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Travel Talk: A Misunderstood People: Some Thoughts on Fulbrighting in Russia and Meeting Everyday Russians

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • The Great Hall, Annie Wright Schools, Tacoma WA 98403


Saint Basil's Cathederal

Jeff first traveled to Russia in 2010 with a fellow Saint Martin's professor and a group of students before returning in 2013 as a Fulbright Scholar. He lived and taught at Petrozavodsk State University (an overnight train ride northeast from St. Petersburg). He met no politicians on his travels (well, a couple of mayors), but did meet and work with everyday Russians. He will show slides from his trip, including a side trip to Chernobyl and Ukraine at the start of the civil unrest, and discuss his experiences in this often misunderstood country.

Jeff Birkenstein is a professor in and previous chair of the Department of English at Saint Martin's University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 2003; he has a second MA in TESOL/EFL, also from Kentucky. His major interests lie in American and world short stories; food; and, cultural criticism, especially post-9/11 narratives.

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