I have been teaching Russian language, literature, culture and art history for 45 plus years and will retire from Trinity on December 31, 2011. 38 of those years have been at Trinity. They have been 38 great years. I wish everyone could have the interesting life that I have had and will have!
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
An article in a volume on the Russian "unofficial" artist Eugene Rukhin plus items from my archive on this artist and photos of his work in my collection came out in 2010.
A full-length movie about Rukhin, in which my "character" plays a major role, is about to go into production.
My research began in literature, particularly poetry and the insanely difficult prose works of the Russian Aleksei Mikhailovich Remizov, but around 1978, I switched to my real passion which has been the history of and making of art. To that end I have made 14 plus trips to the USSR and then Russia with no end in sight. I almost feel like I am a citizen of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was there that I both studied art and met artists. In 2006, I traveled there to take a course in the Hermitage Art Museum on their Northern Silk Road collection.
Russian language – all levels
GNED 1300 (First Year Seminar)
Art and Theories of the Russian Avant-garde (in Art/ArtH department)
Russian Literature 19th and 20th centuries
Community service & Involvement
Co-founded a chapter of SHARE in San Antonio, a support group for families whose child died in childbirth or miscarriage.
Member of Castle Hills Architecture Review Board.
Translate diplomas and other documents gratis for Russian immigrants.
I try to be at every soccer game (men's and women's) during the fall season and including the post-season. Watching Trinity soccer is one of my pleasures.
I take great pleasure in giving parties and making dinners for students.