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Late Summer Programs Abroad: Apply ASAP!
|| An SRAS student meets American Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul at a town hall meeting held at the ambassador's residence. SRAS arranged for all students on SRAS Moscow-based programs to attend this event. What are you doing this summer?
Come explore Ukraine with us with a brand-new article on Kiev, an expanded and updated article on Ukraine, and articles on Lviv and Odessa, now reformatted with better pictures and more resources.
Then, tour a few places that don't exist. When the USSR fell, several breakaway states fought for and won de facto independence. However, these states did not win recognition and the conflicts they fought are now "frozen." This holds major repercussions not only locally, but for the wider international community as well.
We also have a new recipe for kulich especially for Orthodox Easter (coming up this Sunday). Cheap Eats returns in its own, more navigable, and broader-focused site. ArtinRussia.org has also now been redesigned and is growing with student contributions.
Oh, and you still have a short time to sign up for some late-summer study abroad programs in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.
What are you waiting for? До скорого!
In this month's newsletter:
- Ukraine - Programs - Conflict - Koroche!
- Books - Primary Documents - Language and Culture
SRAS Students Attend Ambassadorial Town Hall
Students participating in SRAS’s Moscow study abroad programs attended a town hall meeting featuring Michael McFaul, America's ambassador to Russia.
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- Feature: Ukraine -
Ukraine: Between Russia and Europe
Flat and highly fertile, Ukraine was historically a divided and occupied territory. Even after its independence, it remains a heterogeneous mix of often conflicting peoples, languages, politics, and foreign policy interests.
Kiev: At the Center of a Divided Nation
Kiev is an important modern center for industry, education, and culture for not only modern-day Ukraine, but all of Eastern Europe.
Odessa: A City Born Again and Again
As the third largest city in Ukraine, Odessa has a rich and eclectic history.
Lviv: A Turbulent Time Capsule
With a population that is 88% ethnically Ukrainian, Lviv is one of the strongholds of what can be considered Ukrainian culture.
- Ukrainian Traditional Folklore
- Ukrainian Museum Archives
- Pysanky: The Ukrainian Easter Egg
- Programs and Funding! -
Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.
Eurasian Culinary Adventure
Eurasian Culinary Adventure is designed to open all of your senses to the rich Russian language and the cultures and cuisines of Eurasia.
Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution
Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution is a unique summer seminar that will examine the Russian Revolution and the fall of Communism as case studies for understanding wider patterns of revolution and protest.
Art and Museums in Russia
New from SRAS - work a fully-immersive expedition to the Russian countryside into your study abroad program!
Preparing Global Leaders Summit
SRAS will offer a $500 discount on certain SRAS programs in Moscow or St. Petersburg for students to apply towards attending this fascinating 7-day Summit in Moscow!
- Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- SRAS's Home and Abroad Internship Program
- SRAS's Central Asian Studies Program
- Professional Development for Teachers of Russian
- 4th VGIK International Summer School
- Post-Soviet Conflicts -
Frozen and Forgotten Conflict
Download this free 178-page book on the subject of the post-Soviet frozen conflicts provided by the Center for Policy Studies.
A four-part YouTube documentary on the history and background of the complicated case of Transdniestria. There are serious international repercussions to having an unrecognized state in Europe.
Produced in 2008 just before the Russo-Georgian war, this four-part YouTube series provides a background of the South Ossetian conflict and a good idea of what life on the ground is like there.
This four-part YouTube documentary on Nagorno Karabakh, the frozen war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, focuses on how the conflict has affected the local people. For more on the extensive geopolitical implications of this conflict, see this opinion piece by Stratfor.
A 10-minute documentary on independence movements and international tensions over the Crimea in Ukraine.
- Kороче -
Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5
Tune in to Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad
- Language and Culture -
Kulich - Russian Easter Bread
Central to Easter celebrations in Orthodox Christian traditions, кулич is enjoyed in most countries in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.
Google Art Adds The State Russian Museum
Take a virtual tour of the The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg with Google Art! Both this and the above Russian Museum have been recently added. You can also see the Hermitage, Pushkin, and Tretyakov through this service!
Masha and The Bear
This is a new slapstick cartoon and one of the best Russian animated series currently in production.
Один день из моей жизни
This LiveJournal page is devoted to documenting average days lived by ordinary folks. All are in Russian with lots of good pictures - and lots of good vocabulary! Check out this one by a director of a Russian McDonalds outlet!
- Languages Needed for Economy, National Security
- Survey for NATIVE Speakers of Russian
- AйDa Piroshki (in San Francisco!)
- If Bilingual is Good, Is Trilingual Better?
- Russian American Chamber Seeks Interns
| Never Too Many Books!
| The Rise of
| Engaging Eurasia's
| Settlement of
| Study Abroad
- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -
Secretary Clinton on Russia
Video of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a CNN interview speaking on US-Russia relations.
Natalia Zubarevich argues that, for a better understanding of Russia and where it is going, we need to think not geographically, but mathmatically.
World Bank Report on Russia
This new report looks at Russia's current economic status and prospects.
Bilateral Commission Annual Report
The 2012 report (PDF) on the many issues that the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission is working on.
Rose Gottemoeller on Arms Control at MGIMO
Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, gives remarks at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in Moscow, Russia.
McFaul: Russia after the Elections
Michael A. McFaul, US Ambassador to Russia, spoke on the topic "Russia after the Presidential Election: What It Means for the United States" at the Peterson Institute on March 12, 2012. Full video of the event is online.
Мартовские рейтинги одобрения и доверия, голосование на выборах
An interesting poll by the Levada Center shows that if "Against All" had been an option on the presidential ballet, 24% of all Russians would have used their vote to support it.
Communism was the Happiest Time of my Life
Memoirs from a woman who grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Hungary.
Lost in Translation
This is by no means the first time that a company's branding has been lost in translation, so to speak.
Do You Know Anything about Russia?
A short, fairly challenging quiz on your knowledge of all things Russian.
The Not-So-Evil Empire
A recent poll shows that 61% of Americans think that Russia is a friend of the US.
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