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Irina Renfro, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literature

Office Phone: (951) 343-4549
E-mail: irenfro@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 258
Office Hours: MON: 2:00p-5:00p.TUES: By Appointment.WED: 2:00p-5:00p.THURS: By Appointment.FRI: 2:00p-5:00p.

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
M.A. Languages & Literature St. Petersburg University, Russia 1974
B.A. Languages & Literature Saratov State University, Russia 1967

Additional Education

Institute of Children's Literature Redding Ridge, Conn. Diploma, 1987


Courses Taught

ENG 201 Introduction to Literature
ENG 243 American Literature II
ENG 263 Survey of World Literature II
ENG 343 18-19th Century British Literature
HON 250 Honor Seminar (Russian Literature)
RUS 115 Russian I
RUS 125 Russian II
ECH 330 Language Development
ECH 320 Cognitive Development in Infancy & Early Childhood
ENG 223 British Lit. of 19-20th cent.
ENG 233 Survey of American Literature
ENG 303 Topics in World Literature
ENG 333 British Lit. of 17th century
ENG 345 Nineteenth Century American Literature
ENG 353 Children's Literature
ENG 399 Independent Studies (Shakespeare, Russian I, Russian II)
ENG 413 Shakespeare Studies I
ENG 463/EDU 563 Linguistics
ENG 475 Language Acquisition & Development
ENG 570 World Literature Seminar (Russian Literature of 19th Century)


Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

Comparative Literature Studies


Teaching Experience

1997-present, California Baptist University
1994 - 2004, Riverside Community College, Russian language (substitute teacher)
1996, University of California at Riverside, Theory of Translation & Interpretation
Samara State University, Russia
1975-78 European & American Literatures
1970-71 French Literature of 20th Century
Novosibirsk region, Russia - High School Russian Language & Literature


Research, Presentations, & Publications


Time & Eternity in Mary Rowlandson book; 2004: Holy Fools & Pilgrims in I. Tolstoy's Stories; 2005: The Christian Ideas in L. Tolstoy's "Childhood." CCL Conference, 2003.

“The Concept of Physical and Spiritual Space in Russian Drama: Ostrovsky and Chekhov.” CCL Conference at Regis College, Weston, MA. 2007.

“The Concept of Physical and Spiritual Space in Russian Drama: Ostrovsky and Chekhov.” CBU Faculty Colluquium at California Baptist University, Riverside, CA. March 18, 2009.


“The Concept of Physical and Spiritual Space in Russian Drama: Ostrovsky and Chekhov” in the book “Making Peace in Our Time”, Regis College, Weston, Mass. 2008.


Church Membership & Activities


In 2005-2009, a member of Knitting group at MAG. The latest projects: items for the American soldiers in Iraq; blankets for children in Loma Linda Hospital; clothes for Russian orphanages.
Prayer Meetings


Community Service & Involvement

Cooperated in gathering the funds for the Cancer Research Foundation, 2000-2001
Taught Russian to the group of 9 students before their trip to Russia, 2001
Translated about 50 letters English to Russian & Russian to English for Church organization in order to provide connection between Russian & American children, 2000-2002
In 2005 began my Book Club (with CBU students and Alumni) and we still have regular meetings discussing books and films.


Interests & Hobbies

Traveling to Russia (to Siberia) in 2007
In 2008-2009 several visits to Nebraska to see the grandchildren
Traveled to Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia in May of 2006
Visited granddaughter in Nebraska in 2005 & 2006


Personal Philosophy

Any lecture may be your very last one.