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Students Inducted into National Slavic Honor Society

On March 21st at 5:15 pm our five students and the Russian House Tutor Olga Makarova were inducted into Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society. Congratulations to them on this honor! This year marks the 20th Anniversary of our Chapter! Our induction ceremony took place in the historic Wren Chapel.

And the Winners Are...

Students taking Russian language classes at the College of William and Mary took part in the 2nd Russian Language Olympics on March, 22nd, 2014. Congratulations to the winners and participants!

Professor Yanni Kotsonis' Lecture (New York University)

Professor Yanni Kotsonis (Department of History, New York University) will give his presentation “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”.

Maslenitsa Celebration in the Russian House

Join us to celebrate Maslenitsa on Saturday, Ferbuary 22nd at 5 pm. The event will be held in the Russian House (Randolph Complex, Pleasants Hall, 3rd floor)

Holiday Dinner at the Russian House

The Russian and Post Soviet Studies Program is having its traditional End of Semester Dinner this Saturday, December 7, at 5pm in the Russian House. Come and enjoy delicious Russian food, meet your classmates and professors.

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Rachel Faith 14' accepted into PBK

RPSS student Rachel Faith'14 was elected to become a member of Phi Beta Kappa. The induction ceremony will be held on December 5th, 2013 in the Wren Chapel.

Homecoming Reception in the Russian House
Celebrate Homecoming 2013 with the Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Program

1.Friday, October 25, 3:30 pm, Washington 302 Public Lecture: Aylara Odekova '08 "Demystifying International Development: A Guide to the Nonprofit World in DC" 2. Friday, October 25, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm Annual MLL Homecoming Wine & Cheese Reception on the Cohen Career Center Rooftop Terrace, adjacent to the Sadler Center (previously the University Center) 3. Saturday, October 26, 5:00 - 7:00 pm Annual RPSS Homecoming Reception At the Russian House -- Pleasants Hall, 3rd floor

RPSS Information Session

Monday, September 30th, 5 pm, Washington Hall 315. Join Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Program Faculty to find out more about the courses, Study Abroad Program in Saint Petersburg, the Russian House, Gazeta, and the Russian Language Olympics.

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Lirsen Myrtaj Wins Essay Writing Award

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

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Taylor Lain Wins Dobro Slovo Scholarship

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.

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Rianna Jansen wins the Boren Scholarship

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

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Russian Students Win Awards

Students and awards. Andrew Andell and Matthew Levey (RPSS Excellence Award) Alex McGrath (ACTR National Russian Scholar Laureate Award and Russian Program Book Award).

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Alex McGrath Wins National Award

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.

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2013 Russian Language Olympics

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.

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

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 about life under the Soviet regime. The talk discusses such stories of the Soviet experiences–memoirs, diaries, blogs, and recorded dreams–and suggests ways of seeing them as a cultural trend.

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

Michael S. Gorham, University of Florida, will be giving a lecture, “Russia’s Digital Revolution,” in which he 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.

Rare interviews captured in Russia

Student research provides scholars with firsthand accounts of the film industry before, during and after the Soviet Union.

Professor John MacKay to Give Talk on Man with a Movie Camera

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

From student to scholar in just one tweet

Jacob Lassin '13 is getting international acclaim from scholars and the media for his thesis about the commemoration of World War II in Russian social media.

Film Series: RUSSIANS: Cinema, City, Migration (Feb 2012)

Migration, urban space and motion picture film have a shared history that has shaped human existence since the end of the 19th century. What is the relationship between migration, city, and film in films about Russia and Russians?

Russian Info Session (18 Oct, 2011)

Join us for pizza and conversation. Tuesday, October 18 3:30-4:19 pm. Washington 315 Your Russian and Post-Soviet Studies faculty

Russian Holiday Party

Russian Department is having the End of the Semester Russian Dinner this Saturday, December 4th at 6pm.

Lecture: “On Chaplin in Russian Avant-Garde Art” (Russian and Film Studies, 2008)

Yuri Tsivian will look at what Soviet avant-garde artists of the 1920s made of Charlie Chaplin; at his image as a "Taylorist actor;" at his impact on Kuleshov's workshop; and, more closely, at one movie which Russians thought was Chaplin's, but which Chaplin never made. Dedicated to Centenary of Russian Cinema.

Folk Music Group ZOLOTOY PLYOS Performs on Campus

Russian folk music group Zolotoi Plyos (Alexander Solovov, Elena Sadina, and Serguei Gratchev) will give a concert-demonstration of Russian folk music for W&M students and faculty.

Public Lecture. Eugene Onegin: From Page to Stage (February 2008)

Russian and Post-Soviet Studies present a Public Lecture. "Musical Metamorphosis: Eugene Onegin from Page to Stage" Our guest speaker is Helena Goscilo, UCIS Research Professor and Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures University of Pittsburgh.

Public Lecture: "Russian Imperial Porcelain"

Karen Kettering, Ph.D. (Curator of Russian Art, Hillwood Museum and Gardens) talks about the tradition of Russian imperial porcelain. The lecture will be held on October 5th, at 5:30 pm., in Muscarelle Museum of Art.

Russian artist and art historian Nickolai Dubavik. Lecture: The Paintings of Russian Artist, Zabelin. Sep 28, 5:30 pm. in Muscarelle Museum of Art

Sept 28, 5:30 pm. in Muscarelle Museum of Art Russian artist and art historian NICKOLAI DUBAVIK Lecture: The Paintings of Russian Artist, Zabelin Nickolai Dubavik talks about the tradition of Russian realist painting and one of the major representatives of this tradition in the twentieth century Vyacheslav Zabelin (1935-2002).

Lecture "Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs"

On September 7th, at 5:30 pm. in Andrews Hall 101, Wendy Salmond will give a talk "TRADITIONS IN TRANSITION Russian Icons in the Age of the Romanovs." Wendy Salmond is the curator of the Exhibition RUSSIAN ICONS IN THE AGE OF THE ROMANOVS open currently in the Muscarelle Museum of Art. Her talk explores the place of religious visual tradition in secular culture. Sasha Prokhorov

The Muscarelle Museum of Art Russian Exhibits

Don't Miss Russian Exhibits on Campus! August 26-october 8, 2006: Russian Icons in the Age of Romanovs, Russian Porcelain, Russian Realist Paintings.

First Winner of Dobro Slovo Scholarship

Rachel Olchesky wins the first annual Dobro Slovo Scholarship to study at St. Petersburg State University in the summer of 2006.

Russian Students at Middlebury

Three Russian students have been accepted to the Middlebury Summer 2006 Russian School.

Podcasting Comes to MLL!

Associate Professor of Russian, Tony Anemone receives Technology Grant to podcast Advanced Russian Conversation in the spring of 2006.

Anemone becomes president of SCSS

Associate Professor of Russian and Chair of Modern Languages & Literatures Tony Anemone was elected President of the Southern Regional Association of Slavic Scholars at the recent conference of the organization in Nashville, TN.