LEWISTON – The International Student Organization at Lewiston-Auburn and the Lewiston-Auburn College of the University of Southern Maine on Tuesday, April 1, will offer a luncheon discussion titled “The Photographic ‘I’: Memoir and the Photo Essay in Dalia Grinkeviciute’s Gulag Writings.”

Jura Avizienis, a professor in the English department and honors program at USM in Portland, will talk about the function of photos in Grinkeviciute’s memoir, “Lithuanians by the Laptev Sea.”

Under Stalin’s decree in 1941, Dalia Grinkeviciute (1927-1987) and her family were relocated to Siberia in a mass deportation and imprisonment of more than 400,000 Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians. Grinkeviciute’s memoir documents her coming of age against the backdrop of her family’s fight for survival in the nearly uninhabitable region of Trofimovsk in the Arctic Circle.

The memoir is illustrated by an unusual photo essay comprised of family heirlooms and relics and photographs from Grinkeviciute’s childhood photo album. It, however, contains few photos related to the topic of the memoirs. This talk examines the interplay of photographic images and text in life writing.

The lecture will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the upstairs lounge at L-A College, 51 Westminister St.


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