Leningrad at War: A City Speaks
Over one million people—one third of Leningrad’s population—died of starvation, cold, and shelling during the wartime Siege of Leningrad, 1941–1944. To add to the daily food ration of 4.5 ounces of adulterated bread, the populace fed itself on what it could find: wallpaper glue, leather to chew on, dusty crumbs scavenged wherever possible. How did women, men, and children subjected to such catastrophic events relate to their cultural and physical environment? How did people make sense of such horrific circumstances and devise ways to sustain their spirits? Renowned poet and cultural studies scholar Polina Barskova, author of Besieged Leningrad: Aesthetic Responses to Urban Disaster (2017) and Associate Professor of Russian literature at Hampshire College, will share her insights on the glorious former Imperial Russian capital of St. Petersburg, as well as the realities and inner world of Leningraders under siege.
Supported by the Davis Fund for Russian Area Studies.
Apr 25, 4:30 PMA Reading with Natalie Scenters-Zapico and Phillip B. Williams
The English Department welcomes poets Natalie Scenters-Zapico and Phillip B. Williams for a reading of their work. This reading is one of several events that takes place during National Poetry Month at Wellesley.Event Date:Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 4:30pm
Apr 30, 4:15 PMThe Betsy Wood Knapp ’64 Lecture: The Problem with Race-Based Medicine
Internationally recognized scholar and social justice advocate Dorothy Roberts is a leader in transforming thinking on reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics. With an introduction by President Paula Johnson.Event Date:Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 4:15pm
Apr 25, 4:30 PMHomeland inSecurity: A Presentation by Mohamad Hafez
Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez shares a personal view of forced migration through mixed and multi-media sculptures representing Middle Eastern streetscapes and buildings ravaged by civil war.Event Date:Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 4:30pm