KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The annual Kalamazoo Russian festival will have an educational component as it gets underway this Saturday. The Kalamazoo Russian Festival takes place at the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University, and in addition to the music, food, and arts, there will be lectures on various aspects of Russian history and culture.
Western Michigan University professor of literature Judith Rypma says the Fetzer Center is the perfect place for an event like this, with several spaces available for the lectures and other presentations. Rytma herself will be giving a lecture at Putney Auditorium at three PM on the tsars' famous Amber Room, and there will be other presentations on Russian works in museums and on poetry.
The festival starts at nine AM. It's ten dollars to get in, or six dollars for students.