Experiental Learning Practicum

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry (BGI) supports the Experiential Learning Practicum offered by the Russian Studies Program. The practicum course is designed to provide students with hands-on experience conducting oral histories fieldwork at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and engaging in a much needed community service benefiting Russian-speaking elders.

For more information, please visit our Experiential Learning Practicum page.

Take a look at the "Oral Histories Project" from Russian studies students!

The Russian language program offers an experiential learning practicum, which is designed to provide advanced-proficiency students with hands-on experience conducting oral histories fieldwork at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. During the project students interview Russian-speaking seniors and transcribe their interviews, which are then edited into stories and published as a collection of life histories. The 2017-2018 academic year saw the publication of the 7th volume of the collection titled “Different Lives, a Common Story.”  You can view the book here. (and link to the PDF file)

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Comparative Literature and Culture

The Program in Comparative Literature and Culture (COML) engages the study of literatures and cultures within and across national boundaries. It comprises the comparative analysis of literary and cultural texts not only in relation to genres, forms, and movements but within the larger context of social discourse and cultural practices.

European Cultural Studies

The European Cultural Studies Program (ECS) offers students the opportunity to study English and continental literature in translation in conjunction with one or more related disciplines: fine arts, history, music, philosophy, politics, sociology and theater arts. ECS is for those students who feel intellectually adventurous, who want to explore the interrelationships of literature with various other disciplines in order to gain a broader perspective of what constitutes "culture."

International and Global Studies

The International and Global Studies Program (IGS) is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the chance to understand the complex processes of globalization that today so profoundly affect politics, economics, culture, society and the environment.

Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry

The mission of the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry (BGI) is to galvanize the Russian-speaking Jewish community around the world by empowering young adults to actively engage in Jewish life, nurturing a cadre of effective communal professionals and strengthening the field of Russian Jewish studies. BGI programs are built on three pillars of impact: community engagement, research and scholarship, and professional development.