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Elizabeth Stern

I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University in 2008 with degrees in Comparative Literature, Slavic Studies, and Classics. Prior to attending Brown, I had been training to become a professional ballet dancer; this training ended after I sustained a serious injury.

My interest in Russia was first piqued, no doubt, by the many Russian ballet teachers I had growing up. At Brown, I began studying Russian and became further interested in Russian culture, literature, and art. I also returned to my love of ballet from an academic, rather than performer's, perspective, studying Russian ballet history. I spent the summer after my sophomore year in St Petersburg, and, after falling in love with the city, I returned for a semester in the spring of my junior year, studying at Herzen University. I received a research grant in the summer of '07 and began studying early 20th century ballet critics from St Petersburg. With the Fulbright, I plan to continue my research at a number of archives in Petersburg in addition to taking classes at the European University.

The Fulbright Program in Russia. Institute of International Education.
Tverskoy Bul'var 14, building 1, 4th floor, Moscow, Russia 125009.
Tel: +7(495) 935-8353, Fax: +7(495) 937-5418. Contact: info@fulbright.ru