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Emily Johnson's Lecture on Gulag Letters
Start Date: 4/17/2019Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 4/17/2019End Time: 7:00 PM
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The Russian-Eurasian Student Organization invites all students to a lecture by a professor Emily Johnson, University of Oklahoma, entitled "Gulag Letters as a Window on Soviet Private Life in the Stalin Period" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in Science and Engineering Room 403.

Classical descriptions of the Soviet camp system generally discount the role that correspondence played in the lives of inmates during the high Stalinist period (1930s-1950s). Johnson's lecture explores Arsenii Formakov's letters home to his family from a Soviet labor camp, known as Gulag. This lecture considers what such letters can tell us about Soviet private life during the Stalin period.

Johnson is an associate professor of Russian at the University of Oklahoma. Her first book, How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself: The Russian Idea of Kraevedenie (Penn State University Press, 2006), won both the Antsiferov Prize for the Best Work on the City of St. Petersburg by a Foreign Author and the SCMLA Book Prize in Cultural Studies. She received the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) Translation Prize for her book Arsenii Formakov: Gulag Letters (Yale University Press, 2017).

The Russian-Eurasian Student Organization explores the ethnic diversity of Russia and Eurasia through organizing lectures, concerts, and readings on history, literature, culture, and art. It is composed of students who are interested in the Russian language and literature and students with similar interests to foster a better understanding of the Russian and Eurasian cultures. Follow us on our Facebook and Hogsync links at and at the Russian-Eurasian Student Organziation.

This event is supported by the Student Activities Fee as a funded event by the Associated Student Government and is free to all currently enrolled University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, students who pay the student activities fee. For questions about the event or for accommodations due to disability please contact Amy McCampbell,, (972)979-7435
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Name: Nadja
Phone: 479-575-2951

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