Photo of Matisse's Dance, 1910

Fall 2015 ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture

Osip Mandelstam and Visual Experience

Featuring Andrew Kahn
Professor of Russian Literature, University of Oxford; Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
3:30 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room

During this lecture, Professor Andrew Kahn will argue for a new understanding of the visual in Mandelstam based on more precise connections to the science of the eye, contemporary trends in art history and psychology of art, and the aesthetic context of the late Imperial period and, the Soviet reception of Cubism in the 1930s.

All are welcome. Chocolate cake, coffee, and tea will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Mandel Center for the Humanities, the Comparative Literature and Culture Program, and the European Cultural Studies Program.


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.