017-2018: novelist Mikhail Shishkin, poet and scholar Polina Barskova, contemporary poet Alexandra Petrova, professor Dominic Rubin
2016-2017: professor Jon Stone
2015-2016: Olga Demidova and Pavel Khazanov, musical group Zolotoy Plyos
2014-2015: Matthew Mangold, translator Olga Bukhina, theatre specialist Susanna Weygandt
2013-2014: translators Ainsley Morse, Bela Shayevich, Susan Bernofsky, and Peter Daniels 
2012-2013: translator Jill Levine, professor Anindita Banerjee

Mikhail Shishkin

Mikhail Shishkin: Migration Stories & the Refugee Crisis (April 25, 2018): After working as an interpreter for refugees seeking asylum at the Swiss border, emigre-dissident Mikhail Shishkin incorporated this experience into his novel Maidenhair. The stories he presents offer a more human(e) perspective that encourages empathy, that transcends statistics by delving deep into the stories of the displaced, and that emphasizes the power of storytelling as a means to transform our perceptions and sympathies. In addition to his reading at Swarthmore, Shishkin visited Russian 053 to discuss his more recent novel,The Light and the Dark.

Mikhail Shishkin's book Maidenhair
Mikhail Shishkin
Mikhail Shishkin
Mikhail Shishkin
Mikhail Shishkin
Mikhail Shishkin
Mikhail Shishkin
Mikhail Shishkin
Mikhail Shishkin
Mikhail Shishkin
Mikhail Shishkin
Mikhail Shishkin
Mikhail Shishkin
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Polina Barskova

Besieged Cities & the Poetics of Trauma: A Lecture and Reading with Polina Barskova (April 12, 2018): In her work both as a cultural historian of the Leningrad siege and as one of Russia’s leading poets, Polina Barskova explores the connections between art, trauma, and history. Through her lecture, we learned about how poetry both shapes and is shaped by urban catastrophes. Through her poetry reading, we witnessed this artistry in action. Barskova also visited Russian 053 to speak with students about her work.

Polina Barskova
Polina Barskova
Polina Barskova
Polina Barskova
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