2014 IRC Symposium: Ending the Cold War: Culture, Dialogue, and Diplomacy
April 12, 2014
Reagan's Chief of Protocol Selwa Roosevelt, President Reagan's consultant on the Soviet Union Suzanne Massie, Deputy Director of the Soviet Desk at the State Department John Evans, & General Secretary Gorbachev's and Shevardnaze's interpreter and advisor Pavel R. Palazhchenko shared their views of the Cold War's end.
March 20, 2014
This 1924 Lev Kuleshov film was the first to explicitly challenge American stereotypes about Soviet Russia. Mr. West and his cowboy friend Jeddie find themselves embroiled with anti-revolutionary gangsters as they arrive in Moscow to spread the YMCA message.
November 14, 2013
In Mikhail Kalatozov's classic, a guide and three geologists take a long and perilous journey through the beautiful Siberian wilderness in search of diamond deposits. A terrible forest fire traps them and triggers a struggle for survival to deliver their findings to Moscow.
October 17, 2013
A tale of love, war, survival and remembrance. With documentary accuracy, The Brest Fortress (2010) recounts the nine-day heroic defense against Wehrmacht forces on June 22, 1941. Sasha Akimov, a 15-year-old survivor, remembers his love for the beautiful Anya as Hitler's plan "Operation Barbarossa" plunges their world into chaos.
October 8, 2013
The IRC, the Open World Leadership Center, and the Brubeck Institute were proud to bring Igor Butman, Russia's number one jazz personality, and the U.S.-Russia Rising Stars Jazz Band to the stage for An Evening of Jazz Diplomacy.
October 7, 2013
The IRC celebrated the second annual James W. Symington Award for the Study of Russian Language, Culture, and International Relations. This year's recipient, Rebecca Darnell, accepted at a dinner held by the ARCCF at the Russian Embassy.
September 19, 2013
Depicting a worker strike in 1903, Sergei Eisenstein's first full-length film, Strike, utilizes cross-cut footage and cinematic metaphor as it champions the advantages of collective action over "bourgeois" individualism.
IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin took undergraduate and graduate students to Russia to visit the most significant cultural sites of the Romanov dynasty on the quadrennial of its election to the Russian throne. Ten students from around the DC Consortium and elsewhere took part in the course.
2012 Symington Award for the Study of Russian Language, Culture and International Relations
The Symington Award honors the career of James Symington, former Congressman (D-MO) and active proponent of better U.S.-Russian relations. The 2012 award provided funds for Jaim Coddington to attend the Moscow State Institute of International Relations 2013 Summer program.