Shukov and the Russian Avant Garde: Always Leading

The Russian Avant Garde is one of my favorite artistic and architectural movements in the history of Russian art. Famous for such artists as Natalia Goncharova, El Lissitsky and Vladimir Kandinsky, the cultural impact of this movement is visible everywhere around the capital in the form of well-known landmarks as well as lesser-known but nonetheless …

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Terms of Endearment (Russian Edition)

When it comes to learning a new language, people do not often think about how difficult it is to express affection or emotion. In English, using terms of endearment is not difficult; it comes without thinking. Yet, in a new language, one has to make the conscious decision to try and use these terms, but …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Samuel McKnight

“Russia and U.S.-Russia relations are what get me out of bed in the morning.” That’s what I told a political science class at Roanoke College, my home institution. The professor, after having heard about my experience and read some of my written work, had invited me to share about my thought and experience with his …

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Visiting an Aul in Western Kazakhstan

After months of living in the modern metropolis of Almaty, my fellow Americans and I decided to embark on one last adventure before the end of our semester together in Kazakhstan. Lucky enough, we had befriended a local student at our university who invited us to visit his аул (aul/the Kazakh word for village) in …

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Highlights of my Semester in Russia: A Photo Blog

This post will contain a few of the many pictures I have taken in Moscow. It was difficult to pick just a few favorites! Early on in the semester we took a trip to visit Moscow State University, one of the top universities in Russia.  The university has a large campus with many buildings, but …

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Russian Desserts

There are so many desserts at Pirogovyj Dvorik (Пироговый дворик) that ordering can become quite overwhelming. Luckily, I’ve been eating lunch there with my friends three to four times a week every week since the beginning of the semester. That means I’ve already eaten there about 40 times. And although it’s still early December, I …

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Celebrating a Birthday Abroad

While spending a birthday abroad in a foreign country without family or close friends can be difficult and lonely, it is just as easy to turn the day into a great memory for years to come by sticking to what you know. Personally, I enjoy bonding with family and friends by huddling close together over …

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