Charlotte Rosenthal comes from Cape Elizabeth, Maine and is an associate professor of Russian at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She received an M.A. in Slavic linguistics from the University of Chicago and a Ph. D. in Russian literature and language from Stanford University. At USM she teaches Russian literature, language, cinema, and civilization courses and is also a member of the Women's Studies Council. Her main area of publication has been Russian literature of the Silver Age. She has co-authored the book Dictionary of Russian Women Writers (1994) along with Marina Ledkovsky and Mary Zirin. While in Russia she will be researching the most popular writer on the eve of the Bolshevik revolution, Anastasiia Verbitskaia. Prof. Rosenthal has made many extended trips to Russia, starting in 1973, supported primarily with grants from IREX, but this will be the first trip with her daughter Nadya. In the Portland area she does a lot of volunteer work interpreting for adopted Russian children and their parents and for elderly Russian emigrants. She is also an active member of the Archangel-Portland Sister City Committee.