Sasha Kazantseva: Queer Joy & Censorship in Russia

On Wednesday, March 30, Sasha talked about queer & gender issues in contemporary Russia and touch on a few questions specific to her unique experience:
-How is lesbian sex ed different from general sex ed?
-How do you work to promote LGBTQ rights in a country where it is technically illegal?
-What is queer culture like in Russia?
-How is the Russian language adapting to be more inclusive?
-How does vulnerability build up resistance?

Learning Russian through Board Games

LinguaPolis, a language learning game created by the Linguistics researcher Dr. Vita Kogan, was incorporated into Dr. Weygandt's RUSN 312 course in March.  The game is designed to alleviate speaking anxiety in a foreign language, and it was effective! Playing good, old-fashioned board games was a refreshing change from the remote digital landscape of teaching these days. 

Russian House Celebrates International Women's Day

In honor of International Women's Day on March 8, Nessie Kurganova led a discussion about gender roles in contemporary Russia.

6th Annual International Karaoke Night

Students gathered at Cravens Hall for the The 6th Annual International Karaoke Night on Saturday, October 24.  It was a little different from past International Karaoke Nights when students sang live in front of a panel of judges and an audience.  Instead,  they submitted videos of themselves singing in the language that they are studying.  The videos representing Chinese, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish were screened at the

Dr. Weygandt Participates in Columbia's New Russian Theater Webinar

The book launch of New Drama: An Anthology (Columbia University Press) that Dr. Susanna Weygandt co-edited was hosted by the Harriman Institute at Columbia University on October 2, 2020. The event was organized as a panel with other researchers and translators of contemporary Russian drama from the US and UK. A video of the presentation and play-reading during the book launch can be found here:

Vecherinka: Outdoor Party at Russian House

Meet at the Russian House for Russian music, games, and food (pelmeni).  Meet your friends in the Russian Department.

Maslenitsa 2020

Maslenitsa, the pre-lent butter week, celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of spring and of Lent. Last Saturday (February 29), The Russian House celebrated with bliny and tea, played folk games, and burned a scarecrow that symbolizes winter.

Underground Film at Russian House

Students gathered at the Russian House on February 20th to watch a film depicting underground culture in Soviet Russia featuring the popular Russian music artists, Victor Tsoi and Kino.

International Carnival Celebration

In many parts of the world, some form of Carnival is celebrated, combining Christian and pre-Christian traditions indigenous to the region. This celebration goes by many names: Maslenitsa Масленица in Russia; Mardi Gras in the Francophone world; Carnaval in Latin America, Carnevale in Italy, Fasching in Germany-to name a few. Common threads include celebrating the end of winter darkness, sometimes parades, often outrageous costumes, role reversal, consuming pancakes, or marking the beginning of Lent. On Sunday, February 16, various language houses hosted a progressive festival starting at the Russian House, continuing on to the Spanish House, the German House, the Italian House, and ending at the French House.

Advanced Russian Students Interview Prominent Russian Artist

Dr. Susanna Weygandt organized a teleconference between her advanced Russian students and acclaimed Russian artist, curator, and author, Ilmira Bolotyan. The event was made possible by a mini-grant from Sewanee's Center for Teaching.

Dr. Weygandt Publishes 2 Articles

Dr. Susanna Weygandt has recently published 2 new articles: Susanna Weygandt interviews playwrights Ivan Vyrypaev and Sasha Denisova in "Playwriting without Borders: Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarussian New Drama in the 21st Century," ed. Julie Curtis (London: Bloomsbury Academic). "New Russian Drama: An Anthology," edited by Maksim Hanukai and Susanna Weygandt was released this fall. The volume features 10 plays by contemporary playwrights writing in Russian—framed by an Introduction by Susanna Weygandt and Maksim Hanukai with a foreword by the eminent Richard Schechner.

5th Annual International Karaoke Night

The 5th Annual International Karaoke Night took place on November 7, 2019 at the Tiger Bay Pub. There were songs in 8 different languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.