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Russian Folklore Scholar to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan University

October 17, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will host Russian folklore scholar Andreas Johns, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Bayley Room of Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave.

The free presentation, “Pattern and Anomaly in Oral Tradition: The Case of Baba Yaga,” will focus on the witch, Baba Yaga, from the folklore of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

Johns authored the 2004 book “Baba Yaga: The Ambiguous Mother and Witch of the Russian Folktale” based on his dissertation at University of California, Berkeley. He previously was a professor at that university’s Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses and at the University of Washington. Currently, Johns is an independent Russian folklore scholar. He earned a Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from Berkeley in 1996.

The Oct. 29 event is part of Ohio Wesleyan’s Ruth Davies Lecture Series, named in honor of the founding member of the university’s Department of Humanities-Classics. Davies, who had a specific interest in Russian literature and culture, also originated the Great Books of Russia course at Ohio Wesleyan.

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