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THE NEWSLETTER >> AUGUST, 2013: AMERICAN STUDENTS IN RUSSIAN CULTURE

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Deadline for Spring, 2014: October 31, 2013!

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Добро пожаловать!

The SRAS Newsletter staff has spent our summer working with more than a dozen young contributors. This is the first of a newsletter series showcasing what we've produced. This month, students and recent graduates bring you articles and translations about the culture, food, history, and art of Russia and Eurasia. Later issues will tackle topics such as nationalism, ethnicity, and religion. We will also continue to include Russian MiniLessons (this month on Snowden-related issues), features on Russian pop culture, and scholarship and study abroad information.

We return at a time of heavily negative Russia-related news coverage. International protests against Russia's "homosexual propaganda" laws, Russia's asylum for American fugitive Edward Snowden, and deadlock over Syria have helped cause canceled presidential summits and calls for Olympic boycotts.

These are serious issues. They are also reasons to reaffirm that which forms the basis of a civilized world: education, diplomacy, and debate. Renewed stereotypes of Americans as selfish and violent are creeping back into Russian media. Americans increasingly see Russia as a dark and dangerous void. We must not allow ourselves to define the other by a narrow selection of events. Our countries are wide and diverse – we each have hateful people, violence, and our share of incomprehensible laws. We also have wonderful people, unbelievable beauty, and amazing technological, economic, and cultural achievements to share. If we lose sight of this, we lose not only the benefit of each other's achievements, we lose the ability to debate. Effective debate requires us to not only understand our position, but also the positions of those who do not agree with us.

We hope that this newsletter and our educational programs will continue to help foster positive debate and mutual understanding between Russia and US. May the debate continue – and may we both be better because of it.

In this month's newsletter:

- Student Thoughts   - Programs   -  Koroche!
- Art     - Language and Culture     - Books
Primary Documents

 

Call for Papers: Vestnik!
Papers submitted for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by December 20, 2013.

Jordyn Hough Receives Vestnik Jury Award
The School of Russian and Asian Studies congratulates Jordyn Hough as the recipient of the $200 Jury Award from Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies for our 13th issue.


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- Feature: Student Thoughts -

What Bishkek Eats for Ramadan
Ramadan offers insight into Kyrgyz traditions and values, says SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Eirene Busa.

Why is the Metro...
Two interesting entries from a series of short articles geared to answer the “strangest questions about city life." Find out more in this new translation from Home and Abroad Scholar Caroline Barrow.

Keeping the Faith (Catholicism) in Kiev
For some, traveling abroad can be as much a spiritual journey as a physical one. SRAS student Marie Forney discusses this in an overview of practicing Catholicism in Kiev.

A Weekend at the Dacha
SRAS student Alexander Wilson experienced a key element of summer life for many middle-class families living in Ukraine and Russia thanks to his homestay hosts.

Shopping and Miscommunication in St. Petersburg
A routine purchase of apples led to quite a stir for SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Kristin Torres in a St. Petersburg grocery chain.

- White Nights Marathon in St. Petersburg
- Home Sweet Homestay
- Eating "Succulent Dog" in Bishkek
- History & Myths of Moscow State University


- Programs - 

Dual Citizens, Adoptees, and Heritage Speakers
There has been a recent surge in study abroad interest from heritage speakers who emigrated from Russia during the 1990s and particularly from those adopted from Russia by Americans during this time period. Very often, these individuals are not aware that most are still considered Russian citizens by Russia. This actually complicates study abroad to Russia.

Russian as a Second Language
Choose from courses offered in Ukraine, Russia, or Kyrgyzstan. Take advanced courses or start with the basics. Homestays and TORFL testing are optionally available.

The Russian Far East
This program is for adventurous students looking to understand a vital part of Russia that few understand – or even know about. This program mixes Russian language with history, economy, history, and international relations.

Irkutsk: New SRAS Video!
SRAS offers a range of programs in Irkutsk - from Russian as a Second Language, to environmental science courses, to hands-on internships. Learn more in this video produced by SRAS graduate Miles Atkinson.

- Currency and Budgets for Students Abroad (Updated)
- 10 Important Life Lessons You Learn From Living Abroad
- Funding for Study in Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5
Central Asia and the Caucasus News

SRAS Recap of Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Russian Cultural Events in Canada/the US


- Art -

Aristarkh Lentulov
SRAS graduate Sara Deurell discusses little-known Russian and Soviet artist Aristarkh Lentulov, who was an inspiration for many of his contemporaries who subsequently branched out in their own directions to define new movements.

Program Review: Art and Museums in Russia
SRAS graduate Emily Lovitch writes about her experience on the Art and Museums in Russia summer program.

Polyphony in Isaac Levitan's Landscapes
The life and work of Isaac Levitan - SRAS graduate Corinne Hughes.

Program Review: Art and Museums in Russia
See the Art and Museums in Russia summer program through the eyes of SRAS graduate Sara Deurell.

- Art and Museums in Russia
- Instagram's Roots in Russian Lomography


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Political Asylum
Discuss Edward Snowden and other political asylum in Russian using this helpful vocabulary.

Russian Mini-Lesson: Renting Housing in Russia
For those looking to stay in Russia long-term, renting housing can be a major challenge. This vocabulary should help.

Mors: Russian Fruit Drink
Морс (Mors) is a traditional Russian drink typically made of fresh berries, sugar, and water. The historical overview and recipie was written / translated by SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Caroline Barrow.

8 Things Civilized People Do, By Anton Chekhov
Chekhov wanted his brother to operate as a civilized person, and in the letter conceived these eight principles that mark such a person. They hold up pretty well even 127 years later.

- Close Approximations: An International Translation Contest ($1000)
- Unique Russian Dialect Recorded in Alaska
- Crime and Punishment: Juvenile offenders study Russian literature  


 Never Too Many Books!
Nabokov The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov Kharms Notebooks, Diaries, and Letters of Daniil Kharms

Phantom_Holocaust Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe


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- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

Aleksei Navalny: Hope of the Nation - or the Nationalists?
Aleksei Navalny has been called both the best hope for liberalization in Russia - and the most dangerous man in the country.

"Dying" Russia's Birth Rate Higher Than United States'
For the first time in a very long time, in 2012, Russia’s birth rate actually exceeded that of the United States.

Russian Economy Becomes Europe's Biggest
According to data from the World Bank, Russia's economy has jumped ahead of all the European nations, becoming the fifth largest worldwide in terms of GDP.  

Russia to Expand Trans Siberian Railway, High Speed Rail
Faced with meager growth worldwide and a worrisome ebbing of Russia’s own oil and gas revenues, President Vladimir V. Putin announced an ambitious and risky economic stimulus program along with a novel amnesty plan for imprisoned white-collar criminals that was intended to improve investor confidence. 

Russian Mobile Revolution Sparks Fight for Network Orders
Russian mobile carriers are gearing up for about $13 billion in spending to boost data speeds, creating the next major battleground for network suppliers.

Arctic Urban Sustainability
This edition of Russian Analytical Digest focuses on the issue of urban sustainability in the Russian Arctic.

Why Russia is Taking on the West over Cyber Warfare
With the United States embroiled over the National Security Agency's alleged spying on American and foreign citizens, there are other battles taking shape over the Internet.


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services - Russia Your Way

Obama-Putin Meeting Gets Brusque Coverage in Western Media
While Russian media focused on covering the agreements that have been reached at the G8 summit, Western press singled out issues that remain unresolved.

US and Russia Sign New Anti-Proliferation Deal
Russia and the United States have a signed a bilateral agreement for protecting, controlling, and accounting for nuclear materials, continuing important aspects of a now-defunct program that was seen as a cornerstone of post-Soviet cooperation between the former foes.

"Fast Diplomacy:" The Future of Foreign Policy?
Foreign policy is evolving and adapting in front of our eyes, not only to new technologies but also to the different personifications of power and influence.

 

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