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Nathan Bourne

Nathan Bourne

After graduating in 2011, Nathan spent a year teaching English in the Republic of Georgia and travelling around the region, from the coast of the Black Sea to the mountains of Nagorno-Karabakh. Moving through those different spaces, Russian allowed him to connect, communicate, and collect a rich diversity of stories. Nathan is currently a student at Yale Divinity School, pursuing ordination in the Episcopal Church. While Russian may not be a part of his everyday life, he draws on it regularly and often in unexpected ways - e-mails to friends made while travelling abroad, lending nuance to a classroom discussion of a Mandelstam poem, using examples from his travels in sermons, or showing hospitality to a new acquaintance by connecting with them in their native language. Russian opened him up to a whole array of new experiences and exposed him to cultural and literary traditions that have and continue to influence self-understanding and sense of vocation.

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