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Tom Beyer

Russian Language and Literature, Dan Brown, New Technologies for Teaching

Professor of Russian

Topics he can discuss include:
  • Russian language and literature
  • Fact vs. fiction in Dan Brown novels: Inferno, The DaVinci Code, Angels & Demons, The Lost Symbol
  • Utilizing new technologies for innovative teaching and learning

About Tom Beyer

Beyer has taught Russian language and literature at Middlebury College for the past thirty five years. He is the author of over twenty books on Russian and English language and literature, including 501 Russian Verbs, 501 English Verbs, Learn Russian the Fast and Fun Way and Now You’re Talking Russian. He has also translated Russian works in to English by the writers Vladimir Solovyov and Andrei Bely, including the enigmatic “poem in sound” Glossolalia.

Beyer is also a noted authority on the symbolism found in the novels of Dan Brown, including The DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons, and The Lost Symbol. His book "33 Keys to Unlocking The Lost Symbol" (2009, Newmarket Press) is the first companion piece to author Dan Brown's best selling novel. He has taught a number of seminars on Brown's books, looking in depth at the author’s claim of “Fact” and providing readers and students with the means to distinguish between fact and fiction.