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THE NEWSLETTER >> DECEMBER, 2015 - THE PRACTICAL HUMANITIES

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Deadlines for Summer, 2016 Start March 15, 2016!
Deadlines for Fall, 2016 start May 15, 2016

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SRAS' Regions and Cities articles have begun looking at geohistory - analyzing a country's history in terms of geographical development, all with an eye to how that history affects that country's modern state. See below for three new articles on Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.

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SRAS is just back from a very productive convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in Philadelphia. We had the opportunity to talk to many professors as well as private and public sector professionals who were all adamant that government and business need more people who understand languages and cultures.

The catch, however, is that these prospective employees also need to be able to apply that understanding to contemporary fields such as finance, economics, political science, statistics, and sociology. As the world globalizes and digitizes, having knowledge of local languages and cultures to gather data and analyze it in context is valuable.

SRAS has long specialized in study abroad programs that bring such fields together and in a way that complements each of our locations such as with politics in Moscow, environment in Irkutsk, business and culture in St. Petersburg. This month's newsletter also brings you several articles that discuss history, culture, and language as well as statistics, geography, and economics to help bolster our understanding of the modern world.   

In a world where information and publishing have become very cheap, finding well researched and actionable information has become, ironically, more difficult. A well-rounded humanities major is in a good position to serve those willing and able to pay for such information. In the coming year, we hope to continue to refine our program lineup and newsletter content to help students become these types of professionals.

If you have any questions about any issue affecting study abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, or Poland, please let us know! We hope to see you abroad soon!

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In this month's newsletter:
- Featured     - Programs     - Koroche!
- Books     - Language and Travel     - Articles

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: Dec 15!
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 Dec 15, 2015.


– Featured –

Russia's Early Geographic Development
SRAS Assistant Director Josh Wilson gives a short history of Russia's early geographical development. How Russia developed determined many of its future policies and continues to affect its direction today.

Armenia: A Global People
SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Jonathan Rainey takes you to discover Armenia. The Armenians are a fascinating and ancient people who have maintained a distinct culture and language despite having spent much of their history living spread over the globe.

Azerbaijan: A People from the Mists of Time
Azerbaijan's rich oil and gas fields were the birthplace of the modern energy oil and gas industries. Azerbaijan was where the world's first oil tanker and oil pipeline operated. Let SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Jonathon Rainey introduce you to this fascinating country!

Why is Russia in Syria?
This short article introduces you to the major themes in Russian-Syrian diplomatic history that you should now to understand current events.

The Economics of Rebellion in Eastern Ukraine
How economics (rather than ethnicity) has fueled the conflict in Ukraine.

More Sympathy for Paris Than St. Petersburg?
How Russians See the West and Russia
Is Putin Genuinely Popular in Russia?


– Programs –

Home and Abroad Scholarships - Expanded!
These scholarships now offer $5000 - 10,000 in a more flexible program offering more locations and more subjects. 

Security and Society Summer School
Study cybersecurity, criminal justice, minority rights, civil society and other important aspects of building, maintaining, and protecting a strong democracy in Warsaw, Poland!

Siberian Summer Adventure
Join SRAS and the Great Baikal Trail (GBT) for a summer of language learning and hands-on eco-tourism development in the Baikal wilderness.

Russian as a Second Language
Intensive Russian courses for all levels in locations across Russia and Eurasia.

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!

Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
Three intensive weeks of Russian language study followed by a one-week trek through the majestic countryside of Kyrgyzstan on horseback, practicing the language and learning about local culture. What better way to spend the summer?

View ALL 12 Summer Semester Programs!
Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
Critical Language Scholarships - Cycle Open!
Service Learning Grants
New Research: Studying Abroad May Get You Hired


– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Russian Foreign Affairs
Poland in the News
How the News is Reported in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5


– Language and Travel –

Моя Россия: How to be a Teacher
This month, "Моя Россия" gives an extended intermediate-level Russian lesson on the topic of how teachers become teachers in Russia.

MiniLesson: Turkey Downs Russian Jet
This month's Russian MiniLesson focuses on the recent downing of a Russian bomber by the Turkish Air Force. What do the two sides say happened - and what Russian vocabulary would you need to discuss the two versions of the events?

A History of Sayings and Expressions about Moscow
The most famous saying for foreigners is probably “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears,” but there are many others such as “to yell to the whole of Ivanovskaya” and examples that might not seem to refer to a specific place such as “to put something into a long time box.” However, all these refer to real places and have real history behind them.

A Frozen Thanksgiving in Vladivostok
SRAS students in Vladivostok dined with the American Consulate General for Thanksgiving this year in Vladivostok. Here's what our students wrote about it.

Several Russian TV Series Picked Up by Hulu, Amazon
Several Russian shows have been picked up by Amazon and Hulu. Some are available for free viewing. Hulu will let you watch up to 20 for free. All are free with an Amazon Prime account. On both services, the material is in the original language with English subtitles.

National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg
Everything you could want to know about the National Library of Russia! Hours, location, how to get a library card, and the long history – all in one post by SRAS student Allie Sasek who explored the facility first-hand!

Bilinguals Read Better in Both Languages
Learning Language Stimulates Same Pleasure Centres in Brain as Sex and Chocolate
American Thanksgiving Russian Style
Yeltsin Presidential Library Opens in Ekaterinburg


Never Too Many Books! 
The Tsar of Love and Techno On Stalin's Team A New History of Soviet Intelligence
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– Articles –

Lavrov Writes on Russian World
Sergei Lavrov, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, recently penned an article about the importance Russia places on "consolidating the Russian World."

Putin's State of the Federation Address
Putin spoke on many issues affecting Russia and his plans to deal with them in his annual speech to Russia's Federation Council.

Russians Continue to Lose Interest in Protests
According to Levada, Only 11 percent of the respondents said they were ready to take part in protests (14 percent in December), while the overwhelming majority had no intention to participate (83 percent vs. 78 percent in December).

Only a Quarter of Russian Satisfied with Police
A VTsIOM polls show that Russia's police force is more polite, but still not popular.

Duma Approves Security Overhaul after Plane Bombing
Russia's parliament backed a sweeping overhaul of national security, including possibly expanding the powers of the country's intelligence services.

Minister: Security Concerns Justify Restricting Civil Rights
A survey by the independent Levada Center pollster earlier this year indicated that 61 percent of Russians believe restricting democratic rights and principles is acceptable for the sake of “order.”

Fewer Russians Back Democratic Elections: Poll
A survey of 1,600 people, published Thursday by the Levada Center, a research group, showed that 45 percent — down from 60 percent in May 2007 — favor elections to transfer power between leaders. Twenty-two percent prefer a system in which a leader appoints a successor and hands over power, an increase from 15 percent eight years ago.

More Russians Distrust West; Want Normalized Relations
75 percent think that Russia should normalize relations with the United States and other Western nations. Most respondents also think negatively of the US, EU, and Ukraine.

Two-Thirds of Russians Think Their Country Is Great Power
Sixty-five percent of Russians surveyed by the independent Levada Center pollster said Russia was a great power, compared to 25 percent who disagreed. Four years ago, in 2011, the split was around 50-50.

The Dark Side of a Free Floating Ruble
One year after the Central Bank stopped defending the ruble against devaluation, this article lists five ill effects of that decision.

Russia's Economy: What Do the Numbers Tell Us?
The collapse in oil prices, coupled with economic sanctions, has significantly impaired economic growth. The question is: How bad is it, and what are the future prospects for recovery?

Half of Russia's Richest People Are Planning to Cash Out
It’s been a quarter century since the fall of the Soviet empire triggered one of history’s greatest wealth transfers. Now bankers are preparing for another as Russia’s first generation of capitalists makes way for the next.

Sanctions "Rewire" Russian Finance
"Now sanctions are in place, more and more corporates realise that there is a risk their name could appear on the list and we saw a highly accelerated withdrawal of foreign currency liquidity from foreign banks and a growth of corporate deposits in Russia."

Russia Sees Biggest Decline in Wages, Retail Sales Since 1999
Real wages fell 10.9 percent in October from a year earlier. Sales declined 11.7 percent from a year earlier after shrinking 10.4 percent the previous month.

Ukraine Exits 18 Months of Recession to Face Meager Recovery
Ukraine’s economy exited 1 1/2 years of recession last quarter, reaching a milestone toward what officials predict will be a drawn-out recovery.


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