April 10, 2003
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Catherine A. Ciepiela, associate professor of Russian at Amherst College, will give the annual Max and Etta Lazerowitz Lecture, on "A Sublime Malady (On the Poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva and Boris Pasternak)," on Tuesday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College. The talk is free and open to the public, as is a reception immediately following.

Ciepiela, a scholar of Russian poetry, is writing a book about the creative exchange between Tsvetaeva and Pasternak, which she calls The Same Solitude. She argues that their relationship reveals much about the poetics and politics of 20th-century Russian romanticism.

Ciepiela has been teaching at Amherst since 1989. She received a B.A. with an interdisciplinary major from Amherst in 1983. She earned M.A and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University, and has received Yale University, Sterling Prize, National Endowment for the Humanities and Mellon fellowships.

The Lazerowitz Lectureship is awarded each year to support and encourage members of the Amherst College faculty in their scholarly work. The Dean of the Faculty, in conjunction with the Lecture Committee, selects the recipient, a member of the faculty below the rank of a full professor, who presents a lecture on his or her research.

The Max and Etta Lazerowitz Lectureship was established in 1985 to honor the parents of the late Morris Lazerowitz, emeritus professor of philosophy at Smith College.