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'There Are No Fears'

If you have lived a life like that of Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, you might make the same statement, with the same conviction.

Portrait of Yevgeny Yevtushenko Portrait of the Blind Boys of Alabama

Yevtushenko is not only a poet but also a novelist, filmmaker and professor of literature and cinema. He was born in Siberia, where his ancestors were sent into exile at the end of the 19th century. A spokesman for greater artistic freedom in the Soviet Union, Yevtushenko was once referred to as "the head of the intellectual juvenile delinquents" and was expelled from school for disobedience in 1948 and in 1957 from the Literary Institute for "individualism."

His 1961 poem "Babi Yar," a denunciation of both Nazi and Russian anti-Semitism, brought him international recognition and inspired Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich to write his Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar). The poem was not published in Russia until 1984.

Yevtushenko is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was awarded the American Liberties Medallion of the American Jewish Committee in 1991. He divides his time between Russia and the United States, where he teaches poetry at Queens College, N.Y., and the University of Tulsa.

You can see and hear this remarkable presentation, "There Are No Fears," in CyberLC, a Web page with links to many of the diverse and stimulating lectures, performances, symposia and other events the Library offers free throughout the year.

The multimedia presentation "In Leonardo's Workshop: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci, a concert from the Blind Boys of Alabama, or the presentations by more than 50 authors who spoke at the 2002 National Book Festival are just a few of the Webcasts on CyberLC.

 

A. Portrait of Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Reproduction information: Not available for reproduction.

B. Portrait of the Blind Boys of Alabama. Reproduction information: Not available for reproduction.


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