Past Feature Stories


Moscow Fulbright Office wishes you all to stay warm, kind and full of energy! May all your wishes and ideas come to fruition in year 2019!

Screening of "Unknown 1917"

Galina Yevtushenko, Fulbright Scholar Alumna 2017-18, will be screening her new documentary "Unknown 1917" at Dom Kino on January 10, 2019, 7 pm. All are welcome to join. The invitation for 2 persons is available for download by this link. Print it out and take it with you.

Fulbrighters & Their Projects

As the first half of the academic year is nearing its end, Fulbrighters, both current and past, are actively following up on their Fulbright projects and sharing their experience not only locally but globally as well.
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Fulbright Art Alumni on Value of International Experience

In late September 2018 alumni of the Fulbright Visiting Graduate Program hosted an open talk "International Experience for Careers in Art Management and Art" in Gallery 21 at Winzavod. The speakers shared their first-hand experience of stidy and work in the U.S. cultural institutions and discussed how international exchange affects professional development of cultural managers and artists. The event was sponsored by the Fulbright Small Grants program, supported by the Moscow Fulbright office.
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Course on American Studies by FLTA Alumna

Natalia Mukhina, alumna of FLTA 2014-15 program, designed the course "American Studies" for 2nd year students of Moscow City Teachers' Training University. As a result, her elective ended up as top favorite with more than 65 students signing up for it.
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Grantee Story: from Saranac Lake to Ufa

Dr. Selina LeMay-Klippel, U.S. Scholar from North Country Community College (Saranac Lake, NY), has recently completed her teaching practice at Bashkir State Medical University in Ufa and spoke with the Moscow Fulbright office about her experience and participation in the Fulbright program.
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4 Women / 4 Films: a project by Cynthia Madansky

Fulbright U.S. Scholar in St. Petersburg, artist Cynthia Madansky will present her video works dedicated to the specifics of “female writing”, the difference between languages, and the possibilities of interpretation and translation, as part of ESFIR project within Garage’s Field Research program. Presentation will take place in the Garage auditorium on November 6th. Admission is free with advance registration.
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Fulbright Alumni Event in Ulan-Ude

Another Fulbright alumni event took place on September 25-26, 2018, this time in Ulan-Ude, gathering together alumni of the Baikal region. The event was sponsored by the Fulbright Small Grants program, supported by the Moscow Fulbright office and U.S. Embassy in Russia and organized by Fulbrighters of Buryat State University
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Life after Fulbright

After completing the Fulbright program and returning home, Fulbrighters do not forget about their important mission as ambassadors of the Program in Russia. They continue to develop and promote cultural and academic exchange with the United States, as well as raise awareness about the Program in their home regions.
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Fulbright Alumni Events in Novosibirsk

On August 27 and October 8, 2018, Siberian alumni gathered in Novosibirsk to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Program in Russia, the Fulbright experience, each other, and plans for the future. The event was sponsored by the Fulbright Small Grants program, supported by the Moscow Fulbright office and U.S.
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"What Is Experiment?"

Yulia Kleyman, Fulbright Visiting Scholar alumna of 2012-13, supervised the educational program "What Is Experiment?" as part of the IV Summer Arts Festival "Access Point". The program took place from July 31th to August 2th and offered lectures, director's lab, viewings of plays and a final seminar.
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FFDP 2018-19

On August 8-10, 2018 the IIE Head Office in New York hosted a 3-day orientation for new grantees of the Fulbright Faculty Development Program 2018-19. This year grantees come from Rostov, Samara, Tomsk, Krasnodar, Vladimir, Tyumen, Chita and St. Petersburg and specialize in a variety of disciplines, from Computer Science to Antropology.
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Grantee Story: Fulbright Offers a Powerful Push and Invaluable Resources

A specialist in Native American Studies and current grantee of the Visiting Graduate Student program Alexander Chudak is starting his 2nd Master's year at the University of Oklahoma and has shared his observations about how young researchers can benefit from participating in the Fulbright program.
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XХI Fulbright Humanities Summer School "Creative Writing and Curricular Innovation in the Humanities"

XХI Fulbright Humanities Summer School "Creative Writing and Curricular Innovation in the Humanities" took place in Yasnaya Polyana, Leo Tolstoy's museum-estate, on August 27-29, 2018. The school was organized by Tatyana Venediktova, alumna of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar program of 1994-1995 and 2012-2013.
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American Center Support Program for Alumni Project

The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the American Center in Moscow, is pleased to announce a new opportunity for alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs. The American Center Support Program for Alumni Projects provides financial support to individuals, teams, or organizations to carry out public service projects that utilize skills and knowledge they have gained through their exchange experiences. The applicants do not necessarily need to reside in Moscow and can implement projects under American Center overall guidance in their home regions.
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Monograph on Bach's Fugue by Tatyana Svistunenko

Tatyana Svistunenko, Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2007-2008 program alum, has recently published her 300 pages long monograph on "The Evolution of the Early-Baroch Fugue in Clavier Works of Johann Sebastian Bach". The book is aimed at professional musicians as well as anyone interested in Bach's music.
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America: Kaleidoscope of Cultures

Exhibition "America: Kaleidoscope of Cultures" by Andrei Golobokov, grantee of the Fulbright FFDP 2018-19 Program, opened in late June in Vladivostok in the VSUES museum and exhibition complex. The project was supported by Fulbright's Small Grants program 2018.
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Outreach Lecturing Fund Supports Russian Fulbrighters

Earlier this year, two Fulbright Scholars from St. Petersburg, Tanya Weinstein and Igor Kozlov, gave a range of learning events in the universities around the United States with the support of the Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) that allows Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the U.S. to travel to other higher education institutions across the country.
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Arctic Initiative Meeting in Canada

On May 21-26, 2018 scholars of the 2nd Fulbright Arctic Initiative Program came together in Canada, including both Russian scholars who participate in the program this year: Elena Gladun and Svetlana Tulaeva.
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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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2017 Fulbright Program Presentations in Your City

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).

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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 Alum, 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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International Education Week at the Hawaii with a Russian Scholar

In November 2016 all departments of the University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI held a great event called “International Education Week”. Department of Languages & Literatures of Europe & the Americas, College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature together with Russian Division got very much involved in it. Elena Sedova, Associate Professor from the Dpt of Literature & Teaching Methods at Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University, is currently affiliated at Hawaii as Scholar-in-Residence; she is teaching Intermediate Russian and Advanced Russian (with a topic of interested in language, literature, culture or phonetics) for the whole 2016-17 academic year and she became responsible for the Week.

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2016 Fulbright Program Presentations in Your City

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FFDP 2016-2017

On August, 9 2016 started FFDP 2016-17. After a stressful competition, a group of Faculty from Syktyvkar, Astrakhan’, Chelyabinsk, Saratov, Irkutsk, Samara, Arkhangelsk, Tomsk, St. Petersburg and Moscow came to the USA to participate in the Fulbright Faculty Development Program 2016-17.

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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.

U.S. Fulbright ETA’s Lecture at Vladimir State University

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.

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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.

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The XVIII Fulbright Summer School in the Humanities

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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.

Jason Cieply, Fulbright U.S. Student 2014-2015, is conducting research in St. Petersburg, Russia towards his dissertation on the theme of enthusiasm in early Soviet literature. He is focusing on the fiction of two writers, Andrei Platonov and Mikhail Zoshchenko. This September, he attended the Eighth International Academic Conference Dedicated to the 115th Birthday of Andrei Platonov, held once every five years at the Gorky Institute of World Literature in Moscow. Apart from attending presentations by Platonov specialists from Russia, the US, Europe, and Asia, Jason was able to meet the author's grandson, Anton Martynenko, who, like his famous forebearer, devotes his creative energies to both writing and engineering. Jason made valuable contacts with leading Russian scholars in his field and was invited to contribute an article to a publication of the conference's proceedings, Land of the Philosophers.

Fulbright English Language Teaching Assistants Orientation

22 English Teaching Assistants gathered in Moscow on September 21st-25th for the in-country orientation. As part of the orientation, the ETAs participated in training sessions, which were conducted by an English Language Fellow in Moscow John Kotnarowski and Russian FLTA Alumni Marina Zakharova and Margarita Kharlova. The training sessions covered cultural adjustment and English language teaching strategies that could help young teachers work with Russian students. The group also visited the US Embassy for a short briefing on safety, visa registration and the current political climate. The newly appointed Ambassador, John Tefft, stopped by to meet the Fulbrighters , say a few welcoming words, and wish them luck.

After the training the ETAs departed to their host cities, located all over Russia (from Kaliningrad in the West to Vladivostok in the Far East), where they will be teaching English language to university students during the 2014-15 academic year.

The 5th Fulbright Community College Administrators Seminar

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.

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Mid-Year Enrichment Seminar for U.S. Fellows

39 Fulbright U.S. Students, including 28 ETAs and 11 Research Fellows, gathered in Moscow on January 27-28, 2014 for the Mid-Year Enrichment Seminar. During the event Fulbrighters had a unique opportunity to meet once again after living in Russia for several months, and share their stories with each other. Both students and ETAs had a chance to make short presentations about their personal experience and professional success.

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Fulbright-Hays Grantee performs at the Russian State University for the Humanities

Fulbright-Hays grantee Tony Lin gave a piano concert on October 18, 2013 at Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH). The concert was dedicated to 164th anniversary of Frédéric Chopin's death. The program included works by F. Chopin, G. Gershwin, D. Shostakovich, F. Schubert, J. S. Bach, S. Prokofiev.

Tony Lin is a winner of several American pianist competitions, and a PhD Candidate at the Slavic Studies Department of University of California, Berkeley. Tony is in Moscow on a Fulbright-Hays Grant which includes an internship at the Russian-American Academic Center for American Studies, RSUH.

Fulbright English Language Teaching Assistants Orientation

28 English Teaching Assistants gathered in Moscow on September 21-27, 2013 for a week-long in-country orientation. As part of the orientation, ETAs had training sessions, which covered cultural adjustment and ELT strategies. The group also visited the US Embassy for a short briefing and had dinner with a few of Fulbright Moscow Alumni at the Fulbright Office in Moscow. After the training ETAs departed to their host cities, located all over Russia, where they will be teaching English language to university students during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Fulbright Summer School "Sustainable Development of Regions and Territories"

“Sustainable Development of Regions and Territories” was the name of the Summer School held in Moscow on June 23-30, 2013 at National Research University “Higher School of Economics”. Young specialists, including researchers, members of regional municipal administration, post-graduate students and faculty, came to Moscow from 14 different cities to discuss various aspects and principles of sustainable development and their implementation in Russia.

The students noted that participation in the School changed their view on the problem, made their understanding of sustainable development of regions and territories deeper and broader, and they are planning to use the new approaches in their work – both in research activities and practice. All of them are hoping that the School continues in the future.

XVI Fulbright Summer School in the Humanities

“Academic Writing: Russian and International Experience” – was the name of the XVI Fulbright Summer School in the Humanities, held at Moscow State University’s School of Journalism on June 24-28, 2013. 38 university teachers from all over Russia gathered to discuss how to teach writing at the university and postgraduate level, how to use it as a tool for improving critical inquiry in other subjects, and how to help graduate students and faculty members in their efforts to publish internationally.
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400 Anniversary of the House of Romanovs: Tsar’s family through the eyes of American Artist

VII Moscow International Art Festival will host a presentation and artist talk of an American artist of Russian descent, Stass Shpanin, at the Central House of Artists on June 27.

A recent grad from the University of Hartford, in West Hartford, Connecticut, Stass spent this year in Russia representing the United States of America through the academic exchange Fulbright program. His studio is located at the Surikov State Art Institute of the Russian Arts Academy where he works under the supervision of acclaimed Soviet painter, Vice President of the Russian Arts Academy: Mr. Tahir Salahov.

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Fulbright Fellow Visits Fish Division and is Honored at State Department

Kirill Vinnikov, a 2013 International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow, was honored at a reception and scientific poster session on June 11 hosted by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Kirill, one of forty 2013 Fulbright S & T fellows, is a native of Vladivostok, Russia. - See more at:

40th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Russia

150 Russian and American Fulbright Alumni gathered in Moscow on April 10th-11th to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Russia and participate in a conference featuring presentations and workshops led by their peers with themes showcasing Fulbright scholars’ scientific research, academic exchange programs, musical compositions, and art history to name just a few.
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Catherine Chamberlin is an English Teaching Assistant, who is working in Puschino, Moscow Region as part of the Fulbright ETA Program.
Here you can read and watch an interview with Catherine.

The many unpredictable benefits of a Fulbright experience: the Snow Leopard Festival

Celia Evans is a Fulbright Scholar, who is going to be teaching and conducting research in Gorno-Altaisk, Altai republic. Just after arriving in the Siberian city, she was invited to participate in the Snow Leopard Festival, which was held on September 15, 2012.

Read a story, written by Celia about this experience.

Fulbright Summer School in the HumanitiesXV Fulbright Summer School in the Humanities

“The Humanities: A Transnational Project” was the theme of the XV Fulbright Summer School in the Humanities that was held at Lomonosov Moscow State University from June 25-29, 2012. The summer school’s curriculum focused on constructive responses to the challenges of globalization from the perspective of the humanities. Participants included 28 junior faculty and graduate students from 20 Russian universities. Their instructors were distinguished professors from MSU and other leading universities in Russia, the United States, Germany and Australia.

The summer school itself was divided into two parts: theory and practice. During the first three days, participants attended lectures and engaged in structured discussions on the influence of globalization on contexts, communication and language. The last two days provided an opportunity to put theory into practice through hands-on workshops and simulations. For example, participants practiced writing short articles in English for international audiences in their fields and then offered constructive criticism for improving each other’s writing.
Participants evaluated their experience at the summer school as intensive but positive. They unanimously agreed to continue their collaboration on this important project using social media and online tools.

Fulbright Summer School_HSEFulbright Summer School "Public Administration and Sustainable Development"

“Public Administration and Sustainable Development” was the theme of a new Fulbright Summer School held in Moscow on June 13-18, 2012, at Russia’s Higher School of Economics. HSE (one of only 27 National Research Universities in Russia) co-sponsored the school with the Moscow Fulbright Office and ECA. Faculty included alumni and current grantees of the Fulbright Scholar Program. Competition to attend the summer school was fierce – 169 people from 43 cities applied for 22 available slots. Selected participants represented 12 different regions across the country, from Siberia to the Urals to European Russia. They also had a wide range of interests and experience as advanced graduate students, junior faculty or young leaders in regional governments.
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Distinguished Chair in AgricultureDistinguished Chair in Agricultural Technology and Professional Education

A new Distinguished Fulbright Chair in agricultural technology and professional education has been established at the Moscow State Agroengineering University named in honor of V.P.Goryachkin. MSAU will host a visiting U.S. professor annually to teach courses and conduct joint research with colleagues in the field of agriculture across Russia. The first scholar to fill the new chair will arrive in fall 2013, thanks to a new agreement on cooperation and exchange signed by MSAU Rector Aleksandr Mitrofanovich Sysoyev and Dr. Edward Roslof, director of the Fulbright Program in Russia.

Community Colleges Administrators Seminar, 2012Community Colleges Administrators Seminar, 2012

For two weeks in April 2012 the Fulbright Program in Russia hosted five U.S. community college leaders who visited Russian colleges and met with universities rectors, students and staff around the country through the third annual Community College Administrators Seminar (CCAS).

Seminar participants discussed educational reforms taking place in Russia, explained the role of community colleges in U.S. higher education and explored opportunities for partnerships between Russian and American institutions. The interests of the U.S. community college leaders ranged from development of information technologies and environmental protection to nursing, accounting and finance. They were also interested in cooperation between businesses and educational institutions in programs for workforce development.
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Julia PhillipsThe Beringia, Kamchatka’s Traditional Dog Sled Race

Julia Phillips is a Fulbright Graduate Student Fellow, who is working on her Creative Writing project at Kamchatka State University in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Fascinated and inspired by the region, Julia strives to experience everything Kamchatka has to offer. Her latest adventure was the participation in Beringia, a traditional dog sled race.
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Russian Fulbright FellowsFulbright Enrichment in Chicago

On March 8th 2012, Fulbrighters from all around the world gathered in Chicago for a Fulbright Enrichment Seminar, entitled “The Role of Diversity in Chicago City Politics”. Natalia Balyasnikova and Karina Eremetova, both participants of the Fulbright Faculty Development Program shared their impressions about the event.

Margaret WilliamsCross-Cultural Communication: a view from Khabarovsk

Margaret Williams, English Teaching Assistant from Khabarovsk, in collaboration with her Russian colleague and Fulbright Alumnus Olga Kovbasyuk has been working with a group of students from the Khabarovsk State Academy of Economics and Law and several colleges in the U.S., to improve the way Russian and American students relate to one another. The program, which they call The Global Learning / Partners in Dialogue, uses webinars, videoconferences and Skype to explore how the two cultures perceive and address a variety of issues. The purpose is to encourage students to discuss cultural issues with international peers and to help students develop foreign language skills.
Read an article by M. Williams about the project.

Fulbright ETAs 2011-2012Mid-year Enrichment Seminar for U.S. Fellows
47 Fulbright U.S. Students, including 33 English Teaching Assistants, gathered in Moscow on January 19-20, 2012 for the mid-year enrichment seminar to share their personal experience and professional success. The subjects of presentations varied from “TB and HIV infections in Siberia” and “Development of Agricultural Sector in Russia” to “Video-conferences and cross-cultural communication” and “The Babushka Phenomenon”. Apart from that, two guest speakers were invited to talk about their areas of expertise. Fulbright Senior Scholar Regina Smyth spoke about the upcoming presidential elections in Russia, and Rebecca Neff, who is an economics officer at the US Embassy, gave an economical overview of Russia. The two-day seminar was followed by an ETA training session, which took place on the 21st of January.


  • April 2011
     Community College Administrators at Ural Federal University Combining Professional and Higher Education

    The Fulbright Program welcomed U.S. community college representatives to Russia for a two-week program of meetings and events with a focus on professional and higher education, workforce training, and international collaboration between the United States and Russia. Read more...

    U.S. University Presidents Visit RussiaU.S. University Presidents Visit Russia

    The Fulbright Program in Russia hosted a delegation of U.S. university presidents who spent a week in Russia learning about new and evolving opportunities for collaboration between U.S. and Russian institutions. Events included a conference in Moscow on “Cooperation between U.S. and Russian Universities,” site-visits to leading Russian universities, and additional programming in St. Petersburg and Kazan.

  • March 2011
    U.S. Second Lady Discusses Fulbright Community College Initiative in RussiaU.S. Second Lady Discusses Fulbright Community College Initiative in Russia

    Dr. Jill Biden met with the Fulbright director and two Russian colleagues during a recent visit to Moscow with her husband, Vice President Joe Biden. The conversation focused on critical issues shared by both the U.S. and Russia such as access to education and workforce training for the 21st century. The Fulbright Program’s work with U.S. community college faculty and administrators in Russia continues to engage interested partners and offer individualized solutions. Read more...

  • January 2011
    Mid-year Enrichment Event for U.S. FellowsMid-year Enrichment Event for U.S. Fellows

    43 Fulbright U.S. Students, including 27 English Language Assistants, gathered in Moscow on January 20 – 21, 2011 for the mid-year enrichment seminar to share their success stories, professional and personal impressions. An incredible scope of topics, ranging from “Breast and Ovarian Cancer in Siberia” and “Environmental Psychology and Politics of the Lake Baikal region” to “Why Putin Wears a Cross: religion in the Russian Political Sphere”. The seminar was preceded by a 3-day training for the ETA fellows, conducted by Thomas Santos, head of the English Language Office, U.S. Embassy.

  • December 2010
    U.S. Perspective on Astronomy in AltaiU.S. Perspective on Astronomy in Altai

    If someone would ask Dr. Nancy Muleady-Mecham what Russia and the U.S. share in common, her answer, most likely, would be about stars and the sky. Dr. Muleady-Mecham spent 3 months in the fall of 2010 in Gorno-Altaisk . During her Fulbright grant, Nancy not only lectured at Gorno-Altaisk State University (GASU), visited local national parks, but also donated a lot of her time and energy to establish the very first in the history of Gorno-Altaisk Astronomy club, which is now has the official name of the Altai Astronomy Club (AAC). The AAC turned out to be an outstanding outreach activity bringing together around 100 people each time. Its fans can be found not only among students and faculty of GASU, but also among local grammar and high school students along with their families.

    U.S. Secretary of State addresses Russian Fulbright FellowsU.S. Secretary of State addresses Russian Fulbright Fellows

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered remarks to a gathering of Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants from 48 countries that took place December 8-12, 2010 in Washington, D.C. In her remarks, Secretary Clinton stressed the following: “Senator Fulbright… once said – that, ‘Educational exchanges can turn nations into people.’…As the 2010 class of Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants, you are the latest in this tradition of young people who have taken up this mission”. Alla Savelieva, an FLTA fellow at Wheaton College, was one of 37 Russian fellows in attendance at the December events in Washington, D.C., and she stressed that Secretary Clinton’s remarks were one of the most exciting moments of the event. The 37 Russian FLTAs together with their colleagues from around the world are spending this year sharing their language and culture with American students across the United States. (For Secretary Clinton’s full remarks, visit

    U.S. Scholars Join Russian Art CommunityU.S. Scholars Join Russian Art Community

    In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of VKhUTEMAS, the Moscow Institute of Architecture held a 3-day international conference. Two current Fulbrighters, Angelina Lucento and Roann Barris, presented papers at the Thursday afternoon session on the practical and conceptual applications of space in the work of artists associated with VKhUTEMAS and its influences on other artists in the 20th century. Angelina’s paper discussed the painter David Shterenberg’s treatment of space, paint, and concrete objects in still-life oil paintings; Roann’s paper focused on American exhibitions of the art of VKHuTEMAS and their possible influence on architects in the 1980s. The conference was conducted in both English and Russian, and a catalogue of the conference, published in Russian, contains abstracts from all the presentations.

  • November 2010
    Assistant Secretary of State Meets with Alumni and StaffAssistant Secretary of State Meets with Alumni and Staff
    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock visited the Fulbright-Moscow offices on November 2, 2010 along with staff members from the Embassy. Her visit included a luncheon with Russian and American Fulbright program participants as well as meetings at the Fulbright office with Director Anthony Koliha and the Fulbright Program staff. The visit agenda included a discussion of how the Fulbright program impacts Russian communities and the potential for increasing the awareness of Fulbright in Russia.

  • April 2010
    Fulbright Alumni Conference with US Community College Administrators
    Russian and American Fulbright fellows and alumni participated in a conference on “Higher Education for Tomorrow’s Professionals,” from April 2-3 in Moscow. Participants included six senior U.S. Community College administrators, who described the increasingly important role being played by community colleges in training individuals for further higher education as well as for entry into and retraining within the workforce. Read the full story...

  • Fulbright Fellows travel to Kyzyl! Four English Teaching Assistants (ETA) traveled to Kyzyl, Russia to meet with local students and teachers at Tuva State University. The club “Polyglot” organized a meeting for Tuvan students and faculty with the ETAs and several other foreign students who currently are studying in Kyzyl. The Fulbright Fellows discussed their opinions on “Music as an international form of communication” and sang a traditional American folk songs. Read the full article in Russian.

  • March 2010
    Fulbright Alumni Concert in Saratov!
    Saratov State Conservatory named after L.V.Sobinov was honored to host a concert in the Great Hall of the Conservatory on March 25, 2010 of the music of Joel Feigin, Professor at California University in Santa Barbara (USA). Professor Feigin is a Fulbright Program Alumnus. The concert was organized by Russian Fulbright Scholar Alumna, Tatiana Svistunenko. Many of the pieces that were played made their Russian debut. Read more...

  • 2009
    Fulbright’s 35th Anniversary in Russia As part of the 35th Anniversary celebrations, more than 100 Russian and American Fulbright Alumni participated in the V All-Russia Alumni Conference on March 23-24, 2009. The conference was organized in cooperation with Moscow State University and the State University-Higher School of Economics. The opening reception was hosted by US Ambassador John Beyrle and his wife Jocelyn Greene at their residence. Full article...

  • October 2009
    US Fulbright Scholar Concert The Moscow Conservatory performed four pieces by US Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Joseph Dangerfield, on Saturday, October 31, 2009 including the world premier of Remnants, dedicated to and performed by pianist Natalia Cherkasova. Dr. Dangerfield is an Assistant Professor at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is currently spending a year teaching composition and working with Professor Vladimir Tarnopolski at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

  • June 2009
    Fulbright Summer School 2009
    Under the leadership of Dr. Tatiana Venediktova, president of the Russian Fulbright Alumni Association, participants from all across Russia took part in the Twelfth annual Fulbright Summer School in the Humanities, entitled “Media Imagination,” from June 15-21, 2009. According to 2009 Fulbright Senior Specialist to Russia, Dr. Stephen Duncombe (New York University), “Over the course of one intense week we loosened the tyrannical bonds of the present (and past) and began to think of what might be. That is: we began a process of imagining.” Full Article

  • April 2009
    International Earth Day
    On this day, people volunteer to help clean their local courtyards and parks, plant flowers and trees throughout the city and participate in various other environmental improvement efforts. The holiday was founded in the United States to increase understanding and awareness of local and global environmental problems. Interested to learn more about what our Fulbright alumni think about today’s environmental issues, we asked them to describe what they consider to be the main global environmental problems today? How are they affecting Russia specifically? And what measures are people taking in Russia to address these problems? Read their responses!

  • March 2009
    “Abraham Lincoln: Lessons of History and the Contemporary World” The Fulbright Program participated in an international conference dedicated to U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s 200th anniversary. The conference was hosted by Rector Efim Pivovar, a Fulbright alumnus, at the Russian State University for the Humanities. Speakers included U.S. Ambassador John Beyrle and Russia Fulbright Director Anthony Koliha. American and Russian scholars (including a number of Fulbright alumni) from a wide variety of disciplines gathered to share their research on Lincoln and to discuss Lincoln’s influence on and significance to contemporary times. Read the full article...

  • February 2009
    New Geosciences Program launched in Russia Alumni of the Russian Fulbright Scholar Program gathered to discuss the opportunities and prospects of this new program in Russia. The program, funded by ExxonMobil, provides an opportunity for recent graduates and young professionals to receive a Master's Degree in the Geosciences in either the United States or United Kingdom. Scholars in attendance at the meeting recently held at the Fulbright Office in Moscow included: Olga Nikolaevna Solomina, professor, member of the Russian Academy of Science, senior researcher at the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Science; Natalia Nikolaevna Mitin, professor, senior researcher at the Institute of Water Problems of the Russian Academy of Science; Igor Semenovich Zektser, professor, chair of the laboratory at the Institute of Water Problems of the Russian Academy of Science; Nikolay Nikolaevich Akinfiev, professor, leading researcher at the Institute of Geology of Ore Deposits, Petrography, Mineralogy and Geochemistry of the Russian Academy of Science and Korotenko Konstantin Aleksandrovich, professor, leading researcher at the Institute of Oceanography of the Russian Academy of Science. The application deadline for the competition in Russia is March 15, 2009. More information about the program

  • January 2009
    Saint Petersburg- December 12th and 13th- Fulbright Senior Scholar Keith Sanborn and his partner Peggy Ahwesh presented a mini-retrospective at the "Rodina" theater of their most significant individual and joint work during the past 20 years in a series titled "Philosophy in the Boudoir: Laughter / Abjection". The event also served as the premier for Keith Sanborn's newest film "The Force of Beauty: The Beauty of Force" created from a series of advertisements by the Russian Ministry of Defense recently shown on the television station "Star". Keith Sanborn and Peggy Ahwesh have worked individually and jointly in the field of experimental film, video and electronic arts for nearly 30 years. Keith Sanborn is currently lecturing at Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. To read more, click here...

  • December 2008
    Robert Givens, a professor in the Department of History at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA, attended a conference hosted by Tomsk State University: “Outcomes of the Twentieth Century as the USA Enters a New Century,” on November 13th and 14th. Dr. Givens is currently a Fulbright Scholar and lecturer at the School of International Relations at Saint Petersburg State University. Dr. Givens gave a talk during the opening presentations of the conference in Tomsk based on some of his earlier research that sought to link the anti-communist crusade of the 1950s to the recent cultural wars in the US...Read more

  • November 2008
    Senior Fulbright Fellow Angela Stent, a guest lecturer and consultant at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) this Fall, had an opinion article featured in the November 11th edition of the Moscow Times entitled “Ready for Re-engagement”. Published five days after the U.S. Presidential Election results were announced in Russia, the article addresses the tensions between Russia and the United States and the prospect of opening the doors of communication between President Dmitry Medvedev and the soon-to-be Obama administration in hopes of greater cooperation where mutual interests are concerned. Dr. Stent is the Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies in the Georgetown School of Foreign Services and Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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