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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Apply for Fall, 2015 by May 25, 2015!
Deadlines for Summer start March 15!

Hey educators! Join SRAS this summer for cultural and culinary tour of Ukraine and Georgia. It's geared to boost your food-related language, culinary prowess, and inspire new food and culture related lesson plans!

Добро пожаловать!

SRAS has ANOTHER two new programs to announce this month! First, we’ve rounded out our new offerings in Poland with a short summer course that will look at Central Europe as a case study for Security Studies as well as a place with fascinating history and a rich Jewish heritage.

We have also launched a new program for educators that will take you through the culinary and cultural delights of Ukraine and Georgia – all in the name of bolstering your lesson plans and inspiring your classrooms! See the programs section of our newsletter for details.

Also this month, we feature student writing and translation. You’ll find an extensive new resource with the political platforms of Ukraine’s two new ruling political parties and a picture-rich article on the history of Nu Pogodi!, a classic Soviet cartoon. You’ll find a triple Russian Mini-Lesson, including lessons on poetry, the army, and challenges faced by the Russian post office. You’ll also find lots of information about living, studying, and working abroad, and a variety of articles discussing the current status of the Russian ruble, US-Russian relations, and much more.

We hope to see you abroad soon!

Study Abroad
in Poland!

Study Abroad
in Poland!

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!
Russian Studies Abroad Petersburg Russia

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles!     - Programs     - Koroche!
- Books     - Language and Culture     - Articles

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: December 30!
Students who submit papers for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by December 30, 2014.

– Featured Articles! –

Ukraine’s New Ruling Political Parties
The political platforms of Ukraine's two new ruling parties are given in full and in English with brief backgrounders in an attempt to ascertain what citizens felt they were voting for in electing these two new parties.

Working in Russia
What are you going to do with that degree? We've designed this page to help you answer that question. Here, you'll find links and information to working in Russia and Russia-related professions.

The Making of Nu, Pogodi!
Everything you ever wanted to know about the classic Soviet cartoon. This article also includes a YouTube link with three hours worth of Nu Pogodi episodes.

Sophia Rehm's Central Asia
Sophia Rehm is our Home and Abroad: Translation scholar this year. Here is what she's found in Central Asia!

Julia Diamond: Moscow Intern
Julia Diamond is serving an internship while in Moscow and has been blogging about her experience.

Alex Misbach Discovers Vladivostok
Alex Misbach has been studying Russian in Vladivostok, Russia this semester. Many of his blog entries discuss how to survive as a vegetarian there.


– Programs –

Crossroads of Empires: Central Europe
This program will look at Central Europe as a case study for better understanding Security Studies in general. The program will also cover the region's history, including its connection to the European Jews.

Food and Festivals: Faculty Development
SRAS invites educators to explore the cultural and culinary heartlands of Ukraine and Georgia. This program will be conducted in Russian, with a focus on development of food-related language and lesson plans.

For the first time, all information about all our internships is on one fully updated page. Gain experience in business,NGOs, translation, museums, and more!

Art and Museums in Russia
Russia's art has survived war, censorship, revolutions, and several economic crises. Discover the creativity and ingenuity Russia has developed in how to create, display, and preserve art. Classes taught inside the Hermitage!

Summer Seminars & Russian as a Second Language!
Sign up for a full summer of Russian as a Second Language and choose from one of five specially priced seminars - in art, business, environment, or anthropology.

View ALL 9 Summer Study Programs!
Study in locations across Eurasia! Study subjects as diverse as art, politics, the envrionment, and more.

View ALL 9 Fall Semester Programs!
Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
Do Young People Care about Learning Languages
Short-term Study Abroad Opportunity for Summer, 2015
Undergrad Research Symposium in US

– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5
SRAS Recap of Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture

– Language and Culture –

Russian Mini-Lesson: Почта - The Post Office
This month's Mini-Lesson teaches you about sending mail in Russia and the current challenges faced by the Russian Post.

Russian Mini-Lesson: Литература - Literature
This month, we present part three of our series focused on Russian literature. This third installment covers poetry.

Russian Mini-Lesson: Вооружённые силы - Armed Forces
What vocabulary would you need to discuss military life in Russia? What do Russian soldiers do with their day? This Mini-Lesson has the details!

10 Great Escapes Across The Berlin Wall
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, HuffPost dug up 10 of the most brazen and brave ways that people attempted to escape East Germany.

How to Make an American Sitcom Work in Russia
Ugly Betty, who has desperately been searching for a job, is finally offered one. In the American version, she jumps up and down with joy; in the Russian show, Betty bursts into tears.

How the Berlin Wall Really Fell
Insulted, furious, and frightened, one of the regime’s most loyal subordinates decided to let the crowds out, starting a chain reaction that swept across all of the checkpoints that night.

10 Hours of War and Peace for New Year's
Simplified Russian Webcasts are Back!
Hogwarts to Open in Polish Castle
Learning Languages Changes Brain Structure

  – Never Too Many Books! –
Understanding Moscow Through Literature, History, and Film
Experts volunteer some of their favorite works about the city of Moscow - including films, novels, histories, and academic studies. Below are the majority of the works mentioned. 
The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind The Caucasus Emirate Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia's North Caucasus and Beyond
Imperial Apocalypse: The Great War and the Destruction of the Russian Empire Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 Law, Rights and Ideology in Russia

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Internship in Russia

– Articles –

Putin Meets with History Teachers
Much has been said of what Putin said about history. Here is the full transcript, in English.

Putting on the Cold War Goggles
“By making Putin’s villainy a major narrative in the bigger Ukraine story, the media limits policy options for the western decision-makers, raising the political cost of mediation for them in the conflict.”

US-Russia Continue Medical Cooperation
The Russian-American Anti-Cancer Center, created in 2013 in the Altai Territory, is researching a new cancer vaccine.

US Ambassador Reignites Cold War Rhetoric in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan’s “growing partnership with Russia … [is] a challenge to our efforts to support Kyrgyzstan’s democracy,” the American ambassador wrote in an article.

New Think Tank on Eurasia and Central Asia
The Eurasian Council on Foreign Affairs (ECFA) is a new think tank dedicated to the discussion of Central Asia’s relationship with the European Union.

Debate: Stand Up to Aggression, or Ensure Nuclear Security?
Should Washington and Moscow continue to work together to reduce nuclear stockpiles and cooperate to secure, or eliminate, weapons and nuclear materials despite the dispute around Russian actions in Ukraine?

2015 Looks Likely to be Russian Economy’s “Annus Horribilis”
Russia is a market which rewards those who take the time to look past the headlines and who are prepared.

Why Russia's Arctic Strategy is Starting to Worry NATO
Russia’s increasing militarization of the Arctic comes at an interesting time.

End Of South Stream: Winners & Losers
The death of South Stream has major ramifications for countries throughout the region. So who are the winners and losers?

What's Next for the Ruble?
Where to from here? That is a very tough question to answer right now. If we only had economics and oil to deal with, the answer would be a rally back toward 40 against the dollar. That is irrelevant for now.

Environmental Concerns for New Gas Pipeline to China
Pipeline will go through pristine Altai Mountains in supply route seen as economically vital by Kremlin.

An "Igloo" for 5000?
These 5000 would be, in part, soldiers and secret service agents to help defend Russia's arctic claims, as well as explorers and scientists, and also miners and oil workers.

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