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University of Virginia

In Fall, 2015, students in Professor Edith Clowes’s “Introduction to Russian Culture” course embarked on an initiative to gather information about Russian art and life in Virginia. Student groups completed two research projects. The first asked students to learn more about the rich collection of Stalin-era posters held at Sweet Briar College. Working with Director Karol Lawson, seven students (Maria Bakatkina, Jae Hyun Cho, Kimberly Daw, Amelia Flannery, Madina Gazieva, Claudius Kim, and Tatyana Windsor) studied several of the posters to learn what they could about policy and official attitudes to the collectivization of agriculture around 1930.

That paper (password-protected) can be downloaded here.

A second group of students (John Barry, Ryan Doull, Alex Moree, David Peters) traveled to Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to visit the museum’s voluminous collection of Russian art and icons. Aided by Dr. Barry Shifman and Dr. Nancy Nichols, they viewed icons, avant-garde photography, and a rare and fascinating set of Russian Civil War-era cartoons by little-known artist, Vladimir Akimov. This group focused their research project on Akimov’s cartoons.

That paper (password-protected) can be downloaded here.

These papers are provided with the permission of the students and instructor of the course in the Slavic Department at the University of Virginia.

Study Abroad Programs

List of Study Abroad Programs Directly Sponsored by Colleges and Universities in Virginia

Descriptions of these programs were written by the sponsoring institutions themselves. Please contact individual program officers or directors for the most up-to-date information.

1) Ferrum College:
Rachel Stauffer (Assistant Professor of Russian and Program Coordinator of Russian), rstauffer@ferrum.edu

Ferrum College has an exchange program with Pskov State University in Pskov, with options for language study and/or internship opportunities.

2) George Mason University:
Dianna Leonard, Program Officer, dleonar7@gmu.edu

GMU has a bilateral exchange program with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, with options for Russian Language courses and others.

3) James Madison University:
JMU does not maintain a consistent Russian-based study abroad program, but will offer study abroad on an ad hoc basis according to professor and student ability and desire. For summer 2016, JMU offered two programs in Russia:

– Exploring Arts, Healing, and Health in Russia (Moscow, Sorochany, and St. Petersburg; contact: Kate Trammell, Program Director, trammekx@jmu.edu).

– Russian in Moscow (Moscow; contact: Elena Gopienko-Corbin, Adjunct Instructor in Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, gopienex@jmu.edu): Immersive language experience for intensive Russian-language instruction.

JMU will offer the Russian in Moscow program once more in Summer 2017.

4) Virginia Tech:
Kirsten Rutsala (Instructor of Russian), krutsala@vt.edu, or Dr. Robert Efird (Director, Russian Study Abroad), refird@vt.edu

The Russian Program of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers a Study Abroad program in Latvia.

The goal of the program is to provide Virginia Tech students with an exceptional opportunity to enrich their college experience by studying a foreign language and civilization while being immersed in Russian culture in the European Union.

All credits earned during the study abroad program will count towards the Russian Major or the Russian Minor.

5) William and Mary:
Those interested are urged to contact the Reves Center for International Studies and/or Sasha Prokhorov, Russian Studies Program Director, xprok@wm.edu)

This unique six-week summer program is designed to offer participants an opportunity to improve Russian language skills with 9 credits of Russian language and culture courses. The students are immersed in Russian culture as they live with Russian families and spend evenings filled with trips to the theatres, ballets, and operas, including the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre of Ballet and Opera. At least one semester of college-level Russian is required.

List of Colleges and Universities in Virginia With External Affiliate Programs

1) George Mason University:

GMU is affiliated with the American Councils Russian Overseas Flagship Program.

2) James Madison University:

JMU is affiliated with seven study abroad programs in Russia:

AIFS Study Abroad in Russia (Summer and Semester)

CIEE Russia: Moscow, Business and International Relations (Semester)

CIEE Russia: Moscow, Business and International Relations (Summer)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies (Semester)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies (Summer)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Semester)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Summer)

3) Old Dominion University:

ODU is affiliated with three summer programs in Russia:

AIFS Summer in Russia, St. Petersburg

CIEE Summer in Russia: Russian Area Studies

CIEE Summer in Russia: Russian Language Program

4) Sweet Briar:

In addition to its directly-sponsored study abroad programs, Sweet Briar also offers students a number of opportunities for study abroad throughout the world including, but not limited to, Australia, Austria, Bermuda, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Guam, Holland, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Panama, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad, and Tobago. Students should meet with the Director of International Studies for further information.

5) University of Richmond:

The University of Richmond offers opportunities for summer and semester study abroad through CIEE, its affiliate for summer study in Moscow or semester or year-long study in St. Petersburg.

6) University of Virginia:

The University of Virginia is affiliated with five study abroad programs in Russia:

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies (Semester)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies (Summer)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Semester)

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language (Summer)

University of Arizona Russian Abroad: Moscow

7) Washington and Lee:

Washington and Lee is affiliated with two semester programs in Russia:

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Area Studies

CIEE Russia: St. Petersburg, Russian Language

Additionally, W&L is affiliated with the Middlebury School in Russia offering study in Moscow, Yaroslavl, and Irkutsk.

Museums and Exhibitions

Descriptions of these museums were written by the institutions themselves. Please contact individual museums for the most up-to-date information.

Chrysler Museum of Art
Welcome to the Chrysler Museum of Art’s collection that includes more than 30,000 works of art! The Museum has over 30 objects of Russian photography, pottery, and iconography.

If you have any questions about our collection, we would love to hear from you! For further inquiries, please contact us at collection@chrysler.org.

Address: One Memorial Place, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
Phone: (757) 664-6200

The Cold War Museum
The Cold War Museum has over $3 million in Cold War era artifacts in storage waiting to be displayed. The collection includes over 3,000 books, a 5,000 sq ft Cuban Missile Crisis Display, an SA-2 Missile, Nike Missiles, items from the USS Pueblo, USS Liberty, the U-2 Incident, Berlin Airlift, Corona Spy Satellite program, US and Soviet space programs, USMLM, and a variety of related Cold War items from international events and activities.

The Cold War Museum is a charitable organization dedicated to education, preservation, and research on the global, ideological, and political confrontations between East and West from the end of World War II to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Cold War Museum is cultivating relationships with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Besopasnosti (KGB), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and the National Archives, federal, state, and local entities, for-profit and non-profit organizations, worldwide veteran organizations, and individual citizens.

Address: 7142 Lineweaver Rd., Warrenton, VA 20187
Phone: (540) 341-2008

The Fralin Museum of Art
Collection of Russian and Greek Icons

Address: Thomas H. Bayly Building, 155 Rugby Road,
PO Box 400119, Charlottesville VA 22904-4119
Phone: (434) 924-3592

Lazare Gallery: Russian Art Gallery
Located in rural Charles City County, Virginia, far from the capitals of the fashionable art world, Lazare Gallery is nonetheless the epicenter of the West’s discovery of the surpassing beauty of Russian Realism.

The gallery recognizes the importance of and focus on the most skilled artists of the Moscow School of Russian Realism, the world’s greatest realism art movement of the 20th Century.

Address: 4641 Kimages Wharf Rd., Charles City, VA 23030
Phone: (804) 829-5001

Museum of Sweet Briar College
Collection of Soviet Posters

Contact: Dr. Karol Lawson
Email: klawson@sbc.edu
Address: Sweet Briar College, 134 Chapel Road, Sweet Briar, VA 24595
Phone: (434) 381-6248

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
In 1947 Lillian Thomas Pratt bequeathed to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts her remarkable collection of more than 400 Russian objects, including five Imperial Easter Eggs and approximately 170 additional works from the House of Fabergé. The collection is off-view as it travels to venues in North America and East Asia.

Address: 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23030
Phone: (804) 829-5001

Clubs and Organizations

Descriptions of these clubs and organizations were written by the groups themselves. Please contact individual groups for the most up-to-date information.

Russian Speakers of Richmond Meet-Up                                                    Meet local Russian language and culture lovers! Have fun practicing, learning new phrases and sentences and finally understanding those verb conjugations! All ages and levels welcome.

Russian Club and Culture (The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech)
The Russian Club and Culture is an organization for students or anybody in the Blacksburg area interested in the Russian language or culture.

To be added to the Russian Club listserv please e-mail James Flanagan, President of the Russian Club, using the link above (scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Russian”).

Russian Club at Ferrum
Russian Club (scroll down the page to find the club listing) – Welcomes interest and membership from any Ferrum College student. The club attends performances highlighting Russian art, song, dance, culture, and speakers. Club members also become familiar with traditional Russian songs and dances, Russian arts and crafts, present performances, and hold workshops on these topics.

Russian Club at Old Dominion University: As of January 9, 2017, this club was defunct.

The Russian House at William and Mary                                                        The Russian House offers weekly Russian tea hours, tutoring, and monthly parties. If you have questions about Russian grammar and phonetics, culture, holidays, and traditions, the Russian House is the place to come. If you are a native speaker and you feel your Russian is rusty, you will find interesting conversation and games in the Russian House. Check their Facebook page (linked above) for information on current events.

Russian Music Ensemble at William and Mary                                            The Russian Music Ensemble serves to educate interested members of the W&M community about Russian folk music and how to perform it. The ensemble regularly rehearses folk songs from Russia and other eastern European countries with the intention of performing at various events during the year. For more information, contact russianmusic@email.wm.edu, or check their Facebook page, which is linked above.

Russian Tea at University of Virginia
Russian tea and conversation events are held on a bi-weekly basis in New Cabell Hall 236. Students, faculty, staff, and community members of all proficiency levels come together for Russian conversation practice, while enjoying tea and treats! Events tend to revolve around central themes, including holiday celebrations, student exhibitions, poetry readings, humor, and music. Be sure to follow the official Facebook for announcements about upcoming discussion topics and events:  https://www.facebook.com/UVaRussianTea/

Please contact Maria Bakatkina at msb4wq@virginia.edu for additional information.

Slavic Student Association at University of Virginia
Slavic Student Association at UVA is a union of students who share a similar cultural background, nationality, ethnicity, or interest in Slavic, Eastern European, and CIS languages and cultures. Although we only include Slavic in our name for simplicity, we represent a large variety of cultures and languages ranging from those of Eastern European countries to those of CIS and other former Soviet Union states.
 Our goal is to get to know each other, have fun events, and provide a home base of people who share the same interests and background!

 Please contact Jacob Cash using the link above for additional information.

Universities and Colleges

Descriptions of these programs were written by the sponsoring institutions themselves. Please contact individual program officers or directors for the most up-to-date information.

Ferrum College Russian Language Program

The Russian program offers a humanities-oriented major (B.A.) in Russian, a minor in Russian, and an interdisciplinary minor in Contemporary Russian Studies that incorporates coursework from the humanities and social sciences. Students who are interested in pursuing any of these programs are strongly encouraged to sign up for Russian 101 in their freshman or sophomore year. Students who have prior study of Russian should make an appointment with the Russian Program Coordinator to determine at what level they should begin language study at Ferrum.
Contact: Dr. Rachel Stauffer (rstauffer@ferrum.edu)

George Mason University Russian and Eurasian Studies

The Russian and Eurasian Studies program brings together experienced Mason faculty who will guide your exploration of this region’s culture, gender, class, ethnicity, economy, government, and politics.
Contact: Director James S. Levine (jlevin2@gmu.edu)
Phone: (703) 993-1233

James Madison University Minor in Russian

Note: This minor is not currently being offered.

The FLLC offers minors in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian. These minors require 18 credits, including a 300 class, a 300- or 400- level literature class, and four upper-level electives.
Contact: Dr. Stephany Plecker (pleckesg@jmu.edu)

Northern Virginia Community College World Language Department

We offer Beginning Russian 101 and 102, Intermediate Russian 201 and 202. When you have completed RUS 101 and 102, you can expect to be able to function in daily situations in any of the Russian-speaking countries, such as ordering food in restaurants, asking locations, shopping, talking about you and your family, sharing information about activities and hobbies, etc. Also, you should be able to read and write basic texts and understand some TV and radio programming.
Contact: Dr. James Bernhardt (jbernhardt@nvcc.edu)
Phone: (703) 845-6242

Old Dominion University Language Learning Center Programs

Russian course online:
The Russian for Everyone site was developed by TLT Network and Julia Rochtchine, who teaches Russian language and culture at the University of Victoria, Canada. It includes eight units of grammar lessons, lessons on Russian letters and the sound system, as well as summary tables, exercises, and Russian language games.
Phone: (757) 683-3364

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Offers International Education and credit classes of Russian (distant learning) http://www.pvcc.edu/academics/international-education
Contact: admissions@pvcc.edu
Phone: (434) 961-6551

University of Richmond Russian Studies Program

At the University of Richmond, you can begin your study of Russian with absolutely no prior knowledge, in a non-intensive course sequence that allows your schedule to accommodate your other courses and sports. Once you get started, the interdisciplinary Russian Studies major and minor program provides you with the most valuable skills in today’s global marketplace: critical thinking and writing skills, cross-cultural perspective, and more in-depth knowledge of the cultural and social patterns that have emerged from an area that defines itself as the crossroad between East and West. Russian Studies majors complete nine units of coursework distributed between language and area studies; minors must complete five courses. All students are strongly encouraged to study abroad on UR summer and semester programs in St. Petersburg. You should also consider studying abroad in Siberia and Central Asia.
Contact: Carole Weinstein
Phone: (804) 289-8096
Department Chair: Dr. Yvonne Howell

University of Virginia Slavic Department

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia is engaged in teaching and research on the languages, literatures and cultures of Russia and Eastern Europe. Particular strengths of the Department include: Nineteenth-century Russian literature, Twentieth-century Russian literature, Polish language and literature, Slavic cultures, and Russian language pedagogy.
With seven full-time members and five affiliated members, the faculty of the Slavic Department represents a broad spectrum of scholarly interest and expertise. The Department offers two undergraduate majors (including a distinguished majors program) leading to the B.A. and two undergraduate minors. http://slavic.as.virginia.edu/undergraduate-program
The Department’s graduate programs include two M.A. tracks and a full course of studies leading to the Ph.D. http://slavic.as.virginia.edu/graduate-programs
The Slavic Department was originally part of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages, but became an independent department in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1971. Founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education in the United States; it is both public and highly selective. The University is located in Charlottesville, a vital community with rich traditions and a thriving cultural life, located about 120 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. The University is consistently rated one of the top public institutions in the nation.
Contact: Department Chair: David Herman (dh9a@eservices.virginia.edu)

Virginia Commonwealth University School of World Studies

Minor In Russian: Advisors in the School of World Studies Advising Office can answer questions about the Russian studies minor.
Contact: Gina Kovarsky (gkovarsk@vcu.edu)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute Russian Language Program

Housed in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Russian Program gives students an opportunity to learn Russian and to become familiar with the culture of the world’s largest country. Students can earn a Russian major or a Russian minor, as well as take part in study abroad programs that take place in Moscow.

Washington and Lee University German and Russian Department

The Department of German and Russian offers a major and a minor in German and a minor in Russian studies. Our Russian Area Studies program is an exciting interdisciplinary program encompassing several fields of study here at Washington and Lee.
Contact: Department Head Paul Youngman (youngmanp@wlu.edu).

College of William and Mary Russian Studies

The Russian Section at William & Mary offers just such a community of learning in which all of your questions about Russia and Russian will be addressed through the many Russian courses offered by faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching and to promoting undergraduate research. W&M students have the opportunity to take four full years of Russian, live in the Russian House with a native Russian tutor, and study and research abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia, on a faculty-led summer program. Students of Russian are eligible for a number of scholarships to study in Russia.
Contact: Director Alexander Prokhorov (axprok@wm.edu).