Summer 2019 Courses

RUSSIAN 2335.99: MAGNIFICENCE, MAYHEM, AND MAFIA: RUSSIAN CULTURE

  • Online, Instructor: Helen Myers and David McVey

Russia has always been a fascinating place, with its mixture of globe-shaking politics and world-class culture. The future -- whatever it holds -- promises nothing less. Through an analysis of literature, films, and the visual arts, we will learn about Russia and the USSR in the twentieth century and its impact on the world; try to understand the present of post-Soviet Russia; and imagine Russia in the future. In an attempt to comprehend the Western puzzlement in dealing with unique Russian contradictions, we will discuss the magnificence of Russian culture as well as look into the dark side of the Russian tradition, the destructive impulses of Stalinism and most recently of the return of Soviet Style politics with Vladimir Putin and the Russian Mafia. Taught in English. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 135 or 235.


RUSSIAN 2355.99: RUSSIANS AND THEIR VODKA: DECONSTRUCTING MYTHS

  • Online, Instructor: Derek Peterson

Interdisciplinary study of vodka and its role in Russian history, culture and politics. Course focuses first on vodka production and its uses, then on its influences on Russian culture in present times and key historical periods. Readings alternate with film, documentaries and advertisements as class material.


SLAVIC 2367: THE EAST EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE IN AMERICA

4-week, Session 1.

  • MTWR 11:00AM-1:25PM, Hagerty Hall 046, Instructor: Ray Alston

Experiences of East European immigrants; assimilation vs. multiculturalism, American Dream, stereotypes, identity formation; development of written & oral communication skills. Taught in English.

 

Prereq: Level 1 writing course (1110), or English 110 or 111 with permission of instructor; Not open to students with credit for 367.

 

GE Writing and Communication: Level 2, and GE Diversity Social Diversity in the US course.

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