Student Life • Fall 2019 Film Series

Thursdays at 4:30 and 7:30 PM • Keefe Campus Center Theater

September 19

Spring on Zarechnaia StreetВесна на Заречной улице (dir. Marlen Khutsiev 1956 96 min.)

A down-to-earth factory worker falls in love with a recent college graduate.
She also happens to be his new teacher at the night school where he is trying to complete
his secondary education. Is there a future for them?

October 10

Operation “Y" and Shurik’s Other Adventures
Операция «Ы» и другие приключения Шурика (dir. Leonid Gaidai 1965 90  min.)

This hit Soviet comedy, now a cult classic, is an anthology of three comic episodes from the life of a college student with a talent for getting into all kinds of trouble.

November 14

The Geographer Drank His Globe Away Географ глобус пропил (dir. Alexander Veledinsky 2013 120 min.)

To make ends meet, an unemployed biologist in thetakes a job as geography teacher in a local secondary school and, as he battles a midlife crisis of his own, tries to find ways to connect to the teenagers whose lives are complicated in both usual and unusual ways.

December 5

The StudentУченик (dir. Kirill Serebrennikov 2016 118 min.)

А film that attracted controversy both because of its subject matter and its director,
about a secondary-school student whose fundamentalist views lead to painful confrontations
with the adults in his life and unforeseen tragic consequences.


Featured Book of the Month: How Are You Going to Save Yourself by JM Holmes '12

Bound together by shared experience but pulled apart by their changing fortunes, four young friends coming of age in the postindustrial enclave of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, struggle to liberate themselves from the legacies left to them as black men in America. With potent immediacy and bracing candor, this provocative debut follows a decade in the lives of Dub, Rolls, Rye, and Gio as they each grapple with the complexity of their family histories, the newfound power of sex and drugs, and the ferocity of their desires.
How Are You Going to Save Yourself illuminates in breathtaking detail an entire world–one that has been underrepresented in American fiction. At times funny, often uncomfortable, occasionally disturbing, these stories fearlessly engage with issues of race, sex, drugs, class, and family. Holmes's blistering and timely new voice, richly infused with the unmistakable rhythms of hip-hop that form the sound track to his characters' lives, delivers an indelible fiction that has never been more vital and necessary.

Ben Gilsdorf '21 Wins the Critical Language Scholarship

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Congratulations to Ben!

We are delighted to announce that Ben Gilsdorf ’21 has won the Critical Language Scholarship for immersive language study in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia this summer.

Amherst College Office of Fellowships announcement



Marks and Angles: An Immigrant Story

NYU Jordan Center for the Study of Russia

A contribution from first-year student Felix Stetsenko was recently selected to appear on the site of NYU's Jordan Center, a leading source on developments in Russian and East European Studies. Felix's essay is part of the Jordan Center's "Immigrant Stories" project, an effort to emphasize the invaluable role of immigrants, showcase their importance in higher education, bring into relief the cultural diversity of the Slavic Studies field and self-reflectively preserve in memory the rich history of students of Slavic and Eurasian cultures.