It has been a busy year for the Russian Club this year with a wide range of activities from lectures to movies and our annual fall trip. The year began early in September with a meeting to watch Larry King's interview of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Later in September Dr. Ulrich Schweier, Professor of Slavic Philology at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, spoke about Ukraine and Russia from a German perspective. Dr. Arvids Ziedonis, Jr., a retired Muhlenberg professor and alum, returned to campus to meet with students and discuss current issues in Russia. Dr. Mohsin Hashim, of the Political Science Department, held a lecture in November to discuss the fate of Russian reforms in politics and economics and their implications for the future of Russia.
The Russian Club's annual fall trip took us to the Riverfront Arts Center in Wilmington, Delaware, to view the Fabergé exhibit, a collection of various pieces of jewelry created by the master goldsmith from Russia. On the way to the exhibit we stopped for lunch at the Paradise restaurant, a Russian eatery in Philadelphia. Students enjoyed a variety of Russian foods from borscht to pelmeni to napoleons, a favorite dessert among most of the students. Our rewarding day concluded with the showing on the bus of the Russian film A Friend of the Deceased.
I hope that the Russian Studies program will continue to grow and expand and would like to thank all of the professors in the Program for their support during my four years at Muhlenberg. I have learned so much from this discipline, and could not have done it without them.
Stephanie Thorpe, '01
President, Russian Club