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‘Russia in Transition’ On Display in Joyner Library

ECU Russian instructor Yelena Francis has opened in Joyner Library a second exhibit that examines Russian life, history and mentality.

Entitled “Russia in Transition,” the new exhibit takes a look at late Perestroika times during the early period of Putin’s rule, from 2000 to 2004. The display includes 40 photographs that demonstrate the dramatic changes that took place in everyday Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Francis said the exhibit is intended for those who believe that “an intelligent person learns from his own mistakes, but a wise person learns from the mistakes of others.”

The photo exhibition is a joint project of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Joyner Library, targeted to anyone curious about Russian life and culture. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures also offers Russian films with English subtitles on the first and third Wednesdays of the month in Bate Building, Room 2011.

The ECU Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi provided financial support for the exhibition. Additional supporters were Sylvie Henning, director of International Studies/International Programs in the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences; Michael Bassman, president of the Phi Kappa Phi local chapter; and Kermit Buckner, professor in the College of Education. Mark Sanders, Joyner Library Reference Services, helped Francis prepare the exhibit.

On display in Joyner Library through February, “Russia in Transition” is the second in a series of exhibits Francis plans to offer about her native country. Her first exhibit at Joyner Library ended in October. That display included books, music, films and snapshots of ancient and modern scenes around St. Petersburg, Russia.

This page originally appeared in the Nov. 3, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at http://www.ecu.edu/news/poe/Arch.cfm.