Every semester, the Russian Section and the College invite prominent scholars, artists, and cultural figures to give guest lectures as a way of enriching our students' educational and cultural experience. We believe it is imperative that our students are given as many opportunities as possible both to learn from other experts in a variety of disciplines and to make important contacts outside of William & Mary. In the past, we have had visits from Nina Khrushcheva, Helena Goscilo, James Billington, and others.
Upcoming Guest Lecturers
John MacKay, Professor of Film Studies and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University (Fall 2012)
Irina Paperno, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley (Spring 2012)
Julian Connolly, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia (Fall 2013)
Previous Guest Lecturers
David Herman, Associate Professor and Chair of the Slavic Languages and Literatures Department at the University of Virginia, gave a talk entitled, "Tolstoy in Eden" (Spring 2012).
Mary Catherine French ('07), a Ph.D. Candidate in Soviet History at the University of Pennsylvania, gave a talk entitled, "From TASS to Twitter: Russian and Soviet Journalism in Historical Perspective" (Spring 2012).
Sergei Kapterev, Professor of Film Studies at the Russian Film Institute, gave a lecture entitled, "Science Fiction Film in the USSR" (Fall 2011).
Edward Geist ('06), Ph.D. Candidate in Soviet History at UNC, Chapel Hill, presented his research in a talk entitled, "The Living Chernobyl: The Exclusion Zone 25 Years Later" (Fall 2011).
Zolotoi Plyos, a Russian Folk Group, gave a concert (Spring 2010).
Yury Tsivian, William Colvin Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago (Fall 2008). Dr. Tsivian gave a talk on the role of Chaplin iconography in Russian avantgarde art.
Karen Kettering, Associate Curator of Russian Art at the Hillwood Museum (Fall 2006). Dr. Kettering gave a presentation on Russian Porcelain.
Tony Anemone, Associate Professor at The New School (Fall 2006). Dr. Anemone discussed Russian Icon art.
Wendy Salmond, Associate Professor and Head of the Art Department at Chapman University (Fall 2006). Dr. Salmond gave a talk entitled, "Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs."
Gabriel Paletz, Professor at the Prague Film School (Spring 2005). Dr. Paletz talked about film adaptations of Dostoevskii's novels.
Zolotoi Plyos, a Russian Folk Group, performed the musical program, "The Golden Sounds of Russian Folk Music" (March 2004).