Russian Tea (Русский чай)

Select Tuesday evenings
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Shiffman 124

Stop by for tea and conversation! Hosted by Rossina Soyan, teaching assistant for the Russian Language Program.

The fall 2015 semester dates and topics include:

  • September 8: Let’s Get to Know Each Other
  • September 22: Let's Travel Around the World
  • October 13: Осень...
  • October 27: Horror, Russian-Style
  • November 10: Drama Session
  • December 1: New Year's Surprise

For details, contact Rossina Soyan. Also, join the Russian Tea Facebook group for updates and information about related events and activities!

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Upcoming Events

I Am Global Week Language Lunch

Language LunchTuesday, November 17, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Sherman Function Hall
Hassenfeld Conference Center

The Division of Humanities and the Foreign Language Oversight Committee, with support from the Provost’s Office and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, invite all members of the Brandeis Community (students, faculty and staff) to experience and celebrate the linguistic diversity of Brandeis. Individual language tables will host speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Yiddish. Stay for a few minutes or for the entire hour; just speak only the language of a specific table during your visit. Do you speak several languages? Visit multiple tables during lunch. No matter that your level of proficiency, you are welcome!

Participants are asked to sign in at their chosen language table to receive a voucher for the buffet lunch. While the amount of food is limited, we encourage late arrivals to bring their own lunch fare to the table of their choice.

I Am Global Week Presents: "Ukraine 2015: National Identity and Civilian Volunteers During War"

Ukraine 2015Featuring Matthew Kupfer '12

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
(Mandel Center for the Humanities, Rm. 303)

The Ukrainian revolution, the Russian annexation of Crimea, and the separatist war in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region have shaken the foundations of the post-World War II international order and brought world attention to Ukraine and its people. They have also painted a contradictory picture of Ukraine, highlighting both its supposedly entrenched cultural and political divides and the unity of wide swaths of the Ukrainian population in support of their country. So what is the truth? Is Ukraine divided or is it united? And what is "Ukrainian national identity" today? This talk will present field research on understandings of Ukrainian national identity among patriotic civilian volunteers and the wider public in Kharkiv and Odessa, two Russian-speaking cities in southeastern Ukrainian traditionally thought of as "pro-Russian."

Matthew Kupfer is an M.A. candidate in Harvard University's Department of Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Regional Studies. He recently returned from carrying out intensive field research on Ukrainian national identity in Kharkiv and Odessa for his master's thesis. Prior to entering Harvard, he completed his B.A. in international and global studies and anthropology at Brandeis University ('12), carried out research in Kyrgyzstan during the country's tumultuous 2010 political transition, studied Russian in St. Petersburg, and worked as a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. He has also worked as a freelance journalist and blogger focused on Russian, Ukrainian, and Central Asian politics and as a Russian-English translator.

I Am Global Week Presents: "Tuva: A Turkic-speaking, throat-singing, Buddhism/Shamanism-practicing culture of the Russian Federation"

TuvaFeaturing Rossina Soyan, Fulbright grantee and teaching assistant for the Russian Language Program

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
(Mandel Center for the Humanities, Rm. 303)

Tuva is a little-known republic in the middle of Asia, proud of its pristine nature, throat-singing people, and shamanism. It's the only place in the world where you can drive from tundra to desert in a day, encountering reindeer, camels, and yaks along the way. To find out more about this remote republic of Russia, join us for a talk by Rossina Soyan, this year's Fulbright grantee and teaching assistant in the Russian Language Program at Brandeis. She will share stories about her family, her village, tourist attractions and contemporary life in Tuva, the way she sees it.