Category Archives: Research

Alex McGrath/Gazprom Tower – “Site” of Memory (July 28)

  When I chose the topic of my research way back in February I had no idea where the project would take me. Admittedly, I picked this project almost on a whim. I read one article, was curious, and the due … Continue reading

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Caitlin Oakley/My Research on Mikhail Chemiakin’s Statue of Peter the Great (July 26)

The memory site I’m examining in St. Petersburg, is Mikhail Chemiakin’s monument to Peter the Great. The statue opened to the public inside the Peter and Paul Fortress (Peter’s creation and the former prison known as the Russian Bastille) in … Continue reading

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Saying Good Bye to Our Russian Collaborators (July 26)

Our research projects would not be even remotely successful without our collaborators from the School of Journalism: Tamara Dedikova, Masha Nefedova, Arina Malikova, and Anastasia Vasilyeva.  At our farewell dinner we thanked them for their great job!  We will stay … Continue reading

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We Start Our Journey Back Home (July 25)

Our Program in Russia is almost over.  William and Mary students did a lot of work in classes, during numerous field trips and most importantly pursuing their independent inquiries.  Each of them worked on her own research project.  As part of their research project they are writing a paper and making a documentary (it will be ready in November).

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Sophie Kosar/St. Petersburg: Russia’s Window to the West (July 24)

The focus of my research here in St. Petersburg is the city’s new Marine Façade, an urban development project taking place on the westernmost edge of Vasilievsky Island. As with any substantial development project, especially one being built in such … Continue reading

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William Lahue/Communities of The Smolensky Cemetery (July 23)

I chose for my research project  Smolensky cemetery on Vasilyevsky Island, the oldest continuously operating cemetery of St. Petersburg.    Researching Smolensky cemetery has been both a privilege and a pleasure. Specifically I focused on the cemetery as a common place … Continue reading

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Monika Bernotas/Pushkinskaya-10: Impressions and Interviews (July 21)

After five weeks in St. Petersburg, adventure after adventure, and lots of lessons learned, I feel like I’m on my way to having an absolutely awesome research project (not that I wasn’t on my way before I got here). When … Continue reading

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Ashby Gaines/Researching The Aurora Movie Theater (July 20)

My research project here in St. Petersburg is centered around the Aurora Movie Theater. The Aurora Theater opened in 1913 and is located on Nevskii Prospekt. The Aurora is an incredible theater for many reasons- it was the first movie … Continue reading

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Megan Donesky/My Research Project: Nevsky Prospekt (July 19)

Nevsky is to St. Petersburg what Times Square is to New York. It’s the main street where everything is happening. Every other vehicle is a tour bus packed with retirees with their cameras at the ready. And while the buildings … Continue reading

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My First Day as a Teacher

On one fateful adventure to the laundrymat, or “prachechnaya,” an advertisement caught my eye. It was all in English, and it was advertising for native english speakers to be conversation leaders at english classes. I jumped at the opportunity. I … Continue reading

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