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  • As part of Dartmouth's 250th celebration all over campus are signs of our history. In 1918 Elizabeth Reynold Hapgood becomes Dartmouth's first female professor. She also created the College's Russian Program.

    Dartmouth's first female professor was an accomplished linguist and Russian language expert. Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood had lived in Russia for several years, published articles and established a program in Russian language and culture at Columbia University. In 1918, Dartmouth...

  • Victoria Juharyan has taught a number of courses on Russian literature, language, and philosophy at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, and the University of Pittsburgh. Victoria completed her PhD in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University in 2018. She also holds an MA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth Colleague and a BA in Literary Editing from St. Petersburg State University in Russia. Her research interests include the...

  • A group of Russian Department students with Alfia Rakova, went to Boston, MA to learn about Russian culture.

    Our trip to Boston was a very interesting experience and gave a fascinating perspective into Russian culture in the United States. In addition to this, our trip was a great opportunity to experience the city of Boston in a more natural setting than what is usually available to international students, like myself. Between meeting a Russian musician at the metro, and experiencing...

  • Atomic Energy and the Arrogance of Man: Revisiting the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

    Monday, May 6, 2018, 4:30 pm, Carson L01

    On the morning of April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. This lecture will draw on new sources to lay bare the flaws of the Soviet...

  • Neither Saints, Nor Prostitutes: The Complexities of Imprisoned Women’s Lives in Stalin’s Gulag
    Steven A. Barnes, George Mason University
    Friday, April 19, 2019
    4:30 pm, Carson L01

    Although women constituted a significant portion of the Soviet forced labor concentration camp population in the Stalin era, their lives have rarely been studied. Those who have written about these women’s lives, whether scholars or memoirists, they have typically been portrayed as...

  • Students in the Creative Writing in Russian course (Russian 71, W19) – Liza Begunova, Amanda Durfee, Eugene Lovejoy, Hallie Sala, and Stephen Sudia – collaboratively wrote a 180-page long epistolary novel entirely in Russian. Each student wrote the letters for one of the characters in the novel and created that character’s backstory, personality, distinctive writing style, and story arc. Other participants in the project included Teaching Assistant Misha Tovmashenko and two college students...

  • Congratulations to the winners of the Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. In this year’s contest, there were 1366 essays submitted from 61 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. 

    Topic: “My university life. / Моя университетская жизнь.”

    Please join us to congratulate Yelyzaveta Begunova (Gold), Darya Romanova (Silver), Alexander Kokoshinsiy (Bronze), Savannah Eller (Bronze), Savannah Miller (Bronze), Hallie Sala (Honorable...

  • Eliot Borenstein
    Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University
    Monday, May 13, 2019, 4:00 pm
    Carson L01
    In the current Russian media environment, commentators of all political stripes are on the lookout for propaganda and its effects.  The war in Ukraine, for example, has prompted accusations that the Russian, Ukrainian, and Western media are brainwashing their audiences.  The Russian term most frequently invoked is “zombification”:  the transformation of...

  • Stuart Finkel is the most recent addition to the Russian Department after many years teaching history at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is not entirely new to Dartmouth, however, having previously taught as a visitor including courses on the Russian Revolution, Soviet history and culture, and the history of human rights. He is currently completing a book entitled For Martyrs or for Enemies: Aid to Political Prisoners in Russia and the Soviet Union, which both surveys...

  • The Russian LSA+ students enjoyed a variety of experiences during the summer 2018 LSA. (Language Study Abroad)