Category Archives: Essays

J-Term in Tallinn

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By Charles Fair My experience at the Tallinn Winter School was one of new cultural perspectives and a greater appreciation of the academic rigor to learn the Russian language. The Russian language course through Tallinn University allowed me to use … Continue reading

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Victory Day and What It Means to be Russian

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By: Arabella Schwarber Victory Day – a 2018 documentary by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa — opens in Berlin’s Treptower Park. Several groups of boys dressed in military uniforms practice military drills, marching in sync and saluting one another. They laugh … Continue reading

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On Watching Sergei Loznitsa’s “Austerlitz”

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By Lauren Coviello As someone who has always been fascinated by WWII and the Holocaust, I was very curious about the 2016 film “Austerlitz” by Sergei Loznitsa. I knew it was a documentary but I was surprised when there was … Continue reading

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Ukraine in Glasnost-era Victory Day Stories

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By Caden Wilcox Russian President Vladimir Putin has justified his war by claiming that Ukraine is “an inalienable part of our own history, culture, and spiritual space.” He also frequently refers to the shared fight in World War II as … Continue reading

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Fast Cars, Flowers, and Lasagna: A Lithuanian Odyssey

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By Harrison Crone Like many young people who have suffered through the pandemic, I went abroad at the first chance I got. However, the destination of my travel was not usual for an American. No, I did not voyage to … Continue reading

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Lyuba Yakimchuk’s Donbas

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By Ally Britton-Heitz Lyuba Yakimchuk’s poems are threaded with commentary about and insight into the role of gender in the war-torn Donbas region. Within the namesake for her collection of poems, “Apricots of Donbas”, the stories of Yakimchuk’s family are … Continue reading

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