With Lectures, Books and Samovars, Center for Russian Culture Aims to keep U.S., Russia Ties Strong

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 1:29 PM

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Whether it’s a lecture by an Amherst alumnus who’s a top authority on Russia or a reading of poems by leading Russian poets, the Center for Russian Culture at Amherst College has stuck to its mission despite sometimes chilly official relations between Russian and the United States.

“Our philosophy is to promote better understanding and establish more informed relations between the two countries,” said Stanley Rabinowitz, professor of Russian at Amherst and director of the Center.

That tradition continued on a recent Monday, with a lecture by Andrew Kuchins ’81, Director and Senior Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs in Washington, D.C.

Professor Catherine Ciepiela Publishes Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 4:13 PM

when trees write                                                                                    если деревья пишут,
it’s to the white flowers                                                                         то белым цветам,
that walked the garden                                                                          что ходили по саду. 

when birds do                                                                                        если птицы,
it’s of what can’t be sung                                                                      о том, чего спеть нельзя.

lumps do not speak,                                                                              комья не говорят,
in flowerpots                                                                                          по цветочным горшкам
they have buried silence.                                                                       зарыли молчание.

 —Anna Glazova                                                                                   —Анна Глазова