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Poetry master class led by Professor Jens Herlth of Fribourg University
On April 27, 2017, Professor Jens Herlth of Fribourg University, Switzerland, conducted a seminar on Osip Mandelstams Poem With the Powerful World I had Only Childish Ties as Bildungsroman. Students of the Faculties of Modern Languages and Theology took part in the seminar. The guest of honor at the event was Andrei Alexandrovitch Melnikov, a representative from the department of science and education of the Swiss Embassy. The seminar was opened by Archpriest Georgiy Orehanov, the Deputy Rector for International Relations of Saint Tikhons University. Fr. Georgiy expressed his thanks to Professor Herlth for visiting the university.

 The seminar was interactive in nature and had the structure of a line-by-line analysis of Mandelstams text led by Prof. Herlth. In order to interpret the final, elusive stanza of the poem, Herlth brought in other parallel texts from Russian literature, such as Alexander Pushkins poem The Nereid and a fragment from Karamzins story A Knight of our Time.

 At the end of the seminar, Subdean Ksenia Alexandrovna of the Faculty of Modern Languages addressed the attendees. She expressed her hope that this collaboration with the Institute of Russian Studies of Fribourg University might continue. She invited Mr. Herlth to conduct a series of lectures at Saint Tikhons University.

As you may recall, the joint events between Saint Tikhons University and Fribourg University are being held in the context of an agreement on collaboration in Humanities research signed in 2013, which provides for lectures by visiting professors from both universities and an exchange of teachers and students.

Fr. Georgiy Orehanov explained: Throughout the duration of the collaboration between our two universities, as supported by the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Moscow, several events of various formats have been conducted: two large-scale international colloquia on Medieval Studies (2012 and 2016); lectures on Art History by Prof. Michele Bacci and on Italian Literature by Prof. Uberto Motta; and a lecture series on French Literature by Prof. Michel Viegnes.

 The organization of the open seminar was carried out with the support of the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation and the Head of the Department of Science, Technology and Education, Andrei Alexandrovitch Melnikov. The seminar raised a large amount of interest and the possibility of future collaboration with Prof. Jens Herlth.

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