Metropolitan Greetings (and welcome to all)

One thing I’m noticing about this year’s Midwest Slavic Conference is just how many participants we have from all over the US and all over the world. The quality of papers and presentations is really high, and I hope everyone is getting a chance to look over the individual papers and read/listen to some in preparation for tomorrow afternoon’s Zoom discussion sessions. I’m also seeing a lot of resonance with other virtual conferences I’ve attended this year: for example, Michael Breger’s discussion of Allen Ginsberg “behind the Iron Curtain” reminds me of Fred White’s paper on Hemingway in Russia at the multinational “Literary Classics and Intellectual Autonomy in the Soviet World” conference that took place on March 26 and April 2.