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Russian Music Ensemble Concert, April 1, 2016

Come join the Russian Music Ensemble for an evening of folk music from Russia and other eastern European countries! Performances will include traditional tunes from a variety of countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Greece, and Macedonia.The ensemble will be joined by special guest musicians from the Washington Balalaika Society. Admission is free, but a $1 donation is suggested.
Location: Ewell Recital Hall

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Fourth Annual Russian Language Olympics (2016)


Aftermovie (dir. Vitalyi Humenyuk)

Alumni Updates: Russian Studies

Reed, Suzanne (class of 2010)

Suzanne Reed works for Yandex Money. (update: 2013)

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Russian Language Lesson at WM in 53 Years Ago.

Our colleague from Swem Library, Amy Schindler, just digitized and posted on Swem Library Youtube Channel this recording of a Russian language class at William and Mary held in 1960 by the founder of our program Professor Pierre Oustinoff.
Russian Language Lesson at WM in 1960

Thank you, Amy!

Alumni Updates: Russian Studies

Mrkvicka, Kate (class of 2009)

Kate Mrkvicka has just received her MA from Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her thesis was entitled “Martyrs or Statistics: Self-immolation and Regime Security’ and it examined what societal or political factors make self-immolation incidents a greater threat to a regime’s security, using Vietnam, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania and Tibet as case studies” (update: 2013).

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McGrath, Alex (class of 2013)

Alex is heading to Novosibirsk, Russia in September as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant! From September 2013  to June 2014 he will be teaching at Novosibirsk State Pedagogical Institute (update: 2013)

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Geist, Edward (Class of 2006)

Ed Geist defended his dissertation “Two Worlds of Civil Defense: State, Society, and Nuclear Survival in the USA and USSR, 1945-91” at UNC Chapel Hill. Ed also received a postdoc for the next academic year — he will be a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at RAND Corporation in Washington, where he will be conducting research related to nuclear power plant safety. (update 2013)

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Preville, Christina (Class of 2011)

Christina studies at the University of Pittsburgh Law School (update: 2013)

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Lassin, Jacob ( class of 2013)

Jacob Lassin (’13) Jacob is currently studying Russian in Ufa, Russia.  He is also interning at a local tv station, and has worked translating at a summer biathlon championship.  In fall 2013 Jacob starts graduate program at Yale University (update: 2013).

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From Cheerios v. Cheetos to Apartheid, the Law Library Junior Fellows Shine – Pic of the Week July 27th, 2012 by Jeanine Cali

Reprinted from The Library of Congress Law Library Blog

The following is a guest post is by Betty Lupinacci, Lead Technician for Legal Processing Workflow Resolution in our Collection Services Division.

The Law Library Collection Services Division’s Junior Fellow Wesley Verge and Associate Junior Fellow Mari Gavin exhibited items from the Law Library’s gift collections as part of the 2012 Library of Congress Junior Fellows display event.

Mari is a recent graduate from The College of William and Mary who spent her Spring semester studying in Moscow. Wesley is an undergraduate student at SUNY New Paltz who also interned with Senator Charles Schumer this Spring.   Both are considering careers in the legal profession.

This summer they inventoried records and briefs from the Law Library’s U.S. courts of appeals collection so that these items could be sent to the Library’s storage facility at Ft.Meade.  They also inventoried foreign government gazettes donated from the United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Library, which they compared against the Law Library’s holdings in an effort to complete our collection.

Items presented included:

1.  A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals brief for a trademark infringementcase between General Mills and Frito Lay over product names (Cheerios vs. Cheetos);

2.  A Transcript of Record from one of the many lawsuits against organized crime figure Al Capone; and

3.  Examples of South Africa apartheid laws, which were repealed when the country’s government was democratized in the 1990′s.

All in all, a great success on their part.

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From student to scholar in just one tweet: A Russian Studies Student in William & Mary News

by Megan Shearin | August 3, 2012
Reprinted from  William and Mary News and Events

 Soon-to-be-graduate Jacob Lassin is getting international attention for his honors thesis.

Recent tweets from VIPs Edward Lucas, international editor of the “Economist,” and Evgeny Morozov, visiting scholar at Stanford University and author of “The Net Delusion,” give big hurrahs to Lassin’s thesis about the commemoration of World War II in Russian social media.

“I was shocked, and honored,” said Lassin, a Russian and post-Soviet studies and government double major at the College of William & Mary. He’s also the recipient of a 2011 Critical Language Scholarship by the State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, where he studied Russian in the city of Ufa for a summer.

Just a few days after the tweets, reporter Zach Peterson with Radio Free Europe, an international news and broadcasting agency, reviewedLassin’s 95-page thesis. Peterson praised Lassin for getting “tweets of approval” from Morozov and Lucas and for writing “a compelling thesis on Russia and the ‘myths and memories’ of the country’s involvement in World War II.”

‘Myths and Memories’

In his thesis “From the Trenches of Stalingrad to the Digital Front: The Myth and Memory of WWII in the Soviet Union and the New Russia,” Lassin details how war mythology has been used over the past 60 years to tell the story of the war. He examines how oral histories from veterans and websites differ from how the war was talked about during Soviet Union rule, and how it’s perceived in Russia today.

During the war, Lassin describes how Soviet leader Josef Stalin used the war narrative to glorify his leadership and control the memory and meaning of the war in order to maintain popular support for the army, the party and the state.

“After World War II ends, Russia realized it had to rebuild,”said Lassin. “But what exactly did the Soviet Union stand for? The war was so universal and so devastating that it had become a national unifying agent the government used as state control.”

Stalin’s death in the early 1950s allowed for a re-assessment of who won the war. “This was a time period that gave credit to the people and the Red Army,” described Lassin. Historically, it’s known as the Thaw Period. This allowed for some freedom of information in the media, arts and culture. Filmmakers and writers enjoyed a climate where they could express themselves, including first-hand accounts of the war with films such as “Ballad of a Soldier” and “In the Trenches of Stalingrad.

Throughout the mid-60s, 70s and 80s, a sagging economy attracted leaders to return to the war mythology of World War II – a perfect story to unify and maintain the loyalty of the population. The Soviets “canonized” the war and May 9– Victory Day – once again became a state holiday complete with a 20thanniversary celebration parade on the Red Square.

“One of the most important ideas that the state imprinted upon the Soviet consciousness was the unbreakable link between the people and the Party when speaking of the war,” he writes.

Fast track to the Russian Federation today under President Vladimir Putin. The myth of World War II is still being used, explains Lassin, and is a key part of Putin’s policy. Perhaps the most obvious use of Victory Day for the purposes of the state’s agenda is the linkage of World War II to the war on terror.

“At the end of a montage of documentary images from the war, the producers placed images of the 9/11 attacks,” Lassin writes. “Throughout the day television announcers drew parallels between fighting against Hitler and fighting against Chechen terrorists within Russia.”

Then there’s the Internet. It offers a new platform for people to discuss their views on the war. The state-sponsored website contains a wealth of information about World War II from oral histories of veterans to war film critiques.

The Putin Administration controls most of the important media outlets, said Lassin, including the new media landscape such as Russia Today, an international news outlet.

“The administration knows it has to work here (the Internet) to maintain control,” said Lassin. “And a lot of people still want to tell the story a certain way – the way they believe it.”

Next Steps

Lassin, who was slated to graduate in 2012, still has one more year to complete at William & Mary. That’s because in May he learned he was the recipient of a Boren Scholarship, funded by the Department of Defense. He’ll spend a year in Russia as an undergraduate student and continue studying Russian while interning at a local television station.

After his stint in Russia, Lassin is heading to Yale University where he’s been accepted to attend graduate school (he’s deferred for a year). He’ll be working on a Ph.D. in Slavic literature and culture.

He’s also picked up a part-time gig since his international acclaim this summer. He’s now a contributing writer to Central Asia Monitor, an independent news agency covering Eurasian politics and news.

Oddly enough, his love for Russian media, culture and politics happened accidentally, admits Lassin. He wanted to take a course in German, but it was full. So he opted for Russian instead.

“William & Mary is a really great place for undergraduate research,” said Lassin. “The Russian studies faculty, especially my thesis advisor Professor Elena Prokhorava, as well as Professors Alexander Prokhorov, Frederick Corney, Bella Ginzbursky-Blum and Paula Pickering, were all instrumental in my achievements at William & Mary.”

Now he’s captured a worldwide audience thanks to one little tweet.

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“MAPMAKERS TO THE TSARS” Russian Studies Alums Present a Talk and Film at the Library of Congress (Aug 2, 2012)

Caitlin Oakley (left), Maggie Burke (center)


“The Legacy of the First Russian Cartographic Firm.”
Presentation and Film Screening
Presenters Maggie Burke and Caitlin Oakley
August 2nd talk at 3pm
Rosenwald Room
in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.


Link to Event Poster



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Russian Studies Students Present at the Library of Congress (July 26, 2012)

MK Gavin presents her research at the Library of Congress

Maggie Burke, MK Gavin, and Caitlin Oakley showcased their research findings at the Library of Congress.
Cailtin and Maggie work for Rare Book and Special Collections Division this summer.
MK Gavin works for the Law Library.
If you are in DC area, this is a great opportunity to see students’ summer
research results and to get ideas about future internship and research

JULY 26, 9 am. – 3 pm.
ROOM U 119

Working under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various
divisions, the Junior Fellows explore and increase access to the
institution’s unparalleled collections and resources. They are exposed to a
broad spectrum of library work: copyright, preservation, reference, access
standards, information management and digital initiatives. Summer interns have
identified hundreds of historical, literary, artistic, cinematic and musical
gems in the course of their work, representing the Library’s rich cultural,
creative and intellectual assets. The 2012 class will showcase their findings
and work at this event.

Caitlin Oakley (left), MK Gavin (second left), and Maggie Burke (right) with Dr. Billington

2012 Class of Junior Fellows Summer Interns

(Name, Hometown, College, Library of Congress Division Assignment)
• Saul Alpert-Abrams, Harvard, MA; Oberlin College; Rare Book and Special
Collections Division

• Thomas W. Anderson Jr., Byram, MS; Mississippi University; Geography and
Map Division

• Sara Butterfass, Howard Lake, MN.; University of Minnesota, Morris;
Preservation, Research and Testing Division

• Leidy Cook, Oxford, MD; Drexel University; American Folklife Center

• Rebecca Cweibel, Mount Kisco, NY; University of Delaware; Music Division

• Catherine Daniels, Columbia, MD; Gettysburg College; African Section,
African and Middle Eastern Division

• Mariel Dempster, Austin, TX; Colorado College; Rare Book and Special
Collections Division

• Jared Dyer, Cheney, WA.; Brigham Young University; Asian Division

• Synneva Elthon, Falls Church, VA; College of William & Mary; Rare Book and
Special Collections Division

• Camila Escobar-Vredevoogd, Marshall, VA; University of Virginia; Poetry

• Eleonora Figliuoli, Falls Church, VA.; The College of William & Mary;
Hispanic Division

• Emily Fitzgerald, West Haven, CN.; University of Melbourne; Serial and
Government Publications Division

• Katherine Flanagan, Raleigh, NC; Williams College; Humanities and Social
Sciences Division

• Kassel Galaty, Portland, OR.; Ohio Wesleyan University; Preservation,
Research and Testing Division

• Emily Graves, Cedar Park, TX; University of North Carolina at Greensboro;
World Digital Library

• Jodi Griffith, Bloomington, IN.; Indiana University; European Division

• Joanna Harkins, McLean, VA; New York University, Geography and Map Division

• Brian Horowitz, Silver Spring, MD; University of Maryland; Science,
Technology and Business Division

• Jacob Houser, Madison, VA; James Madison University; Motion Picture and
Recorded Sound Division

• Elijah Kane, Cicero, NY; Messiah College; Geography and Map Division

• Alec Korte, Bowling Green, OH; University of Cincinnati; Science,
Technology and Business Division

• Caren Lewis, Stamford, CT; Johns Hopkins University; Hebraic Section,
African and Middle Eastern Division

• Katherine Macica, Chicago, IL.; Loyola Unversity; Prints and Photographs

• Megan McGinnis, Jefferson City, MO; University of Maryland Francis King
Carey School of Law; Copyright Office

• Matthew Meszaros, Huntington, NY; Syracuse University; Geography and Map

• Kevin Milewski, Williamsburg, VA; Vanderbilt University; Rare Book and
Special Collections Division

• Catherine Miller, Loganville, GA; Georgia State University; Manuscript

• Samantha A. Norling, Crystal, MN; Indiana University-Purdue University of
Indianapolis; Manuscript Division

• CAITLIN OAKLEY, Radford, VA; College of William & Mary; Rare Book and
Special Collections Division

• Ashley Prior, Cumberland, RI; University of Rhode Island; Young Readers
Center, Center for the Book

• Emily Reynolds, Pleasantville, NY; University of Michigan School of
Information; Office of Strategic Initiatives

• Ann Rhee, Los Angeles, CA; George Washington University; Asian Division

• Katherine Rodda, Downingtown, PA; Temple University; Motion Picture and
Recorded Sound Division

• Chelcie Rowell, Jackson, GA; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
Office of Strategic Initiatives

• Kristen Schumacher, Wales, WI; University of Wisconsin; Humanities and
Social Sciences Division

• Caitlin Tormey, Sacramento, CA; University of Washington; Young Readers
Center, Center for the Book

• Wesley Verge, Highland Mills, NY; State University of N.Y. at New Paltz;
Law Library

• Marilyn Weiss, Madison, OH; Clarion University of Pennsylvania;
Collections, Access and Loan Division

An online version can be viewed here: <
er-interns-2012-display >

Hope to see you there!

Sabrina C. Thomas

Librarian (Program Planning)

Digital Reference

Library of Congress

Library Services, LM-642

Washington, DC  20540-4000

(202) 707-0818

Alumni Updates: Russian Studies Uncategorized

Sample, Emily (Class of 2011)

Emily is moving to London to attend Kingston University’s Master’s program in Human Rights and Genocide Studies (update: 2012).

Alumni Updates: Russian Studies

Abdullayeva, Sabina (Class of 2011)

Sabina is a grad student in Russian Studies at NYU (update: 2013).










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Gavin, MK (Class of 2012)

MK currently is a graduate student.  In 2012 MK worked as a Junior Fellows Intern at the Library of Congress.  Her official assignment is to work
in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division and within this department, specifically, the Yudin Collection.  The collection is comprised of more than 80,000 documents donated to the LIbrary of Congress in 1906 by a wealthy Siberian businessman, Gennadii Vasil’evich Yudin. Yudin Collection: (update: 2013).

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Oakley, Caitlin (Class of 2012)

Caitlin will be working this summer as a Junior Fellows Intern at the Library of Congress.  Her official assignment is to work
in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division and within this department, specifically, the Yudin Collection.  The collection is
comprised of more than 80,000 documents donated to the LIbrary of Congress in 1906 by a wealthy Siberian businessman, Gennadii
Vasil’evich Yudin. Yudin Collection: (update: 2012)

Alumni Updates: Russian Studies

Burke, Maggie (Class of 2012)

Maggiewill be working this summer as a Junior Fellows Intern at the Library of Congress.  Her official assignment is to work
in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division and within this department, specifically, the Yudin Collection.  The collection is
comprised of more than 80,000 documents donated to the LIbrary of Congress in 1906 by a wealthy Siberian businessman, Gennadii
Vasil’evich Yudin. Yudin Collection: (update: 2012).

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Bernotas, Monika (Class of 2012)

Monika is the recipient of 2012 Fulbright ETA to Belarus. Also Monika’s article on Pushkinskaia 10 Art Community in St.
Petersburg was published in the online journal, (update: 2012)

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Gordon, Max (Class of 2008)

Max is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Slavic Studies at Northwestern University (update: 2012).

Alumni Updates: Russian Studies

Shneider, Vadim (class of 2009)

Vadim is a Ph.D. student at Yale University (update: 2014).

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A Russian Animation Character Supports the Movement for Honest and Transparent Elections

(Moscow, 24 Dec., 2011) Today we went to Andrei Sakharov Avenue to participate in the rally for fair and just elections.  About 100000 people came to the rally.  It was the biggest political manifestation since the demonstrations of the early 1990s.  We saw people of all walks of life and political preferences: from those who lament the fall of the Russian Empire and Communist Soviet Union to the supporters of Western style political and economic reforms.

In addition to familiar political logos, such as the hammer and sickle, anarchist black flag, and Yabloko party’s apple, we saw a new symbol of fair elections: the popular animation hero, Cheburashka.  Why did this character join the political struggle?  Russian people wanted a mascot whom everyone loves, who unites people rather than divides them because of their political allegiances. Those who showed up at Sakharov Avenue share a common goal: to challenge the cleptocratic leadership cheating  the electoral process.  Cheburashka  unites people fighting for their rights.

For Russians Cheburashka is the character from the fairy tales of their childhood.  Everyone grew up watching Roman Kachanov’s cartoons based on Eduard Uspensky’s books about Cheburashka–a little furry creature who is found in the box of imported oranges and finds acceptance and community despite the fact that Cheburashka’s identity and origins are unclear.  In the paranoid atmosphere of the late Soviet culture this was an extremely topical theme.

Like E.T.’s identity, Cheburashka’s identity is about otherness, which the mainstream culture learns to accept.  The last Soviet generation learned to love Cheburashka.  She (or he, or neither one) has been everyone’s favorite hero for the past forty years.  Moreover, since Cheburashka’s appearance on TV screens in the 1970s, she has been asserting her right for individual agency and it is only logical that in 2011 Cheburashka became a mascot of Russians’ struggle for their civil rights.

We are so happy to be here on Andrei Sakharov Avenue at this pivotal moment in post-Soviet Russia’s history.  Comrade Che rocks!

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Russian Studies students wish you a Happy New Year! 2012!

Russian Studies students and faculty wish you a Happy New Year!  2012!

Студенты и профессора программы русского страноведения желают вам счастья в Новом году!

























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Visualizing St. Petersburg: Russian Student Documentary Film Festival (29 Nov 2011)

Caitlin Oakley ‘12 and Monika Bernotas ‘12 interview Sergei Kovalsky about his art and the contemporary art center «Pushkinskaya-10» in St. Petersburg, Russia (Photo by Jes Therkelsen)

The Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Program is delighted to present Russian Studies students’ documentary films. The films comprise a media component of students’ research projects, which they have conducted this summer in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In spring 2011, students took a one-credit preparatory course to learn various methodological approaches to conducting research, choose their summer sites for individual research projects and become familiar with media-production techniques and equipment. Teaching continued during the six-week summer session in St. Petersburg, where the students carried out their field research. In a final one-credit fall course, the students have used written, audio, and visual media to produce cohesive narratives of the urban environments they studied in St. Petersburg.

Films to be shown:

“Raisa Goes to the Movies” (Ashby Gaines)

“collective apARTment: the Pushkinskaya-10 Legacy of Unofficial Art” (Monika Bernotas)

“Tourism: The New Kid on the Prospekt” (Megan Doneski)

“The Three Dreams of Aurora Battleship” (John French, Sasha Prokhorov, Jes Therkelsen)

“The Marine Facade: Underneath Piter’s New Face” (Sophie Kosar)

“Negotiating the Meaning of Smolensky Cemetery” (William Lahue)

“The Power of Height: Gazprom’s Monument” (Alex McGrath)

“A Different View of Peter” (Caitlini Oakley)

“Visualizing St. Petersburg” (Jes Therkelsen)


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Homecoming Reception in the Russian House (22 oct., 2011)

Dear alums,

It was so great to see you all at our annual homecoming reception in the Russian House.  Food was great! And it was wonderful to touch base with all of you!  Please stay in touch and update us on your accomplishments.  Thank you for all your support!  Below is a couple of videos from the party (вечеринка 🙂 ).  We hope we will add more next year.


Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Faculty




Sean Fox (’06) talks about his most memorable Russian Studies moment.


Virginia Bacon (’08) and Aylara Odekova (’08) talk about their most memorable Russian House experience.  BTW they were roommates in the House 🙂


Timothy Lee (’08) talks about his most memorable Russia experience.






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Mari-Kathryn has been accepted into a prestigious internship program (October 2011).

The Russian Section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is pleased to announce that Mari-Kathryn Gavin (RPSS, ’12) has been accepted into a prestigious Translate Abroad Internship Program
(School of Russian and Asian Studies, SRAS).

Congratulations, MK!



Translation Abroad is a practical academic program offering intensive Russian lessons and professional, hands-on translation experience. Despite advances in electronic translation technology, there is increasing need for the accuracy and readability that only human translation can deliver. With the world’s exponentially increasing information flows, the growing globalization of business, and more frequent government interactions, there is demand for not only translated literature, but also for technical, legal, and marketing documents. Each of these fields are, in fact, developing into specialized trades because of the particular skill sets they require.

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Michael (Denny) Wysong (Class of 2007)

Michael works for financial industry in the Richmond area (update: 2013).

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Russian Studies Alumnus Lecture: “The Living Chernobyl: The Exclusion Zone 25 Years Later” (21 October, Wash 302, 3 pm.)

The Russian Studies Program is proud to present this year homecoming lecture speaker Ed Geist, ABD (UNC, Chapel Hill) “The Living Chernobyl: The Exclusion Zone 25 Years Later

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Visualizing Saint Petersburg – One Month In (July 15)

After a month, students in the Saint Petersburg study abroad program find themselves in the thick of their documentary productions, taking advantage of every opportunity while in the field. Producing a documentary film is not an easy task. It takes a lot of research and planning to develop a story idea, to consider which concepts and themes to pursue, and decide what tone the piece should have to convey the film’s overall message. After answering these questions, one needs to start considering what the piece is going to look and sound like; in other words, what are the scenes that will make the piece turn into a coherent film? Will it need interviews? If so, with whom? Will the piece be best told through narration, or archival footage, or footage of a place within the city? If so, you need to arrange for those shoots. And all of this work is even before you pick up a camera!

Documentary filmmaking is a time intensive practice, as many of these students are learning. But it also takes determination, confidence, and a willingness to stick your neck out. It’s hard enough to do it in your native language. These students have been doing it in Russian. And they’ve never made a documentary before.

What has been the biggest surprise for me has been the access we have been getting while in St. Petersburg. For example, we interviewed top government personnel about the construction of the Marine Facade development. This is a controversial and sensitive issue for many, yet we were sent a car to drive us around the Facade to get B-roll footage of the terminal while it is still under construction. For another project, we spoke with Father Viktor, who oversees Smolensky Catedral and Saint Xenia Chapel. Father Viktor, who could have easily waved us away, graciously agreed to sit with us for a morning and talk in front of a camera about the younger generation of Russians in the Russian Orthodox Church. He then took us through the Cathedral and allowed us to film while a service was going on. On other occasions we’ve gotten access to film inside the historic Aurora Theater, inside the landmark Cafe Singer, and the renowned Pushkinskaya-10 art coop.

Collaborations with St. Petersburg University journalism students have benefits not only the projects, but the entire experience. In a sense, these students are our field producers, helping us acquire access to interviews and helping out during shoots. They offer advice on the story and suggestions as to the direction the pieces could go. With only two weeks left, students are pushing to get as much accomplished before they head home. Although hard work, the city has opened up to these students, which has been rewarding to watch.

Jes Therkelsen

Teaching Filmmaker-in-Residence
Environmental Science and Policy
Millington Hall 214
The College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA 23187

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The Beginning of Our Second Full Week in St. Petersburg (WM in Russia)

Officially as of today, we have been in St. Petersburg for two full weeks! It’s hard to believe that time is flying by so fast!

This past Monday, Sasha surprised us with a tour of Pushkin’s Museum, instead of our afternoon class. It was a great surprise! Pushkin’s Museum is located in the last apartment that Pushkin rented during his lifetime. The museum chronicles Pushkin’s life and gave our group a better understanding of why the Russians love Pushkin so much.

Tuesday, we toured St. Isaac’s Cathedral. It is the second tallest building in St. Petersburg…so what did we do? Climb to the top! The climb was winding and steep. It made a few of us quite nauseous. However, the breath taking view was well worth the climb.

After climbing to the top, we climbed down to actually go inside the cathedral. Personally, the most interesting part of the tour of the cathedral was learning about St. Isaac’s during WWII. The cathedral miraculously escaped being destroyed during the Siege of Leningrad, with only a few relatively minor injuries. Residents of the city consider this to be a miracle.

Earlier today, a few of us ventured to Nevsky Prospekt in search of a fun restaurant after class. We went to an Irish Pub called “O Hooligans”. We girls were very excited to learn that this week is “Fleet Week”! We hung out with a few American Navy officers who are actually based out of Norfolk, Va. Huge coincidence to be in the same place at the same time! Hopefully we will see more Navy men in the next few days before we depart for Moscow on Friday!

Caitlin Oakley

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WM Students Explore Russia (June-July 2011)

This year WM Russian Studies students run a blog about their research, studies and adventures in Russia.  If you would like to read the recent news from Russia, visit our blog at

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CONGRATULATIONS TO the 2011 recipients of awards and scholarships in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies!

We wish to extend congratulations to the 2011 recipients of prizes and scholarships in Russian & Post-Soviet Studies.

  • Monika Bernotas (Charles Center Scholarship for International Research)
  • Monika Bernotas (Honorable Mention Certificate, ACTR National Rusian Essay Contest)
  • Tara Calloway (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Sophie Kosar (2011 Dobro Slovo Scholarship)
  • Jacob Lassin (Critical Language Fellowship, Ufa, Bashkortostan)
  • Suzanne Reed (2011 Award for Excellence in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies)
  • Suzanne Reed (Flagship Program in St. Petersburg)
  • Suzanne Reed (Honorable Mention Certificate, ACTR National Rusian Essay Contest)
  • William Sinnott (Post-Secondary National Russian Scholar Laureate) Will Sinnott’s Award Certificate (2011)
  • William Sinnott (2011 MLL Book Award)
  • 12th ACTR Russian Essay Contest (Participants: Monika Bernotas, Cheng Cheng, Eleonora Figliuoli, Ciara Kazmierski, Carl Larson, Alex McGrath, Robin Parrish, Suzanne Reed, Peter Yanev) Essay Topic
  • National Slavic Honor Society, Dobro Slovo inductees (Ryan Akens, Kara Kolbe, Jacob Lassin, James O’Leary, Elizabeth Tait, and Sinead Tanner)
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Monika Bernotas and Suzanne Reed Win Honorable Mention Certificates at the 12th National Russian Essay Contest (May 2011)!

Congratulations to the winners of the Twelfth Annual ACTR National
Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest.  This year two William and Mary students
win honorable mention certificates: Monika Bernotas and Suzanne Reed.

In this year’s contest, there were 1,139 essays submitted from 59
universities and colleges across the nation. Each essay was ranked by three
judges in Russia.

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Thorsen, Elise (Class of 2006)

Elise Thorsen (’06) is currently working on her Ph.D. dissertation.  In 2013 she has been awarded a prestigious Cultural Studies Ph.D. Research Scholarship.  In her own words: “I did embarrassingly well, even, and I think I have support in my department for a dissertation that extrapolates to an abstract level about epos-building and aesthetics from interwar Soviet poetry.  Now, it’s onward (and upward, excelsior!) to a dissertation.” 🙂

Elise is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh.  She completed Middlebury Summer School in 2006 and a graduate program at the Center for International Studies at Moscow State University in 2008.  In 2009 Elise received her M.A. degree.  Her research interests include Russian and Soviet Empire, Imaginative Geography, Stalinism, Citizenship and Recognition, Utopia, Soviet Film, Soviet Science Fiction, Yugoslav Literature and Culture (update: 2013)

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Congratulations Class of 2011 Russian Studies Graduates!

Class of 2011 Russian Studies Graduates

Congratulations class of 2011 Russian Studies graduates! We hope to see you all soon at our traditional October Homecoming Reception in the Russian House!

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Monika Bernotas receives Charles Center Scholarship for International Research (April 2011)

Monika Bernotas has been awarded the Charles Center Scholarship for International Research for her summer 2011 research project. This much sought after scholarship will help Monika to study experimental art communities in Lithuania and Russia.

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Alpert, Erin (Class of 2007)

Erin Alpert has just received a prestigious Lillian B. Lawler Fellowship for advanced Ph.D. research. Her new articles have just been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals Studies in Documentary Film and Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema.  Her research interests include documentary cinema, GULAG studies and Holocaust studies. (update: 2013).

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Sinnott, William (class of 2011)

William Sinnott  accepted his offer to Georgetown’s MA program in Russian and East European Studies. In 2011 Will received the Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award.
(update: 2012).

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NASA honored the 50th anniversary (today) of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic launch into space

NASA honored the 50th anniversary (today) of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic launch into space, was to have Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson team up with astronaut Cady Coleman for the “first space-Earth flute duet.”  They played part of Bourree, which Anderson and his band played on tour way back in 1969 when the Apollo 11 astronauts were on their moon mission. Video of the duet is here. Enjoy.


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THE INNER CIRCLE. The Second Screening of theFilm Series: Russian History on Reels.

The Inner Circle (1991, dir. Andrei Konchalovsky)
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The second film in our mini-series on
Monday April 4, 7 pm (Washington 302).

The Inner Circle (1991, dir. Andrei Konchalovsky), starring the multi-talented Tom Hulce and Lolita Davidovich, is based on Ivan Sanchin, a KGB officer who is Stalin’s private film projectionist during the war years. It’s apparently explosive, unforgettable, and true.

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Public Lecture: An Eye Witness Account: Doing Hi Tech Business in Russia

Public Lecture
An Eye Witness Account: Doing Hi Tech Business in Russia
Friday 3/25 at 3:30pm in Miller Hall 1088

As an executive of the United Technologies Corporation, Peter Barzach
developed, implemented and managed the start-up of the first US Manufacturing
Joint Venture (JV) with a member company of the Russian Ministry of Defense in
history.  The  JV was featured in the IVth Gore-Chernomyrdin Summit as an
example of how to do business in Russia.  The JV recently celebrated it’s 10th
anniversary and won the Presidents Medal, the highest award given by the
Russian Federation. Mr. Barzach will discuss his experiences and the
of doing business in Russia.

Sponsored by the Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Program

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WM Students take part in the 12th National Russian Essay Competition

This year nine students from three levels of Russian language courses took part in the competition: 5 students from Russian 102 (Cheng Cheng, Ciara Kazmierski, Karl Carlson, Robin Parrish, and Peter Yanev), 3 students from Russian 202 (Monika Bernotas, Eleonora Figliuoli, and Alex McGrath), and one student from Russian 340 (Suzanne Reed).

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Conference: Post-Soviet Television: Global Formats and Russian Power

The international symposium “Post-Soviet Television: Global Formats and Russian Power” aims to offer a survey and a critical, reflective assessment of new approaches to the study of television in post-Soviet Russia. During the 1990s Russian television experimented with the new formats and modes of production (private, public, foundation-sponsored, joint-stock company). By the beginning of the new millennium this pluralistic model of television culture was replaced with a more traditional authoritarian one. The influx of global television formats and genres (sitcom, dramedy, soap opera, game and talk show, reality TV) coincided with the increasing return of the government control over television programming. This trend culminated during Putin’s presidency when the government took over the three national television channels: First, Russia, and NTV. Using new approaches and research findings, the symposium participants will examine the role of Russian television in post-Soviet political and media culture, the dialogue between the old Soviet-era and globally mediated formats that coexist on Russian television today. The participants include distinguished international scholars: Christine Evans (U. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), Helena Goscilo (Ohio State U.), Yana Hashamova (Ohio State U.), Steven Hutchings (U. of Manchester), Lilya Kaganovsky (U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Mark Leiderman (U. of Colorado, Boulder/Ural State Pedagogical University, Ekaterinburg), Tatiana Mikhailova (U. of Colorado, Boulder).
The symposium will also serve as a forum for undergraduate research at William & Mary. Students from the senior seminar “Russian Television Culture after Communism” will present their research at the undergraduate research panel at the symposium.
Apart from the scholarly component the symposium includes three public events: a public lecture by the keynote speaker Professor Hutchings (U. of Manchester) and two screenings. See the symposium schedule.

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Public Film Screening at the Muscarelle Museum of Art: DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART

Starts: February 24, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Location: Muscarelle Museum of Art
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This award-winning 2010 documentary highlights the life and achievements of Igor Savitsky (1915-1984), who rescued 44,000 works of unsanctioned Soviet art and founded a museum to display them. Today, the Nukus Art Museum, located in Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, holds the second largest collection of Soviet avant-garde art in the world. This collection, suppressed during Stalinism and the following decades, offers fresh perspectives on the art and history of the USSR.

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How does art survive in a time of oppression? During the Soviet rule artists who stay true to their vision are executed, sent to mental hospitals or Gulags.

Their plight inspires young Igor Savitsky. He pretends to buy state-approved art but instead daringly rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artist’s works and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Though a penniless artist himself, he cajoles the cash to pay for the art from the same authorities who are banning it. Savitsky amasses an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art. But his greatest discovery is an unknown school of artists who settle in Uzbekistan after the Russian revolution of 1917, encountering a unique Islamic culture, as exotic to them as Tahiti was for Gauguin. They develop a startlingly original style, fusing European modernism with centuries-old Eastern traditions.

Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Ed Asner voice the diaries and letters of Savitsky and the artists. Intercut with recollections of the artists’ children and rare archival footage, the film takes us on a dramatic journey of sacrifice for the sake of creative freedom. Described as “one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian art” and located in one of the world’s poorest regions, today these paintings are worth millions, a lucrative target for Islamic fundamentalists, corrupt bureaucrats and art profiteers. The collection remains as endangered as when Savitsky first created it, posing the question whose responsibility is it to preserve this cultural treasure.

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Carlson, Kurt (Class of 2010)

Kurt Carlson ( ’10) serves in the US Army. (update: 2013)

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Dr. Robert Moynihan Visits William and Mary

Dr. Robert Moynihan, the editor of the magazine INSIDE THE VATICAN, presents a talk “Moscow and Rome: latest developments in Vatican-Russian relations in a geopolitical context.”  Dr. Moynihan earned his Ph.D. at Yale U and his BA at Harvard.

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Film Series: The Lighter Side of Russia

“The Lighter Side of Russia” Thursday January 27, February 3, February 10 at 5 pm in Washington 301

The Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Program presents a series of contemporary Russian comedies that will definitely make you laugh and maybe change your perceptions about modern Russian culture. The films are Piter FM (Jan 27), Plus One (Feb 3), and What Men Talk About (Feb 10). Open to all. Films are subtitled. The organizing committee: Suzanne Reed, Gabby Ongies, James O’Leary, Emily Pehrsson, Petar Yanev.

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Russian Holiday Party

Russian Department is having the End of the Semester Russian Dinner this Saturday, December 4th at 6pm.

Come join us in the Russian House to have some delicious Russian food, hang out with friends, and celebrate the end of the semester. Randolph Complex, Pleasants Hall, 3rd floor.

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Film Screening: Taras Bulba

(2009: Dir. Vladimir Bortko) Cossacks, forbidden pleasures, blood and gore.  One critic called Vladimir Bortko’s adaptation of Taras Bulba—Gogolivud, a Hollywood action spectacle that has nothing to do with Nikolai Gogol’s 19th century novella, on which it is allegedly based, and everything to do with the conventions of the commercial film epic.  Come watch the film that caused a scandal in several European nations upon its release in 2009.

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FILM SERIES Russian Fantasy Film: From the Folk Tale to the Action Thriller

Mark your calendars.  Russian Studies students present three Russian fantasy films: an epic, a Soviet scifi film, and a post-Soviet action thriller.  Screenings: Oct 7, Sadko (1953), Oct 14, The Amphibian Man (1962), and Oct 21 Night Watch (2004).  All screenings will be in Tyler 201 at 5 pm. assignment help.
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Oakie Treadwell’s Experimental Film Maggots and Men

Anastasia Kayiatos (University of CA, Berkeley) introduces Oakie Treadwell’s Experimental Film Maggots and Men. Maggots and Men is a groundbreaking experimental film project from the Bay Area.  Sex, gender, and revolution converge in a story about the 1921 uprising of the Russian sailors against Bolshevik oppressors.  The film is inspired by Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 classic Battleship Potemkin and carries the title of its first reel.  Maggots and Men is a postmodernist text, which recycles the aesthetic strategies of the montage movement, manifests the homoerotic subtexts that many critics found significant in Eisentsein’s famous picture, and challenges modern preconceptions about gender and sexuality.

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Brown Bag: Second World Modernity and Sexuality

Join guest speaker Anastasia Kayiatos (University of California, Berkeley) and Roy Chan (William & Mary) in a wide-ranging conversation about sexuality within the context of socialist and post-socialist spaces. Ms. Kayiatos and Prof. Chan work on the cultural histories of Russia and China respectively, and have collaborated on projects concerning the issue of sexual difference in the second world. They welcome all scholars, students and curious individuals to join in conversation on how to think about not only sexuality, but broader issues of social difference in connection to the practices, institutions and historic legacies of socialism.

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Sarah Argodale successfully defends Honors Thesis

Sarah Argodale has successfully defended her Honors Thesis “Identity and Memory in the Tatarstan Republic” and was awarded the highest honors.  She has presented her research findings at the Honors Colloquium and William & Mary European Studies Conference.

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Congratulations to Professor Frederick Corney!

Professor Corney has been awarded a Harrison Chair of History Professorship (2009-2013).

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Figliuoli Wins Bronze in 11th Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest

Eleonora Figliuoli won a bronze medal in this year’s contest, there were 1,023 essays submitted from 64 universities and colleges across the nation. Each essay was ranked by three judges in Russia, and often the results were simply too close to call.

Eleventh Annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest
American Council of Teachers of Russian
The topic was: Please write a short story or essay based on this famous
proverb: Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей
(It’s better to have a hundred friends than a hundred rubles).

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Folk Music Group ZOLOTOI PLYOS, a Concert in Williamsburg

The famous folk group returns to Williamsburg and will perform in Ewell Recital Hall on April 12 at 7 pm. The winners of a number of prestigious music competitions throughout Europe, members of the Zolotoi Plios Folk Ensemble – Sergei Gratchev, Elena Sadina, and Aleksandr Solovov – are all graduates of the Saratov Music Conservatory. They currently teach at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, and at Middlebury College, Vermont.

Co-Sponsored by Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Asian Studies Intiatives Programs, the Music Department, Dean’s Office Lecture Fund, and the Charles Center.

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Russian House Soccer Team Wins Decisive Game

This weekend on Barksdale Field, the Russian House played soccer with the German House. The Russian House team beat the German team 5:1.  The Russian House team is getting ready for the World Cup in South Africa 🙂

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2010 Winner of the Dobro Slovo Scholarship

Maggie Burke, a second year student at the College, was recently awarded the 2010 Dobro Slovo Scholarship in the amount of $500. Established in 2005, the Scholarship is funded by the donations of Russian alumni and faculty and is intended for students studying on the W & M Summer Study Abroad program at St. Petersburg State University.

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Two Russian Studies Students Win Research Scholarships

Jacob received Chappell Fellowship. Barry received Charles Center International Research Scholarship. They will do research in Russia this summer.

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Sarah Argodale Speaks at the 11th Annual Honor Colloquium

On Feb 25th 2010, Sarah Argodale presented her research on memory sites in Post-Communist Tatarstan at the 11th Annual Honor Colloquium. Sarah’s advisor is Professor Corney.

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Russian Studies Student Wins Award in Film Scoring Contest

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Keifer ’07 wins NiCad/W&M music video contest

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“In Color,” the latest single by the international music band NiCad, looks a lot better, thanks to the music video created by Zach Keifer ’07 as part of a challenge issued by band members to William & Mary filmmakers.

Keifer’s was one of four entries submitted by William & Mary students and alumni for consideration during the College’s annual Global Film and Music Festival in February. After determining that the song was about an individual’s struggle to find himself, he blended ideas from an older project focusing on color to create the winning entry. “Basically I decided to make it about someone living inside a pepper; a red bell pepper,” he said.

Concerning the contest, Troy Davis, director of the Swem Media Center, said, “It was discussed when NiCad visited the campus last year. Also at that time, plans were being made for the Global Film and Music Festival, and we all thought this contest would be a great way to bring student work into the festival. The contest, apart from being cool and interesting, really demonstrates a collision of talented people and supporters and the emerging availability of new-media learning experiences inside and outside classrooms at William & Mary.”

On hand to present the award to Keifer was Gilad Woltsovitch, a member of the band, who discussed each entry on behalf of NiCad.

Keifer sees the honor of creating the “official” video as worth much more than money. “I was really surprised that they, being an international band, would come through William & Mary,” he said.  “They are very successful. Not often that you have rock stars willing to give up that kind of ownership. They certainly were taking a huge chance. And the song is great. I listened to it 1,000 times, and it never got old.“

Keifer is a well-known presence at his alma mater. He was one of the first students to work at the Swem Media Center when it opened. He won the initial  24 Speed video contest in 2006, and he has returned each subsequent year to serve as judge for that event.

“William & Mary always has had a unique culture of video makers,” Keifer said. “My philosophy is to take advantage of every opportunity; I am particularly impressed by the work being turned out through the Swem Media Center. Right now, the media center seems to be providing the best opportunities on campus.”

NiCad is an international experimental rock band based in the Netherlands. It was formed in 2004 when five students from five different countries met at The Hague’s Royal Conservatory in Holland. In  September, band members conducted seminars on electroacoustical music in the Swem Media Center at the College. As part of their visit, they provided William & Mary students with their new single, “In Color,” and proposed that the students compete to create the official music video.

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2009 Winner of the Dobro Slovo Scholarship

William Sinnott, a second year student at the College, was recently awarded the 2009 Dobro Slovo Scholarship in the amount of $500. Established in 2005, the Scholarship is funded by the donations of Russian alumni and faculty and is intended for students studying on the W & M Summer Study Abroad program at St. Petersburg State University.

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Lecture: Foreign Language and U.S. Government Opportunities: Moscow-Hotline Translator

Our guest speaker, Mr. John Carlson (Army Lieutenant Colonel, Ret.), has served as Chief and Senior Presidential Translator on the “Moscow Hotline” since 1989.

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Lecture: “On Chaplin in Russian Avant-Garde Art”

Yuri Tsivian is a leading scholar of Russian Cinema and international cinema of the 1920s-40s. His most recent monographs are Ivan the Terrible (2002) and Lines of Resistance: Dziga Vertov and the Twenties (2004). He is also involved in the restoration and video mastering of silent films; the remastered DVD versions of Dziga Vertov’s Man with the Movie Camera and Ivan the Terrible both feature his audio essays.

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Red Moon Rising is Available on Google Video

Russian Studies students made this film in spring 2008. It is a mockumentary about a successful Soviet mission to the Moon in 1967. When the spacecraft’s radio failed, the crew was unable to communicate with ground control and accidentally landed in Kansas. Entirely in Russian with English subtitles 🙂

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Kurt Carlson receives 2008 Dobro Slovo Scholarship

Kurt Carlson is a Russian and History major. He has been taking Russian at the college since fall 2006 and plans to use the award to travel to St. Petersburg this summer. At St. Petersburg State University, Kurt will be taking three courses: two in Russian and one in translation. He will be also doing an independent research project.

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Dobro Slovo Induction in Russian Studies

This year, ten members of the Russian program will be inducted into the Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society. Sarah Argodale, Chris Burks, Aaron Chivington, Chris Hall, Nadia Mitina, Annie Mosher, Katie Mrkvicka, Erin O’Grady, Liz Owerbach, and Vadim Shneyder.

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Sasha Prokhorov Receives the Jefferson Teaching Award

Sasha Prokhorov Receives the Jefferson Teaching Award

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Folk Music Group ZOLOTOY PLYOS Performs on Campus

Russian folk music group Zolotoi Plyos (Alexander Solovov, Elena Sadina, and Serguei Gratchev) gives a concert-demonstration of Russian folk music for W&M students and faculty. Wednesday, February 6, 2008, 8:30 p.m., Ewell Recital Hall Repertoire includes songs and instrumental tunes from across Russia played on more than 20 Russian folk instruments. Sponsored by: The Russian Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, Reves Center for International Studies, Charles Center, and Department of Music


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Public Lecture. Eugene Onegin: From Page to Stage

Helena Goscilo discusses the nature of opera, its Russian variant, and the transformation of Alexander Pushkin’s novel in verse (1823-31) into Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s world-renowned opera Eugene Onegin (1878). Helena Goscilo is UCIS Research Professor of Slavic at the University of Pittsburgh. She has authored and edited more than a dozen volumes, most recently Russian Culture in the 1990s, a special issue of Studies in 20th Century Literature (2000) and Encyclopedia of Russian Culture (2007).

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Public Lecture: Russian Imperial Porcelain

Dr. Kettering talks about items displayed at the exhibition in the Muscarelle Museum of Art. The exhibit includes many pieces from significant porcelain services made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, starting from Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great to Nicholas and Alexandra. Visitors will see items featured at State Banquets at the Kremlin and other Imperial Palaces , as well as items designed for the Tsar’s private use aboard the Imperial Yachts. Among the rare items are two pieces from a service Catherine the Great ordered for her grandson, Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich, as well as pieces from services presented by Augustus III of Saxony and Frederick the Great to the eighteenth century Russian Tsarinas. The exhibit also features 200 years of glassware, from a beaker from the time of Peter the Great to glassware for the Imperial Yachts and a vase made by the Imperial Glass Factory that the Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna kept on her desk in Denmark after the Russian Revolution. Russian enamels from the late nineteenth century will include a major jewel casket made by the Ovchinnikov firm and presented to Tsar Alexander III’s Minister of the Interior, as well as the work of Fedor Ruckert and the workmasters of the Faberge firm.

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Lecture: “The Paintings of the Russian Artist Zabelin” by Nickolia Dubavik

Sept 28, 5:30 pm. in Muscarelle Museum of Art Russian artist and art historian NICKOLAI DUBAVIK Lecture: The Paintings of Russian Artist, Zabelin Nickolai Dubavik talks about the tradition of Russian realist painting and one of the major representatives of this tradition in the twentieth century Vyacheslav Zabelin (1935-2002). For more information about the related Exhibition and galleries see or

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Public Lecture by Professor of Russian Studies Tony Anemone

Tony Anemone discussed the conventions and role of icons in Medieval Russian culture in his lecture, “The Historical and Religious Context of Russian Icons of the Golden Age.”. Andrews Hall 101 September 21, 5:30 pm.

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Lecture “Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs”

On September 7th, at 5:30 pm. in Andrews Hall 101, Wendy Salmond gave a talk “Traditions in Transition: Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs.” Wendy Salmond is the curator of the exhibition “Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs,” currently open in the Muscarelle Museum of Art. Her talk explored the place of religious visual tradition in secular culture.

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The Muscarelle Museum of Art Russian Exhibits

August 26–October 8, 2006 Traditions in Transition Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs Organized by the Hillwood Museum and Garden in collaboration with the Steinhardt-Sherlock Trust Tour by International Arts and Artists, Washington, DC The Tzars’ Cabinet Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs Russian Realist Paintings by Vyacheslav Zabelin from the Wurdeman Collection

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First Winner of Dobro Slovo Scholarship

Rachel Olchesky, a first year student at the College, was recently awarded the first annual Dobro Slovo Scholarship in the amount of $500. Established in 2005, the Scholarship is funded by the donations of Russian alumni and faculty and is intended for students studying on the W & M Summer Study Abroad program at St. Petersburg State University. Rachel is currently in Russian 102 and this will be her first trip to Russia. But not, we hope, her last. Congratulations!

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Russian Students at Middlebury

Erin Alpert, Richard Olson and Elise Thorsen have all been accepted into the Middlebury College Summer Russian School for the summer of 2006. Veterans all of the W & M Summer program at St. Petersburg State University, Erin, Rich and Elise are excited about studying at Middlebury, probably the most rigorous summer Russian language program in the U.S.

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Podcasting comes to MLL!

Tony Anemone recently received a Technology Grant which will allow him to podcast the Advanced Russian Conversation in the spring of 2006. The idea is to use digital technology to make Russian language resources available to students anytime, anywhere. Professor Anemone and Russian House tutor Dasha Khakounova will capture, create, and record Russian language materials, which will be automatically sent to students’ computers Students will then be able to download these audio files to iPod Nanos purchased by the grant, and prepare for classroom discussions on the go.

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Anemone becomes president of SCSS

The Southern Conference of Slavic Studies (SCSS), the largest regional affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), organizes yearly conferences for scholars of Slavic history, political science, literature, culture and language, competitions for the best undergraduate and graduate student essays on topics in Russian or Slavic Studies, and prizes for outstanding scholarship and service to the organization. Among his responsibilities will be organizing next year.

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Russian Student wins fellowship to UC Berkeley

Matt Kiser, who graduated in 2004 with a degree in Russian Studies, has been accepted into the Ph.D. program in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California at Berkeley, one of the premier departments in the nation. Matt’s senior thesis, “Representations of the Intelligentsia in Post-Soviet Crime Fiction” (faculty adviser, Sasha Prokhorov), was awarded High Honors in 2004. Congratulations, Matt!

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