News & Events

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Russian Department offers the opportunity for comprehensive study of Russian language, literature, culture, and history. Our faculty have a wide variety of interests and areas of expertise – from folklore to the history of human rights in Russia – that they bring to the classroom in small, intensive seminars and large introductory courses for non-majors. Our summer study abroad program is built around homestays but also includes travel to Russia’s medieval cities and thriving centers....

  • All students and faculty are cordially invited you to Russian Tea Thursdays at 1:00 pm in the Russian Seminar Room, Reed Hall 220.
    Come practice your Russian (any level), find out about Russian courses offered at Dartmouth, learn about Russian food and culture, play games, read poetry, watch cartoons, and have fun conversations in English and Russian.
    For more information please contact:

    [email protected]

  • 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...

  • Russian-28 students are working on their "Colors and Cultures" project, grant  received by Professor Alfia Rakova and supported by the Leslie Center for the Humanities ("Labs in the Humanities").


    Here is what the students think:
    --The Color and Cultures project allowed me to recognize that some very different countries see the same concepts in certain colors. It made me realize that even with our distinct identities, human beings have more similarities than we may think...


    CINE SALON FALL 2018 inhabits cinephilia that special place for the love of cinema, its history, theory and criticism. "Its not enough to like a film, you must like it for the right reasons." -Pierre Rissient

    November 19, 2018 Howe Library, Mayer Room, 7 pm - 9 pm

    Free and open to the public!

    Österreichischen Filmmuseum Vienna has preserved two series of Kino newsreels produced by legendary documentarian Dziga Vertov. Long...

  • Monday, January 7: General orientation at 6-7; Dartmouth Hall 105

    Russian tryouts 7-8, Reed Hall 103

    Tuesday, January 8: 6-7, Reed Hall 103

    Wednesday, January 9: 6-7, Reed Hall 103

    Jury selection: Thursday, January 10: 4-5, Reed 108