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Media Advisory: Yevgeny Yevtushenko to visit University of Chicago

March 27, 2007

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, one of the world’s best known living Russian poets, will be visiting the University of Chicago campus to participate in a series of events.

Yevtushenko, who is perhaps best known for his dissident poetry in the 1960s that led to greater artistic freedom for Soviet artists, will read from his work at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12th at International House’s Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St. in Chicago, in an event sponsored by the International House Global Voices Performing Arts Program.  Yevtushenko will also attend a Doc Films-sponsored screening of a film he co-authored, “I am Cuba,” at the Max Palevsky Cinema from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11th, and he will participate in a panel discussion, sponsored by the Franke Institute, titled “What has happened to the Russian Intelligentsia?” in Room 224 of the Social Sciences Building on Friday, April 13th from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

A professor of Russian and European poetry and film at the University of Tulsa and at Queens College of the City College of New York, Yevtushenko become internationally famous in the early 1960s for his scathing attacks on the Soviet bureaucracy and the legacy of Stalin. In 1961, his poem “Babi Yar,” criticized Soviet indifference to the Nazi massacre of the Jews of Kiev in September 1941. The poem, which was widely circulated in the Soviet Union through underground means, was not published by the state-controlled press until 1984. In 1963, Yevtushenko, already internationally famous — he was the subject of a Time magazine cover story in 1962 — was banned from traveling outside the Soviet Union. The ban was lifted in 1965.

Yevtushenko’s visit is co-sponsored by a wide-range of campus organizations, including the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Division of the Humanities, the Division of the Social Sciences, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the College, the Committee on Jewish Studies, the Program in Poetry and Poetics, the Russian Studies Workshop, the Department of History, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, and Critical Inquiry.

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