Focus on Faculty - Lonny Harrison - "When Books Go Underground: USSR"
When Books Go Underground: Censorship and Media Control in Russia
Central Library sixth floor parlor
noon - 1:30pm
free and open to all
Censorship is not unique to the US. Our October 3 Focus on Faculty lecture by Assistant Professor Lonny Harrison in the Russian Section of the Modern Languages Department, offers a look at the subject of government repression of reading, and examines the practice of and results surrounding state-banning of books in Russia and the former USSR. Focus on Faculty is a library speakers series and our first talk of the 2012-13 year is at noon on October 3, in the Central Library sixth floor parlor and features a talk by Assistant Professor Lonny Harrison, the Russian Section Head of the Department of Modern Languages at UTA. When Books Go Underground: Censorship and Media Control in Russia addresses the role of censorship in Russian cultural life, and how some of the great works of political and artistic expression flourished in spite of it.
This lecture is part of the UT Arlington Library Banned Books Week events (Sept. 29 - Oct. 6) and is co-sponsored by the Friends of the UT Arlington Library.
Lonny Harrison received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Toronto, and his B.A. in English from Simon Fraser University. He was the acting director of Russian Studies at DePauw University before coming to UTA in 2007. At UTA his professional service includes Study Abroad Coordinator, linking UT Arlington and Voronezh State University in Voronezh, Russia, where he teaches an online class, and as faculty advisor of the Russian Culture Society student organization.
His academic publishing includes serving as editorial assistant for Tolstoy Studies Journal, where he has published translations (from Russian). He has written many scholarly articles and has numerous conference presentations and invited speaking engagements. Harrison has been an English as Second Language instructor in Moscow, Russia, and Simferopol, Ukraine. He is currently writing a book, "Archetypes from Underground: Notes on the Dostoevskian Self."
This lecture is free and open to all and will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.