A Reading and Conversation with Mikhail Shishkin
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
McCabe Library Atrium
After working as an interpreter for refugees seeking asylum at the Swiss border, emigre-dissident Mikhail Shishkin incorporated this experience into his novel Maidenhair. The stories he presents offer a more human(e) perspective that encourages empathy, that transcends statistics by delving deep into the stories of the displaced, and that emphasizes the power of storytelling as a means to transform our perceptions and sympathies. Join us for a reading and discussion with one of Russia’s best living writers as we consider how art can help us understand the global refugee crisis.
In addition to his reading, Shishkin will speak about his work in Switzerland and take questions from the audience for a wide-ranging discussion.
Copies of Maidenhair will be available for Swarthmore students at no charge.
Free and open to the public
Reception to follow
Co-sponsored by the President’s Office Andrew W. Mellon Grant, the Global Affairs Program at the Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility, the Intercultural Center, Swarthmore Libraries, Russian Studies, German Studies, the History Department, and the Bryn Mawr Russian Department.
For more information, please contact José Vergara (firstname.lastname@example.org).