Russian & East European Studies - Events
The Russian and East European Studies Program has sponsored Russian Film Series since 1996 to introduce classic and contemporary Russian films to the university community.
Thursday, October 18: The Vanished Empire (2008) by Karen Shakhnazarov
Set against the backdrop of Brezhnev-era Moscow of the early 1970s the film chronicles the rites of passage into adulthood of a university student Sergey when his life is first tested by love, loyalty to family, and ties to friendship and his country. Canisius 15:
Thursday, November 1: The Return (2003) by Andrey Zvyagintsev
The winner of the Venetian Golden Lion in 2003, "The Return" is a gripping coming-of-age story set in motion by a seemingly unremarkable road trip taken by two brothers and their estranged father of twelve years. DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Thursday, November 15: The Italian (2005) by Andrey Kravchuk
A poignantly compelling story of a six-year-old orphan and his travails of reuniting with the family he was to be separated from forever. DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Thursday, December 6: The Mermaid (2007) by Anna Melikyan
An imaginative tale about the Russian Amelie and her journey of self-discovery set in present-day Russia. DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
All films will be shown at 7 p.m.
A series of informal one-hour gatherings with focus on Russia were first established in the Spring of 2009 jointly by Russian and East European intern Timothy Carr and professor Elena Syssoeva. The idea behind the series was to broaden students' knowledge of Russian culture and its present day life through discussion of topics of interest to students.
The Russian Hours were also designed as a venue to present students' study abroad experiences in Russia and Eastern Europe. It served as a platform for Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) scholars to talk about their respective countries as well.
The series has successfully continued for the next three years and has been spearheaded by the three Teaching Assistants of the Russian language from the National Fulbright program: Elena Sergeeva (2009-2010), Nadya Shcherbenok (2010-2011) and Inna Pronicheva (2011-2012).
The three Fulbrighters have covered a wide range of topics chosen at Fairfield students' suggestions: education, media, films, sports, fashion, and music.