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Carmel Institute of Russian Culture & History Susan Carmel Lehrman, 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.

Call for Applications: 2018 AU Summer Course/Trip “The Human Figure in Russian Culture: From Iconography to Modernity"

Russian Art and Culture collage. Summer 2018 class trip is June 21-July 2.

The Carmel Institute's 2018 summer class in Russia will explore "The Human Figure in Russian Culture: From Iconography to Modernity" through music performances, the arts, museums and visits to significant cultural sites in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and beyond. Students interested in credit for this course can take it as an independent study by arrangement with Dr. Fedyashin. Students will be expected to finish the relevant readings before arriving in Russia and the course will culminate with a paper exploring representations of the human body in the historical context of one of the eras covered in the course to be approved by the professor.

The trip is open to all students in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Applications will be judged based on the student's academic record (unofficial transcripts are fine), an essay of no more than 150 words, answering the question in the application form, and interviews. Please include your name at the top of the essay file. Please also note that transcripts must be in an image or Adobe Acrobat file, preferably showing the school's name and/or logo in the file.

There are three need-based Susan Carmel Lehrman fellowships to assist students in defraying the costs of the trip if they are interested in taking it for credit. Please indicate at the end of your essay if you would like to be considered for one of these.

The completed application form, your transcript(s) and essay are due by 5 pm on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Please send all application materials in a single email to carmelinstitute@american.edu with the subject line SUMMER TRIP APPLICATION in capital letters.

The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty Russian Film Screening 28 February

Fall of the Romanov Dynasty with family crest and collage of historical photos.

Soviet Russia's most famous female film director, Esfir Shub (1894-1959), constructed this silent masterpiece out of newsreel footage. A brilliant portrait of pre-revolutionary Russia, the lifestyle of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, the brutality of the First World War, and Lenin's political acumen, the film captured the tragedy of an empire spiraling towards destruction. Shub's extensive use of intertitles drives the narrative forward and makes it completely comprehensible for audiences.

Please come join us on February 28 at 6pm at the Embassy of the Russian Federation's Tunlaw Theater for a buffet dinner, the film screening with a question-and-answer session with Carmel Institute Executive Director Dr. Anton Fedyshin to follow, and further discussion of the film over desserts.

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. Note that guests will enter at the Tunlaw Road gate, at 2641 Tunlaw Road.

Transportation

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

  • (First) Bus arrival time: 5:30 PM
  • Location for pick-up and drop-off: 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW behind Letts Hall
  • Bus Window Sign: Carmel Institute - American University
  • Other departures will be managed by site coordinator at approximately 6:00 PM; 6:15 PM; and 6:30 PM.

George Washington University

  • Bus arrival time: 5:30 PM
  • Location for pick-up and drop-off: 23rd & I St., NW - same side as Foggy Bottom Metro Station
  • Bus Window Sign: Carmel Institute - George Washington University

Georgetown University

  • Bus arrival time: 5:30 PM
  • Location for pick-up and drop-off: 37th & O Sts., NW
  • Bus Window Sign: Carmel Institute - Georgetown University

University of Maryland, Baltimore College

  • Bus arrival time: 4:00 PM
  • Location for pick-up and drop-off: 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD - behind the Retriever Activity Center
  • Bus Window Sign: Carmel Institute - University of Maryland

University of Maryland, College Park

  • Bus arrival time: 5:15 PM
  • Location for pick-up and drop-off: West side of the stamp Student Union Building - College Park, MD
  • Bus Window Sign: Carmel Institute - University of Maryland

RSVP

RSVPs are required before noon on Monday, February 26. To RSVP, please email us at carmelinstitute@american.edu and include the names of all guests (up to 5 total) with every guest's university affiliation and status (undergraduate, graduate, staff, faculty) or professional affiliation in the RSVP.

Call for Applications Susan Carmel Lehrman & Alexander Potemkin Awards Study in Russia Summer 2018

The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History invites applications for one Alexander Potemkin Award and four Susan Carmel Lehrman awards for the study of Russian language, culture, and international relations. Each award provides up to $10,000 for tuition and travel expenses to attend the interdisciplinary summer programs in Russian language, culture, and international relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) or the Higher School of Economics in June-August 2018.

The award is open to all students in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Applications will be judged based on the student's academic record (unofficial transcripts are fine) and an essay explaining how summer study in Russia fits in with the student's current academic interests and professional goals.

A completed application form, transcripts (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable), and an essay of no more than 150 words are due by 5 pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2018. Please send application materials in a single email to carmelinstitute@american.edu.

If you are an AU student and would like to receive academic credit for your summer courses, please contact Mark Hayes (hayes@american.edu). For all other students, please check with your respective institutions' study abroad offices with questions about credit transfers and home tuition rates. Please note that the award is taxable.

Salyut-7 U.S. Premiere of new Russian film

Salyut-7 Film poster

With SPECIAL GUEST Director Klim Shipenko for a Q-and-A after the screening!

Released in October of 2017, Klim Shipenko's space thriller is based on real life events in June of 1985. After contact with the Salyut-7 space station is mysteriously lost, cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh risk their lives to pull off the first-ever docking with a spinning craft and bring the empty and frozen space station back to life.

Please come join us for a buffet dinner, the film screening with a question-and-answer session with our SPECIAL GUEST, Director Klim Shipenko to follow, and further discussion of the film over desserts.

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.

Transportation

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, December 4. Invitations may only be used once; to request an invitation, please email us at carmelinstitute@american.edu and include your university affiliation and status (undergraduate, graduate, staff, faculty) or your professional affiliation in your request.

Spring 2018 Events

  • The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty 
    Film Screening
    28 February 2018
    Russian Embassy
Performers stand in front of audience holding flowers at the Russian Embassy

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