ADA — Russian scholar Dr. Alexandr Timofeev will visit East Central University Wednesday during a speaking tour across Oklahoma. He will discuss "Problems of Contemporary Russia: Literary and Sociopolitical Perspectives" at 1 p.m. in Room 325 of the Horace Mann Building.

He is the author of seven books on Russian poet, critic and dramatist Mikhail Kuzmin and on Henry Miller as well as more than 40 articles on modern Russian literature published in Russia, the Netherlands and Italy. Timofeev's books have been published by Berkeley Slavic Specialties in Oakland, Calif., and Saint Petersburg, Russia. In addition, he has been elected a member of the Saint Petersburg Writers' Union.

Timofeev is delivering a series of 16 lectures at 13 universities, colleges and civic organizations around Oklahoma.

He was invited by the Department of Foreign Languages at Oklahoma State University, under the auspices of a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council, to give a series of book discussions from January through April in 12 libraries across Oklahoma. The discussions are devoted to Vassily Aksyonov's "Generations of Winter," Andrew Jack's "Inside Putin's Russia" and Paul Khlebnikov's "Godfather of the Kremlin: Boris Berezovsky and the Looting of Russia."

Timofeev was born in Leningrad in the Soviet Union in 1961. He graduated from Leningrad State University in 1983 and defended his doctorate on Kuzmin's notebooks at the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkinsky Dom), Russian Academy of Sciences.

He has worked as an archivist for the Institute of Russian Literature, editor for INApress and senior researcher for the Library Foundation "Outside Russia" and the National Pushkin Museum Editorial Board.

Timofeev has been a visiting professor at the University of L'Aquila, the University of Salerno and the University of Rome in 2000-01 and was the Faye Rawdon Norris Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Oklahoma State University in 1998.

For more information contact Dr. Lewis Parhill, chair of ECU's English and languages department, at (580) 310-5452.

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