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A message from the Pushkin Club

13th December 2005

Dear all,
Please note the following sent by a member.
Best wishes


An important notice

The Club has had to change the venue for FOUR of its events in the January to June period of the 2006 season.
These FOUR events will now take place at
ULU (The University of London Union)
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HY

Room 2B
Talk at 7.30 (Room available from 6.45 to 10 p.m.)
Nearest underground: Goodge Street or Russell Square.

10 January
Simon Franklin: The Mystery of the Earliest Russian Book (a talk with slides).
Simon Franklin, Professor of Slavonic Studies at Clare College, Cambridge has written on Russian history and culture of all periods, but his principal area of research interests is medieval. Recent publications include: Writing, Society and Culture in Early Rus, c.950-1300 (Cambridge, 2002) and (with Emma Widdis) National Identity in Russian Culture: an Introduction (Cambridge, 2004). (Now not in Queensborough Terrace but at ULU)

24 January
Piers Vitebsky on the subject of his recent book, Reindeer People: Living with Reindeer and Spirits in Siberia (a talk with slides and film). Piers Vitebsky is Head of Anthropology and Northern Russian Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge and specialises in the anthropological study of ritual, psychology and the environment. He is the first westerner to live with the Siberian reindeer people since the Russian revolution, which is the subject of his recent book, Reindeer People: Living with Reindeer and Spirits in Siberia (Harper Collins: 2005) (Now not at Portobello but at ULU.)

25 April
Stanley Mitchell on Chagall's Illustrations to Gogol's Dead Souls, an Essay in the Grotesque (a talk with slides). (Now not at Portobello but at ULU.)

20 June
Rachel Morley on the Pre-Revolutionary Films of Evgenii Bauer (a talk with film clips). The pre-revolutionary Russian director, Evgenii Bauer, was only rediscovered and celebrated in the dying days of the Soviet regime. Before his death in 1917 he had made over eighty films though many have been lost. Some were shown at the National Film Theatre in the early 90s, but he still remains largely unknown. (Now not at Portobello but at ULU.)

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