Friday, October 21, 2011

Seminar targets Russophiles

Sawtooth Institute symposium on Russia starts Nov. 9

Express Staff Writer

The beauty of Russia will blossom in the Wood River Valley this fall for adult students of art and literature.

The newly formed nonprofit Sawtooth Institute is holding a symposium on Russia's Golden Age, a survey of art and literature in 19th- and early 20th-century Russia.

"We feel as if there is a gap in opportunities that exist for adult education in the valley," said Board Member Jon Maksik. "There's no program that lasts for the length of a class, with the exception of College of Southern Idaho classes. We're hoping to fill that gap."

The institute created the symposium in collaboration with the Community Library, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and College of Southern Idaho.

Organizers formed the institute to enhance collaborative and serious multidisciplinary educational opportunities for adults in the Wood River Valley, according to Maksik.


The symposium will begin Nov. 9, with an introductory lecture by Russian scholar Fritz Brun. Subsequent presentations in November and December will be offered by art historians Kristin Poole and Elaine French on the visual arts; Peter Grunberg will lead a discussion on 19th century Russian classical music; and two classes on drama of the era will be conducted by Brun.

Attendance is open to each or all of the sessions.

Parallel to that will be a four-week seminar examining Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment." Maksik will lead the seminar, which will be limited to 15 participants.

Classes will be held at the Community Library.

The opening lecture and symphony presentation are free. Tuition will be charged for the other sessions.

Registration begins Monday, Oct. 24. Call College of Southern Idaho at 788-2033 to sign up or go online to

For more information, call Jon or Leslie Maksik at 726-8680, or Ray Cairncross at 725-5530.

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