The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Baikal Environmental Studies: Apply by February 22!
This month, treat yourself with new recipes from the SRAS Eurasian Cookbook: delicious honey-drenched chak-chak, savory Central Asian lagman, and all those Russian pickled products you've been missing. This summer, treat yourself to a true food adventure in Ukraine and Georgia. Learn Russian and explore the cuisines of Georgia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Russia and more!
Being so close to the March elections, we also have another healthy dose of politics in this issue. You'll find both Prokhorov's and Putin's presidential platforms in English, compliments of our intrepid student translators and our Politics in Translation program.
We hope you enjoy this issue and hope to see you in Russia, Ukraine, or Kyrgyzstan this summer!
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In this month's newsletter:
- Food - Politics - Koroche! - Programs
- Books - Primary Documents - Language and Culture
- Programs and Funding! -
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.
Baikal Environmental Studies
Get your application in now for this incredible experience working with state agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs to advance environmental initiatives. Deadline: February 22, 2012!
University of Montana Now SRAS Partner
The University of Montana is now an SRAS partner for our programs in Kyrgyzstan! Students studying Central Asian Studies or RSL in Bishkek can now receive UofM credit!
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.
- Currently Open Grant and Scholarship Cycles
- Why Russia is a Great Place to Build a Career (Lower Competition)
- Loss of Funding Halts Language Assessments
- Rosetta Stone for Credit?
- Outsource Your Kid
- Funding for Faculty Led Tours
- State Department Jobs for Students!
- US Embassy Policy Specialist Program
- Funding for Foreign Languages Cut
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- Feature - Food -
Чак-чак (chak-chak) is a dessert food made from deep-fried dough drenched in a hot honey syrup.
Лагман (lagman) is a dish common in Central Asia. This simple and filling dish usually consists of noodles floating in broth with various other components laid out for each to add according to their individual tastes.
The process of соление (pickling) is well-known in Russia, and any traveler visiting Russia, Ukraine, or Belarus will undoubtedly come across several traditional pickled dishes that seem strange and exotic.
- Kvass (from our archives!)
- What Foods Could Be Considered "Russia Brand?"
- Eurasian Cookbook - lots more recipes!
- Politics -
Putin's Presidential Platform
Putin is attempting to reconnect with voters through this new political platform. Now in English from SRAS's Politics in Translation program!
Prokhorov's Presidential Plaform
New from SRAS's Politics in Translation program - the program of Putin's billionaire challenger now in English!
Michael McFaul Online
America's new ambassador to Russia is blogging on Russia's most popular platform. He's also on Twitter and Facebook. He's already struck controversy with them.
STRATFOR on Russia
Stratfor has been releasing several Russia-related analyses of late. See their multi-part series on Russian politics and its "near abroad" policy, as well as this article on US-Russian relations and a video on the Russian economy.
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- Kороче -
Top Movies in Russia
MTV's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5
Russian TV Reporting
Note: Our student blogging projects such as "Cheap Eats" are currently migrating to a new site to be launched by SRAS! Check back next month for an update!
- Language and Culture -
Cody White, A Touch of Engineering in Russia
Cody White is an engineering student currently attending Russian Studies Abroad with SRAS. He has used his ability to gain friends in any culture to have some truly remarkable experiences abroad.
MiniLesson: Dentistry - Стоматология
This month's minilesson looks at what you could expect from a dentist in Russia!
What Business Wants: Language Needs in the 21st Century
Over one hundred business leaders were asked to identify the role and value of languages and cultural skills to business’ bottom line.
Why Americans Need Foreign Languages
This is a series of essays by experts written for the New York Times in response to a former president of Harvard arguing that English’s emergence as the global language makes the investment in other languages less essential.
The World of Art
The World of Art wasn’t just an artistic movement. It was a collection of art critics, painters, sculptors, thespians and clothing designers. It had feet in haute-couture, architecture and book design. See more from ArtInRussia.org - a project of SRAS!
- Discover Your Inner Syllabus
- Russian Elvis Gets American Visa (Video)
- Grammatica - a complete reference for any Russian word!
| Never Too Many Books!
| Banned in the USSR!
|| The Basics of
| A History of the
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- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -
Post Soviet Post
This project from Stanford University aims to broaden the mainstream Western public discourse on current issues in the countries of the former Soviet Union by providing unique material previously unavailable in English.
Putin's Unruly Children
A wide-ranging and extensive view of the political views held by today's Russian youths.
World Wide Threat Assessment
James R. Clapper, U.S. Director of National Intelligence, gave these remarks to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on January 31, 2012 regarding the annual "Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community."
Guide to Russia/USSR Archives in the US
This guide to manuscripts and archival material pertaining to Russia and the USSR is the fruit of four years of work by a team of Research Associates of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.
Россия в фотографиях (Russia in Photos)
Фотографии-победители конкурса "The Best Of Russia 2008-2011 г." These have been judged to be the best pictures taken in Russia over the last three years!
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