The Fate of a Man Film Screening (Cancelled)

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this event due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to reschedule it soon.

Warm Up the Winter with an Evening of Hot Jazz Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra concert

Hot Jazz with Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra

Described as "an outfit of virtuosos" by DownBeat Magazine -- the jazz world's publication of note -- the 16-piece Moscow Jazz Orchestra is led by Russia's most popular and esteemed jazzman, saxophonist Igor Butman. Butman's collaborations read like a Who's Who of jazz superstars, including appearances and work with Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Grover Washington, Jr., and Lionel Hampton. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton once called Butman "the greatest living jazz saxophone player, who happens to be a Russian."

This event is open to the entire Washington, D.C. community. Guests may request up to two tickets in total (you and one guest). You MUST include the full names, birthdates and university or current employer affiliations for yourself and your guest.  

Enjoy delicious Russian food and an amazing concert. Bring a friend for a special night out, provided by The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History at AU!

Where: Wisconsin Gate, Embassy of the Russian Federation, 2650 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.

When: Monday, February 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Dress: Business

RSVP by noon on Thursday, January 30 in an email to carmelinstitute@american.edu with name, birthdate, and current institutional (university or employer) affiliations for you and up to one guest. Please note that state-issued photo identification is required to enter the Embassy.

Parking: Complimentary valet parking provided.

Please indicate in your RSVP if you intend to use a Carmel-provided university shuttle so that we may accommodate all of our guests.

Transportation details

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 can impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and the Embassy as the destination. Please verify pickup times and locations on the day of the event, in case circumstances prompt adjustments. Buses may be canceled in the event of insufficient responses.

American University - the bus will pick up in front of Hughes Hall, across from the Kogod School of Business at 5:30 pm.
George Washington University - the bus will pick up at 23rd and I St, on the metro station side at 5:30 pm.

Georgetown University - the bus will pick up at 37th and O St, NW at 5:30 pm.

UMBC - the bus will pick up at 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 3:30 pm.
University of Maryland, College Park - the bus will pick up on the west side of the Stamp Student Union building at approximately 4:45 pm.
George Mason University - the bus will pick up at the Rappahannock River Parking Deck near Patriot Circle at 4:00 pm.

Call for Applications: Summer Course-Trip in Russia

Vasilii Grossman and Russian monument.

Russia and the Second World War: Cultural Reflections and Legacies

The summer course-trip will explore the themes of love, sacrifice, and cultural resilience during the Second World War on the Eastern Front through daily seminars on Vasili Grossman's acclaimed novel Love and Fate in the context of museums, memorial sites, art galleries, and concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and beyond.

Students in the Washington Consortium of Universities are invited to submit applications to take part in the course. The Carmel Institute covers the cost of students' travel, lodging, and meals. Students from universities other than AU hould contact their home university if they would like to earn university credit for this course.

Applications will be assessed based on the student's academic record and application essay.

To apply, email application materials all in a single email to carmelinstitute@american.edu before 5 pm on January 15, 2020.

  1. Application form (saved with your information in a .pdf or an image file)
  2. Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate school, if applicable (unofficial versions are acceptable in .pdf or image file formats)
  3. 250-word statement responding to the prompt at the bottom of the application form 

If you have questions, please contact Jayne Cosson at carmelinstitute@american.edu.

Call for Applications from AU Students The Susan Carmel Scholarships for Summer Study in Russia

The Carmel Institute invites applications from currently-enrolled American University students to study in Russia this summer or for a semester in the upcoming academic year (2020-2021). The awards cover tuition, air fare, room, and board. We will consider applications for funding for any study program in Russia that you wish to pursue.

Our top priority is support for the intensive study of Russian language. We recommend language study programs at Moscow State University or the Higher School of Economics, but others are possible as well.

We also invite applications to participate in a study program on the Art and Science of Museums at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. This program does not require Russian language. There are three-week and ten-week options.

Applications will be assessed based on the student's academic record and an application essay.

To apply, email application materials (all in one email) to carmelinstitute@american.edu:

  • Application Information (listed below)
  • Application essay (500 words - see below for prompt)
  • Transcripts (unofficial versions are acceptable)
  • Review of applications from American University students will take place on a rolling basis with some early decisions, but most will be made on or after February 1, 2020.

If you would like to receive academic credit for your summer courses, please contact Mark Hayes (hayes@american.edu).

In your application, include:
Name:
Education
Undergraduate (universities attended):
Major:
Minor:
Dates of attendance:
Graduate education (if applicable):
Russian language ability:
Names and links to the program or programs to which you are applying:
Application essay (500 words): Explain how your proposed summer program contributes to or expands your academic interests and career goals.
Transcripts

If you have questions, please contact Jayne Cosson at carmelinstitute@american.edu.

Twenty Days Without War Film Screening

Twenty Days Without War

In love and war, there are no bystanders...

During the winter of 1942 — at the height of World War II and following the brutal Battle of Stalingrad — Soviet Army major and war correspondent Lopatin is granted a twenty-day furlough to return the personal effects of a fallen comrade to the dead man's wife. During his leave, Lopatin also collaborates with a film crew producing a movie based upon his articles. He quickly realizes that those on the home front — with their idealized and romanticized notions of war — know nothing about the devastating physical and emotional impacts of conflict. Aleksey German's Twenty Days Without War (1977) is a profound meditation on the social segregation of combat - the separation between those who fight our wars and those who remain behind; between soldier and civilian - and the ways in which all are changed.

Enjoy delicious Russian food and great cinema. Bring a friend for a special night out with The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History at AU!

Introduction and post-film Q & A with Professor Gregory Afinogenov Assistant Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University

Where: Tunlaw Theater, 2641 Tunlaw Road, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Tunlaw Gate

When: Thursday, November 14 at 6 p.m. (The gate opens at 5:30 p.m.)

Dress: Business

RSVP by noon Monday, November 11 in an email to carmelinstitute@american.edu with name, birthdate, and current institutional (university or employer) affiliations for every guest. Please note that state-issued photo identification is required to enter the Embassy.

Parking: Complimentary valet parking provided

Please indicate in your RSVP if you might use a Carmel-provided university shuttle so that we may plan to accommodate all of our guests.

Transportation details

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 can impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and the Embassy as the destination.

American University - The bus will pick up in front of Hughes Hall, across from the Kogod School of Business at 5:30pm.
George Washington University - The bus will pick up at 23rd and I St, on the metro station side at 5:30pm.

Georgetown University - The bus will pick up at 37th and O St, NW at 5:30pm.

UMBC - The bus will pick up at 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 3:45pm.
University of Maryland, College Park - The bus will pick up on the west side of the Stamp Student Union building at approximately 4:45pm.
George Mason University - The bus will pick up at the Rappahannock River Parking Deck near Patriot Circle at 4:00pm.

The XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition Laureates' Concert

Tchaikovsky statue

Tickets for currently-enrolled university students only!

This is a special invitation for students only for a limited block of tickets. You may request up to two tickets in total (you and one guest). You MUST include the full names, birthdates and university or current employer affiliations for yourself and your guest and send your RSVP from your current university student email address. Proof of current student status may be required before adding anyone to our guest list.

Enjoy delicious Russian food and an amazing concert. Bring a friend for a special night out, provided by The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History at AU!

Where: Wisconsin Gate, Embassy of the Russian Federation, 2650 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.

When: Monday, October 28 at 6 p.m.

Dress: Business

RSVP by noon on Friday, October 25 in an email from your university account to carmelinstitute@american.edu with name, birthdate, and current institutional (university or employer) affiliations for you and up to one guest. Please note that state-issued photo identification is required to enter the Embassy.

Parking: Complimentary valet parking provided.

Please indicate in your RSVP if you intend to use a Carmel-provided university shuttle so that we may accommodate all of our guests.

Transportation details

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 can impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and the Embassy as the destination. Please verify pickup times and locations on the day of the event, in case circumstances prompt adjustments.

American University - the bus will pick up in front of Hughes Hall, across from the Kogod School of Business at 5:30 pm.
George Washington University - this bus has been canceled; please use the public transportation and/or the AU or Georgetown bus.

Georgetown University - the bus will pick up at 37th and O St, NW at 5:30 pm.

UMBC - the bus will pick up at 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 3:30 pm.
University of Maryland, College Park - this bus has been canceled; please use the public transportation and/or the AU or Georgetown bus.

George Mason University - the bus will pick up at the Rappahannock River Parking Deck near Patriot Circle at 4:00 pm.

Everyday Fascism Film Screening

Everyday Fascism

Mikhail Romm's chilling exploration of the rise and fall of the fascist regime of Nazi Germany vividly illustrates -- through a brilliant assemblage of archival newsreel and documentary material -- the horror and destruction wrought by the Third Reich, and more broadly, any political regime with totalitarian ambitions. The images in Everyday Fascism were selected from over two million meters or Nazi newsreels, documentaries, and kulturfilms confiscated in 1945 by the Red Army from the storehouses of Hitler's Germany. The film is insistent that never again should the world experience such havoc -- a message that triggered much discussion in its era, and which still has resonance in our own.

Enjoy delicious Russian food and great cinema. Bring a friend for a special night out with The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History at AU!

Introduction and post-film Q & A with Professor Peter Rollberg, Director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University.

Where: Tunlaw Theater, 2641 Tunlaw Road, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Tunlaw Gate.

When: Wednesday, October 2 at 6 p.m. (The gate opens at 5:30 p.m.)

Dress: Business

RSVP by noon Friday, September 27 in an email to carmelinstitute@american.edu with name, birthdate, and current institutional (university or employer) affiliations for every guest. Please note that state-issued photo identification is required to enter the Embassy.

Parking: Complimentary valet parking provided.

Please indicate in your RSVP if you might use a Carmel-provided university shuttle so that we may plan to accommodate all of our guests.

Transportation details

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 can impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and the Embassy as the destination.

American University - the bus will pick up in front of Hughes Hall, across from the Kogod School of Business at 5:30pm.
George Washington University - the bus will pick up at 23rd and I St, on the metro station side at 5:30pm.

Georgetown University - the bus will pick up at 37th and O St, NW at 5:30pm.

UMBC - the bus will pick up at 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 3:45pm.
University of Maryland, College Park - the bus will pick up on the west side of the Stamp Student Union building at approximately 4:45pm.
George Mason University - the bus will pick up at the Rappahannock River Parking Deck near Patriot Circle at 4:00pm.

My Name is Ivan Film Screening

My Name is Ivan film poster

Enter the Black and White World of Ivan

Join us on Wednesday, September 18, for an exciting evening in black and white. Legendary film director Andrei Tarkovsky's first feature film, My Name is Ivan explores a boy's struggle to come to terms with the loss of his family and his courage as a spy on the front lines. An award-winning film, it was the recipient of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Enjoy delicious Russian food and great cinema. Bring a friend for a special night out with The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History at AU!

Q & A with Professor Eric Lohr, Chair of the American University History Department, to follow the film

Where: Tunlaw Theater, 2641 Tunlaw Road, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Tunlaw Gate.

When: Wednesday, September 18 at 6 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Dress: Business

RSVP by noon Friday September 13 to carmelinstitute@american.edu with name, birthdate, and current institutional (university or employer) affiliations for every guestPlease note that state-issued photo identification is required to enter the Embassy.

Parking: Complimentary valet parking provided.

Please indicate in your RSVP if you might use a Carmel-provided university shuttle so that we may plan to accommodate all of our guests.

Transportation details

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 can impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and the Embassy as the destination.

American University - the bus will pick up in front of Hughes Hall, across from the Kogod School of Business at 5:00pm.
George Washington University - the bus will pick up at 23rd and I St, on the metro station side at 4:45pm.

Georgetown University - the bus will pick up at 37th and O St, NW at 4:45pm.

UMBC - the bus will pick up at 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 3:00pm.
University of Maryland, College Park - the bus will pick up on the west side of the Stamp Student Union building at approximately 4:15pm.
George Mason University - the bus will pick up at the Rappahannock River Parking Deck near Patriot Circle at 4pm.

Spring 2020 Events

  • An Evening of Hot Jazz
    Concert
    3 February 2020
    Russian Embassy
  • The Fate of a Man
    Film Screening
    Postponed
    Russian Embassy

  • Ballad of a Soldier
    Film Screening
    5 March 2020
    Russian Embassy
  • World War II and the Soviet Union:
    Reflections on the 75th Anniv.
     

    Symposium
    15 April 2020
    Katzen Arts Center
    American University
  • Please note: This information is subject to change.

AU Summer Course 2019 "Pushkin's Russia"

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.

Students combined readings with their museum and art gallery visits and concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and beyond. They explored the formation of Russia's national identity through Alexander Pushkin's poetry and prose in the context of the Napoleonic Wars and the era of Romanticism.

An Evening with Fashion and Friends

Symposium at Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens

On 30 March 2018, 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, 2018, 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.

The Russian Experiment

2:39:32

The Carmel Institute partnered with the PostClassical Ensemble to present a concert-symposium with world-renowned pianist Vladimir Feltsman, October 19, 2017, at AU's Katzen Arts Center.

See more event highlights at Carmel Institute News.