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IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin featured in a Washingtonian June 2014 issue "Decoding the Cold War: An American University professor puts legendary spy fiction on the couch" by Guy Gugliotta, 17 June 2014.

The IRC's third annual symposium featured in Caitlin Friess' On Campus article: "Ending the Cold War: Culture, Dialogue, and Diplomacy," 25 April 2014.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, CAS Dean Peter Starr, and IRC Guest Igor Butman quoted in Gail Scott's article "Russia, U.S. Unite Through Jazz," in Diplomatic Pouch, an email newsletter from The Washington Diplomat, October 2013.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman quoted in Pauline Gebczak's article on the Diplomatic Courier website "Cultural Understanding: the Key to Diplomacy," 15 October 2013.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak speak about the IRC at the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation dinner and the IRC's Fall gala in RT Novosti's "Award for Russian jazz star Igor Butman at US tour finale," 10 October 2013.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak interviewed at the IRC's Fall gala in "'Art is a tool that unites nations' - Russian Ambassador Kislyak," by Voice of Russia, 9 October 2013.

IRC Guest Igor Butman interviewed at the IRC's Fall gala in "'I learned the world through music, - Saxophone virtuoso Igor Butman" by Voice of Russia, 9 October 2013.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman quoted in Alexey Bogdanovsky's article on the RIA Novosti website "Jazz Diplomacy Ushered in the Year of the Initiative for Russian Culture in the U.S.," 9 October 2013 (article is in Russian).

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Executive Director Anton Fedyashin quoted in Xenia Grubstein's article on the Russia Beyond the Headlines website "Jazz great Butman to go on U.S. tour," 11 September 2013.

IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin and Director Eric Lohr quoted in Audrey Hoffer's The Washington Diplomat article "Moscow Piques Student Interest as Geopolitical Relevance Rises," 29 August 2013.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman featured in Vasili Sushko's article for Voice of Russia American Edition (Radio) "Founder of prestigious Russian culture program honored in NYC," 28 May 2013.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman quoted in RT News article "American philanthropist honored for bolstering US-Russia cultural ties," 24 May 2013.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman featured in Russkiy Mir article "The Negative Stereotypes of the Past in US-Russian Relations Can Be Overcome," 23 May 2013 (article is in Russian).

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman featured in Voice of Russia's "Susan Lehrman gets Fulbright Award," 23 May 2013.

IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin and Doctor Sergei N. Khrushchev quoted in Calie Hill's Diplomatic Courier article "Cold War Symposium: Remembering How Dialogue Averted Disaster," 21 April 2013.

IRC Advisory Committee member the Hon. James W. Symington and Doctor Sergei N. Khrushchev quoted in Julie Ershadi's article for Roll Call, "The Cold War Gets a Warm-up," 19 April 2013.

IRC Advisory Committee member the Hon. James W. Symington, the Hon. John Beyrle, and Doctor Sergei N. Khrushchev quoted in Kim Brown's report for Voice of Russia, "Initiative for Russian Culture celebrates 50th anniversary of JFK's 'Peace' speech," 17 April 2013.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman, CAS Dean Peter Starr, IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin, and Doctor Sergei N. Khrushchev quoted in Lauren Ober's "Khrushchev Details U.S., Russian Relations," 16 April 2013.

IRC The Strength of Dialogue Symposium featured in Igor Riskin's article "Cold War Stereotypes" on Russia's Voice of America website, 15 April 2013 (article is in Russian).

IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin interviewed by Lauren Ober in the article "Khrushchev to Examine the Strength of Dialogue," 5 April 2013.

IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin quoted by Jennifer Harper in the Washington Times' "Inside the Beltway" column segment "Hot for the Cold War," 13 March 2013.

IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin interviewed in "Spy Novels Offer a View to the Cold War," 4 March 2013.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman, American University President Neil Kerwin, CAS Dean Peter Starr, IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin, IRC Director Eric Lohr, and Professor Pam Nadell quoted in CAS Connections article, "Making Russia Real," Fall 2012.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, CAS Dean Peter Starr, and IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin quoted in The Eagle article, "AU Unveils New Bust of Leo Tolstoy on Campus," 19 November 2012.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak quoted by Aleksandr Gosyuk in Rossiiskaya Gazeta article, "In Washington, Monument to Leo Tolstoy Unveiled," 19 November 2012 (article is in Russian).

IRC unveiling of Tolstoy bust captured in Diplomactic Courier article, "American University Dedicates Tolstoy Sculpture by Renowned Russian Artist Gregory Pototsky," 17 November 2012.

IRC celebration covered in Swedish Scene article, "Dedication Ceremony Celebrating a New Bust of Leo Tolstoy at American University in Washington," 17 November 2012.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and artist Gregory Pototski quoted in RIA Novosti article, "Russian Ambassador to the USA Kislyak and Lehrman Unveil Monument to Tolstoy in Washington," 16 November 2012 (article is in Russian).

Artist Gregory Pototski quoted by Andrey Surzhanskiy in TASS article, "Bust of Leo Tolstoy Installed in Washington," 16 November 2012 (article is in Russian).

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman, Executive Director Anton Fedyashin, and Ambassadors Sergey Kislyak and John Beyrle quoted in Diplomatic Courier article, "Ice Skating and Snowfall Come Early to the Library of Congress," 12 November 2012.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak quoted in The Eagle article, "Students Learn about and Experience Russian Culture at the Library of Congress," 02 November 2012.

Maestro Valery Gergiev quoted in Hollywood on the Potomac article, "Snow Anyone..." 31 October 2012.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak quoted in K Street Magazine article, "Russians Set Up Ice Rink in the Library of Congress," 31 October 2012.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak quoted by Maria Tabak in RIA Novosti article, "Cultural Relations of the Russian Federation and the United States Will Continue Regardless of Politics," 27 October 2012 (article is in Russian).

Ambassador John Beyrle quoted in RIA Novosti article, "Former US Ambassador Retired, But Continues to Engage with Russia," 26 October 2012 (article is in Russian).

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Maestro Valery Gergiev featured in Russkiy Mir article, "Valery Gergiev Promotes Russian Culture in America," 26 October 2012 (article is in Russian).

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Maestro Valery Gergiev quoted in ITAR-TASS article, "Initiative for the Promotion of Russian Culture in the USA Will Continue Regardless of the Outcome of Elections," 26 October 2012 (article is in Russian).

Maestro Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director for the Mariinsky Theatre, quoted in Stephanie Green's Bloomberg article, "Scene in D.C.," 26 October 2012.

IRC Special Event, The Role of the Arts in International Relations, Draws Hundreds. In CQ Roll Call, 25 October 2012.

IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin and American University and Georgetown University students attend a study abroad program in Russia, highlighted in Elena Bobrova's Russia: Beyond the Headlines article, Modern-Day Crime and Punishment, 04 August 2012.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman interviewed by Artem Zagorodnov in Russia: Beyond the Headlines article, Connecting Russian and American Cultures, 04 August 2012.

IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin and Professor Robb Hunter awarded prestigious Likhachev Foundation Summer Cultural Fellowships, "Experiencing Russia with the Likhachev Fellowships," 21 May 2012.

IRC Executive Director Anton Fedyashin interviewed by Vladimir Izotrov for Russkoe Radio - Sankt-Peterburg, "Nevskoe Utro," 07 May 2012 (interview is in Russian).

IRC Founder & Advisory Committee Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman interviewed by Maria Tabak in RIA Novosti article, "The Russian Ambassador Awards Foreign Ministry Medal to Philanthropist Susan Lehrman," 25 April 2012 (article is in Russian).

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman, Director Eric Lohr, Associate Director Anton Fedyashin, and Dean Peter Starr quoted in CAS Connections article, "From Russia with Love," Spring 2012.

IRC wraps up successful year with symposium and newly endowed chair in Russian history and culture; see details in "Making Russia Real," 04 April 2012.

IRC Associate Director Anton Fedyashin interviewed by Josh Halpren regarding this summer's Walking Dostoevsky's Petersburg course, "Experiencing Dostoevsky's Russia," 02 March 2012.

IRC Associate Director Anton Fedyashin interviewed by Svetlana Babaeva in Russkii mir, "Walking towards the Cold," 12 November 2011 (article is in Russian).

IRC Director, Associate Director, and Advisory Committee members featured in American Today article, "Initiative for Russian Culture Event Draws Hundreds," 14 October 2011.

IRC Advisory Committee and AU students featured in Diplomatic Courier article, "When Cultures Combine at the Library of Congress," 10 October 2011.

Jazz pianist Igor Bril interviewed by Yulia Savchenko and Svetlana Prudovskaia of Voice of America, "Igor Bril: Many Things Struck Me About America," 05 October 2011 (interview is in Russian).

IRC Advisory Committee and AU students featured in Washington Life article, "Access Pollywood: Exploring Russian Culture," 04 October 2011.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman quoted in Bizbash article, "American University Launches Russian Film Series with Vintage Movie Screening," 03 October 2011.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak quoted in ITAR-TASS article, "A New Project to Promote Russian Culture in America Is Launched with a Screening of Karen Shakhknazarov's film We Are Jazzmen at the Library of Congress," 01 October 2011 (article is in Russian).

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak quoted in Euronews article, "Culture: US-Russia-Culture-Initiative," 01 October 2011 (report is in Russian).

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak featured in Vesti report, "American Students Are Shown Russian Films," 01 October 2011 (report is in Russian).

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak quoted in Voice of America article, "Russian Film for American Students: 'The Initiative for Russian Culture' Has Been Launched in Washington," 01 October 2011 (article is in Russian).

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak quoted in RIA Novosti article, "More than 500 People Came to the Library of Congress to Watch 'We Are Jazzmen,'" 01 October 2011 (article is in Russian).

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak quoted in Kultura article, "We Are Jazzmen Will Be Shown in Washington," 30 September 2011 (article is in Russian).

IRC Advisory Committee and AU students featured in The Washington Scene article, "Launch Event for the US/Russian Initiative," 30 September 2011.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak quoted in RIA Novosti article, "'We Are Jazzmen' Will Be Shown as Part of Developing US-Russian Cultural Relations," 30 September 2011 (article is in Russian).

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak interviewed by Voice of Russia, "IRC: for better understanding," 29 September 2011.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak quoted in RIA Novosti article, "American University Students Will Be Introduced to Russian Cinema," 29 September 2011 (article is in Russian).

Eric Lohr and Anton Fedyashin discuss the creation of the Initiative for Russian Culture at American University, "CAS Professors Create Initiative to Promote Russian Culture," 20 September 2011.

IRC Founder & Chair Susan Carmel Lehrman interviewed by Susan Ana Carcani Rold for Diplomatic Courier, "Madame Ambassador," 14 September 2011.

Fall 2014 Events

Film Screening: The End of Petersburg
Russian Embassy
2 October 2014

Call for Applications:
2014 Symington Award
Consortium Students Only
Due: 13 October 2014

Film Screening: October: Ten Days that Shook the World
Russian Embassy
23 October 2014

Film Screening: Assassin of the Tsar
Russian Embassy
18 November 2014