Lirsen Myrtaj Wins National Russian Essay Award

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Congratulations to Lirsen Myrtaj 
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the Fourteenth Annual ACTR NATIONAL Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest.  This year they had 946 contestants from 47 universities.

Taylor Lain Wins Dobro Slovo Scholarship

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 The selection committee has awarded the 2013 Dobro Slovo Scholarship to Taylor Lain.   The Dobro Slovo Scholarship was 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 in St. Petersburg.

Kristine Mosuela Wins Fulbright

Kristine Mosuela has been selected  for a Fulbright U.S. Student award for 2013-2014 to Mongolia.

Students Inducted into National Slavic Honor Society

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On April 22nd, 5 students and the Russian House Tutor, Victoria, were inducted into Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society.  Congratulations to them on this honor!

Rianna Jansen wins Boren Scholarship

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Congratulations to Rianna Jansen who just learned that she has been awarded the prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in Vladimir, Russia next year!

Concert by the Russian folk group, ‘Золотой плёс’

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Concert by the Russian folk group, ‘Золотой плёс’! Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm, Andrews 101 http://www.zolotoj-plyos.com/  

Andrew Andell and Matthew Levey win RPSS Excellence Awards.

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The RPSS Executive Committee is happy to announce that the RPSS Excellence Awards for the year 2013 will go to Andrew Andell and Matthew Levey. The RPSS Excellence Award seeks to provide recognition for the best Russian Studies senior majors and minors who made a major contribution to the Russian Studies program in the areas of research,… Read More

Alex McGrath Wins National Award

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Alex McGrath has been selected to receive the Post Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award! Organized under the auspices of ACTR (the American Council of Teachers of Russian), this national award seeks to provide  recognition for the best Russian Studies senior students nationwide–those students who best embody an enthusiasm for and love of things Russian.  Congratulations to Alex!

First-Annual Russian Olympics

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Saturday, March 23, 12:00 – 4:00 pm, McGlothlin 20 Students of different levels will compete in a variety of events connected with Russian language and culture.  It should be awesome!  Follow the link below to watch our promotional video (the running of the Olympic torch!). https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151276517121945&set=vb.606331944&type=2&theater

Professor Irina Paperno Lecture: “How We Used to Live: Survivors of the Soviet regime”

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On Thursday, March 21st, Professor Irina Paperno (U. of California) will be giving a talk entitled, “How We Used to Live: Survivors of the Soviet regime.”  The talk will be held in Wash 201, from 5 – 6 pm.  Here is a brief description: Since the collapse of communism, there has been an outpouring of personal documents… Read More

Russia’s Digital Revolution: Language, New Media, and the (Un)making of Civil Society

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In “Russia’s Digital Revolution,” Michael S. Gorham, University of Florida, examines political communication in the age of the internet and new media technologies, considering a wide range of strategies—rhetorical, political, and technological—that have helped shape, for better or for worse, civic culture in Russia today. Recent world events have shown that new media technologies are neither… Read More

Valerie Hopkins

Valerie Hopkins is pursuing an MA in Journalism at Columbia University.  She posted her recent article on FB today (http://www.opendemocracy.net/valerie-hopkins/life-liberty-and-pursuit-of-homeschooling). She also received a summer fellowship to report with Reuters in Belgrade. (update: 2013)  

Russian Animation Festival: Celebrating the Centennial of Russian Animation

The first of three film screenings in this exciting series is Wednesday, Jan. 30th, 7 pm in Wash 201.  The focus of this week’s screening is Russian Animation pre-1960: Fairy Tales.

Russian Students Take Field Trip to See Anna Karenina

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What better way to end a semester studying the works of Leo Tolstoy than to go see the most recent Hollywood adaptation of his Anna Karenina?  On December 10th, Professor John Lyles took 8 students to Richmond for a screening of the Oscar-nominated film starring, among others, Keira Knightely and Jude Law.  And while many… Read More

Rare interviews captured in Russia

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by Sagra Alvarado ’15 |  November 7, 2012 Privet. That is the Russian word for “hello.” Speaking a different language, meeting new people from another culture and visiting new sites are all part of the adventure one undergoes when exploring a foreign country. It can be an exciting – and intimidating – experience. Now take all of… Read More

Russian: A Graduate Student Gives Back (video)

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Erin Alpert graduated from the College in 2007 with a degree in Russian and Post Soviet Studies.  During her time at W&M, she studied abroad in Russia thanks, in part, to a scholarship she received from the Reves Center. “One of the highlights of my college career was definitely my summer study abroad in St…. Read More

RPSS Faculty and Students Attend Play in DC

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RPSS Faculty and Students Attend Play in Washington On October 20, 2012, the students and faculty in the Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Program went to Washington, DC, to see a Russian classic performed in English – Nikolai Gogol’s The Inspector General.  This new adaptation of the play is being performed by the Shakespeare Theatre Company… Read More

Homecoming Reception: Sat. Oct. 27th, 4:30 – 7:30, Russian House

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Homecoming Reception: Saturday, October 27, 4:30 – 7:30 pm — RPSS Annual Homecoming Reception at the Russian House (Pleasants Hall, 3rd floor). Come meet some alums, hang out with your professors and classmates, and eat some good food!

“The Truth”: Soviet and Post-Soviet Documentary Cinema, Erin Alpert (’07).

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Erin Alpert (’07) Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, will give a talk titled, “The Truth”: Soviet and Post-Soviet Documentary Cinema.  Here is a brief description: “Documentary cinema played a key role in Soviet intellectuals’ fight against political censorship during Gorbachev’s perestroika. The lecture examines the evolution of Russo-Soviet documentary cinema as an art form and… Read More

Film Series: Jolly Fellows

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Monday, Oct  1st, 3:30 pm. Jolly Fellows 2 (dir. Feliks Mikhailov 2009) Blair 205.

Montage and Identity in Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

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Professor John MacKay, of Yale University, will be giving a talk on Vertov’s groundbreaking film, Man with a Movie Camera (1929), on Thursday, September 27th, at 5 pm in Washington 201.  Here is a brief description of what his talk will be about: This talk will closely examine both the montage construction of Man with a… Read More

P.J. Prather Wins Book Award

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The selection committee has awarded the Russian Section Book Award to P.J. Prather for her hard work and dedication over the course of her time here at William & Mary.

Jacob Lassin wins RPSS Excellence Award

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The awards committee has selected Jacob Lassin as one of two recipients for the Russian- and Post-Soviet Studies Excellence Award, which is given annually to students who have excelled in their time at W&M and who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to their studies.

Maggie Burke wins RPSS Excellence Award

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The awards committee has selected Maggie Burke as one of two recipients for the Russian- and Post-Soviet Studies Excellence Award, which is given annually to students who have excelled in their time at W&M and who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to their studies.

Rachel Faith receives the 2012 Dobro Slovo Scholarship

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The selection committee has awarded the 2012 Dobro Slovo Scholarship to Rachel Faith.   The Dobro Slovo Scholarship was 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 in St. Petersburg.

“From TASS to Twitter: Russian and Soviet Journalism in Historical Perspective”

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Please join us for a talk by W&M alum Mary Catherine French titled, “From TASS to Twitter: Russian and Soviet Journalism in Historical Perspective.”  The talk will be held on Tuesday, March 13th, at 4 pm in Washington 201.  

Congratulations!!!!

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Congratulations to the following students who participated in last month’s 13th Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest: Anna Kim, Kelly Okun, Alex McGrath, Megan Doneski, Raj Janis, Petar Yanev, Thomas Dziura, Sophie Kosar. Winners will be announced later this Spring!

Maslenitsa

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Maslenitsa (Масленица) will be celebrated at the Russian House on Sunday, February 26th, beginning at 4 pm.

Film Screening: “Alexandra”

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Please join the students of RUSN 308 this Sunday, February 26th, at 7 pm in Washington 201 for a screening of Alexander Sokurov’s Alexandra.  

Film Series: “Another Sky”

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Directed by Dmitry Mamulya (Russia 2010), “Another Sky” will be screened Thursday, Feb 23, at 5:30 in Washington 302.  It will be introduced by Sophie Kosar.

Film Series: “Another Sky”

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Directed by Dmitry Mamulya (Russia 2010), “Another Sky” will be screened Thursday, Feb 23, at 5:30 in Washington 302.  It will be introduced by Sophie Kosar.

Guest Lecture: “Tolstoy in Eden”

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Professor David Herman, Chair of the Slavic Department at the University of Virginia, will be giving a lecture about Tolstoy and his fiction on February 17th at 3 pm in Washington 315.  His lecture is titled: “Tolstoy in Eden.”  Here is a brief description of the content of the talk: “Virginia Woolf famously called Tolstoy the… Read More

Film Series: Eastern Promises

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The next film in this semester’s film series, Russians: Cinema, City, Migration, will be screened Thursday,  Feb 16, at 5:30 pm in  Washington 201.  This week’s film is Eastern Promises (dir. David Cronenberg, Canada, USA, UK 2007), and it will be introduced by Rachel Faith.

Film Screening: Brother 2

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The next film in this semester’s film series, Russians: Cinema, City, Migration, will be screened this WEDNESDAY, February 8th, in the Williamsburg Regional Library Auditorium.  The film is Brother 2 (dir. Aleksei Balabanov Russia, USA 2000) and it will be introduced by Sasha Prokhorov.

Film Screening: I Walk Around Moscow

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The first of four movies to be screened as part of the Russian Section’s Film Series: RUSSIANS: CINEMA, CITY, MIGRATION.  I Walk Around Moscow / Я шагаю по Москве will be shown on Thursday, February 2nd, at 5 pm in Washington 201. 

ACTR’s 2012 National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest

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This is a national writing contest for Russian speakers of all levels, from 1st-year to heritage, and is judged by a panel of experts.  Participants have the opportunity to receive 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place, or honorable mention, among all US students of their same level.  The deadline for registration is January 30th.  The contest… Read More

Film Series

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The Russian Section will begin its Spring film series, Russians: Cinema, City, Migration, will begin next week (Thursday, February 2nd at 5 pm in Washington 201).  Here is the list of all the movies to be screened, along with the dates and times: Film Series: RUSSIANS: CINEMA, CITY, MIGRATION ДОРОГАГОРОД Feb 2, Th 5:00 Washington 201… Read More

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