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Apple Blossom and Nightingale: A Multi-Media Presentation by Prof. Kirsten Strom - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

Kirsten Strom, La Belle-de-nuit

Kirsten Strom, La Belle-de-nuit

Date and Time

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.


  • Mary Idema Pew Library » Multipurpose Room


Professor Kirsten Strom will give a talk and multi-media presentation on her work translating and illustrating poems for children by the French Surrealist poet Robert Desnos. The event is in conjunction with the exhibition currently on view in the Pew Library Exhibition Space (Jan. 2-Jan. 30).

Robert Desnos was an important literary figure closely allied with Surrealism, one of the most significant cultural and intellectual trends to emerge in modern France. He composed his poems for children during the Nazi occupation of Paris, while he was also an active member of the French Resistance. By the time the poems were published, he had be arrested by the Nazis and deported, ultimately dying in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. An internationally recognized scholar of Surrealism, Dr. Kirsten Strom has translated his poems into image and English, as well as song and dance, as a tribute his memory.



Kirsten Strom
Professor of Art History
Department of Visual and Media Arts
Grand Valley State University
1116 CAC



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