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VESTNIK was created by The School of Russian and Asian Studies in an effort to effectively encourage the study of Russia and those states formerly a part of the Soviet Union. VESTNIK is a scholarly journal which publishes the best in undergraduate and graduate research on any subject of relevance to that geographic region.
In this, its eighteenth issue, Vestnik focuses on both the importance of food and information to societies, states, and diplomacy.
We have a pair of entries on food-related issues. In 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. Nadine Astrakhan, a recent graduate of the University of Oregon writes of the changing relationship between society, ideology, economics, and food throughout Soviet history in The Evolution and Dissolution of the Soviet Kitchen.
We also have several articles on information. Christopher Jarmas, an undergraduate at Tufts University describes the importance of framing events in the media in How the United States and the Soviet Union Fought over Information in Chernobyl’s Aftermath. In 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. In 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.
Lastly, Russia’s Volunteering Youth, Rikki Brown, a former SRAS student 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.
We hope you will find this issue interesting and informative. Share it with your friends, classmates, and colleagues if you do!
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