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Students, Faculty Read Slavic Vampire Tales

Monday October 31, 2011
3:30 PM • Welch Hall, room 1.308

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The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies are hosting “An Afternoon of Slavic Vampires,” a vampire book reading event.

In celebration of Halloween, faculty and students will read and perform Slavic vampires tales, including stories by N.V. Gogol, A.K. Tolstoy, J.Neruda, A.S. Pushkin and V. Pelevin. Selections will be read from folklore tales that inspired Dracula and Nosferatu.

Thomas Garza, event coordinator and distinguished associate professor of Slavic and Eurasian studies, has served as a vampire expert for projects ranging from a History Channel special to the 2007 horror film “30 Days of Night.” National media outlets, such as Good Morning America and Newsweek tap his expertise for stories about the rise of the “undead” in pop culture. Many of the student presenters are enrolled in his popular course “Introduction to Slavic Civilizations: The Vampire in Slavic Cultures.”

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