Congratulations RPSS Studies Class of 2020!

2020 RPSS Graduates

Congratulations to our amazing Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Class of 2020! We are so proud of you! Молодцы!

Award Reception for RPSS Graduating Seniors

RPSS Award Reception

On April 17th, 2020 RPSS program held a Zoom reception to recognize graduating seniors and their accomplishments. Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Russian and Post-Soviet Studies awards, Modern Language Excellence Award, ACTR Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award—PSRSLA, and Fulbright Scholarships! Robin Bradley — RPSS Excellence Award Catherine Green — RPSS Excellence Award Reid… Read More

Congratulations to four Honorable Mentions of the ACTR National Russian Essay Contest!

Rusn Essay Contest

We are very proud to announce that the following students have been awarded with four Honorable Mentions of the of the Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest! The 2020 ACTR contest received 1261 essays submitted from 56 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. Congratulations to our amazing four: Chela Aufderheide Celia Metzger Catherine… Read More

Congratulations to RPSS Major Grace Kier

Grace Kier

Grace Kier ’20 is among a select group of 12 students nationwide to receive a prestigious 2020-21 fellowship to the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP). Congratulations, Grace! So well deserved! Full story…

Maslenitsa Celebration in the Russian House

Maslenitsa 2020

On February 29, Russian program gathered to celebrate Maslenitsa. In Russia, Maslenitsa, or the sun-festival, marks the end of winter and advent of spring. Maslenitsa is celebrated during the last week before the Lent, seven weeks prior to the Easter. In the Russian House, it’s a celebration of friendship and the spring semester. This year,… Read More

Bella Ginzbursky-Blum Receives National AATSEEL Award for Excellence in Teaching

Bella Ginzbursky Blum

Congratulations to Bella Ginzbursky-Blum, the recipient of 2020 National AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages) Excellence in Teaching Award! Professor Ginzbursky-Blum is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She teaches Russian language classes at all levels, and also enjoys teaching classes on Russian literature and,… Read More

Samantha Smith: An Amazing Summer Study Abroad Trip to Russia

This summer I traveled to Russia for six weeks on one of the W&M Summer Study Abroad programs. There were ten students and Professor Corney in our group, and we stayed in St. Petersburg for five weeks and Moscow for one week. While in St. Petersburg, we took Russian language courses at Herzen State Pedagogical… Read More

Georgiana Reece: My Unforgettable Visit to Peterhof

Georgiana Reece St Petersburg 2

This past summer I studied abroad at Herzen State University in St. Petersburg with William and Mary. Our group studied in St. Petersburg for five weeks and traveled to Moscow for a week. At Herzen State we studied Russian language and history. Our history class, taught by Prof. Frederick Corney, focused on historical sites of… Read More

RPSS Homecoming Reception 2019

Homecoming 2019 2

The Russian House (Pleasants Hall) hosted the RPSS Homecoming reception for alumni of the program. Former and current students, friends, majors and minors gathered to catch up and enjoy delicious Russian food. It was great to learn about all the exciting things you are doing and about your future plans. Stay in touch and visit… Read More

Careers for Russian Studies Majors and Emerging Threats in Cybercrime Arena

Careers for Russian Studies Major

On October 18, 2019, Danny Wysong, Russian Studies alumnus (2007) talked about how his expertise in Russian language and culture opened up for him an exciting career in the field of cybersecurity. His past jobs in both the public and private sector have ranged from the detection and prevention of international human trafficking to the… Read More

Tepper Lecture Series: Stalin’s Master Narrative

Prof. David Brandenberger

On September 19, 2019, Professor David Brandenberger from University of Richmond gave a talk entitled “Stalin’s Master Narrative” in which he discussed his book Stalin’s Master Narrative: A Critical Edition of the Short Course on the History of the Communist Party (Bolsheviks), co-edited with Mikhail Zelenov (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019). Dr. Brandenberger talked… Read More

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