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Russian cultural luminary advantageously apply Fulbright international experience upon return to their home institutions. International mobility is strengthened at libraries, museums, archives and in cinema.
On May 26, World History Department of Vladimir State University hosted an event with a student from the United States. Kaylin Land, a Fulbright 2015-16 English Teaching Assistant at Murom Institute of Vladimir State University, delivered two one-hour lectures – the first one about the history and culture of American Midwest and the second – about Russian Studies in the United States. The audience consisted of the students who are being trained to be school teachers of history and English. That’s why the event was conducted exclusively in English. Being well-educated in the History of the United States, the students, nevertheless, found much of the information completely new and, sometimes, surprising, for example, the facts about Mid-Western mounds, Native American agriculture, contemporary communities of South-Eastern Asians in Midwest. During the second part of the lecture, the students got acquainted with the Russian Studies curriculum in the United States, based on the example of Carleton College in Minnesota, where Kaylin received her Bachelor degree.
The students were also told about some differences in the approaches of language studies in Russia and America, about the Russian Literature in American Universities.
The event became possible through the Small Grant-2016 awarded to the Associate Professor Borzov A.V.
Young Russian Faculty, who are currently working in USA Universities within the FFDP 2015-16, are finishing their projects aimed at tailoring curriculum for their Russian Universities. Since August 2015 they have done a lot in the academic and cultural fields.
A group of faculty from Ulan-Ude, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, Stavropol, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Zelenograd and Moscow came to the USA to participate in the Fulbright Faculty Development Program 2015-16.
The XVIII Fulbright Summer School in the Humanities “Great Books and Critical Readings” took place at Moscow State University on June 23-27, 2015. The School was created as an interdisciplinary event and this year it traditionally gathered not only scholars of literature but also historians, philosophers, political scientists, both as lecturers and participants. The interest towards phenomena of “world classics” and “global literature” as well as the role they play in contemporary education united all these experts.
Barnaul, minus 30 degrees Celsius. In the early winter darkness, through the cold and cutting wind, Aaron Martin, an English Language Teaching Assistant at Altai State Technical University, is steadily making his way to a distant outskirt. His destination is a sports center where Aaron hopes to find Uliana, one of the Russian Schoolchildren Contest participants. The Fulbright Program has entrusted him, along with ETA students in nine other cities of Russia, with the task of delivering prizes and certificates of participation to the Best Essay contest participants and winners thus striving to make it a memorable and warm event.
It would take Aaron two long trips through the city that is barely known to him to actually meet with Uliana, and hand over the certificate to her, and afterwards have a long hearty talk with the girl’s coach Elena Pavlovna. Elena Pavlovna’s nice little presents, a tea cup and a T-shirt with the sports center logo, would remind Aaron of this cold-weather but warm-feeling night that he himself has made happen.
Since September 2014, Fulbright Scholar Yulia Melnik has been giving lectures in the Schools of Public Health and Education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, on the inclusion of disabled people into various spheres of life. These lectures are intended for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Within the course, Yulia provides a comparative analysis of the main obstacles and difficulties, as well as prospects, associated with the construction of an inclusive model of life activity for disabled people in American and Russian cultures. As a director of the Multi-disciplinary center of social education and rehabilitation services in Stavropol and a senior lecturer at the Department of Defectology of the Institute of Education and Social Sciences of the North Caucasian Federal University, Yulia actively introduces elements of the personal experience caused by disability due to cerebral palsy. Such a system of class conducting finds considerable response from the audience of students and faculty members of Indiana University and other foreign scholars.
Rachel Gannon is 2014-15 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, who is teaching English and American culture to Russian students at Gorno-Altaisk State University. Working with Fulbright and the American Film Showcase, Rachel held 3 screenings of the independent film Linsanity, one at the high school (November 14) and two at the university (November 17), for English students. A Skype question and answer session with the director, Evan Jackson Leong, was held at the university (November 18). The screenings and the Skype call were both highly attended. Students actively participated in the Skype call and Rachel received a lot of positive feedback from students and teachers at the university. This project was possible through support from Wendy Kolls, Rachel Gandin, and the staff of Gorno-Altaisk State University.
Valerie Sartor is an American Fulbright TEFL Scholar, working with students and teachers in Irkutsk during the 2014-2015 academic year. From December 1 through December 4 she was invited to give a 4 day workshop for teachers in Gorno-Altaisk. Approximately 20 teachers, from the state university and regions, attended her workshop. She gave literary seminars using American literature, shared practical tools and tips for teaching English, and introduced several useful websites for using contemporary music and graffiti for teaching youth.
During her stay in Gorno-Altaisk, Valerie was invited to serve as a volunteer English language academic editor for a prestigious Russian journal “The world of science, culture and education”. She accepted this honor and responsibility and will continue this service when she returns to the US in June 2015. Her duties will be to translate Russian abstracts in English, and to edit for style any articles submitted in English to the journal.
On December 3-7th the Moscow State Conservatory held a festival of American music. The main goal of the festival was to deepen the mutual understanding between our cultures, and to hold an academic conference and concerts. The festival introduced music of one of the most prominent composers of the twentieth century - George Crumb, one of the founders of the Philadelphia school of composers, who celebrates his 85th anniversary this year. The festival paid tribute to the composer, who is well known and loved in Russia. In January 2014, Professor of the Moscow State Conservatory Svetlana Sigida interviewed George Crumb and recorded his wishes on the program of the festival. The film was shown during the festival.
There were three concerts in total - in the Hall named after Myaskovsky, in the Rachmaninov Hall and in the Museum of Scriabin.
The festival was organized by the Fulbright alumna Professor Svetlana Sigida using a small grant of the Fulbright Program - 2015. The set of problems of an academic conference has been designed by the Fulbright Program alumni Professor Tatiana Venediktova and Associate Professor Andrey Logutov (both – Lomonosov Moscow State University).
In the spring of 2014 took place the 5th 5th Fulbright Community College Administrators Seminar (CCAS). This program introduces the U.S. system of community college level vocational, technical, and general education to Russian higher education administrators and gives the US administrators opportunities to learn more about the Russian Federation’s evolving educational system and approach to general, technical, and vocational training.
Past Fulbright Program Presentations