Next Event: Salyut-7 US Premiere of new Russian film

Salyut-7 Film poster

With SPECIAL GUEST Director Klim Shipenko for a Q-and-A after the screening!

Released in October of 2017, Klim Shipenko's space thriller is based on real life events in June of 1985. After contact with the Salyut-7 space station is mysteriously lost, cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh risk their lives to pull off the first-ever docking with a spinning craft and bring the empty and frozen space station back to life.

Please come join us for a buffet dinner, the film screening with a question-and-answer session with our SPECIAL GUEST, Director Klim Shipenko to follow, and further discussion of the film over desserts.

Guests must show government-issued photo identification at the gate and all names on the guest list must match the identification of guests to enter. You MUST have your guest's name at the time of your ticket order - you will not be able to change the reservation once it is complete. Tickets are NOT transferable; if all tickets are claimed, we offer any tickets that become available to our wait list.

Business dress is required for this event and complimentary valet parking will be provided.

Transportation
The Institute-provided transportation pick-up times and places are below. Please be at the pickup location at least 5 minutes before the time posted to be sure you will not miss the bus pickup, as traffic conditions will impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and Tunlaw Theater destination.

American University - the bus will pick up at the main bus stop, behind Letts Hall at 5:15pm
George Washington University - the bus will pick up at 23rd and I St, on the metro station side at 5:15pm.
Georgetown University - the bus will pick up at 37th and O St, NW between 5:15pm and 5:30pm.
UMD, BC - the bus will pick up at 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 4:15pm.
UMD, College Park - the bus will pick up at the Stamp Student Union, Union Lane between 5pm and 5:15pm.

RSVPs are required before noon on Monday, December 4. Invitations may only be used once; to request an invitation, please email us at carmelinstitute@american.edu and include your university affiliation and status (undergraduate, graduate, staff, faculty) or your professional affiliation in your request.

Sixth Annual Symposium-concert The Russian Experiment: Soviet Culture in the Twenties

2017 Symposium-concert announcment

The Carmel Institute for Russian Culture and History in cooperation with PostClassical Ensemble presents a symposium-concert

The Russian Experiment: Soviet Culture of the Twenties

The Carmel Institute is co-hosting a unique event exploring the cultural impact of the 1917 revolutions through arts and music with presentations by Anton Fedyashin and Joseph Horowitz and special performances of rare Soviet music for cello and piano by world renowned pianist Vladimir Feltsman.

The evening's program:

RECEPTION - 6:00 PM (Kreeger Hall Lobby)

PROGRAM Part I - 7:30 PM

DESSERT BREAK - 8:10 PM

PROGRAM Part II - 8:30 PM

This event has limited seating capacity and is invitation-only. RSVPs must be received by Monday, October 16 at noon. RSVP confirmation emails must be in hand (on phone or paper) for entry into the event.

Please NOTE: this event is a first-come, first-seated event, even for ticket-holding guests. Seating capacity is limited so please arrive early.

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION

Katzen Arts Center Garage will be available for parking and an American University shuttle runs continuously between AU-Tenleytown Metro Station to AU's Main Campus. Business attire is required for this event.

We are excited to offer this stimulating symposium-concert!

White Sun of the Desert Wednesday, October 11

Movie poster for White Sun of the Desert

One of the most popular Russian comedies explores the Bolsheviks in Central Asia during the 1920s.

Please come join us for a buffet dinner, the film screening with a question-and-answer session with Dr. Anton Fedyashin to follow, and further discussion of the film over desserts.

Location

Tunlaw Theater,
Embassy of the Russian Federation

2641 Tunlaw Rd, NW, Washington, DC
(Use Tunlaw Gate to enter embassy)

Guests must show government-issued photo identification at the gate and all names on the guest list must match the identification of guests to enter. Tickets are NOT transferable; if all tickets are claimed, we offer any tickets that become available to our wait list. Business dress is required for this event and complimentary valet parking will be provided.

Transportation

The Institute-provided transportation pick-up times and places are below. Please be at the pickup location at least 5 minutes before the time posted to be sure you will not miss the bus pickup, as traffic conditions will impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and Tunlaw Theater destination.

American University - The main bus stop behind Letts Hall at 5:15pm
George Washington University - near 23rd and I St, on the metro station side at 5:15pm.
Georgetown University - near 37th and O St, NW between 5:15pm and 5:30pm.
UMD, BC - 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 4:30pm.
UMD, College Park - the Stamp Student Union, Union Lane between 5pm and 5:15pm.

Fall 2017

  • Vertov's Three Songs about Lenin
    Film Screening
    20 September 2017
    Russian Embassy
  • White Sun of the Desert
    Film Screening
    11 October 2017
    Russian Embassy
  • The Russian Experiment:
    Soviet Culture in the 1920s
    Sixth Annual Symposium
    19 October 2017
    Katzen Arts Center
    American University
  • Salyut-7
    Film Screening  
    6 December 2017 
    Russian Embassy
  • Symington & Potemkin Awards
    Call for Applications
    DUE 9 December 2017

Recent Events & News

Our Summer 2017 activities.

Astronaut in space; detail from The Spaceman film poster.

International

US Premiere of The Spacewalker

AU's Carmel Institute co-hosts screening of new Russian film to mark International Day of Cosmonautics.

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AU Summer Course "Revolutionary Russia: A Cultural Legacy, 1917-2017

The Carmel Institute sponsored students to attend Professor Anton Fedyashin's AU Summer Course. The course took ten students to St. Petersburg, Moscow and other Russian locations to explore Russian culture in person. Students walked the Russian capitals, visited museums, and attended cultural events to experience Russian culture first-hand.

An Evening with Fashion and Friends

Symposium at Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens

On 30 March, guests explored a captivating picture of diplomatic life in early nineteenth-century St. Petersburg through forty-five portraits from an album assembled by the family of politician and statesman Henry Middleton. Carmel Institute Director Anton Fedyashin provided the historical and political context of American-Russian relations during Henry Middleton's post as American Minister to Russia in the 1820s and 30s and Dr. Rosalind Blakesley placed the portraits assembled in the Middleton album in the history of Russian portraiture during the era.

Lexo Toradze Performance and Lecture

World-Renowned pianist at American University

In Katzen Arts Center on March 22, world-renowned pianist Mr. Lexo Toradze performed and lectured about the revolutionary changes in Russian and Soviet music after 1917 -- the experimentalism of Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich, the evolution of Soviet jazz, and the role of music during the Second World War. The audience also enjoyed a question-and-answer discussion with the artist after his performance.