Alexander Pushkin: A Historic Symposium at Harvard
Exploring the Dual Heritage of Russia’s Greatest Poet, Father of Modern Russian Literature and the Black Russians of the 20th Century (Cambridge, April 2008)
April 2008 brought together scholars, researchers, teachers, artists, departmental executives, media professionals, students, residents, visitors, and Harvard alumni from numerous disciplines both within and without the academy, and within and beyond Harvard. They descended upon Cambridge to celebrate, present on, bask in, read from, learn more (or in some cases learn for the first time and be set on a future course to learn more) about Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837). Pushkin is Russia’s greatest poet, the father of modern Russian literature, and precursor to Black Russians of the twentieth century. Greetings were extended to our colleagues and visiting scholars each day by Harvard officers and dignitaries. The proceedings were formally opened with welcome remarks by Walter C. Carrington, 1952 AB, 1955 JD, former U.S. Ambassador and Plenipotentiary to Nigeria and to Senegal. The second day began with remarks on behalf of President Drew Faust by then Associate Vice President James S. Hoyte, Esquire, 1965 JD, 1968 JD, 1972 PMD.