The Russian Cultural Center in collaboration with the Russian Cultural Center and the Museum of the Moscow State University organized a tour across the Lebanese Universities, with the aim of introducing the nineteenth century Russian poets; Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov.
The cultural activity was held at Haigazian University, where a reception was held with the presence of the Director of the Center and First Secretary of the Russian Embassy, Dr. Ayrat Akhmetof, who thanked the University for hosting the exhibition. Also, members of educational and administrative bodies including students attended the event.
After a welcoming speech delivered on behalf of the University by student Mirna Ghmrawi, Dr. Marina Sarieddine, responsible for the Russian language department at the Center, discussed the life of the poets, “who did not only enrich Russian literature, but also literature worldwide”. Dr. Sarieddine pointed out the similarities shared by the two poets, “They both possess non-Russian origins, Pushkin descended from African origins, whereas Lermontov Scottish”. She talked about their effort to educate themselves, studying at the best schools that gave them an impetus to the Russian language, which was a seesaw between quality and popularity. As it was a common fate, both were killed in a duel.
Dr. Sarieddine highlighted the interest both poets showed of women and the impact of their work in the Russian society that started revolutions. She added, “They constitute the essence of the Russian literary language heritage and had an impact on Russian society in various forms”.
A discussion was held with the attendants, and on the sidelines of the lecture, 40 panels were presented, portraying the life of the poets, Pushkin and Lermontov, during the period in which they lived.
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