Recent courses taught at SFU and UBC:


Picturing the Holy: The Russian Icon Through the Ages

The Genius of the Place: Great Artists and Their Cities

Russia’s Arts on Film

Petrarch and His World: The Story of "The Father of Humanism"

The Art of Short Story Reading

From Cicero to Sacks: Sages on Aging

Russian Cinema: Freedom and Restraint

Soviet Cinema: Wars, Revolution and Propaganda

Dostoyevsky the Visionary

Anna Karenina and her Creator

Aesthetics of Love: A History

The Doppelgänger in Literature

Moscow , The Cities of Our Time

Devil in Their Midst: Bulgakov and His Master and Margarita

Aesthetics of Love: An Exploration in Cultural History

In Search for Meaning: Existentialism

Russian Tours


Every two years I take my engaged and culture-curious  students to a field trip to Russia. We visit both cities and villages focusing on the jewels of Russian art and culture and simply looking at the way people live. Museums, music concert, ballets at Bolshoy or Marinsky, a boat trip under the bridges of St. Petersburg, ancient monasteries, and  even a communal apartment of the Soviet era are on the menu. Our next trip is scheduled for September 2016.

For a detailed program and further information contact me, or our travel agents at CBT Luxury Edition.Travel:

604 925 9680

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Recent Tours



Russia Literary Tour August 2014

Two Russian Capitals – Winter Tour

Russian Ancient Art Tour

Russia Literary Tour August 2012





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