Hello all. Russian Club plans on hosting a movie night in the Ford Theatre this Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Hope to see you there!
To those of you who attended out Willamette Maslenitsa Celebration, thank you! It was a delight to see you all there. If you have a passion for Russian culture and enjoyed the event, perhaps you should consider becoming a member of Russian Club. It meets 5:30 to 6:30 on Wednesdays in the World Languages Studio on the first floor of Ford Hall. No Russian speaking skills are necessary.
большое спасибо (a big thank you) to everyone to helped out to make the Maslenitsa celebration such a huge success. It’s estimated that over 150 people attendent the event! This has truly become a beloved Willamette tradition, so be proud that you helped put it together!
Here are some photos of the event taken by Mr. Franklin Miller (thank you).
Масленица has come and gone,
but it’s happy spirit will carry on.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.”