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Slavic Colloquium: Russian Virginia In and Out of the Classroom

This colloquium will feature two student projects from Prof. Edith Clowes’ RUTR 2460 course using the website “Russian Virginia”. The first project, presented by Fall 2015 students Alex Moree and David Peters, explores the Russian Civil War through the work of little-known Soviet cartoonist Vladimir Akimov. The second project, presented by Fall 2016 students Alex Kozoyed and Veri Silva, focuses on an Orthodox church in the Northern Virginia area and its integration of traditional orthodoxy with recognizably American social practices and involvement.

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.

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).