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Initiative for Russian Culture




Battelle-Tompkins, Room 127

Anton Fedyashin
Executive Director,
Initiative for Russian Culture

2012-13 Event Video & Galleries

Symposium: The Strength of Dialogue in Russian-American Relations

On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed American University's graduating class with a speech that has been called "one of the great state papers of American history." Taking its cue from JFK's insights on the role of stereotypes and misrepresentations in the Cold War, the symposium explored the themes of the speech in Russian-American relations through the present. Speakers included Dr. Sergei N. Khrushchev, the Honorable James W. Symington, the Honorable John Beyrle, Dr. Vladimir O. Pechatnov and Allen Pietrobon.

IRC Spring 2013 Photo Galleries

Symposium: The Strength of Dialogue in Russian-American Relations

April 13, 2013
On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave AU's commencement address, "A Strategy of Peace" on stereotypes and misrepresentations in the Cold War. From this cue, the symposium explored the superpower mentality, the post-Cold War era, and moving beyond mutual stereotyping through cultural dialogue and personal contact.

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Symposium: The Pageant of the Tsars

March 2, 2013
Symposium to complement the Hillwood Museum's exhibit "The Pageant of the Tsars: The Coronation Albums of the Romanovs." The exhibit marked the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Romanov dynasty in 1613 through the lens of Hillwood's collection of five coronation albums.

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Film Screening: White Tiger

January 31, 2013
Karen Shakhnazarov's first war film White Tiger, was inspired by Herman Melville's Moby Dick and was Russia's contender in the best foreign-language movie Oscar for 2012. After Red Army Sergeant Ivan Naydenov barely survives a brutal battle with a mysterious Panzer tank, he becomes obsessed with destroying it at any cost.

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IRC Fall 2012 Photo Galleries

Tolstoy Bust Dedication

November 15, 2012
The IRC celebrated the donation of a bust of Leo Tolstoy by artist Gregory Pototsky. In addition to presenting the bust of Tolstoy, Mr. Pototsky hosted a master class in the Katzen Arts Center after the ceremony.

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James W. Symington 2012 Award

November 12, 2012
The IRC celebrated the first annual James W. Symington Award for the Study of Russian Language, Culture, and International Relations. The first recipient, Jaim Coddington, accepted at a dinner held by the ARCCF at the Russian Embassy.

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Screening: War & Peace

November 10, 2012
Bondarchuk's adaptation of Tolstoy's novel was the most expensive production ever made in the Soviet Union. The film was wildly successful, winning the Grand Prix in the Moscow International Film Festival, the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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The Role of the Arts in International Relations

October 25, 2012
Maestro Gergiev and Ambassador Beyrle discussed the important role of the arts in international relations. Held at the Library of Congress, the event featured performances by Mariinsky artists.

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Screening: Messenger Boy

October 4, 2012
The Messenger Boy paints a vivid picture of the Soviet youth at the end of the era of stagnation. After failing entrance exams for college, Ivan becomes a courier, which leads him to Katya, whose father disapproves of their relationship. Ivan's rebelliousness soon creates problems and leads to a surprising denouement.

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IRC Summer 2012 Photo Galleries

Summer Language Stipends

Summer 2012
The IRC provided funding for four students to travel to Russia in order to improve their language skills and immerse themselves in Russian society and culture.

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Walking Dostoyevsky's Russia

July 2012
IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin took undergraduate and graduate students to Russia in order to walk the streets that Fyodor Dostoyevsky and his characters did. Ten students from around the DC Consortium took part in the course.

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