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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Summer Programs, 2014: Apply by March 15, 2013!

  In Love, 1996. Oil on canvas. By Russian Artist Olga Bulgakova. SRAS has updated, added new professional-focused pages to, updated guides, and more this month! See this month's newsletter for details.

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What happens when you creatively develop a site for nearly ten years?

Naturally, you accumulate interesting information and useful resources. Naturally, you also accumulate dead links and enough experience to realize that what you did before, you could have done better.

This month, we've spent some time on site updates – particularly on our library and city guide projects. We've consolidated, better collocated, updated, and expanded several pages on everything from professional development to living in St. Petersburg. See below for the full list. We hope to get a bit more done before turning back nearly full time to more great, new, student-generated content!

This month, you'll also find a special section on some remarkable changes occurring in Eurasia – from Ukraine's turn toward the EU, to recent regime change in Georgia, to a few updates on the "Great Game" between the US, Russia, and China.

Also this month, we have several testimonials from minorities studying abroad in Eurasia, and a new MiniLesson on vocabulary concerning Syria and chemical weapons. You will also find much more about Russian culture, bards, movies, and current events in this issue. 

Yes, it's big. But so is Eurasia… and our site. We hope you find it interesting! Share it with your friends, classmates, and colleagues if you do!


In this month's newsletter:

- Updates   - Programs   - Koroche!
- Language and Culture       - Books
Primary Documents       - Eurasia


Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: Dec 20!
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.

SRAS at ASEEES National Convention 2013
SRAS staff Renee Stillings, Lisa Horner, and Josh Wilson will all be in attendance ASEEES National Convention in Boston from Thursday, November 21 to Sunday, November 24! Stop by our booth and say hello!

Undergraduate Research Symposium Europe: East and West
The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual event since 2002 designed to provide undergraduate students, from the University of Pittsburgh and other colleges and universities, with advanced research experiences and opportunities to develop presentation skills.

 Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

Research Travel
 Study Abroad
in Russia!
 Study Abroad
in Russia!


- Feature: Updates -

Modern Russian Film 
SRAS has expanded its page on modern Russian film. Now, you can find more info about the Russian film industry, a list of modern Russian classics available with subtitles on Amazon, a list of every top-5 box office grossing Russian film since 2010, and more!

Publishing and Professional Resources
This page is devoted to resources for advancing the careers of academics in fields related to the FSU/Eurasia.  

Business and Investment in Russia
The following information focuses on general business and investment information, particularly that affecting international businesses opening on the Russian market.  

History and Culture Sites
This resource showcases many of the sites that we've come across over the years devoted to history, historical documents, or folklore that we felt were unique enough and useful enough to warrant special mention to scholars.

St. Petersburg Students' Guide
Our student guide to St. Petersburg is now completely updated with new and expanded information and more links to outside information.

Moscow Students' Guide
Our student guide to Moscow is now completely updated with new and expanded information and more links to outside information.

Art in Russia
Thanks to a number of great student contributors, ARTINRUSSIA has grown considerably over the last two years. We've recently improved the site navigation - artists are now searchable by historical era, museums by location, and, in a new menu item, you can also search by the major artistic medium discussed in the article.

- Programs - 

The Minorities Abroad Project
SRAS has teamed up with The Association for Students and Teachers of Color in Slavic Studies to bring this new project online. It seeks to provide resources for minority students/students of color thinking about studying abroad.

Custom Programs and Research Travel
Did you know that SRAS offers custom programs and research travel services including assistance with visas, housing, and archive access? If you are looking to research abroad or would like to study any subject in any institution of higher education in Russia, Ukraine, or Kyrgyzstan, contact SRAS.

Russian/American Educators' Exchange
The Russian/American Educators’ Exchange will send American teachers to rural Russian schools to meet their fellow teachers and to exchange curriculum materials.

Point: Why America Needs to Fund the Next Generation of Russia Scholars
The recent decision to end funding for Title VIII will weaken America’s ability to think strategically about a critical part of the world.

Counterpoint: De-funding Title VIII: a blessing in disguise?
Given the venomous treatment of Russia by the present-day professoriate in the United States, it may not be a bad thing if we lose a generation of Russianists and the field starts over from ashes like the phoenix.

- American Councils Research Fellowships
- Alfa Fellowship Cycle Open

- Conference: Conflict Resolution Ed: K-12 & H.E.
- Decline in Job Listings in Foreign Languages
- What do Policymakers Want from Academics?


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5
Russian Bards of the 1980s (Special Music Feature)
SRAS Recap of Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Russian Cultural Events in Canada/the US


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Civil War in Syria
This month's lesson presents vocabulary for discussing civil war and chemical weapons.

Vysotsky in English: On the Translation of Music
"Vysotsky in English" is a project dedicated to bringing the works of Vladimir Vysotsky to English speakers. Vysotsky (1938-1980) was Russia's premier singer / songwriter / poet of the 20th century.

4 Foods I'll Miss from Gastronom 811 in St. Petersburg
Gastronom was the site of my first purchase in Russia, the site of my first failure to communicate, and my trusty go-to lunch spot.  

- Eugene Onegin, Read by Stephen Fry (Free Audio)
- Russian Language Second Most Popular on Internet
- Crowdsourcing Tolstoy
- Watch the Mayakovsky Theater Live Online 


 Never Too Many Books!

Soviet_Modernism Making Modernism Soviet: The Russian Avant-Guard in the Early Soviet Era

Political_Economy The Political Economy
of Russia

Glorious_Misadventures Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a Russian America

Study Abroad
in Russia!


- Changing Eurasia -

 Ukraine at a Crossroads
The EU Eastern Partnership Summit that will take place at the end of November in Vilnius, Lithuania, is gearing up to be a geopolitical pressure cooker, pitting Ukraine against Russia and East against West.

Envoys Near Deal to Free Ex-Premier of Ukraine
European diplomats appear close to negotiating the release of Yulia V. Tymoshenko, the former prime minister of Ukraine.

Russia-Georgia Ties Set to Improve, but Slowly
Despite a complete change of leadership in Georgia, Russia and its southern neighbor remain on track only to crawl toward a strained reconciliation.

Rumors of Uzbek Power Struggle
With Karimova once tapped as a likely successor to her authoritarian father in 2015, any news about her -- silly or serious -- seemed potentially pertinent.

Tajik Leader Extending Long Rule in Volatile Region
Tajikistan remains a poor country in a region riven by ethnic divisions.

- China's Unmatched Influence in Central Asia
- US Checked in Central Asia
- Regional Cooperation in Central Asia (PDF)


Study Abroad
in Russia!


- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

The World's Most Powerful People 2013
Who’s more powerful: the autocratic leader of a former superpower or the handcuffed commander in chief of the most dominant country in the world? This year the votes for the World’s Most Powerful went to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

11 Things Everyone Should Know About Russian Demography
When you look at the relevant numbers I simply don’t think it’s true that Russia is enveloped in an ever worsening population crisis that will quickly reduce it to the geopolitical equivalent of a snowed-in nursing home.

Russians More Negative about West
Russians’ attitudes to the United States and European Union have dramatically worsened since 1997, according to a new survey.

Citizen Or Foreign Migrant? In Moscow, The Line Is Often Blurred
Despite his Russian passport, as an ethnic Ingush living in Moscow Zubeir’s experience is, in many ways, similar to that of an immigrant. He says he feels like an outsider in his own country.

Fall of USSR Locked Up World's Largest Store of Carbon
The fall of the Soviet Union created the largest ever human-made carbon sink – abandoned farmland.

Liberalism Hand-in-Glove with Nationalism
There is one common theme running through the reactions of Western and liberal Russian media to the latest racist riots in southern Moscow: the events that took place are being called "protests" or even "civil riots".

Joseph Stalin, Editor
For Stalin, editing was a passion that extended well beyond the realm of published texts.

How Countries Compare
This is an interesting tool for comparing life abroad in several countries - it ranks poll numbers on 1) ability to earn cash, 2) overall experience, and 3) raising children. Russia is currently ranked #7 overall - #16 on the first two criteria alone (many countries did not report on raising children, apparently).

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

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