Russian Outside the Classroom
The Russian Club
The Russian Club sponsors various activities throughout the year such as Russian dinners at which members prepare and enjoy an authentic Russian meal; performances of Russian plays; and speakers, such as Professor Darra Goldstein, who spoke to the club about food in Gogol's story "Old World Landowners."
Numerous figures prominent in Russian and East European affairs have been guests on campus through the years. These include Nobel Laureates Czeslaw Milosz, who taught a course on Dostoevsky at Dartmouth, and Joseph Brodsky, who in addition to reading his poetry here, received an honorary degree from Dartmouth in 1989 and delivered the commencement address. In 1991, Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn made one of his rare public appearances to receive an honorary degree from Dartmouth. Russians active in the worlds of art, theater, and journalism have visited the campus, as have delegations of doctors, lawyers, computer scientists, and specialists in a variety of other fields. In 1997, Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project spent two weeks at Dartmouth perfecting a new dance, which had its premiere in the Moore Theater. Members of the Russian Club arranged a reception for him in the Russian Department, where they had a chance to talk to him about his life and work. In 1998, Elena Bonner came to campus to speak on the topic "Human Rights and Democracy in Russia today." This year Vladimir Ufland was invited to read his comic verses followed by a discussion of today's cultural situation in Saint Petersburg.