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An Evening with Michele Berdy – POSTPONED
Friday 14 October, 2016, 06:00 - 21:00
For over 30 years Michele A. Berdy has worked in Russia as an interpreter, consultant, and translator of numerous books, articles, short stories, and films. She is a contributing editor and columnist of The Moscow Times and has taught translation and intercultural communication in Moscow. She is the co-author of a Russian-English dictionary and a regular contributor to “Bridges” (Мосты), a Russian journal on translation.
Since 1996 she has managed and consulted on communications programs in Russia and the region, specializing in health promotion and human rights, and has produced television programming in the US and Russia.
Michele Berdy graduated from an American University in 1978, and moved to the Soviet Union. In 1981 Berdy married Yuri Ivanov, the bass player from Skomorokhi, the first rock group officially permitted in the Soviet Union. She went to parties with dissident artists and spent her weekends at Peredelkino, an exclusive writers’ retreat outside of Moscow. There was something magical about those years living behind the Iron Curtain. So few foreigners had access to Russia, and even fewer had the language skills to understand it all. In the pre-perestroika era, Berdy was part of a tiny circle of foreigners with a real understanding of Soviet life.