The Russian Experiment


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.

The House on Trubnaya Street Film Screening

Trubnaya film poster

A comedy about love and female empowerment

Director Boris Barnet's 1928 masterpiece is the Soviet take on the Cinderella story. Young Parasha arrives from the country into the new Soviet capital of Moscow looking for work during the bustling New Economic Policy era. Hired by her social betters as a maid, she soon betters them when the Maids' Trade Union elects her to be its representative in the Moscow City Council.

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!

Guests must show government-issued photo identification at the gate and all names on the guest list must match the identification of guests to enter. You MUST have your guest's name at the time of your ticket order - you will not be able to change the reservation once it is complete. Tickets are NOT transferable; if all tickets are claimed, we offer any tickets that become available to our wait list.

Business dress is required for this event and complimentary valet parking will be provided.

The Institute-provided transportation pick-up times and places are below. 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 will impact the bus schedules. The bus will have a sign in the window with the pickup university and Tunlaw Theater destination.


American University - the bus will pick up at the main bus stop, behind Letts Hall at 5:15pm
George Washington University - the bus will pick up at 23rd and I St, on the metro station side at 5:15pm.
Georgetown University - the bus will pick up at 37th and O St, NW between 5:15pm and 5:30pm.
UMD, BC - the bus will pick up at 1000 Hilltop Circle, behind Retriever Activity Center at 4:15pm.
UMD, College Park - the bus will pick up at the Stamp Student Union, Union Lane between 5pm and 5:15pm.

RSVPs are required before noon on Monday, September 17. Invitations may only be used once; to request an invitation, please email us at and include the full names, birth dates and the university affiliation and status (undergraduate, graduate, staff, faculty) or professional affiliation for every guest in your RSVP.

Fall 2018 Events

  • The House on Trubnaya Street 
    Film Screening
    19 September 2018
    Russian Embassy
  • Armistice & Revolution: Russia and the World in 1918
    2 November 2018
    Constitution Hall
    American University

Recent Events & News

Our Summer 2017 activities.

Astronaut in space; detail from The Spaceman film poster.


US Premiere of The Spacewalker

AU's Carmel Institute co-hosts screening of new Russian film to mark International Day of Cosmonautics.

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AU Summer Course "Revolutionary Russia: A Cultural Legacy, 1917-2017

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.

An Evening with Fashion and Friends

Symposium at Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens

On 30 March, 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, 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.