Professor Kevin Kain will lead a discussion of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day on the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
Solzhenitsyn’s novel depicts a typical day in a soviet gulag, one of Stalin’s labor camps, where Solzhenitsyn himself had served for eight years. Having escaped a Nazi Prisoner of War camp, Ivan Denisovich Shukov, returns to Russia only to be delcared a spy and sentenced to ten years in a labor camp. The book explores the oppression and dehumanization of Soviet labor camps and the means by which one survives such an ordeal.
The discussions are free and open to the public. Faculty, students, and community members are encouraged to attend. Of course, we encourage you to read the “great book” before attending the discussion, but even if you cannot finish the work, you may find the session enlightening.