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THE NEWSLETTER >> FEBRUARY, 2014: INNOVATIVE RSL AND THE OLYMPICS

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Summer Programs, 2014: Apply by March 15, 2014!

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  Several members of our highly diverse Moscow group on a walking tour of the city. Full picture here. Diversify your experience this summer with new seminars available with full-summer RSL!

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Students of Russian are diverse. Job fields demanding professionals able to cross cultures and achieve results are equally diverse. So why study only Russian while abroad in Eurasia? Now, students taking a full summer of Russian as a Second Language can also sign up for one of five specially-priced seminars on art, business, environment, or anthropology.

What jobs are seeking culturally intelligent applicants? Featured in this month's newsletter are several interviews with professionals whose Russian skills landed them in full-time jobs in fields ranging from journalism to legal compliance to translation and education. What are you going to do with your degree? Read this month's newsletter and get inspired!

The main news this month is the Olympics and most of that news has been negative. The viral images and abundance of critical stories has led several long-term Russia watchers, many themselves perennial critics of Russia's government, to publish criticism against the predominant media coverage. For those interested in hosting classroom discussions on this issue, we've collected some of the best of these articles from the minority position below. We hope this will contribute to an informed, well-rounded debate on the achievements and shortcomings of Russia and the Olympic games it is hosting.

 

In this month's newsletter:

- Koroche!        - Books
- Interviews        - Programs        - Olympic Coverage
- Language and Culture        - Primary Documents, etc.

 

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: May 15!
Papers submitted for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by May 15, 2014.


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- Feature: Interviews -
 

Christine Jacobson: Russia, Kyrgyzstan, the US, and Back Again
Christine Jacobson graduated from Stetson University in Florida with degrees in political science and Russian studies. She studied with SRAS on a custom program in St. Petersburg in 2011. She currently lives and works in Moscow.

Christopher Brennan: Online News from Russia
Christopher Brennan is an Associate Editor with The Moscow Times and runs that publication's website and Facebook feed. He formerly served an SRAS-arranged journalism internship there over the summer of 2012 while studying Russian at MGU.

Ben Morano: Riding the Trans-Siberian to a Job
Ben Morano serves as an Assistant Program Officer, Europe for the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC. He holds a degree in Russian Studies and International Studies: World Politics and Diplomacy from the University of Richmond.

Adam Fuss: Translating Russian Communications
Adam Fuss has worked as a freelance writer, editor, translator, and communications professional for over eight years. Prior to establishing ABF Communications in early 2008, he worked on a series of assignments in Moscow, Russia.

Adam Brunets: Heritage Speaker Keeps Boeing Globally Compliant
Adam Brunets is Global Trade Control Specialist / Lead for Russia with Boeing. He studied international business with SRAS in 2005 as a visiting scholar at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

- More Interviews from SRAS
- Minorities Abroad: Jessica in St. Petersburg
- Minorities Abroad: Annie in St. Petersburg
- Ozon Chief Changing Perceptions of Russia

 


- Programs - 

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.

International Business: Russia's Consumer Markets
Experience what goes into launching a new business in international markets. Develop a business plan, learn effective management styles, and create resonant marketing.

Art and Museums in Russia
Gain unique perspectives from Russia, whose 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?

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 Archive Access
- Russian Studies in Real Russia
- SRAS Program Search Engine

- Students in Russia Can Now Get Work Permits
- How your study abroad can help you lend a job


 

- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5
SRAS Recap of Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Russian Cultural Events in Canada/the US

 


- Language and Culture -

The 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Leningrad
Samantha Guthrie, an undergrad at University of Virginia and our newest contributor to Students Abroad tells us of her emotional experience attending the 70 Anniversary of the Liberation of Leningrad, held recently in St. Petersburg.

Russian Mini-Lesson: Winter Olympics - Зимние Олимпийские игры
Зимние Олимпийские Игры в Сочи пройдут (The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi will take place) from February 7-23, and all of Russia is gearing up to host this significant event.

Bishkek: Yesterday and Today
SRAS student Corinne Hughes attended a small, outdoor photography exhibit in Bishkek and turned it into fabulous insight into how the local Kyrgyz view art, their Soviet past, and even the problems in recording and preserving history in Kyrgyzstan.

The "How Are You?" Culture Clash
It is the back across which Russian-American relations are broken!

- Russian Fast Food (Teremok) Comes to NY
- Russia Standouts at Sundance

- Survey - Help Out a Grad Student!
- Russia Invests $1 Billion in Education


 

 Never Too Many Books!

Vodka PoliticsVodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State

Tolstoy and his disciples Tolstoy and his Disciples: The History of a Radical International Movement

Khrushchev in power Khrushchev in Power: Unfinished Reforms, 1961-1964

The Making of Modern GeorgiaThe Making of Modern Georgia, 1918-2012: The First Georgian Republic and its Successors

The Triumph of Improvisation The Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptability, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War

Shifting Priorities Shifting Priorities in Russia's Foreign and Security Policy

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- Olympic Coverage-
Note: We are sure that you have all seen countless stories of the unfinished hotel rooms, displaced villages, and other stories critical of the Sochi games. For those interested in hosting class discussions on the issue, below are several of the best articles we've found from the other side of the issue.

What the Bleep is Going on in Sochi
A quite balanced report from Russian Life's Paul Richardson on the Olympic media coverage.

Russians Think We're Engaging in Olympic Schadenfreude. They're Right.
We railed on Romney for daring to criticize the preparedness of our British friends, and we wrote in muted tones about Athens not being ready in time for their Olympics, but with the Russians, we gloat.

Sochi Scandals Say More About the Critics
As always, the reality lies somewhere between the two extremes – and the divergent responses say more about those venturing opinions than life in Sochi at Olympic time.

Students Cover the Coverage
Join students and faculty from Connecticut College and the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg for a multilingual discussion of Western and Russian media portrayals of the Sochi Olympics.

- Shared Fame and Shame at the 2014 Winter Olympics
- Sochi's Secret: It's Beautiful

- NBC Tech Story a Fraud?
- NBC Edits Out IOC Statement on Diversity 



- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

US Ambassador to Russia to Step Down
Ambassador McFaul will step down from his position after the Olympic games. This information is in Russian and English (English below).

When Americans Look at Russia, They See What They Want to See. And That's Dangerous.
If you can't separate your biases from your analysis, your analyses will usually turn out to be wrong.

Brussels, Kyiv, Moscow React To Leaked US Diplomat Phone Call
In the leaked phone call, which seems to be between Nuland and the U.S. Ambassador to Kyiv, Geoffrey Pyatt, she uses the strongest possible language to express her disdain for European inaction in Ukraine.

Localized Revolution and the Fragmentation of Ukraine’s State
The escalation of violence during the first week of continuous clashes between protesters and riot police in the Ukrainian capital has triggered the mobilization of protest activity at the local level.

9 Questions About Ukraine You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask
What's happening in Ukraine is really important, but it can also be confusing and difficult to follow for outsiders who don't know the history that led up to – and, in some crucial ways, explains – this crisis. Here, then, are the most basic answers to your most basic questions.

Gagauzia Voters Reject Closer EU Ties For Moldova
An overwhelming majority of voters in a referendum held in the autonomous Moldovan region of Gagauzia have voted for integration with a Russia-led customs union.

Russians Protest for... Cheap iPads
Russians have become avid online shoppers in recent years, using foreign retailers like Amazon regularly, and the proposed new tax would hit consumers hard.

Screening Socialism
Screening Socialism is an innovative new research project devoted to researching the history of popular television in socialist Eastern Europe, and its legacy on popular memories of the socialist period.

"Голоса" (Voices). A Film by Ekaterina Gordeeva
A soul-piercing documentary of children and teens in the sieged Leningrad. In Russian.

Free Books
19 free books under the Russian and East European Studies category in UC E-Books Collection.

Russia's Putin Named World’s Third Most-Admired Person
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named the third most admired person in the world, behind Microsoft founder Bill Gates and US President Barack Obama, according to a new poll for The Times.

Zeppelins Seen Hauling Caterpillars to Mine Siberia: Commodities
Robin Young of Amur Minerals Corp. wants to dig for nickel and copper in Siberia where forbidding winters and poor roads make it tough to haul in equipment. His best option: fly it in with zeppelins.

History, Language and Culture of Ethnic Koreans in Russia and Central Asia
KoryoSaram.info is the first English-language site about the history, language and culture of ethnic Koreans in Russia and Central Asia.

It's Been a Bad Week for the Ruble
Despite the Central Bank pouring more than $1 billion a day into propping it up, the Russian currency fell 3 percent against the dollar — contributing to a 6 percent slide since the beginning of the year — and reached an all-time low against the euro.

The Russian Central Bank's 'Weak Ruble' Policy Is Actually A Great Idea
The ruble didn’t have a strong 2013 and has started of 2014 in a decided slump. Why would a weaker currency help Russia?

 

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