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Newsletter 2004
The Many Faces of Russian Studies
 
Zoya Feldman ’04 enjoys her trip to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
     This past year has been an exciting and expansive year for members of the Russian Studies program. The Russian Club started its year by participating in the annual activities fair, held in September, which allows students to experience the wealth of extra-curricular activities available at the College. Though the weather was poor, spirits were high and the club succeeded in signing up over twenty new members.
      The Club visited Ellis Island with the First Year Seminar: Strangers in Paradise. Students went on a tour of museum and were allowed to explore its extensive halls on their own. Some even succeeded in finding the names of their family members who were processed at Ellis Island. The visit ended with a traditional Russian meal at Uncle Vanya’s restaurant in Manhattan.
 
Russian students enjoyed a quick lunch after preparing salads for the Holiday Party
 
      While members of the Intermediate Russian I class were studying cooking and food vocabulary, they spent a class period making Russian salads at Dr. Iskold’s house in Allentown. The delicious salads were then served at December’s International Holiday Party.
     When Yevgeny Yevtushenko visited Lehigh University for a poetry reading, the Russian Club was in attendance. Yevtushenko is one of the most famous twentieth century Russian poets. He is the author of Babii Yar, a poem about death during the Holocaust. With help from several students, Yevtushenko led an immensely interesting and theatrical performance. Even indifferent students were converted by his energetic presentation. Yevtushenko signed autographs and interacted with his audience. It was truly an amazing experience to be sitting only three feet away from such a legendary Russian poet.
 
 
Yevgeny Yevtushenko presented his poetry with the help of theater arts students at Lehigh University
     The Russian Club held the first of several planned Russian Tea Night discussions in January. During each Tea Night, Russian club officers speak about a period of Russian history or about current events. The first Tea Night went extremely well and students enjoyed the charismatic presentations covering the Period of the Kievan Rus’ through the Appenage Period.
      More recently, the Russian Club has collected school supplies for Ukrainian schoolchildren. Ari Mittleman, son of Hillel Director Patti Mittleman, donated the stickers, markers, and crayons to schools he visited in the Ukraine during his spring break as part of a program sponsored by George Washington University.

 
The samovar is the traditional method for preparing and serving tea in Russia
 

      2003 is the 300th anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg, Russia’s ‘Window to Western Europe.’ To mark this anniversary, Dr. Iskold, Russian Studies students, and members of Allentown’s Russian community prepared a display window. St. Petersburg is the cultural and art center of Russia as well as the second largest city, next to Moscow.|
 
 
 
Zoya Feldman ’04 displays just a few of the many schools supplies collected for Ukrainian schoolchildren
    The Russian Club will hold additional Russian Tea Nights and will participate in the annual Geek Week events with the help of other language clubs. I encourage all students to attend a Russian Club event: see what Russian culture is like!



--Matt Jakubik, ’06