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The Arsenyev Legacy

Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“Old Believer Women” – Photograph by Vladimir Arsenyev
The Museum of Russian Art is pleased to present 

The Arsenyev Legacy: 
The Russian Far East a Hundred Years Ago and Today 

– A Presentation by Jonathan C. Slaght, PhD – 

Thursday, September 29, 2016 – 6:30pm

Vladimir Arsenyev, a giant among Russian explorers, is a figure poorly known in the West. He made his name a hundred years ago in the Russian Far East, where he led survey teams thousands of kilometers across mountains and swamps, and through blizzards and floods. Three of Arsenyev’s expeditions in the Ussuri Kray region (in 1902, 1906, and 1907) were depicted in Akira Kurosawa’s film, “Dersu Uzala,” recipient of an Academy Award in 1976.

Jonathan C. Slaght, a biologist and author with the Wildlife Conservation Society, has spent twenty years working in the same forests that Arsenyev explored a century ago. His annotated translation of Arsenyev’s 1921 book Across the Ussuri Kray (Indiana University Press, 2016) is an unabridged, uncensored, detailed account of Arsenyev’s 1902 and 1906 expeditions.

Using Arsenyev’s photographs from then and his own from today, Slaght paints a picture of how the landscapes of the Ussuri Kray—both cultural and natural—have changed over the past hundred years.

A book signing will follow.

 TMORA Members  $12  |  General Admission  $15

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Jonathan C. Slaght, PhD, is the Russia and Northeast Asia Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society. He authors a guest blog for Scientific American about his experiences in Russia titled “East of Siberia,” and his writings and scientific research have been featured on BBC World Service, the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and Audubon Magazine, among others. 


Thursday, September 29, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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