Global and Regional Studies

GRS 091A ~ Today's Russia: 92 Years in the Making
CRN: 94238

This discussion course will help students to understand the ever-changing political, social, and economic events of today's Russia through the prism of cultural factors that have shaped Russian civilization over the centuries. To connect historical perspectives, the course will be taught backwards, beginning with the present and moving back to the Revolutions of 1917. Various video presentations will be employed as a vehicle for understanding Russia and its peoples. This is a writing-intensive, discussion-intensive, collaborative learning-intensive course.

Students will subscribe to the New York Times at a special reduced rate; newspapers are delivered to campus residence halls daily. Additionally, the class will occasionally be assigned news updates from Prof. Nalibow's web site LINKS page in order to search out and analyze recent news from Russia and Eastern Europe. The web sites for this specific assignment represent primary informational materials in English, although sources in Russian are also available.

Requirements Satisfied: one Social Science course
Meets: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:50pm to 1:40pm
Contact: 802-656-1474,

Kenneth Nalibow: Associate Professor of German and Russian, is the Director of the UVM Russian/East European Area Studies Program. He has been at UVM for 38 years. An expert in computerized language instruction and the use of satellite programs in the teaching of Russian, he is fluent in Russian and familiar with a myriad of Slavic languages, as well as French, Italian, and German. Research interests include linguistics, especially phonology, Old Church Slavonic, the history of Russian food, and the study of names. He is an avid powder skier and often combines his love of classical music and travel in overseas jaunts.

GRS 095C ~ Tourist Gaze: Travel and Identity
CRN: 94241

Some have said that today there are no travelers, only tourists. What exactly does this mean? And is it true? Certainly, as any travel agency window tells us, leisure tourism plays a major role in modern life. When did this begin, and why? What does a tourist actually "see" on these journeys? How do these experiences affect our sense of identity and our relationship to other peoples and cultures? We will take an interdisciplinary approach to these questions, discovering how contemporary social theorists have interpreted the tourist gaze as well as how travelers and residents of tourist destinations have sought to portray this experience through literature and film. In discussions ranging from orientalist art to ecotourism to Che Guevara's Motorcycle Diaries, we will gain deeper understanding of the nature and consequences of travel practice in defining the way people see themselves and the world.

Requirements Satisfied: Global Studies Elective
Meets: Tuesday, Thursday 10:00am-11:15am
Contact: 802-656-1977,

Gayle Nunley: Associate Professor of Romance Languages, teaches and writes on Spanish literature, comparative literary and cultural studies, and film. In her research, she is especially interested in how real-world places and events have been re-imagined in the arts. Her next project explores cultural representation and imperialism at the time of the Spanish-American War. Other interests include running, hiking, snowshoeing, studying languages, and travel.