Russian Studies Off Campus

David Powelstock, Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature, will give a paper by invitation at the opening plenary session of the Lermontov Bicentennial Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday, October 9, at 10:00 a.m. at the Institute for Russian Literature (Pushkin House). The title of the paper is, "Disharmony between Inner and Outer Realities as the Basis of Lermontov's Romanticism." The conference is sponsored by the Institute of Russian Literature, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University.

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Upcoming Events

Poetry Reading with Vera Pavlova

Tuesday, October 21, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room (Mandel Humanities Center, Room 303)

Vera PavlovaVera Pavlova is a well-known Russian poet, actively writing today. She was born in Moscow and graduated from the famous Gnessin Academy of Music, specializing in the history of music. She began writing poetry at the age of 20 and since then has published fourteen collections of poetry, four opera librettos, and lyrics to two cantatas. Her works have been translated into eighteen languages, including English.

During this interactive reading, each member of the audience will receive cards with Vera's poems written in Russian and English. The owner of the card will be asked to read the English translation out loud while Vera will read the Russian original. A question-and-answer session will follow the readings. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about Vera Pavlova, visit

Russian Tea (Русский чай)

Select Wednesday evenings, all 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Shiffman 124

Stop by for tea and conversation! Hosted by Ekaterina (Katya) Mironova, teaching assistant for the Russian Language Program.

The fall 2014 semester dates and topics include:

September 17 – Let’s get to know each other
October 1 – Katya’s Russian cities
October 15 – Nature po-russki (collage-building session!)
October 29 – Horror Russian style
November 12 – Music in Russia
November 19 – Surprise!
December 3 – Winter holidays