Dr. Cohn specializes in the social and political history of the Soviet Union in the decades after World War II. His first book, The High Title of a Communist, analyzes the Soviet Communist Party’s system of internal discipline in the twenty years after World War II, focusing on investigations of corruption, war-time collaboration with the Nazis, drunkenness, and sexual misconduct among Communists.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Irina Patkanian came to the U.S. in 1991 after graduating from the University of St. Petersburg with a BA in English Philology. After receiving an MA degree in Linguistics from the University of Iowa, she was awarded an American Association of University Women Fellowship to pursue the MFA degree in Film Production. She studied film with Dudley Andrew and Leighton Pierce. In 1999 she moved to New York City with her son Gleb.
Manuel Vilas was born in Barbastro, in the Huesca region of Spain. Vilas has published 13 books of poetry to date. In addition to Gran Vilas, these include Resurrection, Calor, and more recently El hundimiento. He is the author of numerous novels, including España and El luminoso regalo, and has been widely published in newspapers and literary journals.
Marion Schoevaert is a French theater director who has translated and directed many works by French contemporary writers for performance in New York City.