After conducting a number of Skype talks for Dr Lisa Di Bartolomeo’s classes on the subject of Holocaust studies through literature, films and comics I accepted her gracious invitation to visit, talk to the class and also give a public presentation on my books. This visit was full of surprises for us (Geoff agreed to come along) we did not realize how big the University is. Actually it is spread all over Morgantown, its picturesque hills and valleys. In fact there is a cute monorail to help students to move around.
Here a pair of students are talking us around the campus. The program was organized by the Slavic and East European Studies Program and the Department of World Languages.
We arrived to her crowded office, full of Vampire related items as she loves the subject and many souvenirs of her extensive travels through Eastern Europe and Russia.
The class talk was wonderful. Such enthusiasm with the young people. Some students who attended the Skype classes came to meet me and have their book signed. About 300 people showed up for the public talk. It was very touching. The photo is showing a fourth of the crowd.
We had a chance to have the local breakfast speciality, biscuits. They are grand.
Dr. Di Bartolomeo hosted us in her beautiful Victorian home and a good time was had by all.
Not only Dr D’ has a formidable title and scholarship:
Teaching Associate Professor
Russian Program Coordinator (RUST)
Slavic and East European Studies (SEES) Coordinator
Department of World Languages, Literatures & Linguistics
… but she is also a charming and truly elegant woman.
Move over Cinderella!