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Year of Russia


The Library and the Year Of Program

The KSU Library System is glad to partner once again with KSU's annual "Year Of" program:  a year long celebration of learning about another country.  Use this guide to find library resources about this year's theme country, Russia.  Be sure to visit the program's official website for more information.

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Presenters and Visiting Scholars


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Presenters and Visiting Scholars

November 17th

Today: Islam and The Politics of Identity and Security in Russia

Shireen Hunter, Research Fellow, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding
Georgetown University

Click here for books at the KSU Library by Shireen Hunter

January 26th

Russia’s Domestic Politics

Henry E. Hale, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
George Washington University

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March 16th-17th

Conference: U.S. / Russian Relations in Global Context

Featured Presentation
Russia’s Foreign Policy

Andrei P. Tsygankov, Professor of Political Science and International Relations San Francisco State University

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March 23rd

The Opportunities and Limitations of Russia's Oil and Natural Gas

Andrew Barnes, Professor of Political Science
Kent State University

March 30th

Russia's Arctic Policies

Tom Rotnem, Professor of Political Science
Kennesaw State University


Class Modules

POLS 4449: Russian Foreign Policy (CRN# 80694)

TR 9:30-10:45 am
Instructor: Dr. Tom Rotnem, Professor of Political Science




Presenters and Visiting Scholars


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Presenters & Visiting Scholars

Discovering the Collective Mind: L. S. Vygotsky, Cognition, and Learning

Stephen T. Kerr, Professor Emeritus, Learning Sciences & Educational Technology
University of Washington


Class Modules

Arts and Culture

Image Databases


  • Russian Digital Collections (Library of Congress)
    Inventory of Russian Digitized Collections in North America, not limited to images only.
  • Russian Painting
    A presentation of the most significant achievements of Russian painting. A joint effort of students enrolled in the course History of Russian 
     at Rollins College and Dr. Alexander Boguslawski.

Comprehensive with Russian Content​​

  • World Digital Library (Library of Congress)
    Provides "significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world", including high-quality images from prints, books, and historical maps.


Presenters & Visiting Scholars

Title of the lecture: Major Themes and Problems in Russian Literature

Mikhail Epstein is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Cultural Theory and Russian Literature at Emory University (USA). In 2012–2015, he served as Professor of Russian and Cultural Theory and Director of Centre for Humanities Innovation at Durham University (UK). His research interests include new directions in the humanities and methods of intellectual creativity, contemporary philosophy, postmodernism, language evolution and neologisms, and Russian literature, philosophy and religion of the XXth–XXIst centuries.

He has authored 32 books and more than 700 articles and essays, many of which have been translated and published in 20 languages. His books include The Transformative Humanities: A Manifesto (Bloomsbury Academic, 2012); Russian Postmodernism: New Perspectives on Post-Soviet Culture (with Alexander Genis and Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover, 2nd ed. Berghahn Books, 2016); The Irony of the Ideal: Paradoxes of Russian Literature (in Russian, Moscow, 2015); Religion after Atheism: New Possibilities for Theology (in Russian, Moscow, 2013); Cries in the New Wilderness: from the Files of the Moscow Institute of Atheism (Paul Dry Books, 2002); Transcultural Experiments: Russian and American Models of Creative Communication (with Ellen Berry, Palgrave, 1999); and After the Future: The Paradoxes of Postmodernism and Contemporary Russian Culture (University of Massachusetts Press, 1995).

He has been awarded Liberty Prize for "the outstanding contribution to the development of Russian - U.S. cultural relations" (New York, 2000); International Essay Contest prize (Weimar/Berlin, 1999); The Social Innovations Award (Institute for Social Inventions, London, 1995), and Andrei Belyi Prize (St. Petersburg, 1991).

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Open Access Resources


Course Guides

List of Course for Fall 2016

POLS 4449: Russian Foreign Policy (CRN# 80694)

TR 9:30-10:45 am
Instructor: Dr. Tom Rotnem, Professor of Political Science

HIST 3361: Themes in Slavic and Eastern European Studies (CRN# 81360)

TR 11:00am-12:15 pm
Instructor: Dr. Alice Pate, Professor of History

ISD 3333/HON3301: Year of Russia (CRN# 80457)

TR 12:30-1:45 pm
Instructor: Dr. Dan Paracka, Professor of Education

HIST 4490/01 Special Topics: Russian and Soviet Cinema (CRN# 81389)

TR 2:00-3:15 pm
Instructor: Dr. Katya Vladimirov, Professor of History

ST 3379: Central Asia in World History (CRN# 81364)

MW 8:00-9:15am
Instructor: Dr. Hakki Gurkas, Associate Professor of History