Russian

RUSS 201 Intermediate Russian

Intermediate grammar and continued training in conversation and composition, supplemented by materials on contemporary developments in russian society.  Reading of Russian texts of graded difficulty, intermediate writing.

RUSS 202 Intermediate Russian

Intermediate grammar and continued training in conversation and composition, supplemented by materials on contemporary developments in Russian society.
Reading of Russian texts of graded difficulty, intermediate writing.

RUSS 205 The Russian Religious Mind

This course examines the distinct world-consciousness of Russian religious thought, with its emphases on the themes of God, good and evil, the search for divine justice on Earth, the material world as sanctified, and the moral content of spiritualized beauty.  Reading materials will be taken from the religio-philosophical writings of distinguished thinkers, Orthodox presentations of major points of dogmatic theology, and monastic wisdom past and present.  All works are read in English translation.

RUSS 209 Russian in Russia

A 3-4 week guided encounter with the language and culture aimed at solidifying vocabulary and grammar previously acquired. A
significant cultural component is part of the course. Takes place in May-June.

RUSS 212 Prophets, Princesses, Revolutionaries: 19th Century Russian Voices

Reading of representative works by major Russian writers of the nineteenth century (including Pushkin, Pavlova, Gogol, Goncharov,
Soboleva, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky). The literary works include Eugene Onegin, supernatural tales by Gogol, Oblomov, The
Cossacks, Notes from Underground, and Fathers and Children. These works will be studied for their individual merit, what they
illuminate about nineteenth-century Russian society, and their contribution to the rise of the Russian novel. All works are read in
translation.

RUSS 215 Giants of Russia's Silver Age: Soloviev, Blok, and Rachmanioff

Study of the aesthetic, thematic, and personal connections among three of Russia’s towering figures: Vladimir Soloviev, Alexander Blok,
and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The course will examine in depth the creative works of the philosopher-poet Soloviev, the poet-dramatist
Blok, and the composer-pianist Rachmaninoff (for whom poetry was second only to music). Master themes and global concepts linking
the three creative artists include the yearning for harmony; exploration of Russian Orthodox religiosity; elevation of the –eternal

RUSS 255 Catherine the Great and the Enlightenment: The Italian-Russian Connection

In this course students investigate the Italian-Russian connections in three major areas of cultural production during the reign of
Catherine the Great: music, literature, and architecture. Creative thinkers whose works will be studied include Bortnyansky, Paisiello,
Casanova, Beccaria, Rastrelli, and Quarenghi. Students will learn features of the European and Russian Enlightenments, study the
intricacies of Russian court culture, and explore the institution of patronage. The course aims to develop an understanding of crosscultural

RUSS 256 Catherine the Great and the Italian-Russian Connection

This Maymester program examines the musical, literary, and architectural connections between Italy and Russia during the reign of
Catherine the Great. It takes participants to three cities: Rome, Milan, and St. Petersburg. In Rome students will attend lectures at
LUMSA (university adjacent to the Vatican), attend a musical performance at the Teatro dell’Opera, visit places associated with
Giacomo Casanova, and investigate architectural monuments by Italian architects whom Catherine attracted to Russia. In Milan