On May 18, the American Center (AMC) hosted an online event that wrapped up a series of lectures on media literacy through the lens of documentary films. Galina Evtushenko, organizer of the series, alumna of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar program, shared her impressions of the event:
"All previous meet-ups have taken places on site, in the American Center, while the last one was our first experience in hosting an online lecture and it turned out a great success. The series itself was supported by the AMC grant. In her auteur film "I Am ZAL", Anna Evtushenko, finalist of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar program, showed the audience, both Russian and American, interesting newsreels starting from the early XX century. The viewers heard stories narrated by the ZAL ("hall") - the "moscovite", positioned on the corner of Okhotny Ryad and Bolshaya Dmitrovska St. for over a 100 years. His testimonies and witty remarks (voiced by the beloved actor Veniamin Smekhov) filled up the entirety of the film. The column hall "recollected" Russian-American history trivia that "enlivened" even the onscreen chess players that had played in the famoust Russia-US tournament. Particularly interesting point of view was presented through ZAL's reminiscing of the American pilot Powers' process that had taken place within its walls, the only fair trial that it had ever witnessed. Attendees of the lecture series have noted its warm atmosphere, created both by hosts and guests. Using the occasion, everyone wished a happy 80th birthday to Veniamin Smekhov, praising his character in the film."
The film was demonstrated with English subtitles.
A paper written by Alexander Alyukov, current participant of the Fulbright Visiting Graduate Student program, in collaboration with his Academic Supervisor, professor Michael Leamy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, titled "Two-Scale Command Shaping for Arresting Motion in Nonlinear Systems", was published in a highly prestigious journal Nonlinear Dynamics. Even within the numerous constraints of the pandemic, Fulbrighters still manage to do well for themselves in the fields of their academic interests.
A longlasting collaboration continues to flourish between the Bonch-Bruevich St. Petersburg State University of Telecommunications and Davidson Community College (North Carolina, USA), once started by Irina Karimova, Head of the university's International Cooperation Department and alumna of the Fulbright RIEA program. In April-May a series of joint online classes was carried out, aimed at strenghtening friendship ties between the students from both schools, both in and outside of class.
Maria Antonyan, alumna of the Fulbright Visiting Graduate Student program, published the first Russian-authored book on performance art. The book explores the fundamental issues of the genre and its perception, referring to works by Marina Abramovich - one of the most prominent figures in the world of perfromance art in the late XX-early XXI century. More information about the book and Maria's work can be found here:
Another alumna of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program, Erika Wolf, art historian, started teaching started teaching at School of Advanced Studies of Tyumen State University. Her fields are modernism, Soviet visual culture, propaganda and intercultural representation. At the moment Erica is finishing two book manuscripts: "Photography and Russia" and "USSR in Construction: Modernist Propaganda for Stalin's Regime".
Image credit: Galina Evtushenko, receptionofperformanceart.ru, sut.ru, youtube.com/c/lifebsu