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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
Apply for Spring, 2016 by October 15, 2015!

The Kitchen Debate between Nixon and Khrushchev helped show the connections between food, information, diplomacy, society, and the state. In our latest edition of Vestnik, students like you do the same.

Добро пожаловать!

Welcome back to school!

In this month's big, back-to-school newsletter, you'll find the latest issue of Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies. This round, our student contributors focus on issues of food and information and their relationships to society, the state, and diplomacy.

You will also find a fascinating new Russian MiniLesson on the Russian soul, a new installment of our popular Моя Россия blog (a new series of intermediate Russian lessons), a new series of free Russian films posted weekly to our Facebook page, new information for minorities studying abroad, and the first fruits from the efforts of our new Home and Abroad Scholar Jesika Berry, a recent graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, who will be exploring Russian musicology with us in St. Petersburg and Moscow over the next academic year. We think it's safe to say that this next semester will be awesome. We hope you are as excited as we are to dive into it!

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!

Internship in Russia
Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

Study Abroad
in Poland!


In this month's newsletter:

- Featured     - Programs     - Koroche!
- Books     - Vestnik     - Articles


Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: Dec 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 Dec 15, 2015.

– Featured –

The State of Russian Studies in the United States (PDF 1.7MB)
ASEEES has recently commissioned a study of Russian studies in the US to figure what kind of numbers of students and faculty are out there and what they are up to. The results are, as can be expected, mixed.

Russian MiniLesson: The Russian Soul
For this month's Russian MiniLesson, we asked our own Andrei Nesterov, a Russian scholar of Russian culture, to help us understand the Russian soul and Russian vocabulary related to it.

Моя Россия: Saint Petersburg - Cultural Capital
Travel with SRAS's own Roxana Burkhanova to St. Petersburg for this month's intermediate Моя Россия language lesson!

Minorities Abroad: Additional Resources
SRAS has partnered with ADSEEES (the Association for Diversity in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) to provide resources for minority students studying in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Former Soviet Union.

Four Examples of Russian Music in American Popular Culture
Americans have used Russian music in creating elements of American popular culture. Appropriated songs include “The Flight of the Bumblebee” to represent speed and the “1812 Festival Overture” to represent something breathtaking or surprising – including for firework shows during the Fourth of July.

Saturday Morning Films!
Let's start a Saturday morning Russian films tradition! Each Saturday, SRAS will post a link to a full-length Russian-language movie to our FB page that you can watch for free. Like our FB page here. Click the link above to watch a classic Soviet comedy!

Three Great Musicians of the USSR
Tech Companies Hiring More Liberal-arts Majors
Translation of 125 Russian Works into English
The Surprising Effects of Study Abroad

– Programs –

Home and Abroad Scholarships - Expanded!
These scholarships now offer $5000 - 10,000 in a more flexible program offering more locations and more subjects. Now available in Moscow!

Security and Society in the Information Age
Study cybersecurity, the effects of information warfare, new media's role in modern democracy, and much more in Warsaw, Poland!

Central Asian Studies
Visit Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan while taking courses to understand this diverse and geopolitically important region.

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

Siberian Studies
Head to Lake Baikal and Irkutsk to study history, the Russian language, and environmental science!

Russian Studies Abroad
Gain specific insight into political economy and business, Russian politics or culture, or many other subjects from the vantage of St. Petersburg or Moscow.

View ALL 12 Fall Semester Programs!
Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
Braver Grants
Service Learning Grants

– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Polish Public Radio Top 5
Russian Foreign Affairs
How the News is Reported in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5

– Vestnik –

American Perspectives on the 1955 U.S.-Soviet Agricultural Exchange
Lanna Demers, a first-year graduate student at Bowling Green State University, shows how grassroots-initiated agricultural diplomacy can open doors and build bridges even between arch rivals.

The Evolution and Dissolution of the Soviet Kitchen
Nadine Astrakhan, a recent graduate of the University of Oregon writes of the changing relationship between society, ideology, economics, and food throughout Soviet history.

US-Soviet Fight Over Information in Chernobyl’s Aftermath
Christopher Jarmas, an undergraduate at Tufts University describes the importance of framing events in the media.

Photography in the Late Soviet Period
Jessica Werneke, a recent PhD from The University of Texas at Austin, discusses how photography was at once a journalistic, diplomatic, and propagandistic endeavor in the USSR.

Irony and Trauma in Ordinary Fascism
Morgan Shafter, a first-year Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, describes how a Jew told the story of the Holocaust in an officially sanctioned Soviet film.

Russia’s Volunteering Youth
Rikki Brown, an SRAS graduate and recent US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange fellow, discusses Russia's volunteer youth culture, the support they get from the community and government, and how they use social media to organize.

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: Dec 15!


Never Too Many Books!
The End of Tsarist Russia Gaidar’s Revolution The Kennan Diaries
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Red Star: The First Bolshevik Utopia The Eurasian Steppe and the Limits of Europe Russia and Eurasia 2015-2016

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!


– Articles –

Russians Require Minimum Monthly Income of $350, Poll Shows
Rosstat state statistics service reported a significantly lower minimum subsistence level of 9,662 rubles ($150) a month per person. As of June, the average Russian monthly income is 35,930 rubles ($555) per person.

50% of Russian Parents Talk about Sex with their Children
Just 2 percent of those polled in 2014 (compared to 1 percent in 1989) considered sex education unnecessary.

Russian Tourists Gain Appreciation for the Motherland
Politics and the economy are encouraging domestic tourism in Russia.

Thoughts on the Replacement of the Head of Russian Rails
It will be interesting to see how this story plays out, but here are a few of the interpretations currently being offered by analysts.

The Cold War’s Organization Man
How Philip Mosely helped Soviet Studies moderate American policy.

Russia Condemns Political Repressions Officially
The document, developed on order of President Putin, will see the opening of archives, introduction of histories to middle school curriculums, foundation of websites, and an attempt to identify the remains of anyone burried in mass graves.

A Tug of War Over Gulag History in Russia’s North
A debate is underway as to how much of a monestary should be restored to the church and how much of its Gulag past should be preserved as a lesson to posterity.

Why Russians Support Internet Censorship
Among the most "dangerous" content that should be banned, Russians name homosexual propaganda (59 percent), social network groups linked to organizing anti-government protests (46 percent) and videos by the Pussy Riot band (46 percent).

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