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Duke Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies to Lecture at W&L

Beth Holmgren
Beth Holmgren
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Beth Holmgren, professor of Slavic and Eurasian studies and theater studies, and Slavic and Eurasian studies department chair at Duke University, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Newcomb Hall, room 122.

The title of her talk, which is free and open to the public, is "Framing Polish Jews: What Happens When Film Usurps Reality."

Holmgren's research interests stretch from Polish and Russian poetry to theater and film studies to contemporary Russian feminism. She is the author or editor of seven books, among them "Women's Works in Stalin's Time: On Lidiia Chukovskaia and Nadezhda Mandelstam" and "Rewriting Capitalism: Literature and the Market in Late Tsarist Russia and the Kingdom of Poland."

Her most recent book, "On Tour with Madame Modjeska: Starring in Poland and America," a biography of Polish nineteenth century actress Helena Modrzejewska (Modjeska), is forthcoming later this year from Indiana University Press. Holmgren is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and translations from Polish and Russian literature, as well as a documentary film, "Twenty Years Forward: Modern Russian Feminism."

Holmgren served as the president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the president the Association for Women in Slavic Studies.

Holmgren received her Ph.D. in Slavic Literatures from Harvard University. She taught at the University of California - San Diego and the University of North Carolina. In 2007, she joined Duke's faculty.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Russian Studies Program.