The Crimean Peninsula: Chekhov's Literary Inspiration with Dr. Nina Wieda

The Crimean Peninsula: Chekhov's Literary Inspiration with Dr. Nina Wieda


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The Crimean Peninsula is considered among the oldest continuously-inhabited places in human history. A picturesque peninsular in the Black Sea, it has witnessed countless moments of Eurasian history–Russian tsar’s palaces, artifacts of Tatar khanates and Venetian colonies, as well as the best-preserved mounds from an ancient photo-European civilization.

Russian author, Anton Chekhov spent his final years in Crimea and wrote two of his most famous plays while there. The culturally charged setting of the peninsular inspired Chekhov’s celebrated “Lady with Lapdog,” which Nabokov described as the best short story ever written. Set at a Crimean resort, this deceptively simple love story conceals deep metaphorical and philosophical layers. 

Led by an expert on Russian Literature, Dr. Nina Wieda, our Conversation will introduce its participants to the mesmerizing world of the Crimean peninsula–through the eyes of Chekhov and his characters. Designed to inspire curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation of Crimea and a deeper understanding of Chekhov's literary legacy.

Nina Wieda is a native of the Caucasus living in Chicago, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic from Northwestern University and an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University. Nina also has experience in journalism, advertising, and consumer research – her writing has been published in three languages. She wrote her Master's thesis about the Northern Caucasus region. Dr. Wieda currently teaches at Northwestern University near Chicago.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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T.G. (Chicago, US)
Outstanding Presentation

Her presentations are always wonderful. This was one of the best. I thoroughly enjoy her presentations.

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S.S. (Oxford, US)
Crimea

I love Nina Wieda. all her conversations are a wonderful edcation. I was expection more history dearling with Catherine and Potempkin and not a discourse on Chekhov. that is my mistake . I was looking for the palaces , like Livadia, and others owned by russian nobles. Believe me I enjoyed learning about Chekov. but I was mistaken thinking it was more history of how Crimea became a part of Russia.

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P.R. (Québec, CA)
A very moving talk

Nina is at her best in this talk conjugating the Crimean peninsula and the depth of Chekhov.

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Based on 3 reviews
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T.G. (Chicago, US)
Outstanding Presentation

Her presentations are always wonderful. This was one of the best. I thoroughly enjoy her presentations.

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S.S. (Oxford, US)
Crimea

I love Nina Wieda. all her conversations are a wonderful edcation. I was expection more history dearling with Catherine and Potempkin and not a discourse on Chekhov. that is my mistake . I was looking for the palaces , like Livadia, and others owned by russian nobles. Believe me I enjoyed learning about Chekov. but I was mistaken thinking it was more history of how Crimea became a part of Russia.

P
P.R. (Québec, CA)
A very moving talk

Nina is at her best in this talk conjugating the Crimean peninsula and the depth of Chekhov.