Category Archives: Research

The Imaginary-Professional Adventures of Monika at KinoForum

Sporting a laminated and lanyard-ed visitors pass around my neck, I caught the elevator up to the fifth floor of the Hotel Europa, here in St. Petersburg. The ballroom from which I am writing is the headquarters for the 2011 … Continue reading

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KINOFORUM: WM Students Attend the New International Film Festival (July 10 – 15)

In 2010 a group of Petersburg filmmakers and critics announced the birth of a new international film festival in St. Petersburg.  It is called KINOFORUM.  The festival has two competition programs: BEST OF THE BEST (the competition of award-winning films … Continue reading

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Interviewing Every Day (June 29 – July 22)

This summer each W&M student is doing two projects: a research paper and a documentary film about the chosen site of memory.  The projects range from the historical Nevsky Prospekt (Megan Donesky) to the futuristic Gazprom Tower (Alex McGrath).

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My First Date in Russia! (July 6)

Today was a great day! I started the morning by showing up to the RIGHT room for class for the FIRST time this week. In my largely Korean/Chinese-middle aged-men class, a new student arrived! An americansky from New Mexico! Who … Continue reading

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A Love Locked Forever

I cross the bridge over reka Moyka near the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. It is mid-evening in St. Petersburg, and the sun shines horizontally through the city. There are couples leaning against the railings, mothers pushing strollers, and nearby … Continue reading

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Meeting a WM alum in Moscow (July 2)

On July 3rd we had lunch with Erin Alpert, a WM alum who currently is doing her research in Moscow.  Erin graduated from William and Mary in 2007 with a major in Russian Studies.  Since then she got her MA … Continue reading

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June 22 — Russian Pearl Harbor Day

On June 22, 1941 Hitler invaded the Soviet Union.  This war would turn out to be the most murderous one in the history of mankind.  Every year on June 22 Russians  pause and remember those who died in this fateful … Continue reading

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Our Collaborators from the School of Journalism (21 June)

To follow up on Monika’s post.  Today we’ve met with with our collaborators from School of  Journalism: Tamara Dedikova, Arina Malikova, Anastasia Vasilyeva, and Maria Nefedova (left to right in the right side of the image).  Tamara will work with … Continue reading

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First Weeks and Fixers (20-21 June)

We are here, we are learning on our feet, and we have, in the past week, survived quite a bit. From fashion emergencies, through public transportation adventures, all the way to unreliable weather reports and border patrol, the country that … Continue reading

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