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Virtual Lecture
Tolstoy: Many Faces of Love

Saturday, February 12, 1:00-2:00pm EST
Members free, Nonmembers $5
Registration ends Friday, February 11, the Zoom link will be sent out the morning of the program
Program fees are nonrefundable

Anna Karenina (1878) deals with politics, philosophy, psychology, and ethics, but most profoundly with the nature of love. In this novel, Tolstoy posed poignant questions about passion, women’s rights, and views on adultery but left most of them tantalizingly unresolved. While the novel will be the centerpiece of this conversation, the lecture will also examine how Tolstoy treated the topic before and after Anna Karenina. How did his views on love change over the long and deeply lived life? How were his questions posed and answered in The Family Happiness (1859) and The Devil (1910)? Dr. Svetlana Nikitina will engage text, film, the visual arts, and our own imagination as audiences ponder Tolstoy’s own long and winding love story.

Dr. Svetlana Nikitina is teaching Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Humanities and Arts Department. Her professional interests lie in comparative and environmental literature and in interdisciplinary pedagogy. She received a Ph.D. in Philology from Moscow State University and she holds Ed.M in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University. She is currently co-chair of the Museum’s Education Committee.