Prior to his retirement, Barry Scherr was a member of the Russian Department at Dartmouth College for nearly forty years. His teaching interests have included nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian fiction, comparative literature, and Russian film.
Course Title: Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov (Winter Term 2023)
This course exceeded my learning objectives and expectations. Classic literature is vast in its scope of understanding human nature, what drives culture and history, and why Russia and its people we who they are today. Fabulous!
Barry's deep knowledge of Russia, its history, people, and language brought rich textualization to the exploration of this novel.
Barry Scherr skillfully engaged with class participants, including the most vociferous and quieter types, demonstrating his long experience with students at Dartmouth.
Course Title: Literature of the Gulag (Spring Term 2017)
Barry Scherr is an experienced teacher, an expert in and enthusiastic exponent of Russian literature, and a kind and tolerant man.
The most knowledgeable person in the room, Professor Scherr, nevertheless created an atmosphere where we all felt free to "contribute."