April 23, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
Professor displays, discusses famed Faberge eggs
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Janusz Czjedo, chairperson of Edinboro University's department of modern languages at Edinboro University, will bring samples from his Faberge egg collection to Slippery Rock University when he delivers a talk titled "Carl Faberge and His Imperial Eggs" at 7:30 p.m. April 28.
The lecture, sponsored by SRU's modern languages and cultures department, will be in Carruth Rizza Hall.
Faberge eggs are the jeweled eggs made by the House of Faberg� from 1885 through 1917. The majority of these were miniatures that were popular gifts at Eastertide. The eggs were worn on a neck chain either singly or in groups. The most famous eggs produced by the art house were the larger ones made for Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia. Of the 50 made, 42 have survived.
The eggs are made of precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones. The term "Faberg� egg" has become a synonym of luxury and the eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweler's art. The Faberg� Imperial Easter Eggs are regarded as the last great series of commissions for objets d'art.
Czjedo has taught Russian at Edinboro since 1989 where he has conducted study abroad programs and been responsible for the university's Russian curriculum. He has taught various Russian language courses to SRU students for the past six years.
He has published a variety of articles on language acquisition, Polish-American relations, and cultural understanding involving the culture of Poland, various African nations, Nepal and Pakistan.
Czjedo earned is bachelor of science and master of arts degrees at the University of Warsaw and his doctorate at Brigham Young University.
The SRU visit program is being coordinated by Charles Tichy, SRU professor of modern languages and cultures.
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