Russian Section celebrates 50th anniversary with a Jubilee

This year the Russian major at UM is celebrating its 50th year. To mark the occasion, the program put on a two-day Jubilee event. On Friday night, May 21st, over 60 guests attended the Opening Reception, featuring keynote speaker, Tom Seifrid, chair of Slavic at USC and UM alumni (1978). The evening was also highlighted by student performances, an awards presentation, and a champagne toast. On Saturday, May 22nd, eight alumni of the Russian Program presented their current graduate research.

Read the full program, including conference paper abstracts and presenter biographies.

For photographs of the weekend's events, thanks to Slikati, follow this link:

Russian Club's "Weekly Conversation Table"

All levels welcome. For time and place, contact the Russian Club President.

Russian Club's Annual Participation in UM's International Festival and Children's World

Russian Club's Additional Past Events:
Attendance at UM's productions of Chekhov's plays "Uncle Vanya" and "The Cherry Orchard"
Attendance at showing of Russian blockbuster Ночной дозор (Night Watch) at the Wilma Theater
Picnics at Blue MOuntain and Bonner Park
Russian Easter Celebrations
Poetry recitation contests

Russian Section's Annual Participation in National Essay Contest:
UM students of Russian have participated in the competitive Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay contest since 2004. We are proud of the many students we have nominated for participation in this event and particularly proud of the numerous students who have won silver and bronze medals, as well as honorable mentions.

Russian Studies Program Guest Scholars:
Over the past four years we have invited the following Russian scholars to campus to give a presentation and meet with students. Support for this was generously provided by the Office off International Programs.

2013 Dr. Thomas Seifrid (UM alumnus) (The University of Southern California) Lectured on “The Paradox of Tolstoyan Interiority.” Author of books on the author Andrei Platonov and the on philosophy of language.

2012 Dr. Anna Kuxhausen (St. Olaf’s College in Minnesota) Lectured on 18th-century medical history, From the Womb to the Body Politic: Raising the Nation in Enlightenment Russia (Univ. of Wisc. Press, 2012).

2011 Dr. Stephen Norris (Miami University in Ohio) Lectured on a Russian film called The 9th Company about the war in Afghanistan, based on research for his book Blockbuster History in the New Russia: Movies, Memory, and Patriotism (Indiana University Press, 2012).

2010 Dr. Andrew Jenks (California State University at Long Beach) Lectured on the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, about whom he has authored the book, The Cosmonaut Who Couldn't Stop Smiling: The Life and Legend of Yuri Gagarin (Northern Illinois University Press, 2012).