MC to host outspoken Russian poet,
filmmaker, politician Yevtushenko
Internationally known Russian Yevgeny Yevtushenko, “the voice of the
voiceless,” will read and discuss his poetry and discuss his film
Stalin’s Funeral on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Manchester College. The
public is invited to both conversations, which are free.
Yevtushenko has been the poet for repressed peoples of his native Russia
and repressed people everywhere. His .
Perhaps his most famous poem, “Babi Yar,” condemns Nazi and
Russian anti-Semitism. More recently he writes about the murder of
Russian school children of Beslan and Chechen violence that was born of
Stalin’s repression of Chechnya years ago. In the States, Yevtushenko
has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma,
University of Tulsa, Yale, University of Chicago, Carleton College,
Queens College and other universities.
In “Poetics and Politics” at 11 a.m. in the Upper Union Lounge,
Yevtushenko will offer a poetry reading and discussion.
Stalin’s Funeral, which Yevtushenko wrote and directed at the
urging of novelist John Steinbeck, will be shown at 3 p.m. in Wampler
Auditorium, followed by discussion. The movie is a somewhat historical
account of the macabre scene in 1953 when thousands of angry protesters
charged Joseph Stalin’s funeral cortege, trampling attendants and an
innocent woman, some to death.
Yevtushenko comes to Manchester College as a guest of Plowshares, a
Lilly Endowment-funded collaboration of Indiana’s three historic peace
campuses, Manchester, Earlham and Goshen colleges. He also will speak at
the Plowshares Peace House residency peace studies program in
Indianapolis at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9. For more about the
Plowshares program, visit