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  • Lynn Patyk spoke with Sean Guillory of Sean's Russian Blog Podcast on her book: Written in Blood: Revolutionary Terrorism and Russian Literary Culture published by the University of Wisconsin Press. (Full Podcast) Written in Blood offers a fundamentally new interpretation of the emergence of modern terrorism, arguing that it formed in...

  • Alfia Rakova's Russian 3 class visited the Sin-Ying Ho exhibit at the Hood Museum where Russian text was included in the art. This helped the student's practice the Russian language.

    RUSSIAN 36
    FALL 2018
    No prerequisites.
    Kopper @ 2

    From childhood to the end of his life, Tolstoy struggled to overcome his fear of death. As he himself put the problem, 'Is there any meaning in my life which the inevitable death awaiting me does not destroy?' In his quest for bulwarks against that fear, he studied the great philosophers and he examined closely the value system of the peasants. He found temporary relief...

  • Tsarism or Feminism?
    Debate the future of Russia this Fall in a new course

    Russian 38/Film 42 Griffin @ 2A, Fall 2018
    No prerequisites!
    Distribs: W/LIT

    Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Politics, Media, and Religion in Post-Soviet Russia
    In 1987, the Soviet Union was the largest political entity on the planet. Four years later, it had vanished from the map entirely. In this interdisciplinary course, you will learn about the ‘new Russia’ that has...

  • Introductory Russian students’ thoughts about trip to the Russian café in Boston.

    April 21, 2018

    My trip with the Russian Department to the St. Petersburg Cafe in Boston was, in a way, a sneak preview of the upcoming summer. As someone going on the Language Study Abroad, having this opportunity to order and enjoy food with native speakers was both great preparation and an awesome way to get excited about the trip this summer. Everyone in the restaurant was...

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    Reed Hall, Room 108 @ 4:45 pm
    Ani Kokobobo, University of Kansas

    In part due to biographical information about the Tolstoy marriage, and in part due to the author’s personal writings, for years, the critical debate of Tolstoy and gender has centered on a misogyny thesis. While some scholars have seen Tolstoy as a misogynist, who completely elides the female experience, others have advocated for a feminist Tolstoy, whose affiliation with women is...

  • Monday, March 26, 2018

    ORIENTATION in 105 Dartmouth Hall  6 to 7 p.m.

    (If you have never been an A.T., Orientation is MANDATORY)


    PRACTICE SESSIONS for all Veteran & Non-Veteran A.T.s
    (Reed Hall, room 103)


     Monday, March 26, 2018:                  7 to 8 pm...

  • The Russian Theater class (Russian 18/Theater10) presents a stage production of Nikolai Gogol's comedy The Inspector General on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in 105 Dartmouth. The production has been cast, directed, and designed by the students in the Russian Theater class. The performance is in English and open to the public.

  • The Role of Language and Culture in Communication

    With the arrival of the new millennium and its promise of global communications networks, we are becoming more and more aware of our world as a ‘global village’ and of the implications this has, both linguistic and cultural, for communication across national and ethnic boundaries. This course will examine those areas in the study of culture and language pragmatics with relevance to such communication between Americans and Russians....

  • "On Disappointment in Terrorism, War, and Revolution: Boris Savinkov’s What Didn’t Happen and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace"
    The Russian Review (vol. 77, No. 1, 2018)
    Author: Lynn Patyk

    As a particularly high-risk political strategy, terrorism is fraught with failure and disappointment for its adherents. Few scholars have concerned themselves with the disappointment of terrorists, for the simple reason that their failure is our...