Sophie Kosar ’14 Wins MLL Outstanding Achievement Award in Russian Studies

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Russian Studies Program of the MLL Department is happy to announce that The 2014 MLL Outstanding Achievement Award in Russian Studies (formerly MLL Russian Book Award) goes to Sophia Kosar. The award seeks to recognize a graduating Russian Studies major for her contributions in research and language studies. Congratulations Sophie!

Jessica Parks and Hannah Kitchen Win RPSS Excellence Awards

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The RPSS Executive Committee is happy to announce that the RPSS Excellence Awards for the year 2014 went to Jessica Parks and Hannah Kitchen. 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… Read More

Second Annual Russian Language Olympics

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The event will be held on  Saturday, March 22nd, 12:00 -4:00 pm, McGlothlin Street 20. The Russian Language Olympics are a newly born tradition at the College of William and Mary. It gives an opportunity to students taking Russian to demonstrate their language skills in both an engaging and creative atmosphere.  Level 1 students will… Read More

Guest Lecture “Taxes and the Modern Citizen. How Taxes in Russia, the USSR, and the World Shaped Governments, Peoples, and Persons in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries”

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 Professor Yanni Kotsonis (Department of History, New York University) will give his presentation on Thursday, March 20, 4:00-5:30 pm, Washington Hall 201. Taxes secure revenue but taxes are equally tools that reshape societies. In Russia this was a movement away from regimes of privilege where only the lower orders paid, to systems of income and… Read More

Pr. Russel Zanca talk on “Nationalism and the Myth of Turkic-Muslim Unity in Central Asia”

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Professor Russel Zanca (Northeastern Illinois University) will give a talk on Thursday, March 13th, 5:00pm, Tucker 127A.

Russian House Film Screening «Гагарин. Первый в космосе»

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Welcome to the Russian House Film Screening about Yuri Gagarin. March, 12th, 7pm, Russian House.

Rachel Faith ’14 wins 2014 National ACTR Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award

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Our congratulations to Rachel Faith who has been awarded the 2014 National ACTR Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award. Way to go, Rachel!

Maslenitsa Celebration in the Russian House

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Our traditional Maslenitsa celebration will be on Saturday, February 22nd at 5 pm. The event will be held in the Russian House. We can promise lots of bliny, interesting games and a great company!

Rachel Faith ’14 accepted in PBK

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Rachel Faith’14 was recently elected to become a member of Phi Beta Kappa. The Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest honor society, founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. The induction ceremony will be held on December 5th, 2013 in the Wren Chapel. Faith is double-majoring in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies… Read More

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!

Russian Olympics

On Saturday, March 23rd, students and faculty of the Russian Language department congregated for the first ever Russian Language Olympics at the College of William and Mary. The games, held in honor of Russia’s hosting of the 2014 winter Olympics in the city of Sochi, were the site of fierce, but fair, competition by Russian… Read More

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.

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

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.

Russian: Profile: Erin Alpert ’07, Russian and Post-Soviet Studies

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The time I spent at the College greatly influenced both my career path and who I am as a person. The people I met there, both friends and professors, continue to be a significant part of my life. I think it’s important for alumni to remain connected to the College and to help foster those… Read More

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

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

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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… Read More

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

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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… Read More

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

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  “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    

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

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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… Read More

William and Mary Students Present at UVA Slavic Forum (March 2012)

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On March 17, four Russian Studies students – along with professors John Lyles, Alexander Prokhorov, Elena Prokhorova, filmmaker-in-residence Jes Therkelsen, and Russian House Tutor Viktoria Kim – participated in the Third Annual Slavic Forum at the University of Virginia. For the past few years, the Slavic Graduate Program at UVa has held student-organized conferences designed… Read More

Student Profile: Jacob Lassin ’12 (Video Feature)

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Jacob Lassin recently won the American Council of Teachers of Russian’s (ACTR) Post Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award. This award, according to the ACTR newsletter, “honors those students who embody a love for and dedication to things Russian that is unparalleled among their peers.” Each college or university where Russian is taught may nominate one… 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.

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

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

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(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… Read More

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

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Russian Studies students and faculty wish you a Happy New Year!  2012! Студенты и профессора программы русского страноведения желают вам счастья в Новом году! 2012!                                              

Visualizing St. Petersburg: Research Through Documentary Filmmaking Abroad

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by Jes Therkelsen The documentary filmmaking process requires a tremendous amount of patience, discipline, creativity, and flexibility. You need to deal with people, but know how to troubleshoot technology; you must be organized, but open to spontaneity; you should be prepared for everything, but comfortable working in the unknown. For the eight students who studied… Read More

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

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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… Read More

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

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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… Read More

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

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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!   SRAS: 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… Read More

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

Visualizing Saint Petersburg – One Month In (July 15)

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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… Read More

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

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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… Read More

First Week in Ufa (WM in Russia)

So I have been in Ufa for a little over a week and though it was time to post an update. Before we left for Russia, our group had a CLS orientation in Washington to meet each other and get information about how to use Russian after we graduate. It was great to meet all… Read More

WM Students Explore Russia (June-July 2011)

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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 http://2011wmpetersburg.blogs.wm.edu

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… Read More

Monika Bernotas and Suzanne Reed Win Honorable Mention Certificates at the 12th National Russian Essay Contest (May 2011)!

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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.

Congratulations Class of 2011 Russian Studies Graduates!

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

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.

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… Read More

Russian television provides opportunities for learning and collaborative research

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Watching too much television is bad for you. That is, unless you’re a student in Elena Prokhorova’s Senior Research Seminar class. In Prof. Prokhorova’s class, they’re studying the cultural significance of television programs like the Russian version of Fran Drescher’s sitcom “The Nanny”, but this is no mere classroom exercise. The course is designed around… Read More

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 challenges of doing business in Russia. Sponsored by the Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Program

Russian Maslenitsa 2011

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story: Ashlin Ross | photos: Mike Blum Maslenitsa is a great time for the Russian Department to come together and enjoy each other’s company. In Russia, Maslenitsa is a celebration of the sun. In the Russian House, it’s a celebration of friendship and the spring semester. Every year enormous amounts of Russian food is prepared… Read More

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

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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). http://www.wm.edu/as/modernlanguages/russian http://www.wm.edu/as/globalstudies/russianpostsov

Dr. Robert Moynihan Visits William and Mary

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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.

Public Lecture: “Moscow and Rome: Latest Developments in Vatican-Russian Relations in a Geopolitical Context”

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Location: Washington Hall 201 Dr. Robert Moynihan presents a public lecture “Moscow and Rome: Latest Developments in Vatican-Russian Relations in a Geopolitical Context.”  Dr. Moynihan edits the magazine “Inside the Vatican” and has been a key player in the ongoing dialogue between Vatican and Russian Orthodox Church since 1999.

Film Series: The Lighter Side of Russia: What Men Talk About

“The Lighter Side of Russia” Thursday February 10 at 5 pm in Washington 301 The Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Program presents the last in 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… Read More

Film Series: The Lighter Side of Russia

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“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),… Read More

Russian Holiday Party

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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.

Film Screening: Taras Bulba

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(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… Read More

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

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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.

Oakie Treadwell’s Experimental Film Maggots and Men

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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… Read More

Brown Bag: Second World Modernity and Sexuality

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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… Read More

Sarah Argodale successfully defends Honors Thesis

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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.

Congratulations to Professor Frederick Corney!

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

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

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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 Russian proverb: Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей (It’s better to have a hundred friends than a hundred rubles).

Folk Music Group ZOLOTOI PLYOS, a Concert in Williamsburg

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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…. Read More

Russian House Soccer Team Wins Decisive Game

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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

2010 Winner of the Dobro Slovo Scholarship

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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… Read More

Two Russian Studies Students Win Research Scholarships

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

Sarah Argodale Speaks at the 11th Annual Honor Colloquium

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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.

Russian Studies Student Wins Award in Film Scoring Contest

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Chris Hart-Moynihan wins the Judge’s Award at the Film Scoring Contest, which was part of 2010 William and Mary Global Film Festival.  Chris received an award for his musical score for a scene from Nikita Mikhalkov’s 1991 Award winning film Urga: Close to Eden.

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

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Originally posted in: http://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2010/nicadwinner-023.php “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… Read More

2009 Winner of the Dobro Slovo Scholarship

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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… Read More

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

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

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

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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… Read More

Red Moon Rising is Available on Google Video

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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

Kurt Carlson receives 2008 Dobro Slovo Scholarship

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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… Read More

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.

Sasha Prokhorov Receives the Jefferson Teaching Award

Sasha Prokhorov Receives the Jefferson Teaching Award

Folk Music Group ZOLOTOY PLYOS Performs on Campus

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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… Read More

Public Lecture. Eugene Onegin: From Page to Stage

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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… Read More

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