RUS 102

 Beginning Russian II

Olga Voronina

M T W Th             9:00am-10:00am




This course is designed as a continuation for students who have completed Beginning Russian 101. Our focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills continues through cultural context, video materials, songs, and literary analysis. Successful completion of the sequence qualifies students to enroll in a 4-week June program in St. Petersburg, where they will attend classes (earning an additional 4 credits) and participate in a cultural program while living in Russian families. It also enables them to pursue a semester or year-long study in St. Petersburg at Smolny College of the Liberal Arts, a joint educational venture of Bard and the St. Petersburg University.   Class size: 20



RUS 225

 Russian Art of the  Avant-Garde

Oleg Minin

M  W    3:10pm-4:30pm

PRE 110



Cross-listed: Art History  This course will address major developments in Russian modern and avant-grade art in the first three decades of the 20th c. The course is multidisciplinary and will allow students to study particular movements, ideas and seminal names from Mikhail Vrubel and Symbolism to Vladimir Tatlin and Constructivism. Students will gain an insight into the aesthetic, theoretical and cultural concerns of the practitioners of Russian experimental arts that will supplement and enhance their knowledge of the more familiar movements in modern art history. This course aims to offer students an important methodology and context for the appreciation of the intrinsic evolution of Russian visual culture and its contribution to the international art arena. Major paintings, applied designs and architectural monuments form the visual material essential to this course, and they will be examined in chronological sequence. These artifacts will be described and analyzed for their own sake and also as symbols and manifestations of social, political, and philosophical developments in Russian modern history.  Class size: 22



RUS 327

 Russian Opera: staging History, shaping Myths

Marina Kostalevsky

M         3:30pm-5:50pm




Cross-listed: Music  This course will offer the opportunity to explore Russian history through the medium of Russian opera. Russian culture represents an inseparable part of European cultural experience. And yet, it has a distinctly original character. Initially shaped by the Orthodox Christian tradition passed on from Byzantium, it eventually came into contact and conflict with the flow of West European ideas. It absorbed and confronted, transformed and blended the major creative achievements of the Old World with the unique Russian experience. Predictably, the history of Russian music followed that path. The early development of Russian music benefited from appropriation of the Byzantine unaccompanied choral singing and at the same time suffered from the absence of instrumental music. By comparison, the Western European music combined the use of vocal and instrumental faculties and resulted in the creation of numerous forms of musical art, including the most elaborate one: opera. The flourishing of this genre in Europe consequently had a direct impact on the progress of Russian musical culture. During the nineteenth century, opera became a powerful agent in Russia’s search for national identity.  The list of operas includes such masterpieces as A Life for the Tsar by Glinka, Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina by Mussorgsky, The Tsar's Bride by Rimsky-Korsakov, The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky, War and Peace by Prokofiev, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Shostakovich. The assigned material will also include selected literary texts as well as video and audio recordings. You will also have a chance to attend a live performance of a Russian opera at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. No training in music is required. Conducted in English.  Class size: 15



RUS 408

 Love Stories:Prose & Poetry

Marina Kostalevsky

M  W    11:50am-1:10pm




Close reading of selected short stories and poems by Russian writers from the eighteenth century to our days. Examination of artistic meditations on the subject of love, of erotic desires, of psychological and cultural conflicts in romantic relationship. Special emphasis on the role of language and literary form, as the themes of love are introduced in works by Karamzin, Pushkin, Lermontov, Tyutchev, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Gippius, Kuzmin, Blok, Nabokov, Tolstaya, and Ulitskaya.  Conducted in Russian. Class size: 12



Cross-listed course:


HIST 203

 Russia under the Romanovs

Sean McMeekin

M  W    11:50am-1:10pm

RKC 102



Cross-listed: Global & International Studies; Russian & Eurasian Studies Class size: 22



HIST 332

 Grand Strategy/Byzantine Empir

Sean McMeekin

M  W    3:10pm-4:30pm

HEG 201



Cross-listed: Global & International Studies; Medieval Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Russian & Eurasian Studies Class size: 15



IDEA 130

 Chernobyl: the meaning of Man-Made Disaster

Jonathan Becker

Matthew Deady

T  Th   11:50am-1:10pm

LAB:     W              10:20am-12:10pm

HEG 102

HEG 107





Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies; Human Rights; Political Studies; Russian & Eurasian Studies; Science  



JS 115

 Yiddish Language, Lit & Cultur

Cecile Kuznitz

 T  Th 3:10pm-4:30pm

OLIN 309




Cross-listed: Jewish Studies; Russian & Eurasian Studies Class size: 18



LIT 253

 Isaac Babel & Revolution

Jonathan Brent

    F      3:00pm-5:20pm

OLIN 202



Cross-listed: Human Rights; Jewish Studies; Russian & Eurasian Studies Class size: 22



LIT 2117

 Russian Laughter

Marina Kostalevsky

 T  Th 3:10pm-4:30pm




Cross-listed: Russian & Eurasian Studies  Class size: 22