Differences between Russians and Americans
Monday, November 15, 2010
BGI Fellows meet weekly on Monday evening to discuss matters such as programming, outreach projects and to catch up on what's going in in their lives. On the evening of November 15th, BGI Fellows welcomed Professor Jacob Cohen, who spoke about the differences between Russians and Americans from the perspective of a professor of American Civilization who has been married to a Russian speaking Jewish immigrant for twenty five years and has been for that time close to many Russian families, intellectuals, writers and musical artists.
He directed the discussion towards the features of American culture and character and values which are in contrast, sometimes sharp contrast, with that of arriving Russians. As well as the issues concerning the differences between generation one and a half and two, and importantly the prospects for the third generation. What does the history of immigration to America have to say on that last question?