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Celebrating Dostoevsky at 200: A Presentation by Anna Barker, Ph.D.

Friday, November 18, 2022 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$5 – $10

TMORA, in partnership with The Institute of Theological and Interdisciplinary Studies, The Center for the Study of Contexts, and East-West Connections presents a special presentation on the life and work of the great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky by Anna Barker, Ph.D.  This presentation will put Dostoevsky into the context of the Russian 19th century and will be dedicated to his development as a writer and thinker and his uncanny and prophetic understanding of the human soul.

Celebrating Dostoevsky at 200

A Presentation by Anna Barker, Ph.D.

Friday, November 18 | Doors open at 6:00 PM, Presentation begins at 7:00 PM.

Seating is located in the main gallery and is general admission.

TMORA Shop will be open prior to the presentation. Free parking is available across the street from TMORA in the Mayflower Church parking lot.

TICKETS: $10 General Admission |  $8 TMORA Members  |  $5 Students (with ID)



Anna Barker

Anna Barker received her Ph. D. in Comparative Literature in 2002 with a dissertation in translation studies. At the University of Iowa she has taught courses in the English Department, in Comparative Literature, in Russian Literature, and in the Honors Program. Her areas of interest include 19th-century Russian and European literature, Russian cultural history, and 19th century women writers, artist, and composers. In recent years, she has regularly taught the authors course “Tolstoy and Dostoevsky,” organizing a campus-community celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tolstoy’s death in 2010. The celebration featured an open-air reading of Anna Karenina in downtown Iowa City over three days with dozens of participants. Subsequent public readings and Iowa City UNESCO Book Festival collaborations included War and Peace (2012), Fathers and Sons (2013), Notes from Underground (2014), Don Quixote (2015), Crime and Punishment (2016), Moby-Dick (2017), and Frankenstein (2018). Several of these literary celebrations evolved into collaborations with the University of Iowa Symphony and University of Iowa Museum of Art.

In the fall of 2019 Dr Barker curated an exhibition dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the publication of War and Peace and focusing on the depiction of war and violence in Tolstoy’s epic novel and in the works of the Spanish artist Francisco Goya. The exhibition “Goya’s Disasters of War and Tolstoy’s War and Peace: A Dialogue Between Art and Literature” was on display at the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections. In addition, Dr Barker participated in a WorldCanvass discussion of Tolstoy’s life and work and organised a week long screening of Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1963-1967 adaptation of War and Peace with post screening discussions with the audience.
Last year, Dr Barker dedicated her undivided attention to Dostoevsky, attended the Dostoevsky Day celebrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia and put together a comprehensive retrospective of his life and work entitled “From Revolutionary Outcast to a Man of God: Dostoevsky at 200.” The exhibition highlighted all the major events of Dostoevsky’s life from the years spent as a convict in Siberia to the settled final decade with his wife and muse Anna Grigorievna Dostoevskaya and followed his development as a thinker and writer from the early success of his novel Poor Folk to the philosophical and theological triumph of Brothers Karamazov. The exhibition attracted thousands of viewers and readers and was supplemented with lectures on Dostoevsky and opera and Dostoevsky’s influence on 20th century writers, a Dostoevsky film adaptation festival, a staged adaptation of the “Grand Inquisitor” chapter from Brothers Karamazov performed in the exhibition space, and a Russian Orthodox hymn presentation by the Saint Raphael Church choir on November 11, 2021, Dostoevsky’s 200th birthday.



The Institute Of Theological And Interdisciplinary Studies (THISTLE)
, directed by its founder Rev. R. Alan James, has been hosting monthly educational seminars since 1996, free and open to the public, for the purpose of heightening spiritual and institutional vitality in our community. Its presenters span the sciences, arts, medicine, and education. European trips explore the courageous and dissident energies that propel the continuing work-in-progress of the Enlightenment. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Institute is supported solely by voluntary contributions.



The Center for the Study of Contexts
is dedicated to uncovering and examining the histories, ideologies, and collective experiences that are vital to our understanding of society and culture. Its founder, Dr. Stewart James-Lejárcegui, is an author, filmmaker, and professor of Film Studies and Spanish/Hispanic Studies at the University of St. Thomas. He hosts educational events at St. Thomas open to the entire community and propelled by the imperatives of activism called “Expeditions Into the Common Good.”






Friday, November 18, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5 – $10


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Minneapolis, MN 55419 United States
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