Focus on Lithuania. “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys

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By Ally Britton-Heitz Much like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Book Thief, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is a work of historical fiction that outlines the government-backed tragedies of the World War II era. Yet … Continue reading

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Tiny Details in a Big World: Robin Feuer Miller’s “Dostoevsky Writ Small”

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By Natasha Netzorg and Izzy Tice On October 18, 2021, Dr. Robin Feuer Miller delivered the third lecture in the Havighurst Center Fall Colloquium Series, Dostoevsky at 200. Miller, Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities at Brandeis University and is … Continue reading

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Caryl Emerson: Between Fantasy and Terror

By Joseph Sweetser-Puckett Dr. Caryl Emerson, Armour Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University, visited Miami University on Wednesday, November 3, for a lecture synthesizing her half-century of work on Mikhail Bakhtin and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Over the … Continue reading

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Going Against the Grain: Dispelling the Myth of Dostoevsky’s Anti-Darwinism

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By Brady Knox On Monday, November 15, 2021 Dr. Brendan Mooney gave the final lecture in the fall colloquium series “Dostoevsky at 200” sponsored by the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. In his fascinating lecture, “Going against the … Continue reading

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The Utility of Fantasy and Practice in Reading Dostoevsky

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By Craig Verniest  On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies welcomed guest lecturer Dr. Caryl Emerson, as part of its Fall Colloquia series “Dostoevsky at 200.” Emerson, emeritus professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures … Continue reading

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The 1991 Project: The Lenin Library Closes

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By Liam Martin             It had to happen eventually. On Dec. 6, 1991, as the Moscow News reported, the Lenin State Library was finally closed… for sanitary reasons. According to the writer, Martin Reesink, the cleanliness of the library, including … Continue reading

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