Russian Table - Mondays from 11:30 - 1:30, Fall 2014

Join our faculty, language instructors and our Russian Language Assistant weekly during the semester for Russian conversation and cameraderie.  We’d love to have you join us – grab your lunch and head upstairs... we meet on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Hall.  5-College students are welcome to eat at Valentine under the Five College Dining Program (see info here:

Russian Chai - Thursday evenings, 9 - 10 at Russian House

Russian Tea is Back!

Do you like Russian language and culture?
Do you like learning about different cultures?
Do you like drinking tea?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, come join us for Russian Chai! Russian experience not necessary, and everyone is welcome!

Porter House Common Room

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Orientation Open House Lunch - 202 Webster Hall

We invite all students interested in Russian to join us at our Open House lunch for new students and their families, today, Monday August 25, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Center for Russian Culture (on the second floor of Webster Hall).  At this event you can meet faculty in the department, our Russian Language Assistant, some current Russian majors and other classmates also interested in Russian.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Andrew Kuchins '81 to speak on U.S./Russia Relations

The Amherst College Center for Russian Culture will host a talk by Dr. Andrew Kuchins ’81, entitled “U.S.-Russia Relations: From Reset to Rethink.”

Dr. Kuchins is a senior fellow and director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He is an internationally known expert on Russian foreign and domestic policies who publishes widely and is frequently called on by business, government, media, and academic leaders for comment and consulting on Russian and Eurasian affairs.

Please join us for this important event, Monday, April 7th, at 4:30 pm in the Cole Assembly Room (the Red Room) first floor, Converse Hall on the Amherst College Campus.

Folk Trio Zolotoj Plyos - Music Workshop

Join us for a fun and engaging interactive workshop offered by famed folk ensemble Zolotoj Plyos. Winners of a number of prestigious music competitions throughout Europe, members of the Zolotoj Pljos Folk Ensemble - Sergei Gratchev, Elena Sadina, and Aleksandr Solovov - are all graduates of the Saratov Music Conservatory. They currently teach at the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium, and at Middlebury College, Vermont.

The workshop will take place in the Russian House (Porter) lounge on Thursday, April 10 at 8pm.

Don't miss this unique opportunity!
The event is free and open for all students taking classes in the AC Russian Department.
Sponsored by Lucius Root Eastman Fund and the Amherst College Russian Department.

Opera Critic David Shengold ’81

Opera Critic David Shengold ’81 will present an illustrated talk entitled Out of Steppe:  Borodin’s Prince Igor and Operatic Russia’s Seductive “Other," on Friday, February 28 at 4:00 pm at the Amherst College Center for Russian Culture (Webster, 2nd Floor) A reception will follow.  Also, on Saturday, March 1, the Hadley Cinemark will screen the Metropolitan Opera’s live broadcast of Borodin’s opera, beginning at noon.  Students in Russian courses may receive free tickets through the Russian Culture Center (please see Beth Damon to sign up).

Russian Table Begins for Spring Semester

Our first meeting of Russian Table this semester will be held on Friday, January 31st, from noon to 1:30 on the Mezzanine Level of Valentine Hall.  We'll meet every week at that time until the end of the semester.

Join us for lunch and Russian conversation with faculty and friends! 

(Any Five College students wishing to participate should give their name to the checker for admittance.)

Professor Catherine Ciepiela Publishes Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets

Click here to read about Professor Ciepiela's publication on the Amherst College "News and Events" page.

Congratulations to Amherst Fulbright Awardees to Russia!

Mark Hellmer and Eirene Wang, have both been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships in Russia.  Our warmest congratulations to both Eirene and Mark - the department is very proud of their accomplishments and wishes each of them a most successful Fulbright year teaching abroad.

Amherst Winner in National Russian Essay Contest

We are delighted to announce that Jovan Damjanovic, Amherst College Class of 2016, took first place in the Non-Heritage Learner, Level 1 division of the Fourteenth Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. In this year’s contest, there were 946 essays submitted in 14 divisions from 57 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. Each essay was ranked by three judges in Russia. 

Congratulations, Jovan – and thanks to all Amherst College students who participated!



Webster Hall