Russian Studies Off Campus

David Powelstock, Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature, gave a paper by invitation at the opening plenary session of the Lermontov Bicentennial Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday, October 9, at 10:00 a.m. at the Institute for Russian Literature (Pushkin House). The title of the paper was, "Disharmony between Inner and Outer Realities as the Basis of Lermontov's Romanticism." The conference was sponsored by the Institute of Russian Literature, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University.

Cheburashka Crafting

For more pictures of Cheburashka crafting at RCW 2014, please view our slideshow.

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Past Events

"Fame and Fortune: On Writing a New Life of Tchaikovsky," featuring Philip Ross Bullock

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 4 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303

Fame and FortunePhilip Ross Bullock is Professor of Russian Literature and Music at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wadham College. He is the author of a number of books and articles on various aspects of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and music, and is currently completing a short critical life of Tchaikovsky to be published by Reaktion in 2015.

Russian Tea (Русский чай) Fall 2014

Select Wednesday evenings, all 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Shiffman 124

Stop by for tea and conversation! Hosted by Ekaterina (Katya) Mironova, teaching assistant for the Russian Language Program.

The fall 2014 semester dates and topics include:

September 17 – Let’s get to know each other
October 1 – Katya’s Russian cities
October 15 – Nature po-russki (collage-building session!)
October 29 – Horror Russian style
November 12 – Music in Russia
November 19 – Surprise!
December 3 – Winter holidays

Russian Club at the Global Bazaar

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 4 - 8 p.m.
Sherman Function Hall

See photos of the Brandeis Russian Club at the 2014 Global Bazaar!

"The Other Stories in Anna Karenina: A Translator's Perspective," featuring Rosamund Bartlett

Monday, November 3, 2014, 2 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303

The Other Stories in Anna KareninaThis talk explored the translation history of Anna Karenina, and the particular role played by Constance Garnett and Louise and Aylmer Maude in establishing Tolstoy's reputation in the English-speaking world.

Rosamund Bartlett is a writer, scholar, translator and lecturer. She is the author of Tolstoy: A Russian Life and translator of Anna Karenina She has also written a biography of Chekhov and published two volumes of his short stories. She has lectured on Russian literature, music and cultural history at universities and public institutions around the world, and has a particular interest in the comparative history of European Modernism, opera, and the intersection between politics, history and the arts.

This event was sponsored by GRALL and the European Cultural Studies program.

Poetry Reading with Vera Pavlova

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room (Mandel Humanities Center, Room 303)

Vera PavlovaVera Pavlova is a well-known Russian poet, actively writing today. She was born in Moscow and graduated from the famous Gnessin Academy of Music, specializing in the history of music. She began writing poetry at the age of 20 and since then has published fourteen collections of poetry, four opera librettos, and lyrics to two cantatas. Her works have been translated into eighteen languages, including English.

During this interactive reading, each member of the audience received cards with Vera's poems written in Russian and English. The owner of the card read the English translation out loud while Vera read the Russian original.

For more information about Vera Pavlova, visit

Vera Pavlova (left) and Professor Irina Dubinina (right) listen as a student reads one of Ms. Pavlova's poems in translation.

Image: Vera Pavlova (left) and Professor Irina Dubinina (right) listen as a student reads one of Ms. Pavlova's poems in translation.

GRALL Open House

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 12 - 2 p.m.
Shiffman Humanities Center Lawn

New and returning students came to the department-wide Open House for food and conversation with representatives from the GRALL programs (German Studies, Russian Studies, Chinese Language, and Japanese Language). Each program shared international desserts, and faculty and students played interactive games and constructed origami in front of Shiffman.

To see pictures from the event, please visit our GRALL Open House 2014 page.

Orientation Academic Fair

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Farber Library, First Floor

New students stopped by the Russian Studies Program table at the Academic Fair to connect with program representatives and learn about Russian Studies course offerings, the major/minor, cultural events on campus, and more.

Russian Culture Week 2014

Cheburashka crafting at RCW 2014Russian Culture Week 2014 was held on March 10-15, and included a number of Russian cultural events, including Cheburashka doll crafting, tea and Russian pop music, a student talent show, a movie night, and an authentic Russian dance party.

For a complete list of RCW 2014 events, please see below or visit the RCW 2014 Facebook page.

The Russian Craft
Monday, March 10, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
ICC Lounge

Spend an evening fashioning traditional Russian crafts with the guidance of a professional Russian craftswoman. Experience a sample of Russian childhood by creating your own Cheburashka doll. Anything you make, you take home! Russian refreshments served.

Russian Tea
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Shiffman 124

Have you ever wanted to jam to popular Russian music? Come listen and sing along while you enjoy tea and traditional Russian treats. 
Russian refreshments served.

Student Concert/Talent Show
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:45 p.m.
Rappaport Hall

Come watch and cheer on Brandeis Russian Club, students of Russian and Russophiles as they show off their many talents in honor of the Russian holiday, International Women's Day! Traditional Russian dishes served.

Movie Night with the Russian Club
Friday, March 14, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Ridgewood Commons

Spend the evening with the Russian Club watching the critically acclaimed bittersweet film "The Cuckoo": Three unlikely roommates—a Finn, a Russian and a Lapp—overcome comic and tragic misunderstandings to find peace in a time of war. Traditional Russian dishes served.

Russian Ball
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10 p.m.

Russian club invites everyone to an authentic Russian dance party featuring Northeastern's DJ Mel!  Come dance to the latest and greatest Russian hits as well as some top 40 favorites. Semi-formal attire, Russian desserts served.

Russian Tea and Conversation

March & April 2014 (Multiple nights, 6:30 - 8 p.m.)
Shiffman 124

March 12, 2014 - Topic: Russian songs
March 26, 2014 - Topic: How can the knowledge of the Russian language determine your future career?
April 9, 2014 - Topic: Welcome to Russia! Top tourist attractions.

International Video Competition 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5 p.m.
Shiffman 002

The International Video Competition started at Brandeis in 2013 at the initiative of the Foreign Language Oversight Committee. The competition's goal is to increase motivation to learn foreign languages at Brandeis, to energize the language programs, and to create a community of language learners among beginning students of all languages. Students of any level-20 language courses may participate in the competition by sending one video to represent their language program. The video must be entirely in the target language and address language and cultural topics covered during the first year of language study at Brandeis. In 2014, nine languages participated in the Competition. Stay tuned for information on the 2015 competition!

The Spring 2014 submission for RUSSIAN 20B is available below. To view the other GRALL video submissions, please visit the GRALL Past Events page.

RUSSIAN 20B Video Entry

Student contributors: Sam Gorelik, Alexandra Johnson and A.P.
Instructor: Irina Dubinina