Russian disco coming to TTU

Posted by Lori Shull - Tuesday, September 25 2012

thumb wladimir_kaminer4gutFor people who don't speak German, there isn't much reason to search on YouTube for interviews with Wladimir Kaminer, one of Germany's most popular authors.

Thankfully, the Russian writer is also well known for his work as a DJ. Those videos, full of people laughing and dancing at a variety of German pubs, are fun to watch. A party is a party in any language.

Kaminer will bring that party to Tennessee Tech University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Memorial Gym. It is free and open to the public.

"Kaminer is one of the must successful authors in Germany right now; he is a household name," said Julia Baker, TTU assistant professor of German. "I want students to meet him and his family because I feel that many Americans still have a negative perception of Russia and Russians."

Last year, Baker's students read one of the Russian-born writer's short stories and expressed an interest in inviting him to Cookeville. A few hours later, she had tracked him down and started talking to him about planning a trip to the U.S.

Kaminer grew up in Russia and studied audio engineering for radio and theater, and dramaturgy. After the Berlin Wall came down, he moved to Berlin and became a leader in the art and literature scene there.

Combining contemporary music with Russian folklore, he and his two children work together on the Russendisko performances.

"I feel that many people around here don't dance enough," Baker said. "The Russian disco will bring some excitement to Cookeville and the TTU campus that is long overdue."