DOE Russian Studies Grant Activity


Russian Studies Events 2003-2004


"Russia Through Russian Eyes":


January 22, 2004, 6:30 PM, Bate 2011:
Burnt by the sun (1994) Directed by N. Mikhalkov.
Some movies have characters that are involving and well-developed; "Burnt by the Sun," however, uses its characters as metaphors for the harsh period of post-Revolution, pre-World War II Russia, as Stalin's rise to power began to reign supreme. The story centers around revered Colonel Sergei Petrovich Kotov (Nikita Mikhalkov, who also directs), who has recently relocated to the country with his wife (Ingeborga Dapkunaite) and young daughter (Nadezhda Mikhalkova) for a little rest and relaxation. His plans are somewhat squandered, however, when an old family friend, Mitya (Oleg Menshikov), arrives and rouses everyone into a jovial state of grace, while at the same time reawakening emotions in Kotov's wife, with whom he was formerly involved. Soon it is revealed that Mitya has other, far darker intentions for Kotov, who finds himself at the end of his rope. (

February 26, 2004, 6:30 PM, Bate 2011:
by A. Tarkovsky

March 25, 2004, 6:30 PM, Bate 2011:
Repentance (1987) Directed by T. Abuladze
T. Abuladze's Repentance was released in January 1987 and quickly became one of the key moments of Glasnost. Keen to sway public opinion in favour of his reform program, Mikhail Gorbachev encouraged every Soviet citizen to see it. A Georgian film, made in Soviet Georgia in Georgia, it both echoes and anticipates the treatment of Stalin in later Russian films. The film focuses on the demonic figure of Varlam Aravidze, mayor of a small Georgian town who routinely disposes of those who resist him or whom he suspects of opposition. In his physical appearance and gestures, Aravidze is an amalgam of Stalin, Beria, Hitler and Mussolini: a composite image of tyranny that gives the film a universal significance.

April 22, 2004, 6:30 PM, Bate 2011:
Prisoner of the mountains (1996) Directed by S. Bodrov

FALL 2003

Wednesday, September 10, 2003, 6 PM, Bate 2011:
Andrei Rublev (1965) Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. "Rublev was not a fictional character but an icon painter and monk who lived and worked on the cusp of the 13th and 14th centuries*, trained by the even more celebrated Theophanes the Greek. Tarkovsky attempted to paint a portrait of the time, as much through psychological truth as ethnographic accuracy. The landscape of Russia did the rest. 'Our Russia -- it has to endure everything,' says Rublev at one point to the spectre of Theophanes, who replies that it probably always will." From Derek Malcolm's review in the Manchester Guardian, March 9, 2000.

*Rublev's dates are 1360-1429, so this should read 14th and 15th centuries.

Wednesday, October 8, 2003, 6 PM, Bate 2011:
The Thief (1998) Directed by P. Chukhrai. Winner of the International Youth Jury's prize, the President of the Italian Senate's Gold Medal and the UNICEF Award at the 1997 Venice Film Festival. Winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Original Score at Russia's 1997 Nika Awards, and an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

Wednesday, November 5, 2003, 6 PM, Bate 2011:
Moscow does not believe in tears (1980) Directed by V. Menshov. "Vladimir Menshov's melodrama about the cruel anonymity of city life is structured in two parts. The first half is set in 1958, as Menshov charts the interlocking romantic fates of three Russian girls shunned to a workers' dormitory. Tonya (Raisa Ryazanova) finds grace and happiness; Ludmila (Irina Muraveva) is trapped in an unhealthy and oppressive marriage; Katerina (Vera Alentova) is cruelly abandoned when her lover discovers she's pregnant. The second half resumes their stories and lives 20 years later. Winner of the 1980 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. With Alexei Batalov, Alexander Fatiushin and Boris Smorchkov. Russian with English subtitles." From

Wednesday, December 3, 2003, 6 PM, Bate 2011:
Russian Ark (2002) Directed by A. Sokurov. "The Hermitage is to be seen in a new and revealing light in a forthcoming film, a unique ninety-minute panorama of the most famous palace in Russia, now one of the great museums of the world. And more than a museum. In the popular imagination the Hermitage is a living entity, a fabric that breathes Russian history and culture. Quite apart from the endless procession of people who have come to admire its many artistic treasures, generations of the Romanov family actually lived, loved, and, in some cases, died in a place they called 'home' for all its rare splendour.

"The new film will attempt to recreate, as precisely as possible, the historical events which took place in and around the palace. Nowadays such an effect can be best achieved by employing all the scope and scale of a spectacular modern medium to convey the full sweep of history through a sequence of truly majestic rooms. In the words of the director, Alexander Sokurov: 'We are creating a film about the Hermitage, for the Hermitage.'"

Hermitage Bridge Studio (2001)


Katerina Liskova, a Fulbright scholar from Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

April 3-7, 2004
Katerina Liskova, a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, visited the ECU campus as a Fulbright Scholar April 3-7. Her research is on pornography and the sociological aspects of representations of sexuality and violence against women. She is currently at the New School University, Transregional Center for Democratic Studies in New York, NY.

Professor Liskova made presentations in several classes in Sociology and Women's Studies She held a chat session on Monday, April 5 from 3:30 to 5 in Bate 2011. She also be gave a research presentation on Tuesday, April 6 at 4 pm in Ragsdale 218A.

Professor Liskova's visit was sponsored by the College of Human Ecology and the Russian Studies Program.

Professor Liskova is shown to the right with Dr. Chris Bremer of Family Medicine.

March 26, 2004
"Food for Thought": Pre-show dinner and ballet demonstration to illustrate what makes Prokofiev’s version of Cinderella so special. Personal reflections of growing up in Russia and training and performing
as a professional ballerina by ECU guest faculty Galina Panova and demonstrations by ECU dance students.

March 22, 2004
Professor Natalia Krylova, Karelian State Pedagogical University, ACTR/ACCELS Junior Faculty Development Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill will trace the political and aesthetic genesis of late Soviet and post-Soviet rock-poetry and survey its recurring themes and major singer-authors from Viktor Tsoi to Zemfira Ramazanova. 7 PM at Jenkins Fine Arts Center.

March 22, 2004
Professor Krylova will also make a presentation on "Women's Imagery in the Classical Soviet Poster" during a Brown Bag Lunch from 12 Noon - 1 pm on Tuesday, March 23, in Bate 1010, co-sponsored by the ECU Women's Studies Program and the Russian Studies Program. Itinerary.

Dr. Shala Naghiyeva, Fulbright scholar and Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Languages, Baku, Azerbaijan

February 23, 2004

Fulbright scholar Shahla Naghiyeva will give a lecture on her translation research, entitled, "A Comparative Approach in Poetry Translation of Azerbaijan and American Literature," at 4 pm on Monday, February 23, 2004 in 1031 Bate. A reception will follow the talk in the English Department Faculty Lounge. The presentation will include an introduction to the food, geography, culture, and literature of Azerbaijan, and Dr. Naghiyeva will read several of her collaborative poetry translations, as well as the poems' originals. An Associate Professor at the Azerbaijan University of Languages, Dr. Naghiyeva has been pursuing her research on poetry translation during her term at ECU as a visiting Fulbright scholar. She is the author of the book Special Names as a Means of National Color and a number of professional articles and poetry translations. She holds a Ph.D. from the Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences. Her Fulbright term at ECU ends in the last week of February. For more information, contact Laureen Tedesco, Department of English, 328-6571.

Dr. Ruta Butkeviciene, Director of Social Work Education, Kaunas University of Medicine, Kaunas, Lithuania

January 26, 2004
Dr. Ruta Butkeviciene, Director of Social Work Education, Kaunas University of Medicine, Kaunas, Lithuania, will speak "Families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children:The Lithuanian Experience" from noon to 1 pm in the Great Room #1, Mendenhall. Her presentation is sponsored by The School of Social Work, and The Office of International Affairs

January 27, 2004
Dr. Ruta Butkeviciene, Director of Social Work Education, Kaunas University of Medicine, Kaunas, Lithuania, will speak with interested students, faculty and staff about Lithuania from 5-6 in the Study Lounge of Jones Residence Hall. This chat session is sponsored by the University Honors Program.

Dr. Ruta Butkeviciene has worked as a social worker at the Center of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in Kaunas, Lithuania, where she focused on families and the integration of deaf and hard of hearing children into the mainstream. She has completed some of the first research in Lithuania on how families with deaf and hard of hearing children understand their needs. Currently Dr. Butkeviciene teaches social work at Kaunas University of Medicine in the social work and nursing programs.

Images of Dr. Ruta Butkeviciene's visit.

January 13, 2004

Dr. Alexander Ilyichev, Director of the Russian Research Center for Virology and Biotechnology - "VECTOR" in Koltsovo, Novosibirsk Region, Russia, with conduct a seminar on "Research and Areas for Current International Collaborations at the Russian Research Center for Virology and Biotechnology "VECTOR" at 3:30 pm in the Science and Technology Building, Room C209.

The seminar is sponsored by the East Carolina University Center for Security Studies and Research. Dr. Ilyichev will be introduced by Dr. C. Ruth Kempf, Director, Center for Security Studies and Research and Dr. Alexander Sabelnikov, Deputy Director, Center for Security Studies and Research.

Dr. Ilyichev will describe the structure, organization, and activities of "VECTOR," the top research and development facility of the former Soviet biowarfare program. On-going collaborations with U.S. universities and other research institutes in the areas of biotechnology, nonproliferation, and support for research related to infectious diseases of current concern (tuberculosis, SARS, etc.) will be discussed. Then the talk will focus on capabilities, projects, and objectives of the Bioengineering Institute at "VECTOR" of which Dr. Ilyichev is Director.

Lecture on Azerjaiban
Dr. Shahla Naghiyeva will deliver a lecture on October 27, 2003, at 5 p.m. in Jenkins Auditorium in the Jenkins Fine Art Center. She will discuss history, geography and political system of Azerbaijan as well as Azeri culture, traditions and architecture.

Dr. Naghiyeva is currently a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of English at ECU. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Languages, Baku, Azerbaijan. Her research is on approaches to poetry translation from Azeri into English and from English into Azeri. She is collaborating with American poets and experts in poetry translation. She will be at ECU through March 2004.


ARTS OF RUSSIA 2003 - 2004
Outreach events
Dr. Alice Arnold, outreach coordinator: phone 252-328-6475

Sept. 19th and 20th, 2003 Duke University, Durham, NC
Conference on "St. Petersburg: Three Centuries of Music, Art, Literature and Culture."
The revised schedule is available

Dec. 6th, 2003, Saturday Jenkins Fine Arts Center, room 1325
Workshop on "The Fine Arts of Russia" art, music, dance, and theatre"
E-mail Dr. Alice Arnold for more information:

Feb. 16, 2004, Monday Jenkins Fine Arts Center, room 1325
Workshop on "The Folk Arts of Russia" art, music, dance, and theatre"
E-mail Dr. Alice Arnold for more information:

March 26th, 2004, Friday Mendenhall & Wright Auditorium:
"Food for Thought" dinner and ballet presentation, followed
by the Moscow Festival Ballet performance of "Cinderella."

March 27th, 2004, Saturday 9 am--3 pm, Jenkins Fine Arts Center, room 1325
Workshop on "The Folk Arts of Russia": art, music, dance, and theatre.
Clinicians include Alice Arnold, Dawn Clark, Patch Clark and Michelle Hairston.
$10, earn .5 CEU.
E-mail Dr. Alice Arnold for more information:
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