Global and Regional Studies
Russian and East European Studies
Interim Program Director
Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology
Burlington, VT 05405
Why study Russia and Eastern Europe? Simply pick up any newpaper or watch any television newscast. Information about the emerging nations of the former Soviet Union and East Europe is everywhere!
The UVM Russian and East European Studies Program, one of eight areas of study within the Global and Regional Studies Program, is intended to provide students with a broad-based, interdisciplinary major or minor that prepare them for a number of career opportunities in business, government, journalism, education, tourism as well as for graduate programs in international affairs and law. The faculty consists of widely published scholars and award-winning teachers who have many years of field experience living, working, and travelling in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Disciplines represented include Business, Economics, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Russian, and Sociology.
The two-track major in Russian/East European Studies or Russian/East European Economics/Business provides a firm foundation in language, literature (in translation or in the original), as well as regional/area information in economics, political science, sociology, and history for both Eastern Europe and the territories of the former Soviet Union.
Russian/East European Studies Events for Spring 2013:
Dan and Carole Burack Lecture Series Presents:
THE EDIFICE COMPLEX: SOCIAL LIVES OF ARCHITECTURE IN THE CONTEMPORARY CAUCASUS
by Dr. Bruce Grant, Professor of Anthropology, New York University
Thursday, February 21, 2013
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Billings North Lounge
Reception immediately following in Billings Apse
“Art belongs to the people,” Vladimir Lenin famously pronounced at the outset of the Soviet period. For generations, Soviet leaders and their constituents alike had a deft sense of art in the service of state power—including the placement of spectacular architectural monuments among its fast urbanizing populations. In the post-Soviet age, nationalizing leaders have been equally quick to embrace the ready spectacle of dazzling architecture as the face of reform. This talk explores the recent and often stunning changes afoot in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, to consider how enduring socialist legacies of art, sovereignty, and reading between the lines of state power come into play in new urban settings.
Dr. Bruce Grant combines methodologies and insights from the fields of History, Geography, Religious Studies and Anthropology to better understand changing social practices in the Former Soviet Union. His work has focused on both the Russian Far East and the Caucasus.
Sponsored by Russian and East European Studies and the Dept. of Anthropology. For further information please call Jennifer Dickinson at (802) 656-0837.