You are here: American University College of Arts & Sciences Carmel Institute

Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History; Susan Carmel Lerhman, Founder.

Our Mission

The Carmel Institute builds lasting connections between Russian and American youth through musical and theater performances, Russian and Soviet film screenings, conferences, student exchanges and trips, and art exhibits. The Institute offers grants to Russian and American students to study in each others' countries.

The Carmel Institute: A Video Introduction


Learn more about the Carmel Institute's mission.

Spring 2021 Events

See details at Carmel Events:

  • Virtual Film Screening: Shtetlers
    Virtual screening & Q&A with Director
    January 24, 26
  • Virtual Book Talk: Fyodor Dostoyevsky: a Life in Letters, Memoirs, and Criticism
    February 16
  • Virtual Book Talk: The Image of Christ in Russian LIterature
    March 19
  • Announcement Virtual Book Talk: Dostoevsky's Literary Partnership with Editor Mikhail Katkov with Professor Susanne Fusso
    April 20


Gabriella Folsom on Kizhi Island, Russia.

History Thesis Forged over a Russian Winter

Gabriella Folsom's thesis explores Kizhi Island history through Carmel Institute travel and research support.

Read More

Ivan's Childhood Dinner

Arts ·

Growing Up Too Soon: "Ivan's Childhood" at the Russian Embassy

Read More

A crowd of people at the Stilyagi screening

Arts ·

Counter-Cultural Cool: Valery Todorovsky’s Stilyagi (Hipsters) at the Russian Embassy

Read More