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Library Hosts Russian Exhibit

ECU Russian professor Yelena Francis has opened a new photographic exhibit, “Gems of the Russian Wonderland,” which focuses on ancient Russian architecture, in the Digital Learning Center, first floor of Joyner Library.

Her exhibit is the third in a series, all focused on different aspects of Russian life and culture. Her first exhibit in 2008 featured books, music, films and snapshots of ancient and modern St. Petersburg, Russia. In January and February 2009, she presented, “Russia in Transition,” examining Russian life, history and mentality.

“Gems of the Russian Wonderland” will remain on display through late April. The exhibit examines Russian religious architecture through the ages, including temples, monasteries, and convents from 12th century to present.

“The building of religious edifices often coincided with important historical or religious milestones,” Francis said. “Thus, the beauty of these churches, cathedrals and other religious buildings is unique and unsurpassed, attesting to the exquisite labor of countless skillful craftsmen over many years.”

The exhibit is a project of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, supported by the ECU Chapter of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi. Individuals who helped Francis with the exhibit include Sylvie Henning, director of International Studies/International Programs; Michael Bassman, president of ECU Phi Kappa Phi; Kermit Buckner, treasurer of ECU Phi Kappa Phi; Mark Sanders, Joyner Library; and Sven Sonnenberg, Francis’ husband.

This page originally appeared in the March 20, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at http://www.ecu.edu/news/poe/Arch.cfm.