Dr. Ruth Warner
Treasurer, American Friends of Russian Folklore
Dr. Ruth Warner just recently retired from a career of teaching high school German, French and Russian and is now teaching occasional classes at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. She has long been interested in folklore, especially Russian. While doing her graduate study at the Ohio State University, she sang with the Rusalka Russian Folk Chorus. Her dissertation topic was folklore in Russian literature, in particular the Russian Yuletide traditions in Pushkin’s Evgenii Onegin, Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Akhmatova’s Poem Without a Hero. She had already traveled to Russia numerous times but was excited to find out about the expeditions to the Russian villages. She has been on three expeditions, two in the summer to Siberia and one winter trip to the Cossack region, and hopes to go on more.