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Alumni Salon "Isadora Duncan's Creative Heritage"

On May 29, 2018, the Fulbright office in Moscow hosted another evening salon for Fulbright alumni. This time the topic of discussion was Isadora Duncan's creative heritage. The salon was hosted by Elena Yushkova and featured a performance and talk with a Duncan dancer from the U.S. Vidala Neyanaya.
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U.S. Scholar Program Alum hosted Seminars at Syktyvkar State University

In May 2018, Christopher Kelley, the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program alum of 2005 and 2011 and professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Arkansas in Fayetville, visited the Syktyvkar State University (SSU).
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The Fulbright Program in Russia’s 45th Anniversary Conference: a Celebration of International Networking Success

On April 12-13, 2018, the IIE office in Moscow hosted a major event to celebrate 45 years of the Fulbright program in Russia. The Fulbright Program in Russia’s 45th Anniversary Conference titled “A Celebration of International Networking Success” took place at the ‘National’ hotel in Moscow and welcomed more than a hundred Fulbright alumni from more than forty cities of Russia.
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Visit of NASA Representative to Amur State University

On November 27, 2017, Justin Tilman, the official representative of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Russia, paid a visit to the Amur State University in Blagoveshchensk..

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Preserving Isadora Duncan's Dance Tradition

Elena Yushkova, Fulbright-Kennan 2007-2008 alum and the 2018 Small Grants program grantee, has recently published her article about Isadora Duncan in the Journal of Russian American studies of the University of Kansas and is also going to host a salon dedicated to the famous dancer at the Moscow Fulbright office.

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Small Grants program grantees popularize the Russian Hawaiian Heritage

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Choreography of Body, Space and Cultures

Aleksandra Portyannikova’s dance project “External Bodily Awareness” is winning new audiences. Since January 2018, Aleksandra, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at The New School, School of Media Studies in New York, has been leading workshops and teaching tools of contemporary dance.

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Russian America's Seventeen Moments

Alaska has been attracting people for a long time. One of such globetrotters is Sergey Pashkevich, journalist and Fulbright alum, who recently returned from his Visiting Scholar program at Anchorage Museum in the largest city of the northernmost American state. In December 2017 he concluded his research project - “Russian America’s Seventeen Moments: Rediscovering Its Legacy” and is now making final touches to the project’s website.

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Screenings of Galina Evtushenko's Films in American Universities

Last March Galina Evtushenko, professor of film studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities, screened her documentaries at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and at the University of Albany (UAlbany), where she is currently a Fulbright visiting scholar.

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Tatar Dictionary by a Fulbright Alum Joined the Oxford Global Languages Initiative

On January 31st, 2018 Tatar has joined a growing number of languages from around the globe as part of Oxford Dictionaries’ global languages initiative. The dictionary is based on the "English-Tatar Dictionary for Students", published in 2014 by a Fulbright alum for Gulshat Safiullina.

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“Russian Language with a Hawaiian Accent” by SIR alumnus Elena Sedova

Last year Dr. Elena Sedova,Associate Professor, Department of Literature and Teaching Methods at Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University, returned from her Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program at University of Hawaii at University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, HI, USA. The Fulbrighter keeps her professional ties with the host University and arranges numerous cultural events in her home university.

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On March 08 the University Club of the University at Albany, SUNY, hosts introduction and screening of the film Leo Tolstoy & Mahatma Gandhi: A Double Portrait in the Interior of the Age.

The film is produced by Dr. Galina Evtushenko, a director, media educator, maker of documentary and feature films, and Professor of History and Film Studies in Moscow. She is a member of the Russian Filmmaker's Union, the International Association for Cinema Educators, and the Theatre Union. She is currently doing her research at the University on “Author and Hero in Documentary Film in the “Interior of the Epochs” as well as conducts master-classes.

She is going to visit other American universities to share international and Russian culture.

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FFDP 2017-18: First Practical Results

In mid-January 2018 a cohort of Faculty Development grantees returned to Russia after their 5-month stay in the USA where they developed new or updated existing syllabuses for their home universities in Russia.

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Fulbright Summer School "Nanotechnology and nanomaterials"

On June 7-21 Kazan National Research Technological University (KNITU) hosted the all-Russian Fulbright summer school in science and technology “Nanotechnology and nanomaterials” for the fourth time. This year 23 students from 12 cities of Russia (St. Petersburg, Troitsk, Yakutsk, Ulan-Ude, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Taganrog, Tambov, Kazan) participated in the School. In addition to the participants from all over Russia, from Saint Petersburg to Ulan-Ude, professors from other countries also attended the School.

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Fulbright Ecological Summer School "Green economics and leaders of the future"

Fulbright Ecological Summer School “Green economics and leaders of the future” took place at Volgograd (Southern Federal district of Russia) from June 5th to 16th. The School was hosted by Volgograd State Agrarian University (VSAU) and united 30 students from 8 cities of Russia (Volgograd, Tomsk, Moscow, Ulan-Ude, Kazan, Yakutsk, Astrakhan, Elista). Two-week program of the School included coach sessions in municipal districts of the Volgograd region.

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Photo exhibition in Tyumen: “Yellowstone National Park – Another World on the Planet Earth”

Photo exhibition “Yellowstone National Park – Another World on the Planet Earth” is on display in Tyumen’ State University.
It is done within the Small Grant – 2016-17 by Dr. Iakimov Artem, the leading researcher of the Earth Cryosphere Institute, SB of RAS (Visiting Scholar 2016-17). While opening the exhibition on September 01, 2017 Artem introduced the Fulbright Program in Russia to students, faculty and scholars of the University. Then he focused on the Yellowstone National Park and his Fulbright project itself.
Here is an article, written by Dr. Iakimov about Yellowstone National Park and published in the magazine "Holodok" (in Russian).

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Moscow Fulbright Office Team

Fulbright Alumni Round Table

Russian and American Fulbright Program Alumni are actively involved in the life of their Russian home Universities and Fulbright community in general.

Last summer the Medical Fulbright Summer School called “Academic Writing and Public Health Engloholics” welcomed lectures from Evgenia Piatovskaya (FLTA) and Jared Palazza (ETA).

A special 2-day event for the local Fulbright Russian Alumni was held as part of the School. All in all about 20 alums (FLTA, RIEA, FFDP, Visiting Scholars) from Tomsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Kemerovo and Khanty-Mansiysk gathered to participate in the event. They represented different universities and fields.

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On December 8, 2017, the Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University hosted a presentation of the latest addition to the Literary Monuments series: Wallace Stevens, Harmonium (Moscow: Nauka, 2017). Dr. Venediktova, head of the department for discourse and communication studies in the School of Philology at MSU, and also twice Fulbright Alumna and Chairman of the Association of Russian Fulbright Alumni, together with Anna Shvets, current MA Fulbrighter in philology, were the event-planners.

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XX Fulbright Summer School in Humanities

The XX Fulbright Summer School in the Humanities “Personal Narrative as Living History” took place on June 27-30 at Lomonosov Moscow State University. The school was structured as a series of discussions and thematic roundtables, conducted by leading specialists in the field.

Read more about the Summer School in an interview with professor Tatiana Venediktova, head of the Department of Discourse and Communication studies of the School of Philology of Moscow State University, Fulbright Visiting Scholar Alumna, and former president of Russian Fulbright Alumni Association. (The interview is in Russian).

Stass Shpanin, a US Fulbright Program Alumnus, who was on a study/research grant in Moscow in 2012-13, is now a Lecturer of Art and Program Coordinator at the Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers University. Stass returned to Russia this fall as a Visiting Lecturer at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. He shared his thoughts on his grant and new projects.

"During my Fulbright Fellowship in Russia between 2012 and 2013, I met a unique community of artists, art educators, and art administrators. Coming back to Russia in November 2017 and visiting Moscow and Saint Petersburg, I continued the dialog and worked on developing new initiatives ranging from exhibit projects to new educational opportunities for the young generation of artists and curators. I was especially fascinated by the rigorous level of exhibits currently shown in Moscow, ranging from Takashi Murakami at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art to the exhibition of American artist Daniel Arsham in VDNH."

Fulbright Summer School "Engloholics"

Fulbright Summer School in Academic Writing and Public Health «Engloholics» took place in Tomsk from 19 till 31 of June 2017. The Summer School was hosted by Siberian State Medical University (SSMU). Thirty-five young scientists and specialists took part in the Fulbright Summer School. They represented seven cities of Russia. Experience of organizing field-oriented summer school in English was absolutely new for SSMU but proved to be successful.

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Jonah Rosen, who is an Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University this year, had a great Thanksgiving celebration in his host city, Novosibirsk. He rented out a restaurant and invited 30 students and friends to a Thanksgiving feast. In addition, Jonah’s friend from America was in town visiting, so he was there as well.

According to Jonah, it was an amazing way to bring the most important ideas of Thanksgiving (being thankful, good food, even better company) to people who have never celebrated it.

Valliere Richard Auzenne is a Fulbright US Scholar, who is currently on a teaching/research grant at Siberian Federal University in Krasnoyarsk. Valliere is a professor of media communication at Florida State University, USA, and director and producer of a number of documentaries. She was interviewed by Stanislav Beletskiy, lecturer of the Institute of Philology and Language Communication, about her work at SFU.

Halloween is still a fairly new celebration in Russia, which gives Fulbright English Teaching Assistants a great chance to tell their students more about this holiday. Andrei Shubin, who is an ETA at Saratov State University, organized a screening of the movie “Halloween” in English with subtitles; and with the help of his colleagues, Andrei prepared sweet treats and themed decorations. Almost 50 students attended the event and really enjoyed learning new things about American culture in a relaxed atmosphere. (Photo credit: Anastasia Borisova)

Alumni Salon "Culture and Art of American Indians"

On October 10, 2017, the Fulbright Program Office in Moscow hosted its fifth Evening Alumni Salon on "Culture and Art of American Indians" with US Fulbright Program grantee and alumnus David Erben as the keynote speaker.

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FFDP 2017-2018

On August 09 – 11, 2017 the IIE New York office hosted a 3-day training seminar for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program grantees (FFDP 2017-18).

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