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RUSSIAN AREA STUDIES DEPARTMENT NEWS

Author Vapnyar to Speak

Author Lara Vapnyar will read from her latest book "The Scent of Pine" on campus on Thursday, Sept. 25. Vapnyar moved from her native Russia to the United States in 1994. She was 23 years old, three months pregnant and could barely speak English, but began to write short stories in her new language. "Love Lessons Mondays, 9 A.M." was published in The New Yorker in 2003 and she has since gone on ...  More >>

Ost to Present, Discuss Film at Festival

David Ost, professor of political science, will discuss the Russian documentary, "On the Way Home," following its screening at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) at Ithaca College on Sunday, April 6. "In light of the fact that Russia has been in the news in the last month or so in such an extreme way, this provides a different, personal access to Russia, to people, to some of th...  More >>

Ukraine, Russia and the Current Crisis

In light of Russian President Vladimir V. Putin's decision to reclaim the formerly Ukrainian region of Crimea and the resulting international relations conflict, members of the Hobart and William Smith and Cornell faculty will convene on Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Huntington Smith Library for a discussion titled "Ukraine, Russia, and the Current Crisis." The for...  More >>

Flipping a Russian Classroom

This spring, students in Russian 102 will experience a "flipped" classroom, thanks to funding as part of the Mellon Presidential Discretionary Grant for the digital pedagogy project. The idea of "flipping" a classroom was developed by high school teachers Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams. Traditionally, time in class has been reserved for lectures while homework has been a time for exercises and ...  More >>

Welsh Joins NEH Institute

Associate Professor of Russian Kristen Welsh participated in and presented at the National Endowment for the Humanities' summer institute "America's Russian-Speaking Immigrants and Refugees: Twentieth Century Migration and Memory." The conference, held at Columbia University, consisted of daily presentations and in-depth discussions, welcoming scholars from a variety of fields including history, ...  More >>