Upon returning from a trip to the Soviet Union in the 1970s, Russian scholars Carl and Ellendea Proffer from the University of Michigan founded Ardis Publishing. This Ann Arbor-based publishing house printed Russian and English translations of Soviet writing unavailable in the USSR because of censorship.

Today, we are able to see the impact that the Proffers had on the world of Russian literature. Shot at the September 2013 symposium in honor of the 75th anniversary of Carl Proffer's birth, this video seeks to tell his story to a new generation of Russianists.

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