Spring Voices Lecture Series with Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich
Join us for a discussion and Q&A with 2015 Nobel Laureate in Literature Svetlana Alexievich, a renowned Belarusian writer, essayist, and investigative journalist.
Alexievich transcends the boundaries of journalism and fiction in her “documentary novels.” Her texts create compelling collages out of the voices of witnesses to historical disasters, including nuclear disaster (Voices from Chernobyl); women and children in World War II (The Unwomanly Face of War and Last Witnesses); the civilians and soldiers affected by the Soviet-Afghan war (Zinky Boys); and those caught in the turmoil of the Soviet Union’s collapse (Secondhand Time). Naming her a laureate in literature, the Nobel Committee commended her “polyphonic writings” as a “monument to suffering and courage in our time.”
In this conversation, Alexievich will be joined by Assistant Professor of Russian José Vergara, where they will discuss Chornobyl and its environmental effects as well as recent events in Ukraine and Belarus and Eastern Europe’s history and future.
Conducted in English and Russian with English interpretation.
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