Saturday, July 26, 2008

Koretnikov to address Friday luncheon

Having spent academic year 2002-2003 in the American Studies Program at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Dr. Mila Koretnikov of Rastatt, Germany, is back in Wyoming this week as a key speaker at the 2008 International Convention of Germans from Russia in Casper.

Dr. Koretnikov has worked with many AHSGR and GRHS members in their family research. She’ll speak at the Friday luncheon (August 1st), which will recognize GRHS Youth Essay Contest Award recipients and GRHS Board candidates. The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Her topic will be One-Way Ticket from Russia to Germany: Aussiedlers in the Beginning of the 21st Century.

Up to 1,000 people are expected to attend the convention at the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. Dr. Koretnikov's presentation will be in the Ballroom of the Parkway.

Raised in Saratov in a Volga-German family, Dr. Koretnikov received her PhD degree in Linguistics from Saratov State University. She taught EFL and American Studies for 12 years before emigrating from Russia to Rastatt, Germany in 2006.

When she was at the University of Wyoming as an Exchange Scholar five years ago, she worked on developing new courses for Russian universities. After her stint in Laramie, Dr. Koretnikov taught briefly at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado.

Over the years, Dr. Koretnikov has contributed translations and articles to the AHSGR Journal and was a speaker at the 2004 convention.
In addition to her presentation at the GRHS Youth Essay Awards luncheon, Dr. Koretnikov will also conduct workshops on doing Archive Research in the Lower Volga Region. The first hour-long session will be at 3:30 p.m., on Friday August 1st in the American Room at the Parkway; the other will be at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 2nd in the Tiffany Room.

While in the United States, Dr. Koretnikov and her husband, Sergei, and daughter, Lizzy, plan to also visit Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, and will include stops at Laramie, Denver, La Junta, Las Vegas, and San Diego.

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