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International Women’s Day!

Posted by: Marta T. | March 8, 2013 Comments Off on International Women’s Day! |

The Russian club is congratulating you on a day on which many countries celebrate the achievements of women in their society. This event has roots in factories of New York city where for the first time in 1857 female workers of the manufacturing plants got together for a protest. They demanded a 10-hour workday as opposed to the 16-hour one for which they were paid mere nothing.
The history of the holiday in Russian can be found here.
And in English here.

Below is a Soviet poster that reads: March 8th – day of rebellion of workers against slavery of the kitchen! Off with oppression and the “routinness” of house life!

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1 неделя until Maslenitsa!

Posted by: Marta T. | March 5, 2013 | 1 Comment |

Seeing these awesome posters around campus already?

The planning is going full steam, there’s still time to sign up for ways in which you can help such as tend to the fire pit for a 15-minute shift. You’ll be the warmest bear from here until Vladivostok if you do!

Email or if you have any questions and don’t forget to RSVP to our Facebook event. Feel like tweeting about it? #MaslenitsaWU is where it’s at! Less than a week left! See you soon!

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Don’t Forget About Maslenitsa!

Posted by: galfinit | February 25, 2013 Comments Off on Don’t Forget About Maslenitsa! |

Hey everyone. I hope you’re having a lovely start to your week.
Just a quick reminder that we will have Russian Club this week in order to have an organizational meeting about the upcoming Maslenitsa celebration! Wednesday, 5:30 PM, World Languages Studio, first floor of Ford Hall.
Looking forward to seeing you there. :)

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From Russia Above

Posted by: galfinit | February 18, 2013 | 1 Comment |

A meteor struck Russia on Friday the 15th. It streaked across the sky above the Ural Mountains and landed about 50 miles west of the city of Chelyabinsk, in a frozen lake. The damage it caused, which you can see in the following video, cost about a millions rubles worth of repairs, and injured approximately a thousand people.

See the damage the meteor caused here.

Check out the meteor itself flying across the sky here.

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Anna “Keiranina”

Posted by: galfinit | February 15, 2013 Comments Off on Anna “Keiranina” |



Tomorrow (Saturday the 16th of February) the Russian Department faculty are going to see the remake of Anna Karenina (staring Keira Knightly) at the Salem Cinema (1127 Broadway NE — 503-378-7676) at 3:00 PM.

After the film there will be a discussion at the Broadway Coffeehouse. The department will be glad to cover your coffee.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to go.

Check out the trailer on the movie website here.

Hope to see you there!

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Russian Conversation Lunch Table and Other Updates

Posted by: galfinit | February 4, 2013 Comments Off on Russian Conversation Lunch Table and Other Updates |

Hello everyone!

A friendly reminder that Russian Club will NOT be meeting this Wednesday officially, but there will be an informal gathering of students in the Ford hearth (also known as the Learning Commons) doing Russian homework, disucssing Russian topics, and drinking tea.

Also, I have the pleasure of announcing that we have elected to start up a Russian conversation lunch table! It will be Wednesdays at 12:30, most likely in Cat Cavern. The starting date is TBA, so keep checking back.

Also, check out the new WordChamp flashcards in the WISE site. Just go to My Russian Space, click “WordChamp” in the left column, and you’re there!

Lastly, I found this rather remarkable Russian singer called Vitas this last weekend. He’s quite delightful to watch as well as listen to.

I strongly urge you to check him out here.

That’s all folks! Have a lovely week!

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Happy Birthday Anton Chekhov

Posted by: galfinit | January 30, 2013 Comments Off on Happy Birthday Anton Chekhov |

Anton Chekhov, one of the world’s most renounced playwrights, celebrated his 153rd birthday yesterday. Famous for plays such as The Cherry Orchard, The Seagull, and Uncle Vanya, Chekhov is know for using the steam-of-consciousness technique in writing, adopted my modernists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Though some criques say that this technique made his works difficult to read, but his response was that the job of the artist was to ask questions, not to answer them.

“You are right in demanding that an artist should take an intelligent attitude to his work, but you confuse two things: solving a problem and stating a problem correctly. It is only the second that is obligatory for the artist.”

-Anton Chekhov

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Posted by: galfinit | January 21, 2013 | 1 Comment |

RUSSIAN CLUB MEETS THIS WEDNESDAY AT 5:30, УРА! We will be eating popcorn and watching classic Russian cartoons in the Language Learning Center (on the first floor of Ford Hall). We’re also having a “tea luck,” instead of a potluck; bring your favorite kind of tea, a mug, and if you want them for yourself, cream and sweetner. This way we can all try new kinds of tea! I also recommend you bring pillows, perhaps a blanket, slippers… anything to help you feel comfortable. At least, that’s what I’ll be doing.
I look forward to seeing you all then!

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Revving Up Russian Club!

Posted by: galfinit | January 17, 2013 Comments Off on Revving Up Russian Club! |

Hey everyone, WU Russian Club is starting up again, but we need to make sure that the same time we had it last year still works. So please fill out this one click poll so we can get this party started!
Thanks guys!

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Cтарый Новый год/The Old New Year

Posted by: galfinit | January 14, 2013 Comments Off on Cтарый Новый год/The Old New Year |

Welcome back from winter break fellow students of Russian! Did you know that today, our first day back at school, is an Orthodox holiday? Cтарый Новый год or “The Old New Year,” is the first day of year according to the Julian calendar, which the Orthodox church still follows. Though the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1918, this holiday is still unofficially observed in a variety of nations with Orthodox ties, such as Serbia and Macedonia, and also in Wales and Switzerland. The festivities are usually less extravagant that those on the New New Year, but nevertheless involve grandiose meals, singing of traditional songs, and celebratory drinking.

So, once again, welcome back, and happy Cтарый Новый год.

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