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Summer Study Abroad: Update on Recent Diplomatic Events

SRAS Announces Special Moscow-St.Petersburg Summer RSL Program for 2018

Summer Study Abroad: Important Updates

The State of Study Abroad in Russia

Russian Studies Abroad (RSA) Splits Into Two Programs

Join SRAS at NAFSA and Forum

SRAS and SPBGIKIT Language Partnership: The Year in Review

SRAS Site Visit to Irkutsk

Summer Programs Abroad - 2018

Travel Alert for Russian Cities: May 25 - July 25, 2018

Scholarships Available!

Stetson University and SRAS Announce New Partnership

Call for Papers: Vestnik!


The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Deadlines now updated for all 2013-2014 courses!

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Share your student research with more than 10,000 students, professors, and other interested people. You might, in addition, win $200 for your hard work. Find out how students can contribute to Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies by the deadline – December 20th!

This month, SRAS is again celebrating great student work. From artwork to research to photography and experiences abroad, you’ll find lots of links to great student achievements in this month’s newsletter.

There have also been several major stories in US-Russia relations. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also publically stated that she fears that Russia is trying to “re-Sovietize” the post-Soviet space. The US legislature has voted to grant Permanent Normal Trade Relations to Russia – and censure Russian officials for human rights abuses. Russia has prepared a similar response. We have coverage of all these events and more.

All of this is in addition, of course, to our new language lessons, the latest on Russian pop culture (in our regular "koroche" section), books, and more. See below for details.

As has become our tradition, the SRAS newsletter will be taking January off. You can join us on Facebook, however, for continued uninterupted coverage of all Eurasia-related things.


In this month's newsletter:

 - Students      - Relations       - Programs        -  Koroche!  
- Books      -  Primary Documents    - Language and Culture


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

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to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!

- Feature: Students -

$200 Jury Award for Your Student Research!
Submit by December 20! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

SRAS Publishes Catalogue of Student Art Work
Students on SRAS’s 2012 Art and Museums in Russia program banded together as a collective to make a catalogue of their accomplishments and experiences while abroad.

Grutas Park and the Fate of Soviet Statuary in Lithuania
Recent William and Mary graduate Monika Bernotas writes of Grutas Park. In the scenic town of Druskininkai, approximately fifty miles from Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, the park has become something of a joke to both Lithuanians and foreigners.

SRAS 2013 Calendar (PDF, 5MB)
As a holiday tradition, SRAS prints a calendar featuring the best of our student's photography and study abroad stories. If you would like a copy for your Russian department, office, classroom, or Russian club, contact us to request a copy. Supplies are limited. We'll also be giving away a few copies to individuals via Facebook contests.

- SRAS Graduate Launches Politics Blog
- Student Taryn Jones Writes On Art Gallery Owner
- Elenor Nurmi Receives Vestnik Jury Award

- Programs and Funding - 

Art and Museums in Russia
This venue-based program for students, educators, curators, museum professionals, and anyone interested in art takes you into the collections and facilities of The Hermitage, The Russian Museum, and other famous museums of St. Petersburg. Learn about art in a way not possible in a classroom.

Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
Start with three intensive weeks of Kyrgyz and/or Russian language training and then explore the gorgeous countryside of Kyrgyzstan, while practicing the language you've studied!

Eurasian Culinary Studies
This summer course will take you to Georgia, Crimea, and Kiev to open all of your senses to the rich cultures of the Slavs and the peoples of Central Asia and the Caucasus. 

Siberian Summer Adventure
Start with intensive Russian and a course covering the specific environmental challenges facing Siberia. Then, put your language skills to use and gain first hand knowledge of the local environment when you join GBT on a trail building expedition!

- Students are Studying Foreign Language Longer
- World of Warcraft as a Learning Tool

- What Americans Don't Know About the World 
- Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace
- Growth in Study Abroad Approaches Standstill
- Intel Official: Language 'Central' to New Strategy

- Feature: Relations -

Clinton Fears Efforts to "Re-Sovietize" Eurasia
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Thursday about a new effort by oppressive governments to "re-Sovietize" much of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, taking particular aim at Russia for its crackdown on democracy and human rights groups just hours ahead of critical talks with that country's foreign minister.

Russian Officials Question "Поехали!" Textbook
Apparently the Russian State Duma is considering "reconsidering methods for teaching Russian to foreigners" (which likely means passing more regulations on this topic). They are offended by the image of Russia that they think the book promotes.

The Magnitsky Bill - Opinions
Since the passage of this bill is linked with the repeal of the Jackson-Vanik amendment, which will finally normalize US-Russia trade relations, a reluctant President Obama has no choice but to sign it into law. 

The Magnitsky Act is Wrong
The death of Magnitsky is a tragedy that demands justice, and he deserves a fitting tribute for his sacrifice and his devotion to the rule of law. But the Magnitsky Act achieves neither of these objectives.

Russian Assembly Set for Tough Response to U.S. Rights Bill
Russia's foreign minister urged parliament on Sunday to agree upon a tough response to a U.S. law punishing Russian human rights violators, increasing the risk of a chill in relations with Washington.

Global Trends: US on Way to Energy Independence
A rising global middle class and a drastic fall in energy prices may reshape the way the world operates.

IEA Report: US to be World's Top Oil Producer by 2020
The United States, with increased natural gas production ­ and energy efficiency, will overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's top oil producer by 2017 and become a net exporter by 2030.

- Will Russia Stop the Next START?
- Moscow Reopens Communication with Washington
- Russians Back Down from Leaked U.N. Internet Proposal

- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

SRAS Recap of Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture

- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Зимняя одежда – Winter clothes 
How does one survive the infamous Russian winter? Our latest mini-lesson outlines Russian secrets to staying warm!

Russian Holidays
Our list of Russian holidays, updated with new dates, information, and official days off for 2013.

A Young Doctor's Notebook
Mikhail Bulgakov's classic tale is being serialized by the BBC. Jon Hamm (Madmen) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) are starring. Episode 1 is currently available on Vimeo.

Crime and Publishing: How Dostoevskii Changed the British Murder
The following piece by Muireann Maguire, “Crime and Publishing: How Dostoevskii Changed the British Murder,” is taken from the recently published A People Passing Rude: British Responses to Russian Culture.

Denner Walks Tolstoy
In June 2011 Michael Denner and Thomas Newlin, American professors of Russian, and Sara Winter, an American filmmaker, set out from Moscow on the route that Leo Tolstoy had walked to his estate, Yasnaya Polyana, a distance of some 200 km.

"Я не понимаю, как я не понимаю по-русски"
An Irish guy singing in Russian about how he doesn't understand how he doesn't understand Russian.

- 700 Reasons to Study a Language
- Translators: Job Growth Much Higher than Average
- Book Translates American Minutiae for Russians
- Google Adds Detailed Mapping to 45 Russian Cities
- My Perestroika Set to Debut in Russia

 Never Too Many Books!
Molotovs-Magic-Lantern Molotov's Magic Lantern: Travels in Russian History blockbuster-history Blockbuster History
in the New Russia: Movies, Memory, and Patriotism

Crosscover-small A People Passing Rude: British Responses to
Russian Culture

Study Abroad
in Russia!


- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

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

28 Economic Reasons Why Russia is Fantastic (PDF)
Economic Update by Dr. Daniel Thorniley.

Six Russians Named Top Global Thinkers
Environmentalist Evgeniya Chirikova and punk protesters Pussy Riot join Hillary Clinton in Foreign Policy's prestigious list for 2012.

The World's Most Powerful People
There are 7.1 billion people on the planet. These are the 71 who matter: #1 - Obama; #2 - Merkel; #3 - Putin....

2010 Census Results
2010 Census shows fewer Russians, more non-Russians, and many who no longer declare an ethnic identity at all.

Are Russia's Demographic Improvements A "Myth?"
It sounds a lot cooler to say either "Russia’s demographic boom is a myth!" or "Russia’s baby boom continues!" rather than "Russia suffered a severe demographic crisis during the 1990's that has been partially, but not fully, counterbalanced by positive demographic trends over the past eight years and its future course is totally up in the air."

Death by Privatization
The Oxford-led study measured the relationship between death rates and the pace and scale of privatization in 25 countries in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, dating back to the early 1990s. They found that mass privatization came at a human cost: with an average surge in the number of deaths of 13 per cent or the equivalent of about one million lives.

A Destructive Envy
Building a representative government means forming relationships with people you don’t like – not protesting for them to go away, because they won’t. And that was the fatal mistake of the Russian protest movement.

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