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THE NEWSLETTER >> SEPTEMBER, 2014 - STATE OF STUDY ABROAD; VESTNIK 16

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia  
Apply for Spring, 2015 by October 15, 2014!

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SRAS students taking off to take on the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan!
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Добро пожаловать!

Welcome back to school!

This month, SRAS has a big double issue. First, we review the state of study abroad to Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan, with attention given to political issues, safety, and visa concerns. Second, we bring you the 16th issue of Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies. This issue brings extraordinary student research into subjects of contemporary and historical significance.

We have two free books up for grabs, this time on historical politics and literature. You'll also find articles on current economic and political issues, a new mini-lesson on the surprising differences between Russian and English, and much more.

Lastly, make sure to plan for Spring, 2015. Deadlines for all our diverse programs – from Kiev to Vladivostok and from St. Petersburg to Bishkek, are coming up October 15th!

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In this month's newsletter:

- State of Study Abroad     - Programs     - Koroche!
- Books         - Vestnik         - Articles

Free Books!
Participate in our latest Facebook contest and win a free copy of  The Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev's Adaptability, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War or The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book. Deadline: This Friday!


- State of Study Abroad -

Let's Meet!
SRAS will be at SRAS will be at ASEES, AATSEEL, FORUM, and NAFSA! We would love to meet you there!

The State of Study Abroad in Russia and Ukraine
SRAS carefully monitors events everywhere we have students. With continued developments in Eastern Ukraine, we'd like to assess what effects those events may have on study abroad in general and on any students who are on the ground in Russia or Ukraine.

All About Russia Visas
This is a fully-updated outline of the basics of applying for visas for either individual students or faculty-led groups.

SRAS Site Visit to Irkutsk
Irkutsk is an especially good destination for intermediate and advanced students looking to seriously build language skills, save some cash, and to get out and be active with friendly locals.

SRAS Site Visit to Kyrgyzstan
While Bishkek is a city with industry and culture, the real jewel in Kyrgyzstan is in nature. Any trip there without time in the mountains is really incomplete. 

Eurasian Linguistic Institute (EALI)
Irkutsk State Linguistic University, an SRAS partner institution, is now the Eurasian Linguistic Institute. Think of it as the same great university - with a new great name.

Dual Citizens, Adoptees, and Heritage Speakers
There has been a recent surge in interest for study abroad from heritage speakers who emigrated from Russia during the 1990s and particularly from those adopted from Russia by Americans during this time period. Very often, these individuals are not aware that most are still considered Russian citizens by Russia. This actually complicates study abroad to Russia.

- SRAS on StudioAbroad
- What SRAS Adds to the Student Experience Abroad


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Service Learning Grant
SRAS believes that internships are one of the best ways to solidify language skills and really get to know your host country. Socially-focused internships such as those at not-for-profit organizations can be an especially good environment for you to mix with locals active in their communities.

The SRAS Home and Abroad: Art Program
This resume-building art internship program is for students who want to build writing, research, art, and language skills at home and abroad.

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss the conflicts in these states, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts.

Russian Studies Abroad: St. Petersburg
Gain specific insight into political economy and business, as viewed from Russia's "window on Europe." 

Research Travel Services
SRAS offers custom programs and research travel services to those seeking to research abroad or to study any subject in any institution of higher education in Russia, Ukraine, or Kyrgyzstan.

Russian as a Second Language (RSL)
Our programs are designed for flexibility to suit almost any need or interest. Study for a week or a year. Choose the bustling streets of Moscow or the rugged hills of Kyrgyzstan. Take advanced courses or start with the basics. 

- Funding for Study Abroad
- SRAS Program Search Engine

- Scientists: Learning Russian Makes Your Brain Bigger
- 43 Travel Tips for First Time Travelers


 

- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5
SRAS Recap of Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Russian Art in US - September Events

 


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Translation Challenges - Трудности перевода
Translating between any two languages can be difficult, and translating between Russian and English is no исключение (exception) to this pattern. Due to certain грамматические различия (grammatical differences), some meanings within the languages can be difficult to translate.

17 Best Russian Films from the 21st Century
View great modern Russian films for free on YouTube.

Personal Experience: Playing Baseball in St. Petersburg
Many SRAS students seek to add extracurricular activities to their time abroad to help them integrate into their communities, improve language skills, and make new friends outside their classes. 

- Iron Curtain Becomes 7,000-Kilometer Bike Trail
- Forgetting and Remembering Your First Language
- Literary Translation and Soviet Cultural Politics in the 1930s

- Using Two Languages in One Sentence not Necessarily Bad 


 Never Too Many Books!
 
The Kreutzer Sonata Variations
Soul to Soul: A Black Russian American Family 1865-1992 Soviet But Not Russian: The Other Peoples of the Soviet Union
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The Richer, the Poorer  Gorbachev's Adaptability, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War      Win this Book!
The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book   Win this Book!
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The Soviet Legacy in the Art Community of Kyrgyzstan
Corinne Hughes recently completed her undergraduate degree at the Evergreen State College with a concentration in Russian and Eurasian Studies. She has studied language, art, politics, and culture abroad in Irkutsk, St. Petersburg, and Bishkek. She is currently applying to graduate programs in international policy.

Corrine Hughes Receives Vestnik Jury Award
The School of Russian and Asian Studies congratulates Corinne Hughes as the recipient of the $200 Jury Award from Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies for our 16th issue.

Contemporary Russian-Serbian Relations: Interviews with Youth
Chloe Kay recently graduated with a degree in International Affairs & Russian Studies from The University of Colorado Boulder. She will serve a term with the Peace Corps in Mongolia before attending graduate school in Eastern European politics. She hopes to develop a career in international diplomacy or international non-profit work.

Channels of Legal Agency in Russian Serfdom
Joseph Belza graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with degrees in History and Russian Studies. He currently attends Boston College Law School and is exploring his interest in international law.

The Theories of the Slavophiles: on the Relationship between State and Society
Rupert Holland is a 2013 graduate of Russian Studies BA at the University of Birmingham. The basis for this paper was his final year dissertation, written in 2013. He plans to undertake a research Master's degree in Russian and East European Studies.

Non-Governmental Organizations in Russia: Adapting for Success  
Jacqueline Dufalla is an SRAS graduate who recently finished her undergraduate degree with a double major in Slavic Studies as well as Politics and Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. In August, she will start graduate studies at the Central European University in International Relations and European Studies in Budapest, Hungary.

- Vestnik - Issue 16, Fall, 2014 (full issue) 
- Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: December 30!
 


 

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Research Travel

How Is Russia Viewed Around The World?
A survey by the Pew Research Center asked the question, "Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of Russia?"

Japan Angry at Russian Army Drills on Disputed Islands
Japan says it will strongly protest to Russia over military exercises it is staging on disputed islands off northern Japan.

Putin’s Approval Rating Rises to 80% – Poll
Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval rating has reached 80 percent, with a majority of Russians saying the country is heading in the right direction, an independent pollster said Wednesday. 

Russian Rocker Called A 'Traitor' For Performing For IDPs In Ukraine
Some Russian lawmakers are supporting a campaign against rock musician Andrei Makarevich, threatening to strip him of state awards after he performed for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the eastern Ukraine last week.

Poll: Russians Say Aug 1991 Events are Tragedy
A relative majority of Russians (41 percent) see the August 19, 1991, putsch in the former Soviet Union as a tragedy which had harmful implications for the country and its people.

The Making of Vladimir Putin
Putin rose in the 1990s as Boris Yeltsin’s protegé, which gave him a certain acceptance in the West. But his true power-base was always the Soviet military and intelligence establishment that attempted the putsch against Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991 and reasserted itself during the Kosovo war of 1999. As president, Putin has been smart but not wise. His Russia is “a paranoid state that makes its own enemies”.

Switching Aims
The Kremlin’s inability to come to terms with the Western world does not come cheap.

8 Things Masha Gessen Got Wrong About Russian Demography
Gessen’s article is so littered with factual errors that it would actually subtract from a non-specialist’s knowledge of the topic: someone who knew nothing about Russian demography before reading the article would end up believing a number of things that are not true.

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New Sanctions Bill Raises Free-Press Fears In Ukraine
Ukraine, once celebrated for its progressive media reforms, is currently considering legislation that could set the country back to Soviet-era levels of censorship.

Ukraine and the New Divide
The Ukraine crisis has opened a new period of heightened rivalry, even confrontation, between former Cold War adversaries.

Russia’s New National Strategy
Amid the ongoing crisis over Ukraine, the Kremlin has adopted a new national strategy that crystallizes trends that have been gaining ground in Russia over the past two years. This development goes beyond the current crisis in Russian-Western relations and has important consequences for Russia’s neighbors, especially the EU.

US, Allies to Hold Drills in West Ukraine as Fighting Rages in East
As fighting between the army and Russian-backed rebels rages in eastern Ukraine, preparations are under way near its western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the U.S. and its allies.

John Tefft Sworn in as US Ambassador to Russia
US Secretary of State John Kerry administered an oath to John Tefft as new US Ambassador to Russia, Jen Psaki, spokesperson for the US Department of State, confirmed on Tuesday.

Russia's Total Fertility Rate Is Rapidly Converging With America's
In 2014, despite huge and growing political differences, the simply reality is that Russian and American childbearing patterns are remarkably similar.



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