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W&M Global Film Festival launches 2014 theme with screenings, special guests

On Nov. 22 at the Kimball Theatre, the W&M Global Film Festival will launch its 2014 theme “Journeys & Passages” with an evening of Chilean-American programming featuring special guests Chilean director Sebastián Silva and American actor Michael Cera.

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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

Commencement 2011
Commencement 2013

On May 11th 2013 over 70 IR and 48 GS majors celebrated their graduation at PBK Hall. Congratulations Class of 2013!!!

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).

Paperno Lecture
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.

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.

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

Michael S. Gorham, University of Florida, will give a talk, “Russia’s Digital Revolution,” in which he will examine 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.

Commencement 2011
Commencement 2012

On May 12th 2012 over 44 GS majors celebrated their graduation at PBK Hall. Congratulations Class of 2012!!

Recipients of Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence announced

First awarded in 2009, Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence have touched faculty and students in almost every corner of the campus, and now the College is announcing the 2012 honorees.