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2011-2012 Academic Year Marks Twenty-Five Years of Russian Studies at Rhodes

Publication Date: 8/24/2011

The Russian Studies Program of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Rhodes College will be celebrating a silver anniversary during the 2011-12 academic year—25 Years of Russian Studies at Rhodes.

The celebration is intended to honor students, faculty, departments and programs at the college, as well as various schools and organizations in the Memphis community that have supported Russian Studies at Rhodes.

In various events that are open to the campus community (some of which will be open to the public) the Russian Studies Program will collaborate with the departments of Music, English, Film Studies, International Studies, the interdisciplinary Search for Values Program, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Commerce and Business, and the Environmental Studies Program.

The opening event for the celebration will be a piano recital of Russian music presented by Rhodes music instructor Brian Ray, which is co-sponsored by Russian Studies/Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Department of Music. Ray’s recital will take place Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Hardie Auditorium, Palmer Hall on the Rhodes campus. The recital is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Ray will perform works by Glinka, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky, Lyadov, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff that trace the development of the Italian bel canto tradition in 19th- and early 20th-century Russian piano music.

Additional events planned/celebrated as part of the Russian Studies anniversary include:

  • October lecture on Russian music and culture by Professor Brad Damaré of the University of Southern California, who is a Rhodes and Russian Studies alumnus
  • November showing of the film “Siberiade,” followed by a reception sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program
  • January performance by the Moscow Ballet of “Sleeping Beauty” at the Germantown Performing Arts Center
  • February lecture-recital on Prokofieff by Professors Tom Bryant and Courtenay Harter of the Rhodes Department of Music
  • March lecture on the aesthetics of Russian icons by Professor Robert Bird of the University of Chicago
  • Panel discussion (TBA) by current and former students on studying Russian in Russia

Details for these events will be announced at a later date. For more information, contact Professor Valeria Nollan at 901-843-3743.

Tags: Alumni, Arts/Performances, Campus Life, Faculty, Honors, Lectures, Students

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