Professors Alexander Prokhorov and Elena Prokhorova have published a pioneering book that examines Soviet film and television of the 1970s as mature industries articulating diverse cultural values via new genre models. During the 1970s, Soviet cinema and television developed a parallel system of genres where television texts celebrated conservative consensus while films manifested symptoms of… Read More
Russian Studies and Film/Media Studies Professor Elena Prokhorova won the annual Raft Debate in 2016. The Raft Debate features four W&M faculty members from various disciplines who, stranded on a deserted island with only a one-person life raft to get off the island, have to argue which of them should get the raft and escape… Read More
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… Read More
Aftermovie (dir. Vitalyi Humenyuk)
Russian Senior Lecturer Bella Ginzbursky-Blum interviews new colleague Robert Mulcahy about his research and teaching. Prof. Mulcahy just started teaching at William and Mary in the Fall of 2014.
Sophie Kosar is a graduating senior with a Russian and Post-Soviet Studies major, who had very rich and fulfilling experiences both at William & Mary and in her studies abroad. Over the course of her studies she published two articles about history and modern day urban development of St. Petersburg. One of her articles appeared… Read More
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!
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
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”
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
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
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!
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
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.
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 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!
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)!
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.
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
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 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
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
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
Public Lecture: “Moscow and Rome: Latest Developments in Vatican-Russian Relations in a Geopolitical Context”
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.
“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
“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
(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
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
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
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).
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
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
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
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
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