Russian Fulbright Scholar at Illinois Wesleyan

September 28, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Valery Dymshits, the director of the Center Petersburg Judaica of St. Petersburg, Russia, is serving as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the 2006 fall semester at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Dymshits, who is teaching a course in the Russian and East European Studies program, is at IWU under the auspices of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures and International Studies. He is also presenting a number of lectures on-campus and in the community and will travel to several conferences and lecture at other American universities.

Dymshits's lecture topics include Jewish folklore and folk art, the history of Yiddish literature, and Jewish ethnography. He has been active in studying and translating Yiddish folklore into Russian and a book of Yiddish folktales with his annotation and comments was published in 1999.

Dymshits is a graduate of St. Petersburg Technological Institute, where he received the degree of candidate of science in 1992 and the degree of doctor of science (chemistry) in 1996. In 1989 he took part in founding St. Petersburg Jewish University and, in 1992, participated in the creation of the Institute of Jewish Diaspora Research and has served as the head of the institute.

The Fulbright Scholar Program

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State, administers the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. Each year, the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends some 800 U.S. faculty and professionals to 140 countries to lecture, do research or participate in seminars, and some 800 foreign faculty members come to the U.S.

In the spring of 1999, IWU hosted Darina Malova as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence. Malova was an associate professor of political science from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia.

CONTACT: Stew Salowitz, 309-556-3181