9/29. Russian Film Screening, The Student
10/24 Leningrad Blockade Diary. A Reading and Musical Performance
A reading by Tamara Bogdanova, ballerina and blockade survivor. Live musical excerpts performed by Maria Lyudko, Alan Starovoitov and Aleksandr Kushnarev. Moderated by Dr. Ludmilla Leibman.
This event is free and open to the public.
Presented by the Russian Language Program in BU’s Department of World Languages & Literatures.
11/6 Talk by novelist Olga Breininger
10/20 An Evening of Russian Poetry and Music
A celebration of poetry and music featuring Russian poet Polina Barskova and a number of local musicians including Olga Lisovska. Barskova read from her own poems as well as a selection of poems written during the Seige of Leningrad. The poetry reading and concert was followed by a reception and book-signing.
11/7. The Poetic Riddle in Eighteenth-Century Russia.
A Lecture by Dr. Konstantin Starikov
What is the significance of the poetic riddle in eighteenth-century Russia? The first Russian poetic riddle appeared in 1755. In this lecture, Prof. Starikov will present a short history of the evolution of the Russian riddling tradition in the literary and cultural contexts of the late 17th-early 19th centuries. Characterized by the complex interactions of oral folklore, Russian-Orthodox book-learning culture, the Greco-Latin rhetorical tradition, and the blending of the Baroque and neo-classical trends, the riddle genre in 18th century Russia offers an opportunity to investigate the process of Russia’s westernization using the notion of cultural marginality. Length: 50 minutes + Q/A. In English. Knowledge of Russian not required.
2/15 The Great Russian Piano Tradition.
2/24 Russian Pancake Day
The festival is called Maslenitsa (Pancake week). It’s actually not the pancakes people are celebrating, Maslenitsa symbolizes the end of winter and the coming of spring. However, there is no Maslenitsa without the pancakes with caviar, sour cream, honey and jam. Come to celebrate Maslenitsa and meet students from other Russian classes. Everyone is welcome!
3/30 Arabic, Chinese and Russian Culture Sharing Event
4/27 Annual Russian Party