|On December 13-15, 1962, the first academic conference «Brusov Readings» was held in Yerevan, initiated by the Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute for Russian and Foreign Languages after Valery Brusov. Since then, the conference has been held regularly, with the participation of the renowned specialists on Brusov’s creativity. It is also noteworthy that on the same year the Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute for Russian and Foreign Languages was renamed into the Yerevan Pedagogical Institute for Russian and Foreign Languages after Valery Brusov.
The Brusov Readings were marked by the publication of the fundamental academic almanacs. The conference stimulated the propaganda and popularization of the prominent poet’s creative heritage. According to academician P.N.Berkov, «We are indebted to Brusov, since so far we have not published a complete collection of his works».
Johanna Brusova, the poet’s widow, was enthusiastic about the Yerevan conference with participation of prominent specialists on Brusov’s creativity and on the assigning of his name to the Institute.
The Union of the Soviet Writers sent a cordial greeting noting that Yerevan would become a center for studies in Brusov’s creative heritage. Alexander Brusov, the poet’s brother, was the honorary guest of the conference. In his report he presented numerous interesting facts concerning Valery Brusov’s life and creative activities.
| The reports presented at 1962 «Brusov Readings» referred to the issues concerning Brusov’s poetry and prose, his translations, artistic skills, et al.
The Armenian academic and educational intuitions that had initiated the conference took on a responsibility of turning Yerevan into the centre of Brusov studies, and the establishment of a study room for Brusov’s poetic heritage at the Yerevan Pedagogical Institute for Russian and Foreign Languages after Valery Brusov shall be considered as a tribute to the poet’s creativity. It should be noted that the valuable scientific and bibliographic data have been collected here.
The materials of the first «Brusov Readings» were included into the almanac «Brusov Readings 1962» published in Yerevan in 1963.
The authors of the included papers thoroughly examined V.Brusov’s ties and links with the renowned writers and poets from various countries: E.Verhaeren, M.Gorky, I.Bunin, P.Makintsyan, et al.
A number of Brusov’s unknown works were also included into the almanac: the article entitled «Our Future», lectures on A.Pushkin, unknown autographs and letters.
The first «Brusov Readings» initiated a long-term interest towards comprehensive studies of Brusov’s creative heritage.