Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Distinguished Professor in the Department of English Zink Hall  346

Russian poet, novelist, and filmmaker.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko's 1961 poem “Babi Yar” inspired the Great Russian composer, Dimitri Shostakovich, to write his “Symphony No. 13.

1961 Time Magazine dedicated its cover-story to Yevtushenko.

He has toured 94 countries and his works have been translated into 72 languages.

In 1994, Yevtushenko was invited by Russian President Yeltzin to receive, from his hands, the high Russian decoration “The Order of Friendship between Peoples.” Yevtushenko refused due to his disagreement with Russian Presidential decisions.

Yevtushenko recited his poetry, dedicated to the memory of President Allende, from the balcony of the Presidential Palace, La Moneda, in Santiago de Chile for twenty thousand young Chileans.

2001, Yevtushenko received, from the Russian Academy of Sciences, as an unusual gift, a star in the Solar System, named after him.

After 911, Yevtushenko published an essay, “Babi Yar in Manhattan” in The Nation Magazine.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Honorary Ph.D.s:
    Queens College (CUNY); The New School; Juniata College; Temple University; Universidad de Santo Domingo

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Professor - Full semester of Russian poetry lectures in 1991 at the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Queens College in New York City

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of “Ogoniok” magazine editorial board (more than one million circulated weekly
  • Honorary member of American Academy of Arts
  • Member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences

Courses Taught at TU

  • Russian and European Cinema (ENGL 1133)
  • Special Topic: Masterpieces of Russian Literature I (ENGL 3723)
  • Special Topic: Masterpieces of Russian Literature II (ENGL 3733)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2014 UNESCO Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Developing Culture
  • 1995 Awarded the Boccacio Prize in Italy for the best foreign novel.
  • 1992 Awarded the American Liberties Medallion of the American Jewish Committee.


  • Anthology of Russian Poetry
  • Babi Yar
    1961, poem
  • Don't Die Before You're Dead
    1995, novel