Profs. Arndt, Kostina, and Nollan Participate in “Discover Languages” Program at Craigmont High School

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Publication Date: 3/10/2008

On February 28, three Rhodes professors participated in the “Discover Languages—Discover Russian!” program of Russian music and culture at Craigmont High School in Memphis. The program served as a springboard for the $300,000 FLAP (Foreign Language Assistance Program) Grant of the U.S. Department of Education awarded to Craigmont’s Russian teacher Anna Karpovich and several other principal investigators. 

The Russian Studies program (Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures) at Rhodes is formally collaborating in the grant project, which will start in the fall of 2008 and continue for three years.  The grant aims to establish Russian as a core course at Brownsville Elementary School, Craigmont Middle School and Craigmont High School.  Rhodes expects to attract some of the best students of Russian in this program when they graduate from Craigmont High School.

Prepared by Craigmont’s Russian Club and the Rhodes Russian Studies Program, the event included both student and professional performances in Russian music and songs. Prof. Charles Arndt, visiting assistant professor of Russian, performed several Russian songs and accompanied both Rhodes and Craigmont students on the guitar.  Prof. Sasha Kostina, instructor of Russian, offered remarks on careers that students who studied Russian at Rhodes were pursuing.  Prof. Valerie Nollan, associate professor of Russian, gave a talk on Russian culture and music.