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Summer Programs Abroad - 2018

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Call for Papers: Vestnik!


The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Apply for Spring, 2017 programs before October 15!

Our students in Vladivostok pose for a selfie while on an excursion. Program applications for all our programs for Spring, 2017 are still being accepted!

Добро пожаловать!

Anyone planning to study abroad in Spring, 2017 still has time to apply! Click here for a full list of spring programs, and see individual program pages for deadlines. Most deadlines are in mid to late October.

SRAS is celebrating 20 years abroad this year with the introduction of our Explorer Awards, a great addition to the already extensive funding opportunities listed on our site.

This month's newsletter brings you our 20th issue of Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies. All entries have been produced by students and, taken together, cover a wide range of research interests including the latest trends in Kyrgyz cultural education, conflicts between Islamic institutions in Chechnya, and historical research into Bolshevik rhetoric. Congratulations to all our authors! It has been an intellectually fascinating experience working with you on the Vestnik editing process!

Our short selection of articles at the end of this newsletter will bring you up-to-date on the results of the Duma election, Russian popular opinion, the Russian economy, recent international news, and more. As always, this newsletter hopes to keep you abreast of what life is like on the ground in Russia and Eurasia.

If you'll be at the ASEEES convention in Washington D.C. from November 17-20, please stop by our table! We'd love to see you! 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!

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Policy and Conflict Post Soviet
Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

Study Abroad
in Poland!

Russian Studies Abroad Petersburg Russia

In this month's newsletter:

- Vestnik     - Programs     - Koroche!
- Books     - Language and Travel     - Articles

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: May 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 May 15, 2016.

– Vestnik –

Sufi-Salafi Institutional Competition and Conflict in the Chechen Republic
Bennett Clifford, a recent graduate of Wake Forest University, examines how competition between two forms of Islam affects society in Chechnya.

"Healthy Body, Healthy Mind"
Denis Petrina, seeking his MA in Social and Political Critique at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania, explores how public service messages were used to cement socialist ideology and help create the "new Soviet man."

Formation of Bolshevik Anti-Free Press Discourse, 1917-1922
Rachel Margolis, a recent graduate of Brown University, looks at how "freedom of the press" turned from a battle cry to a mocking insult under the Bolsheviks.

Trends in Cultural Education in Kyrgyzstan
SRAS graduate Austen Dowell, a senior majoring in Russian/International Studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, looks at how Kyrgyzstan has built and continues to build a national identity, in part, through its education system.

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: May 15!

– Programs –

Coexistence and Religion
We will learn to reflect upon and better understand religious traditions, issues, questions, and values in Georgia, thereby enhancing and expanding our understanding of how religion and spirituality shape our own lives.

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Visit multiple former Soviet states to discuss the conflicts there, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts.

Central Asian Studies
Visit Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan while studying the culture, history, economies, and more of this diverse and geopolitically important region.

Siberian Studies
This course will introduce you to environmental policy making in the past and present as well as Russian language instruction focusing on terms and concepts related to environmental science.

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

Internships Abroad
Our internship page has been updated with new information detailing possible placements open in Kiev, Bishkek, and Warsaw. Internship options are available in Warsaw with no Polish language requirement.

Security and Society in the Information Age
Spend this summer looking at important global issues from the vantage of Poland/Central Europe. This region serves as a fascinating case study in courses on security (including cyber), criminal justice, urban planning, elites and politics, entrepreneurship and innovation, and more.

View ALL 12 Spring Semester Programs!
Home and Abroad: $10,000 For Your Study Abroad
Braver Grants: Get More From Your Study Abroad
Updated: Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia

– Koroche! –

Top Movies in Russia
How the News is Reported in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5

– Language and Travel –

PopKult can now introduce you and your students to the languages and popular cultures of Russia, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Ukraine, and more.

The Hard Work Of Learning Languages
Learning is seldom easy. Most often it's hard and sometimes it's blood, sweat, and tears.

Vladimir Mayakovsky Acts on YouTube
Vladimir Mayakovsky in The Lady and the Hooligan from 1918. The full film is on YouTube.

My Student Budget for Moscow
SRAS graduate Jack Fischer discusses how his budget worked out for Moscow over the Summer, 2016 program.

Studying Russian in Moscow
SRAS graduate Joseph Ozment discusses his experience studying abroad this past summer.

LuchSveta: A Russian Fencer at the Olympics
This video clip has a few culturally and linguistically interesting aspects.

Russian Film Festival in NY Oct-7-9
Gulag Bibliography
Russian Virginia (Events, etc.)


  – Never Too Many Books! –
Reminiscences of Lenin
(By his wife)
Trotsky's Biographies of Lenin
Firsthand accounts of the 1917 uprising
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How Russian and American Academics See Eachother
Memoirs of a Soviet Officer from WWII
An American Steelworker in the USSR
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Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Internship in Russia

– Articles –

Results of Russia's 2016 Duma Elections
This series of diagrams and charts shows what changed with the last elections.

Russia’s Lost Liberals
The Carnegie Moscow Center looks, via polls and election numbers, at the current state of Russia's liberal parties and what they can do to improve their position.

Less Than Half of Russians Believe Duma Elections Fair — Poll
46 percent of Russians believe that last month’s State Duma elections were carried out fairly; 22 percent refused to answer.

Russians' Real Disposable Income Falls at Fastest Pace Since 2009: Data
With less money to spend, consumers also stayed away from shopping, with retail sales, a barometer of customer demand in Russia, down 5.1 percent in August and following a 5.2 percent decline in July.

Birth Rate In Russia Creeps Up Despite Economic Crisis
People in Russia do not view the current economic crisis as a disaster and are not giving up on their plans to have children, say analysts. One of the crucial factors keeping the birth rate stable is low unemployment.

How Stable is Russia?
Is Russia roaring back unstoppable? Is Russia on the brink of collapse? The answer is somewhere in the middle.

When National Identity Is More Important Than National Economy
This conversation covers recent political and economic events in Europe and Russia and particularly how Brexit may affect EU-Russia relations.

As Russia Reasserts Itself, US Intelligence Agencies Focus Anew on the Kremlin
US intelligence agencies are expanding spying operations against Russia on a greater scale than at any time since the end of the Cold War, US officials said.

Business Relations Between Russia and the US are Surprisingly Strong
The US Census Bureau reports that the combined value of U.S./Russian imports and exports was almost $25 billion in 2015, up from less than $10 billion in 2000.

Russia Suspends Plutonium Disposal Cooperation With US
Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the department for nonproliferation issues at the Russian Foreign Ministry, has said that the method of plutonium disposal proposed by the Americans allows for the possibility of reusing the plutonium for weapons production.

Russian Levada Center Appeals to Justice Minister Over Foreign Agent Listing
Levada Center was added to the list of non-governmental organizations that receive foreign funding. A Justice Ministry spokesperson said it had been receiving most of its foreign financing from the United States.

Putin Grooms a New Generation of Leaders
The new generation is steeped in the state-controlled system that Putin has built. While some of his contemporaries might have had the stature to challenge the president in private, the younger officials owe their entire careers to him.

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