About the Speaker
Valeria Z. Nollan, Ph.D., is professor emerita of Russian Studies at Rhodes College. She also has professional identities as a published poet and performing musician. She taught as a full-time professor at Oberlin College, the University of Pittsburgh, and Rhodes College. Internationally she developed courses at Estudio Sampere in Cuba, and at St. Petersburg State Economic University in Russia. She has presented lectures and poetry readings in academic settings in Havana, Cuba; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Rome, Italy; London and Coventry, England; and Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a past president of the Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC).
Prof. Nollan’s books include Sergei Rachmaninoff: Cross Rhythms of the Soul (Lexington Books, 2022); translation of The Philosophical Principles of Integral Knowledge, by Vladimir Solovyov (William B. Eerdmans, 2008); Bakhtin: Ethics and Mechanics (editor; Northwestern University Press, 2004); and translation of A Time to Gather Stones, by Vladimir Soloukhin (Northwestern University Press, 1993). Her articles on Sergei Rachmaninoff have appeared in Russian and American journals, she participated in the Steering Committee of the UK Rachmaninoff Society (2003-06), and was on the editorial board of the bilingual Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff. Scholarly Edition of the Complete Collected Works (2007-19). Her latest poetry book is Holocaust of the Noble Beasts (Goldfish Press, 2020). Her current book project celebrates American jazz and is titled The Musical Art of Donald Brown.