Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

This certificate program offers students the opportunity to take advantage of the significant multidisciplinary resources in the Five Colleges on Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

The Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES) Certificate Program works to offer students an opportunity to draw on rich resources of the faculty members at the Five Colleges and to coordinate curricula across the five campuses. The program also sponsors special events of interest to students and faculty members working in the field.

Ukrainian field that is the colors of the Ukrainian flag

Summer field in Ukraine. Photo: Olga Subach.

Joint Statement by REEES Faculty
on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The faculty of the Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian (REEES) Programs of the Five College Consortium on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine issue the following joint statement:

The Five Colleges have long been a home for students, artists, and scholars who are from and who study Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. We have welcomed everyone from young, inquisitive minds wishing to know more about these regions to dissidents and exiles who were fated to never return to them. Our community has always sought to apply its knowledge, curiosity, and love for the cultures and peoples of these spaces such that the world might become a better place–a better home–for all.

The invasion of the sovereign nation Ukraine by the Russian Federation represents the antithesis of these values. We are outraged by the violence that Vladimir Putin has inflicted upon the Ukrainian people. We unequivocally condemn his act of war, and categorically reject the malicious distortions of history by which he seeks to justify it. We stand strong with all of those who resist it—from those in Ukraine who fight for their freedom, to the Russian citizens who risk losing theirs by engaging in anti-war protest. Our thoughts remain with the people and democratically elected leaders of Ukraine, and with everyone in the Pioneer Valley who stands to lose friends and family in this senseless conflict. No to war! Ні війні! Нет войне!

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Faculty

Catherine Ciepiela (Russian)
Sergey Glebov* (History)
Michael Kunichika (Russian)
Boris Wolfson* (Russian)

*Certificate Advisor

Polina Barskova* (Russian Literature)

*Certificate Advisor

Stephen Jones* (Russian and Eurasian Studies)
Jeremy King (History)
Susanna Nazarova (Russian and Eurasian Studies)
Peter Scotto (Russian and Eurasian Studies)

*Certificate Advisor

Justin Cammy (Jewish Studies, World Literatures)
Sergey Glebov* (History)
Thomas Roberts (Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies)

Vera Shevzov* (Religion)

*Certificate Advisor

Audrey Altstadt (History)
Evgeny Dengub (Russian)

Olga Gershenson (Judaic and Near Eastern Studies)
Julie Hemment* (Anthropology)
Lauren McCarthy (Legal Studies)
Robert Rothstein (Slavic Studies, Emeritus)
Regine Spector (Political Science)

*Certificate Advisor

Certificate Requirements

This certificate program offers students the opportunity to take advantage of the significant multidisciplinary resources in the Five Colleges on Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The certificate consists of a minimum of six courses. Courses applied to the certificate may also be used to fulfill major requirements. The list of courses fulfilling particular requirements is maintained and regularly updated by the Five College Committee for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Course Requirements

A. The program's core course, normally taken in the first or second year. The core course is offered every year on a rotating basis at one of the campuses and introduces an interdisciplinary perspective on the historical and contemporary experiences of the peoples of Russia, Eurasia (here understood as the former republics of the Soviet Union) and East (and Central) Europe. The course includes guest lectures by noted specialists in the Five Colleges.

B. Five additional elective courses, distributed as indicated below. (Independent study courses may be included with approval from the student's campus program advisor.) 

C. At least four courses, including the core course, must be taken within the Five Colleges.

Language Requirement

Students receiving the certificate must possess proficiency in a language of one of the certificate regions equivalent to the level achieved after four semesters of post-secondary course work. This proficiency may be demonstrated by course work or examination.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad in one of the certificate regions.

Elective Course Distribution

In choosing the five elective courses satisfying the certificate requirements, the following guidelines should be observed:

Courses should be drawn from more than one of the three geographical areas: Russia, Eurasia (here understood as the former republics of the Soviet Union) and Eastern (and Central) Europe.

  • At least one of the elective courses must focus on a period before the 20th century.
  • At least one course must be taken from each of the following disciplinary categories: history, social sciences and humanities/arts. No single course can fulfill more than one disciplinary distribution requirement. 
  • Elementary or intermediate language courses cannot be included as one of the five electives. A language course beyond the intermediate level can be counted toward one of the electives.
  • Credit for one-time courses, special topics courses and transfer or study abroad courses requires approval from the home campus faculty advisor to the program.

Courses

Spring 2022 Five College Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Courses

01
4.00

Tatyana Babyonyshev

MWF 10:00 AM-10:50 AM

Amherst College
RUSS-102-01-2122S

WEBS219

tbabyonyshev@amherst.edu

Continuation of RUSS 101.

Requisite: RUSS 101 or equivalent. Limited to 12 students per section. Spring semester. Senior Lecturer Babyonyshev.

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
0.00

Tatyana Babyonyshev

TTH 10:00 AM-10:50 AM

Amherst College
RUSS-102F-01-2122S

WEBS219

tbabyonyshev@amherst.edu

01
4.00

Catherine A. Ciepiela

MW 03:00 PM-04:20 PM

Amherst College
RUSS-111-01-2122S

WEBS215

caciepiela@amherst.edu

This introduction to Russian culture and history examines Russia’s vast and varied contributions to world culture, from literature and the arts to intellectual and political history. Setting aside cultural commonplaces about Russia—from borscht to nesting dolls and vodka—and various clichés of Russia as some enigmatic, reason-defying civilization, this course considers Russia’s ongoing development as it responds to the world and fashions its own forms of art, culture, and thought. The course will survey Russian culture and history from the early eighteenth century to the present, a broad span of time in which we see periods of upheaval and change to which its writers, artists, and intellectuals gave artistic and intellectual expression. We will be guided throughout the course by such questions as: How has Russia imagined its place in the world and in world culture? How has it responded to developments from abroad in fashioning its own culture? What is distinctive about Russia’s literary, visual, and performing styles? What can Russian cultural history tell us about the ways people experience, negotiate, and navigate multiple identities in a single polity stretching from Germany to Alaska? About class and gender politics?

This course will draw upon the rich holdings of the Amherst Center for Russian Culture and the Mead Art Museum, which, together, form a premier teaching and research collection of Russia’s culture history in the West. Each module of the course will, for example, focus upon an archival, verbal, or visual artifact held in these collections, using it as a springboard to consider broader themes of Russian culture and history. 

Spring Semester. Professor Ciepiela.

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Boris Wolfson

MW 04:00 PM-05:20 PM

Amherst College
RUSS-122-01-2122S

WEBS219

bwolfson@amherst.edu

Who is to blame? What is to be done? How can we love, and how should we die? In an age when such larger-than-life questions animated urgent debates about self and society, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anton Chekhov and other writers whose famous shorter works we’ll read in this course reinvented the idea of literature itself. Political terrorism and non-violent resistance, women’s rights and imperial expansion, quests for social justice and personal happiness: as nineteenth-century Russian authors explored the cultural anxieties provoked by these challenges of modernity, their ambition was not to mirror experience but to transform it by interpreting its deepest secrets. This is an introduction to the daring, contradictory visions of life and art that forever changed how we do things with words. No familiarity with Russian history or culture expected. All readings in English.

Spring Semester. Professor Wolfson. 

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Sergey Glebov

TTH 08:30 AM-09:50 AM

Amherst College
RUSS-130-01-2122S

WEBS220

sglebov@amherst.edu
HIST-112-01, ASLC-112-01, EUST-112-01, RUSS-130-01

(Offered as HIST 112 [AS/EUCP], ASLC 112, EUST 112 and RUSS 130) In the course of five hundred years, the Russian empire in Eurasia evolved as the largest territorial polity in the world. In this course, we will explore the medieval foundations of the imperial state and look at its predecessors and models (Kievan Rus’ and the empire of the Mongols), discuss ways in which cooperation and resistance shaped the imperial state and society, and study cultural and political entanglements among different ethnic, linguistic and confessional groups in Eurasia. Chronologically, we will cover the period from the tenth century to the crisis of the empire in the early twentieth century. Thematically, we will focus on structures of imperial state and society (the imperial house, peasantry, nobility, confessions, intelligentsia, revolutionary movement) and most important regions of the Russian Empire (Ukraine, the Caucasus, the Baltics, Siberia, Central Asia). Two class meetings per week.

Spring semester. Professor Glebov.

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Catherine A. Ciepiela

MWF 11:00 AM-11:50 AM

Amherst College
RUSS-202-01-2122S

WEBS219

caciepiela@amherst.edu

01
0.00

Catherine A. Ciepiela

TTH 03:00 PM-03:50 PM

Amherst College
RUSS-202F-01-2122S

WEBS219

caciepiela@amherst.edu

01
4.00

Boris Wolfson

MW 01:30 PM-02:50 PM

Amherst College
RUSS-302-01-2122S

WEBS219

bwolfson@amherst.edu

01
2.00

Tatyana Babyonyshev

TTH 02:30 PM-03:20 PM

Amherst College
RUSS-304H-01-2122S
tbabyonyshev@amherst.edu

A half course designed for intermediate-level students who wish to develop their fluency, pronunciation, oral comprehension, and writing skills. We will study and discuss Russian films of various genres. Two hours per week.

Requisite: RUSS 301 or consent of the instructor. Omitted 2021-22. Senior Lecturer Babyonyshev.

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Stanley J. Rabinowitz

T 02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Amherst College
RUSS-317-01-2122S

CONV207

sjrabinowitz@amherst.edu

A course that examines the stories and novels of rebels, deviants, dissidents, loners, and losers in some of the weirdest fictions in Russian literature. The writers, most of whom imagine themselves to be every bit as bizarre as their heroes, include from the nineteenth century: Gogol (“Viy,” “Diary of a Madman,” “Ivan Shponka and His Aunt,” “The Nose,” “The Overcoat”); Dostoevsky (“The Double,” “A Gentle Creature,” “Bobok,” “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man”); Tolstoy (“The Kreutzer Sonata,” “Father Sergius”), and from the twentieth century: Olesha (Envy); Platonov (The Foundation Pit); Kharms’ (Stories); Bulgakov (The Master and Margarita); Nabokov (The Eye, Despair); Erofeev (Moscow Circles); Pelevin (“The Yellow Arrow”). Our goal will be less to construct a canon of strangeness than to consider closely how estranged women, men, animals, and objects become the center of narrative attention and, in doing so, reflect the writer Tatyana Tolstaya’s claim that “Russia is broader and more diverse, stranger and more contradictory than any idea of it. It resists all theories about what makes it tick, confounds all the paths to its possible transformation.” All readings in English translation.

Not open to first-year students. Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Professor Emeritus Rabinowitz

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.

01
4.00

Daniel Brooks

MWF 08:30AM-09:45AM

Mount Holyoke College
116519

Ciruti 109

dbrooks@mtholyoke.edu
Continuation of Russian 101. A four-skills course, with increasing emphasis on reading and writing, that completes the study of basic grammar. Major topics include: predicting conjugation patterns, un-prefixed and prefixed verbs of motion, complex sentences, time expressions, and strategies of vocabulary building. Students watch Russian films, read and discuss authentic texts.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
0.00

Daniel Brooks

F 10:30AM-11:20AM

Mount Holyoke College
116520

Skinner Hall 102

dbrooks@mtholyoke.edu

02
0.00

Daniel Brooks

F 11:30AM-12:20PM

Mount Holyoke College
116521

Skinner Hall 102

dbrooks@mtholyoke.edu

01
4.00

Peter Scotto

MW 11:30AM-12:45PM

Mount Holyoke College
116523

Skinner Hall 210

pscotto@mtholyoke.edu
We will be engaged in a close reading of a translation of Tolstoy's epic novel War and Peace. Tolstoy's sweeping account of men and women caught up in Russia's desperate struggle to survive against the onslaught of Napoleon's army is often considered among the greatest novels. We will focus on Tolstoy's literary strategies, philosophy, and historical contexts.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Peter Scotto

TTH 11:30AM-12:45PM

Mount Holyoke College
117128

Dwight Hall 202

pscotto@mtholyoke.edu
Explore the short fictions of Anton Chekhov as brilliantly crafted exemplars of the Philosophical Tale, stories that use the resources of short narrative fiction to probe life's deepest questions: "what is the meaning of our lives, how do we face our inevitable death, why is there evil and suffering, what does it mean to be human, how should we live?" How do these stories work? What can fictions do that discursive philosophical essays can't? How do they engage the complexity of the world and of life? We'll also read Chekhov's work in larger tradition of Wisdom Literature, with readings drawn from Biblical, Hassidic, Classical, Folk, and Chinese traditions, as well as from other notable practitioners of the genre (Chesterton, Borges, Poe).
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Serguei Glebov

M W 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Smith College
HST-240-01-202203

Seelye 306

sglebov@smith.edu
Joseph Stalin created a particular type of society in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution. Stalinism became a phenomenon that influenced the development of the former Soviet Union and the Communist movement worldwide. This course covers the period on the eve of and during the Russian Revolution, Stalinist transformation of the USSR in the 1930s, WWII and the onset of the Cold War. We consider several questions about Stalinism: Was it a result of Communist ideology or a deviation? Did it enjoy any social support? To what extent was it a product of larger social forces and in what degree was it shaped by Stalin’s own personality? Did it have total control over the people’s lives? Why hasn’t there been a de-Stalinization similar to de-Nazification? How is Stalinism remembered? Enrollment limited to 18.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Justin Daniel Cammy

M W 1:20 PM - 2:35 PM

Smith College
JUD-260-01-202203

Seelye 306

jcammy@smith.edu
Why did Yiddish, the everyday language of Jews in east Europe and beyond, so often find itself at the bloody crossroads of art and politics? From dybbuks and shlemiels to radicals and revolutionaries, the course explores Yiddish stories, drama, and film as sites for social activism, ethnic and gender performance, and artistic experimentation in Europe, the Soviet Union, and the Americas. How did post-Holocaust engagements with Yiddish memorialize a lost civilization and forge an imagined homeland defined by language and culture rather than borders? All texts in translation. No prerequisites. Enrollment limited to 18.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Vera Shevzov

TU TH 1:20 PM - 2:35 PM

Smith College
REL-238-01-202203

Seelye 110

vshevzov@smith.edu
Whether revered as the Mother of God or remembered as a single Jewish mother of an activist, Mary has both inspired and challenged generations of Christian women and men worldwide. This course focuses on key developments in the "history of Mary" since early Christian times to the present. How has her image shaped global Christianities? What does her perceived image in any given age tell us about personal and collective identities? Topics include Mary’s "life"; rise of the Marian cult; Marian apparitions (e.g., Guadalupe and Lourdes) and miracle-working images, especially in Byzantium and Russia; liberation and feminism; politics, activism, mysticism, and prayer. Devotional, polemical and literary texts, art and film. Enrollment limited to 35.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Vera Shevzov

TU 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Smith College
REL-305ec-01-202203

Hatfield 107

vshevzov@smith.edu
From Putin’s Russia to Assad’s Syria, Eastern Christianity has seen increasing media attention over the past two decades. But what is Christianity like outside “the West?” This course explores: the beliefs, spirituality and practices that link these “other” Christians—who have historically lived in such diverse regions as Armenia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, Romania, Russia, Syria and Ukraine; the historical memories and political power struggles that have divided them; the geopolitical implications of Eastern Orthodoxy’s unexpected comeback in post-Soviet Russia; and the complex relationship between Eastern Christianity and its western Roman Catholic and Protestant counterparts. We consider mystical, philosophical, theological, and political sources, both ancient and contemporary, as well as art, literature, and film. Enrollment limited to 12. Juniors and seniors only. Instructor permission required.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
5.00

Ilona Sotnikova

M W F 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM

Smith College
RES-100Y-01-202203

Hatfield 107

isotnikova@smith.edu
The four-skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) introduction to the Russian language with the focus on communicative skills development. Major structural topics include pronunciation and intonation, all six cases, all tenses and verbal aspect. By the end of the course, students are able to sustain conversation on basic topics, write short compositions, read short authentic texts, as well as develop an understanding of Russian culture through watching, discussing and writing on movies, short stories, folk tales and poems. This is a full-year course. Yearlong courses cannot be divided at midyear with credit for the first semester.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Ilona Sotnikova

M W F 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Smith College
RES-222-01-202203

Hatfield 107

isotnikova@smith.edu
The second half of a two-semester sequence. Students continue to practice all four language modalities: reading, listening, writing and speaking. The course incorporates a variety of activities that are based on a range of topics, text types and different socio-cultural situations. Authentic texts (poems, short stories, TV programs, films, songs and articles) are used to create the context for reviewing and expanding on grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Prerequisite: RES 221 or equivalent.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Thomas Lee Roberts

M W 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Smith College
RES-275-01-202203

Hillyer Graham

troberts@smith.edu
Explores the avant-garde film traditions of Eastern and Central Europe, including works from the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia. The course focuses on how avant-garde filmmakers engaged with the socialist project in the USSR and Eastern Bloc, and its call for new forms, sites, and life practices. We will investigate how avant-garde cinema represents everyday life amidst the public and private spaces of socialism. In approaching the relationship between cinema and space, we will consider examples of architecture (Constructivist, Functionalist, Brutalist), as well as theoretical writings by and about the avant-garde. Conducted in English, no prerequisites.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Daniel Brooks

TU TH 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Smith College
RES-332-01-202203

Hatfield 107

dbrooks97@smith.edu
A continuation of RES 331. Prerequisite: RES 331 or permission of the instructor.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Anna Botta,Thomas Lee Roberts

TU 1:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Smith College
WLT-341-01-202203

Hatfield 107

abotta@smith.edu,troberts@smith.edu
In an age of increased movement and connectivity, how can we envision individuals, objects, and ideas as mobile units, circulating across space, time, and media? How might we reflect on the competing forces of cultural resistance and homogenization? This Calderwood seminar challenges upper-class students in an intimate workshop setting to develop critical skills in realtion to globalization, and to build upon knowledge derived from previous coursework and experiential learning (including study abroad and internships). Classes will include collaborative editing workshops and activities to build a writing foundation in public discourse (blog posts, editorials, abstracts, interviews, exhibition texts, and film reviews). Enrollment limited to 12. Juniors and seniors only. Instructor permission required.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
3.00

Krzysztof Rowinski

TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM

UMass Amherst
38003

Herter Hall room 112

krowinski@umass.edu
What happens when a nation "dreams" itself, when it projects an image of its identity and uses it to negotiate its socio-historic predicament? Perhaps modern Polish cinema, which rose from the ashes of the Holocaust and World War II and in a new communist age, offers as good a case study as any of this important question. In the course of this class, we will look at Polish history as mediated through the lens of film in works by Wajda, Has, Munk, Kieslowski, Roman Polanski, Skolimowski, Zanussi, Holland, and more recent filmmakers such as Pawlikowski, who have also more readily addressed social and psychosexual norms, applying a queering lens to traditional motifs, including family, the church, death and sexuality. Accompanying these works is the notion that the very act of recreating history necessarily transforms it into something else. In these diverse "dreams of Poland" and of Polish identity - some more serene, some more hallucinatory - we will also get a better sense of what Deleuze meant when he warned of getting lost in someone else's dream.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
3.00

Audrey Altstadt

TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM

UMass Amherst
36642

Herter Hall room 201

altstadt@history.umass.edu
Survey of Russian history from the 9th to the 20th century. Development of absolute, centralized monarchy; Russia's cultural and political interaction with its neighbors, including the Byzantine Empire, the Tartars, Poland, and western Europe.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.

02
4.00

Audrey Altstadt

TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM

UMass Amherst
30416

Herter Hall room 208

altstadt@history.umass.edu
This seminar trains students in historical research techniques and the writing of history, and fulfills the University's Junior Writing requirement. See the History Department course description guide for various sectional sub-titles and descriptions.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.

01
4.00

Regine Spector

TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM

UMass Amherst
33999

Machmer Hall room W-15

rspector@polsci.umass.edu
Where is Central Asia? How have events and processes in Central Asia impacted us here in the United States? What can we learn about core political science themes ? for example governance and authoritarianism, political violence, identity politics, and economic development ? through an investigation of contemporary Central Asia? The course uses the Central Asian experience to critically interrogate the ways in which broader theories, concepts and approaches in political science resonate in Central Asia. We will investigate the themes of ethnicity and identity, authoritarianism, economic development, and political violence as they pertain to this region. Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-PolSci majors.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
3.00

Krzysztof Rowinski

M W F 9:05AM 9:55AM

UMass Amherst
34236

Herter Hall room 746

krowinski@umass.edu
Continuation of POLISH 110. Prerequisite: POLISH 110 or equivalent.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
3.00

Jeremi Marek Szaniawski

TH 2:30PM 5:00PM

UMass Amherst
38198

Herter Hall room 214

jszaniawski@umass.edu
Course description not available at this time.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Anna Shkireva

M W F 2:30PM 3:45PM

UMass Amherst
34969

Herter Hall room 212

ashkireva@umass.edu
Goal: ability to carry on elementary conversation, read and write simple prose. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 110 or equivalent.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Anna Shkireva

M W F 4:00PM 5:15PM

UMass Amherst
34970

Herter Hall room 212

ashkireva@umass.edu
Emphasis on grammar review and conversation based on short reading selections. Conducted primarily in Russian. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 230 or equivalent.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
3.00

Anna Shkireva

M W F 11:15AM 12:05PM

UMass Amherst
34971

Herter Hall room 444

ashkireva@umass.edu
Continuation of RUSSIAN 301, which is the prerequisite.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

Fall 2022 Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Courses

01
4.00

Sergey Glebov

TTH 08:30 AM-09:50 AM

Amherst College
EUST-240-01-2223F
sglebov@amherst.edu
HIST-240-01, EUST-240-01, RUSS-240-01

(Offered as HIST 240 [EU/TE], EUST 240, and RUSS 240)

This course explores the tumultuous and unprecedented transition from the late Soviet Communism to contemporary Russian Federation. We will discuss the state of the Soviet Union on the eve of dissolution and politics of nationalism; emergence of the post-Soviet states and divergence in their historical development; transition to capitalism and privatization; challenges of federalism and regionalism in post-Soviet Russia; relations between the Russian Federation and “Near Abroad,” NATO and China, and the social and cultural developments from the late Soviet period to the early twenty-first century. The class will also explore the historical evolution of the phenomenon of Putinism as rooted in long-term transformation of the former Soviet space. Two class meetings per week.

Fall semester. Professor Glebov.

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Sergey Glebov

TTH 08:30 AM-09:50 AM

Amherst College
HIST-240-01-2223F
sglebov@amherst.edu
HIST-240-01, EUST-240-01, RUSS-240-01

(Offered as HIST 240 [EU/TE], EUST 240, and RUSS 240)

This course explores the tumultuous and unprecedented transition from the late Soviet Communism to contemporary Russian Federation. We will discuss the state of the Soviet Union on the eve of dissolution and politics of nationalism; emergence of the post-Soviet states and divergence in their historical development; transition to capitalism and privatization; challenges of federalism and regionalism in post-Soviet Russia; relations between the Russian Federation and “Near Abroad,” NATO and China, and the social and cultural developments from the late Soviet period to the early twenty-first century. The class will also explore the historical evolution of the phenomenon of Putinism as rooted in long-term transformation of the former Soviet space. Two class meetings per week.

Fall semester. Professor Glebov.

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
4.00

Tatyana Babyonyshev

MWF 10:00 AM-10:50 AM

Amherst College
RUSS-101-01-2223F
tbabyonyshev@amherst.edu
RUSS-101-01

Introduction to the contemporary Russian language, presenting the fundamentals of Russian grammar and syntax. The course helps the student make balanced progress in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural competence. Five meetings per week.

Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Senior Lecturer Babyonyshev.

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
0.00

Tatyana Babyonyshev

TTH 10:00 AM-10:50 AM

Amherst College
RUSS-101F-01-2223F
tbabyonyshev@amherst.edu

01
4.00

Boris Wolfson

MWF 09:00 AM-09:50 AM

Amherst College
RUSS-201-01-2223F
bwolfson@amherst.edu

This course stresses vocabulary building and continued development of speaking and listening skills. Active command of Russian grammar is steadily increased. Readings from authentic materials in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Brief composition assignments. Five meetings per week, including a conversation hour and a drill session.

Requisite: RUSS 102 or the equivalent. This will ordinarily be the appropriate course placement for students with two to three years of high school Russian. Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Professor Wolfson.

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

01
0.00

Boris Wolfson

TTH 09:00 AM-09:50 AM

Amherst College
RUSS-201F-01-2223F
bwolfson@amherst.edu

01
4.00

Michael M. Kunichika

MW 02:00 PM-03:20 PM

Amherst College
RUSS-301-01-2223F
mkunichika@amherst.edu

This course advances skills in reading, understanding, writing, and speaking Russian, with materials from twentieth-century culture. Readings include fiction by Chekhov, Babel, Olesha, Nabokov, and others. Conducted in Russian, with frequent writing and grammar assignments, in-class presentations, and occasional translation exercises. Two seminar-style meetings and one hour-long discussion section per week.

Requisite: RUSS 202 or consent of the instructor. First-year students with strong high school preparation (usually 4 or more years) may be ready for this course. Limited to 12 students. Fall semester. Professor Kunichika and Senior Lecturer Babyonyshev.

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

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Tatyana Babyonyshev

Amherst College
RUSS-301F-01-2223F
tbabyonyshev@amherst.edu

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Michael M. Kunichika

T 02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Amherst College
RUSS-315-01-2223F
mkunichika@amherst.edu
RUSS-315-01, EUST-315-01

(Offered as RUSS 315 and EUST 315) “We die. That may be the meaning of life,” writes Toni Morrison. “But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Russian thinkers, writers, philosophers, and politicians have likewise sought to take measure of their lives and of culture by thinking about the nature of language, and its role in culture, society, and politics. In examining how Russian writers and thinkers have sought to answer the question what is language? — how they did and do language—we will consider a range of sources from intellectual history, linguistics, literary and critical theory, mythology, theology, and philosophy. We will examine the distinctive contributions of Russian thinking about language, while also seeking to situate Russian views on this question within a comparative context. To that end, we will also read intellectual sources that proved seminal for articulating an answer to this question (Vico, Herder, Rousseau, Saussure, and Benveniste, among others). As we consider this broad question, and how it has animated Russian thought and culture, we will also focus upon a range of other questions: What are the origins of language? How does language evolve? What is the relationship of language to national culture? What is the relationship of language to politics? Throughout the course, we will see how views on the nature of language served as an arena in which vying conceptions of culture, politics, and the human have all been contested. All readings in English. No previous knowledge of Russian culture or history expected.

Fall semester. Professor Kunichika.

Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

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Olga Gershenson

TU TH 2:30PM 3:45PM

UMass Amherst
46997

Herter Hall room 211

gershenson@umass.edu
48930
This course approaches adaptation in two different senses: media to media and culture to culture. In both cases, we will ask questions about the nature of transformation. What is gained and what is lost in the transition? As a case study, we will focus on cinematic adaptations of Jewish literature and the ways these films reflect and shape modern Jewish experience, including issues of identity, gender, religion, persecution, immigration, and culture. The texts and films are in original English or translated from Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, and other languages. (Gen. Ed. AT, DG)
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

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Audrey Altstadt

TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM

UMass Amherst
47985

Herter Hall room 206

altstadt@history.umass.edu
This is the history of the USSR as a multi-national state. This course examines Communist ideology, economic development, political terror, dictatorship, and the non-Russian minorities. We will read primary sources, literature and interpretations of the Soviet experience.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

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Audrey Altstadt

TU TH 1:00PM 2:15PM

UMass Amherst
48070

Herter Hall room 217

altstadt@history.umass.edu
Our topic is the politics and impact of energy (especially oil and gas) on democratization and human rights in the Caspian basin in historical and current strategic context. This course will address pluralistic perspectives and awareness of cultural difference and one's self as learner; effective oral and written communication; effective collaborative work; creative and analytical thinking and problem solving; application of methods of analysis to real world problems, and evaluating the consequences and implications of choices and actions. Assignments will be written and oral including evaluation of readings and two role-playing exercises.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

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Krzysztof Rowinski

M W F 9:05AM 10:05AM

UMass Amherst
56513

Herter Hall room 224

krowinski@umass.edu
First semester of four-skill language course. Develops basic fluency in speaking, reading, and writing.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

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Krzysztof Rowinski

TU TH 11:30AM 12:45PM

UMass Amherst
56514

Herter Hall room 640

krowinski@umass.edu
Increases basic fluency in speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: POLISH 120 or equivalent.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

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Anna Shkireva

M W F 2:30PM 3:45PM

UMass Amherst
53025

Herter Hall room 201

ashkireva@umass.edu
Beginning of four-skill language course. Russian spoken in class, grammar introduced gradually. Regular written assignments to develop proficiency in all four language skills. No previous language experience required.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

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Anna Shkireva

M W F 1:25PM 2:15PM

UMass Amherst
53027

Herter Hall room 204

ashkireva@umass.edu
Emphasis on grammar, simple conversation and readings. Conducted primarily in Russian. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 120 or equivalent.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

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Alina Parker

TU TH 2:30PM 3:45PM

UMass Amherst
56057

Herter Hall room 108

aryabovo@umass.edu

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Anna Shkireva

M W F 11:15AM 12:05PM

UMass Amherst
53030

Herter Hall room 746

ashkireva@umass.edu
Conducted in Russian. Grammatical structure, principles of word building, exercises, translation, readings, close analysis of texts. Goal: understanding lectures in Russian; ability to respond with some degree of fluency; vocabulary sufficient to be able to read using a dictionary. Prerequisite: a year of intermediate Russian or equivalent.
Instructor Permission: Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.

Study Abroad

Semester and Academic Year Programs

American Councils Study Abroad

Study abroad for a semester or academic year. Operated in Moscow (Moscow International University), St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg State Pedagogical University) or Vladimir (KORA Center for Russian Culture). Offers a range of programs: Russian Language and Area Studies, Business Russian Language and Internship and Russian Heritage Speakers Program.

Council on International Educational Exchange: St. Petersburg

Study abroad for a semester or academic year. Operated through St. Petersburg State University. Geared toward intermediate and advanced students. Emphasis on language study with electives in literature, culture and history.

Council on International Educational Exchange: Prague

Study abroad for a semester or academic year. Central European Studies program run by CIEE, with courses available at Charles University and Prague Film and Television School. Czech language classes in addition to Czech literature, culture and film.  

C.V. Starr- Middlebury College School in Russia

Study abroad for a semester or academic year. Run by Middlebury College for intermediate and advanced Russian speakers, with an emphasis on intensive immersion. Choice of three program locations: Irkutsk (Irkutsk State University), Moscow (Russian State University for the Humanities) or Yaroslavl (Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University). 

Herzen University 

Study abroad for an academic year (although flexibility is possible). Programs in Russian language, history and culture. Students need to discuss transfer of credit arrangement with school in advance.  

Study abroad for a semester or academic year (individualized plans of study). Most courses taught in Russian, with some English-language electives. 

Study abroad for a semester. Mathematics and/or computer science intensive curriculum, with electives in other areas including Russian language and culture. All courses taught in English.

Moscow State Institute of International Relations

Study abroad for a semester or academic year. Designed for advanced level Russian speakers, with all classes conducted in Russian. Combines Russian language instruction with courses on international relations, diplomacy and economics.  

National Theater Institute: Moscow Art Theater (MATS)

Study abroad for a semester. Taught at Moscow Arts Theater, with emphasis on intensive theatrical training (acting, movement, voice, design and Russian language).

School of Russian and Asiatic Studies

Study abroad for a semester or academic year (with the possibility of a flexible program design). Russian as a Second Language Program, with emphasis on intensive language learning. Offered locations: St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, Moscow, Vladivostok, Kiev and Bishkek.

University of Arizona: Russia Abroad

Study abroad for a semester or academic year. Run by the University of Arizona, with choice of locations in Moscow (Moscow Humanities University) or St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg State University). Open to all levels of Russian speakers. 

Vassar College European University

Study abroad for a semester. Program operated by Vassar College, with classes taught at the Hermitage Museum, the Russian Museum and the European University. Art history focus with language component. 

Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service

Study abroad for a semester or academic year (second semester entails continued language and internship/research project). Strong language component in addition to courses on history, economics and international relations in relation to the Russian Far East. Courses taught in English, but Russian readings/assignments available for advanced students.  

CET: Central European Studies 

Study abroad for a semester or academic year. Organized by CET Academic Programs, a study abroad organization. Programs based in Prague. Choice of Central European Studies, Film Production, Jewish Studies or New Media.  

NYU Prague

Study abroad for a semester or academic year. Program run and operated by New York University. Non-NYU students apply as visiting students. Full range of courses, including language courses in Czech, Polish and Russian. 

Resources

Amherst Center for Russian Culture
Through the generous gift of Thomas P. Whitney '37, Amherst College has acquired what has generally been considered the world's largest private holding of Russian books, manuscripts, newspapers and periodicals. 

Identities, Cultures and Texts in East-Central Europe
Two cities with complicated histories, rich cultures and promising futures will become case studies for this unique opportunity in global education. Among the theoretical foundations of this course will be the ever-shifting paradigm.

Lorna M. Peterson Prize
The Lorna M. Peterson Prize supports scholarly and creative work by undergraduate students taking part in Five College programs. The $500 prize is awarded annually based on nominations from Five College programs.

Contact Us

Program Director:

Sergey GlebovFive College Associate Professor of History

Five College Staff Liaison:

Ray Rennard, Director of Academic Programs