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WorldCanvass - Dostoevsky: From Revolutionary Outcast to Man of God

WorldCanvass and picture of Dostoevsky

Dostoevsky: From Revolutionary Outcast to Man of God

October 12, 2021 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.

The October 12 WorldCanvass will explore the life, writings, and legacy of a giant in world literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky.  Two hundred years after his birth and 140 years after his death, Dostoevsky’s novels, short stories, and essays continue to captivate readers, scholars, and artists around the world.  Why?  Why does Dostoevsky’s writing, with so much of it reflective of a very particular historical moment in Russian history—far from our own time—still speak to us?  WorldCanvass guests will try to answer those questions on October 12, from 5:30-7 p.m., when the topic is “Dostoevsky: From Revolutionary Outcast to Man of God.”  The event will be held in the UI Main Library Gallery and members of the public are welcome to attend in person or join the event on Zoom or Facebook Live.

Anna Barker, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, will be our guide as we learn about Dostoevsky’s life and literary evolution.  She will be joined by staff from UI Libraries Conservation & Collections Care and UI Libraries Special Collections & Archives who have contributed to a rich exhibition of Dostoevsky material which is currently on display in the Main Library Gallery, where WorldCanvass will be held. The Dostoevsky narrative will continue with conversations about film, opera, and theater adaptations of his most admired works.

Location: UI Main Library Gallery

Free and open to the public.

Can't attend in person?  Register for the Zoom link here.

The University of Iowa encourages the use of face masks and social distancing while on campus.

 

Program Details

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Dostoevsky—the man, the literary figure, the exhibition

Anna Barker—visiting assistant professor, Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Iowa

Eric Ensley—curator of rare books and maps, University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives

Bill Voss—conservator technician, University of Iowa Libraries Conservation & Collections Care

 

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Dostoevsky— opera and film adaptations

Anna Barker— visiting assistant professor, Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Iowa

Nathan Platte—associate professor, UI School of Music

Ben Delgado—programming director, FilmScene, Iowa City

 

6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  | Performing Dostoevsky

Anna Barker— visiting assistant professor, Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Iowa

Adam Knight—producing artistic director, Riverside Theatre, Iowa City

Ron Clark—co-founder, director, Riverside Theatre, Iowa City

John William Watkins—actor, Riverside Theatre, Iowa City

 

International Programs thanks UI Libraries for their partnership in the production of this program. WorldCanvass programs are recorded as audio podcasts and are available on iTunes, the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the WorldCanvass website.  Videos are available on YouTube. WorldCanvass is produced by University of Iowa International Programs.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Amy Green in advance at amy-green-1@uiowa.edu or 319-335-1433.