This conference was co-sponsored by the Departments of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature. Devoted to the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Russia’s national poet Alexander Pushkin, it focused on global aspects of Pushkin’s legacy, such as his African ancestry, his reception in Non-European countries, and his relation to the colonialized minorities of the Russian Empire.

There were a total of 16 presenters, three coming from abroad (Israel, Switzerland, Ukraine) and the rest from the United States.

One of the keynote speakers, Professor Roman Timenchik from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, remained in State College for an entire week and agreed to give a lecture on the Ukrainian poet Vladimir Narbut for the Center of Russian and East European Studies Lecture Series.

Reported by Adriann Wanner