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Non-Fiction as a Substitute for Fictionin a Post-Totalitarian Society: 
The Case of Svetlana Alexievich

by Ilya Kukulin

Friday, February 12th at 4:30 pm
Center for Russian Culture, Webster 202, Amherst College

Ilya Kukulin, professor at the National Research University of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, will speak about the career of Svetlana Alexievich. Alexievich recently won the Nobel Prize in Literature for her non-fiction, in which she draws from historical fact and oral histories to address such subjects as the Soviet war in Afghanistan and the Chernobyl disaster. Kukulin’s most recent book, on Soviet montage, was awarded the Andrei Bely Prize last year, the oldest independent literary prize awarded in Russia.

"Domesticating Social Tensions: Soviet Animation Movies of the 1960s - 80s"

by Maria Maiofis

Senior Researcher, School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

Smith College
Dewey Common Room
Thursday, February 11 at 4:30 pm
Professor Maiofis's lecture will focus on the ways in which the West European notions of family and domesticity reflected in the children's books of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren served to shape beloved Soviet animation classics. Her talk will engage questions emerging from the growing field of the cultural history of the Cold War period, as well as demonstrate how a literary scholar works with the cultural products of the age of television and electronic media.  

"Russia and the United States: Constructing Mutual Images Through Two Centuries"
by Ivan Kurilla

Monday, February 29 at 4:30 pm
Smith College Seelye 106

Pilgrim Riot: Russian Women and the Experience of Pilgrimmage to Jerusalem in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

by Nikolaos Chrissidis

Thursday, April 7 at 5 pm 
Smith College Location TBA (Seelye 207 or Seelye 201)


Mount Holyoke

Feb 10: Alexander Nevsky [Александр Невский]: Sergei Eisenstein, 1938, B&W,  112 mins.
Feb 24: The Cranes are Flying [Летят журавли]: Mikhail Kalatozov, 1957, B&W, 95 mins.
March 9: Andrei Rublev [Андрей Рублёв]: Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969, B&W, 185 mins.
March 23: Moscow Doesn’t Believe in Tears [Москва слезам не верит]: Vladimir Menshov, 1980, Color, 150 mins
April 13: Autumn Marathon [Осенний марафон]: Georgiy Daneliya, 1979, Color, 90 mins.
All screenings are at will be 7pm in 618 Library.

"Russian Classics on Screen"

February 18th, Stalker (Сталкер) directed by Andrei Tarkovsky based on a novel by Strugatskii brothers. 

All Umass films screenings are at 7:30pm (pizza at 7:15pm) in ILC S240. Films are in Russian with English subtitles.

Russian Tables

Amherst College
Each Wednesday, 12:00-1:30, Valentine Dining Hall, Mezzanine Level

Mount Holyoke College
Tuesdays 5:30 PM in Ham Dining Hall

Russian Teas

Amherst College
Each Thursday 9Pm, Porter Hall

Each Thursday, 4:00-5:30PM, Herter Hall, 3rd floor lounge

Smith College
Tuesday Feb. 2,
Tuesday Feb. 9
Tuesday, Feb. 23,
Tuesday, March 8 (Woman's Day! - special tea), 
Tuesday, March 22
Tuesday, April 5,
Tuesday, April 12.

All teas are in Hatfield 107, 4:15-5:15

Save the Date 

Traditional Mount Holyoke Bliny Bash!
March 4th, MHC
Exact Time and Location TBA