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Bulgarian poet, translator at BYU Kennedy Center lecture Sept. 12

A noted Bulgarian literary scholar will speak at an "Area Focus Lecture" sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and the Center for European Studies Friday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building on the Brigham Young University campus.

Alexander Shurbanov, a scholar, translator, poet and professor at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria, will share his research in a lecture titled "Bulgarian Literature in the Wake of Communism."

"The Kennedy Center's focus on interdisciplinary learning means gaining expertise in all aspects of a culture," said Jeff Ringer, Kennedy Center director. "To have a noted literary figure such as Shurbanov speak to us is a unique opportunity to broaden our understanding of Bulgaria and Eastern Europe."

Shurbanov is well-known both in Bulgaria and the United States as a translator and poet. He has translated into Bulgarian Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," Milton's "Paradise Lost," selected poems of Dylan Thomas and a variety of other works. He has published 12 books, including "Frost-Flowers," which is widely available in English.

Contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 for more information. Information about other upcoming events and lectures in the Kennedy Center can be found on the Web at http://kennedy.byu.edu/events.

Writer: Thomas Grover

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