The Russian Hour with Nadya Shcherbenok

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on February 12, 2011

Students and faculty members gathered on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 9 for the latest installment of Fairfield University’s “The Russian Hour.” The series is sponsored by the Russian and East European Studies Program, as well as the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

This week’s event was titled “Russian Fairy Tales for Grown Up Children.” The event presenter, Nadya Shcherbenok, is a Fulbright teaching assistant of Russian language from Irkutsk, Siberia. She spoke about the significance of fairy tales for Russians, gave background on the artists and illustrations that accompany Russian fairy tales, and stressed that fairy tales can be found in all different types of art in the history of Russia – from pottery to paintings.

Nadya used creative ways to reach her audience. From the PowerPoint presentation with illustrations accompanying the stories, to the interactive quizzes and hands-on acting out of fairy tales, the event offered Fairfield students an informative and innovative glimpse into this aspect of Russian culture.

Fairy tales are a part of almost everyone’s childhood, and it was insightful to learn about the fairy tale traditions of Russia. Those who gathered for this special event left with a greater understanding and appreciation for Russian fairy tale lore and art, especially those of us who felt a connection to the fairy tales we had heard or read as children.

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