International Women's Day: Student Talent Show


Russian Cultural Week Reflections

Russian Culture Week 2011 was great success! With a total of five events, each one varied in taste and interest.

Brandeis University's Russian Club along with the Brandeis Institute for Russian Jewry and the Brandeis Russian language department hosted Russian Culture Week 2011 from March 7th to March 12th. This week was full of educational and fun events that started with a lecture by Professor ChaeRan freeze on Monday March 7th.

Professor Freeze's lecture was called "Jewish Art and Propaganda of the Russian Revolution" and it described the Russian Avant-Garde period, which was the time period when Russians flourished in the modern arts. Some of the most notable artists that Professor Freeze discussed were Kazimir Malevich, who painted the Black Square in 1913, and El Lissitzky, who constructed the propaganda piece "Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge". Professor freeze ended this insightful lecture with a reading of a children's propaganda book called Black Square Red Sqare by Kazimir Malevich. This short story depicted the red square conquering the world, while teaching children how to read!

On Tuesday March 8th, for the hundredth anniversary of International Women's Day, we had a student talent show, where all of the Russian classes performed along with individual acts including singing, playing on instruments, and dancing. Along with delicious traditional Russian salads and desserts, the event was lots of fun and it showed some amazing Russian and non-Russian talent that students at Brandeis possess. Also, every lady was given a rose for this holiday to make each and every woman feel greatly appreciated.

On Thursday March 10th, the artwork of Felix Lembersky was exhibited for the first time at the Rose Art Museum. These art works included the famous piece depicting Nazi massacre of Ukrainian Jews at Baby Yar. The art exhibit also included an untitled art piece from Lembersky's Miners series (1960-1963), The Seige of Leningrad (1964), and Household Store (1964). Lembersky's art captivated the terror, loss, and pain that the Jewish people felt in Russia during World War II. This was a truly remarkable event, and we congratulate all the efforts that went into making this a successful event.  

March 11th incorporated a typical Friday evening with dinner, movie, and a card game tournament. The dinner included many different kinds of Russian salads and hot Russian food. The movie Papa (2004) was a great and touching film about a Russian Jewish father who dreamed of seeing his child become the greatest violinist of all times. The movie centers on the choices the son makes and their consequences. Papa was very moving and emotionally filled. 

After watching such a movie, the only remedy to bring up the spirits is playing Durak. This traditional card game is very easy to learn and everyone had lots of fun playing. With all the cheering, laughter, and smiles, Friday night came to an end with the intention that Saturday's event would be just as thrilling.

To close off Russian Culture Week, the best way to gather everyone and celebrate the Russian culture is to host a Russian Ball. The Ball was an authentic Russian semi-formal dance party with DJ Belo from Bentley University spinning the latest and greatest Russian and American hits. Of course Russian desserts added a lot of advantages because the amount offered made everybody's taste buds energized to dance. With the biggest attendance at this event, we created the best conclusion to Russian Culture Week.

We thank everyone that came out and supported us during this week. We greatly appreciate your attendance and we hope that you enjoyed participating in our daily events. We all worked very hard to make this week successful and we are glad to bring cultural significance to Brandeis University. We cannot wait for Russian Culture week 2012.

Read about Russian Culture Week 2010.

Russian Culture Week

Monday - Saturday, March 7 - 12, 2011

SamovarRussian Culture Week was a joint effort of the Brandeis Russian Club, Russian Studies and Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry.  The purpose of the annual Russian Culture Week was to introduce the broader Brandeis and local communities to various aspects of the Russian culture, society and history.  With the support from the Brandeis Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry, this year's Russian Culture Week also features events dedicated to the Russian Jewish component of the Russian culture. On the initiative of the Russian club, most of the events of the Brandeis Russian Culture 2011 are also dedicated to raising funds for a brain cancer research fund at the  Massachusetts General Hospital

This initiative was rooted in the Club's tradition of involvement in philanthropic activity (in the past the Club's has raised funds to support young blind people in Russia) and was related to the larger campus initiative to help find cure for cancer.

We hope that Russian Culture Week will give everybody curious about Russia and Russian Jews an opportunity to learn something new, to exchange opinions and to socialize in a "Russian ambiance." All events are free and open to the public, and we look forward to welcoming members of the Waltham and Greater Boston communities at Brandeis.

Brandeis Russian Culture Week was co-sponsored by the Brandeis Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry, Brandeis Russian Club, and the Russian Studies Program.


Jewish Art and Propaganda of the Russian Revolution, Lecture by Professor ChaeRan Freeze

Held Monday, March 7
Goldfarb Library, Rapaporte Treasure Hall
7 - 9 p.m.
Russian appetizers and desserts served
Open to the Public

This lecture examined the contribution of Russian Jewish artists to the construction of a new socialist society following the Russian Revolution of 1917. It focused specifically on the works of Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky, Solomon Yudovin, and others who participated in the creation of new avant-garde art forms and culture.



International Women's Day: Student Talent Show

Held Tuesday, March 8
Goldfarb Library, Rapaporte Treasure Hall
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Traditional Russian dishesserved

Open to the Public

In Russia, International Women's Day has been a national holiday when women of various ages, married or single, with children or without, receive flowers and appreciation. In celebration of the day, the Brandeis Russian Club and friends featured their many talents in a benefit concert.

Russian Club

Faces of Babi Yar in Felix Lembersky's Art: Presence and Absence

Held Open to the Public 12:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 10
The Rose Art Museum, Lee Gallery

Felix Lembersky was a Soviet Jewish artist who has worked in many different styles throughout his life. Some of his most poignant works were exhibited for the first time at the Rose Museum, including the famous piece depicting Nazi massacre of Ukrainian Jews at Baby Yar.

Group photo

Durak Tournament

Held Friday, March 11

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Ridgewood A Commons
Dinner Russian style served
Open to the Public

Durak is one of the most popular pastimes in Russia and many other post- Soviet states. Everybody was invited to join the Russian Club for a Durak card game tournament and compete for a chance to win some great prizes.

Russian Ball

Held Saturday, March 12

10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Lurias Room, Hassenfield Conference Center
Russian desserts served
Open to the Public

Russian Club closed Brandeis University's Russian Culture Week 2011 with an authentic Russian dance party! Featuring DJ Belo from Bentley University, spinning the latest and greatest Russian hits, as well as some Top 40 favorites. Semi-formal attire was required.

Russian Ball

Russian Ball