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posted: Wednesday October 21, 2009

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin are hosting “An Afternoon of Slavic Vampires,” a vampire book reading event on Monday, Oct. 26, 3-5 p.m. in the Gebauer Building, fourth floor conference room.

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.”

 The event is free and open to the public. Vampire costumes are recommended. Media are invited.

 For more information, contact: Jessica Sinn, public affairs specialist, College of Liberal Arts, 512-471-2404 or sinnjessica@austin.utexas.edu; Allegra Azulay, outreach coordinator, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, 512-471-7782 or aazulay@utexas.mail.edu; Thomas Garza, distinguished associate professor of Slavic and Eurasian studies, 512-471-3607or tjgarza@mail.utexas.edu.

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