Alexander Dunkel | The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

Alexander Dunkel

Alexander Dunkel, Professor
Department of Russian
and Slavic Languages
The University of Arizona

"Jewish Influences in the Music of Dmitri Shostakovich"

Professor Dunkel, of the Russian and Slavic Studies Department, has taught Russian language, literature and culture courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He has introduced a broad range of innovative courses from "Cinema and Literature" at New York University to "Great Cities" and "Twentieth Century Russian Humanities" at the University of Arizona.  His courses vary from general education offerings ("Utopian Visions—Promise and Reality") conducted in English, to graduate seminars conducted in Russian.  He was editor of Readings in Russian Literature Through the Nineteenth Century, a pioneering interpretation of the subject. In Russia/USSR he has conducted research, participated in programs at the Hermitage and Russian Museums, the Moscow State University, and lectured on university-sponsored cultural tours of the Volga and Dnieper Rivers.  He has also served as an interpreter for the US Department of State for educational, scientific, and cultural luminaries such as Dmitri Shostakovich, whom he accompanied on his last visit to the United States in 1973.   Professor Dunkel is the Founding Director of the Critical Languages Program.

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