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Matthews Distinguished University Professor Dr. Harlow Robinson is a specialist in Soviet and Russian cultural history, and has written widely on Soviet film and the performing arts. His major publications include Sergei Prokofiev: A Biography, which has appeared in five editions; The Last Impresario: The Life, Times and Legacy of Sol Hurok; and Selected Letters of Sergei Prokofiev, which he edited and translated. His book, Russians in Hollywood: Hollywood’s Russians was published in 2007. He has also contributed numerous essays, articles and reviews to The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Opera News, Opera Quarterly, Dance, Playbill, Symphony and other publications. As a lecturer, he has appeared at the Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Guggenheim Museum, San Francisco Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Aspen Music Festival and Bard Festival. He has also worked as a consultant for numerous performing arts organizations, and as a writer and commentator for PBS, NPR and the Canadian Broadcasting System.
Prof. Robinson has served as Vice-President of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. A frequent visitor to the former USSR and Russia, he has received fellowships and grants from the NEH, American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright and the Whiting Foundation.
Prof. Robinson teaches courses on Russian Cultural History, History of Soviet Cinema, The Image of Russia in American Culture, and Prague,Vienna, Budapest 1867-1918. In March of 2010, Professor Robinson was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Film Scholar. As part of this prestigious honor, he received a grant from the Academy’s Institutional Grants Committee to support his research on the career of Oscar-winning director Lewis Milestone.
Music Critics Association
American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies
Modern Languages Association