Profs and Pints presents: “Meet ‘The Snow Maiden’,” a discussion of Russia’s beloved winter folktale with folklorist Philippa Rappoport of George Washington University.
In winter Russians transfix their children with the folktale of Snegurochka–the Snow Maiden–a girl made out of snow. Revisit the joys of story time by hearing Prof. Philippa Rappoport, an expert on Slavic folklore and rituals, tell the tale of the Snow Maiden and of her emergence not just from snow, but traditional Russian culture. Her talk will draw connections between the beloved folktale and Christmas, Chanukah, and other winter solstice celebrations. She and the Snegurochka will make you approach your holidays with a fresh new take on the season.
Audience members are encouraged to dress up as the Snow Maiden or some other imaginary winter character. A prize will be awarded for the best Snow Maiden costume.