Photo of Matisse's Dance, 1910

Spring 2016 ECS Lemon Cake Lecture

Dostoevsky's Concept of Unity: Pro and Contra

Featuring Anna Berman, Assistant Professor of Russian Studies at McGill University, and Yuri Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Boston University

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room, 303

The problem of interpersonal unity lies at the heart of Dostoevsky's writing. His hopes for a future all-embracing communal union are matched in their intensity only by his adamant warnings against the dangers of collectivism. How does Dostoevsky navigate this apparent paradox? Can people unite in positive ways that do not destroy their sense of autonomy and personal identity? Focusing on The Brothers Karamazov, Corrigan and Berman will apply different readings to the same scenes in order to illuminate the many sides of this issue.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the European Cultural Studies Program. Cake, coffee, and tea will be served.


The European Cultural Studies Program (ECS) offers students the opportunity to study English and continental literature in translation in conjunction with one or more related disciplines: fine arts, history, music, philosophy, politics, sociology and theater arts.

ECS is for those students who feel intellectually adventurous, who want to explore the interrelationships of literature with various other disciplines in order to gain a broader perspective of what constitutes "culture." With the advent of an ever-changing Europe, students in ECS will be better prepared, in all areas, to keep abreast with current and future events.

Many of our students spend some time abroad to get a feel for the cultures in which they are most interested. ECS majors have gone on to graduate school (in history, politics, English and other fields), law school, business school and advanced programs in international studies.