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Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko Lectures Oct. 13

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RUSSIAN POET YEVGENY YEVTUSHENKO TO LECTURE AT QUEENS COLLEGE

ON THE EXPERIENCE OF DISCOVERING AMERICA

WHO:

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, world-renowned poet, novelist, and filmmaker, and the first

 

Russian author to break through the Iron Curtain and recite his poetry in the West.

 

Yevtushenko is a Distinguished Professor of European Languages at QueensCollege.

   

WHAT:

A lecture on “Full-body Wine from the Grapes of Wrath: A Russian Poet’s

 

Adventurous Discovery of America – Warmth of the Cold War”

   

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 12:15 – 1:30 PM

   

WHERE:

Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard Flushing, Queens

 

Music Building, Choral Room (264)

BACKGROUND: Born in 1933 in Siberia, Yevtushenko published his first book in 1952 and was
expelled from the Literary Institute five years later for his “individualism.” In 1960 Yevtushenko
made history as the first Russian to recite his poetry in the West, where he was befriended by such
artists as Max Ernst, Henry Moore, Federico Fellini, John Steinbeck, Allen Ginsberg, Henrich Boll,
Pablo Neruda, Gabrial Garcia Marquez, and Louis Armstrong.

Among Yevtushenko’s numerous works are scores of poetry collections, four novels, three books
of political essays, two books of photography, and popular songs including “Lara’s Theme” from
the movie Doctor Zhivago. He also wrote and directed two films: Kindergarten (1982) and Stalin's
Funeral (1990) starring Vanessa Redgrave and Claus Maria Brandauer.

From 1988-1991, he served in the first freely elected Russian parliament, where he fought against
censorship and other restrictions. Yevtushenko is an honorary member of the American Academy of
Arts and a member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences. The American Jewish National
Committee awarded him a medal in 1992 “For Permanent Activities in the Protection of Human Rights.”

A Russian citizen, Yevgeny Yevtushenko divides his time between his homeland and the United States.


 
 

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