FeaturedVirtual EventFriday27October12:0012:00 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my timeEchoes of a Native Land: Two Centuries of a Russian VillageA conversation with Serge Schmemann

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Join us for an illuminating conversation with New York Times Editorial Board Member and Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Serge Schmemann as he takes a retrospective look at his acclaimed memoir Echoes of A Native Land: Two Centuries of a Russian Village, released in 1999 just as Putin was rising to power. We will discuss how the current Russo-Ukrainian War reflects the historical turmoil that scattered banished Russians across the globe following the Bolshevik Revolution, about which Schmemann has written at length.

Schmemann’s poignant memoir is a deeply moving meditation on his complex relationship with Russia across distance and time. This captivating work of non-fiction explores culture, faith, and the delicate threads of identity – a must-read for those seeking a connection to their roots. Born in Paris after his family fled the Soviet Union, Schmemann grew up steeping in Russian heritage. Through vivid vignettes of his Years as a New York Times Correspondent in the Soviet Union, familial legends, and ancestral voices, he pieces together fragments of a severed identity. Interwoven with the powerful stories of his grandparents, Schmemann contemplates the indelible imprint of the language and culture of a “native land” ” in which he was not raised. Visits back to an unfamiliar homeland after the Soviet collapse further complicate Schmemann’s tenuous link to Russia. Ultimately, in elegant prose, he explores the poignant meaning of homeland for émigrés who carry ephemeral yet enduring echoes of their native land within. Join us for what is sure to be an engaging and timely dialogue.

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The Russia Question is a book talk series devoted to all things Russia, hosted by Russian program director at Fordham University (LC) Prof. Michael Ossorgin, with generous support from the Orthodox Christian Studies Center.

  • Michael Ossorgin

    Michael Ossorgin

    Director of Russian Program at Fordham University

    Michael Ossorgin joined the Modern Languages and Literatures faculty at Fordham University in 2016. His research focuses on narrative and visual art. He writes about visual polyphony in Dostoevsky’s poetics, specifically how paintings and imagery create narrative zones in which Dostoevsky’s famous d…

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The Orthodox Christian Studies Center provides a space within a university setting for engagement with Orthodox Christianity by undergraduate and graduate students, participating faculty, and friends. It seeks to promote understanding of Orthodox Christianity in Western Culture; to preserve and perpetuate a vibrant Orthodox Christian tradition in America; to articulate the value and relevance of the Orthodox Christian tradition; and to promote ecumenical dialogue and relations, especially with Roman Catholicism.

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