Disclaimer: this article is the outcome of the vivid phone conversation I had with my best friend, a great believer in Dostoevsky’s legacy for the 21st century. It started with, ”Let’s write together about Fyodor’s universal values that matter on the basis of what we read and analyzed.” However, an initial inspiration for this article is the talk that Irina Arsenievna Kirillova, a Professor of Russian Studies in the University of Cambridge, will give on Dostoevsky’s novel ”The Demons” which CURS organises on 7 Feb. In the same way as all great pieces of literature are beyond the times when they were created, so are the questions of humanity and friendships that started 20+ years ago, which keep us interested forever.
Welcome to our updated section on learning Russian. With this post we want to invite you to our regular Wednesday Conversational Evenings at Cambridge. This academic year learning Russian happens with a twist, in a new ambiance of The Bath House Pub. For those of you, keen on tracking progress online, or maybe nostalgic for bilingual and monolingual stuff labelled Cambridge-Russian, CURS team prepared The Learning Russian Section which will be continually updated.
CURS just started the Lent Term with a meeting with a notable alumnus of Cambridge University and an indefatigable Russian dissident Vladimir Bukovsky.
During 3-hours talk attended by more than 50 people, Vladimir Bukovsky shared his rich life experience and point of view on current political affairs both in Russia and on the West. Several pictures from the meeting are available here.
Kristina Moskalenko, a journalist from Angliya – Britain’s biggest Russian newspaper, reported from the meeting:
В пятницу, 25 января, участники русского общества Кембриджского университета за чаем и печеньем общались с известным советским диссидентом Владимиром Буковским, который рассказал о своем видении ситуации в России, о том, как совесть воспринимается биологией, и о распаде СССР
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Cambridge University Russian Society is very proud to have a tradition of inviting the most famous people of Russia. This time a very well-known film director and screenwriter Andrei Konchalovsky visited Cambridge and spoke about art – from medieval to contemporary. You can find several pictures from the event in the “Photos” section of the web-site. Also, Kristina Moskalenko, a journalist from Angliya -Britain’s biggest Russian newspaper, shares her impressions:
Что общего между Малевичем, Херстом и порнографией
В этом году Андрей Кончаловский – нарасхват. 75-летие режиссера празднуют повсеместно. Ретроспектива его работ уже прошла не только в странах бывшего советского блока, но и в Монреале, Париже, Берлине, Риме, Мадриде и Каннах. Великобритания – заключительная остановка этого своеобразного творческого тура, в который входят не только кинопоказы, но и встречи с поклонниками в Лондоне и многих других городах.
20 ноября знаменитый режиссер встретился с членами русского общества Кембриджского университета.
Cambridge University Russian Society together with Trinity College Russian Society is glad to have an opportunity to give you a chance to enjoy contemporary and classical piano compositions performed by Alissa Firsova. This concert is organised in preparation for Alissa’s Wigmore Hall recital on the 10th of December.
About Alissa Firsova
The Times: ”Rising composer, conductor, pianist and heaven knows what else…”
16 people from Nottingham Russian Society came to Cambridge to explore the city and join CURS for “Chto?Gde?Kogda?” quiz. Five teams have been formed – two with Cambridge people and three with Nottingham guests. After intensive competition, friendship (and Cambridge team) won!
The September 2011 news about the president and prime minister’s plans to swap seats in 2012 led to a major political awakening among those dissatisfied with a decade of “soft” authoritarianism. The biggest crowds since the 1990s showed up on the streets of Moscow and other large Russian cities, prompting promises of political reforms. However, Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency marked the swift reversal of previous timid advances on political freedoms, catalyzed adoption of new repressive legislation and unleashed an unprecedented crackdown against civic activism.
- Where is Russia actually going and what does it mean for human rights?
- Challenges for the human rights community: are there any openings in Russia?
- How could the international community interfere (and is Russia actually listening)?
WHERE: Wolfson College, Seminar Room
Admission: £3 for non-members, £1 for members
Save the date for the End of the Term Party! Come and enjoy some wine and snacks in a pleasant company.
CURS request the pleasure of your company at St. Catharine’s Formal Hall on November 15.
If you have booked a dinner with CURS at St. Cath’s college, then meet at 6.50pm in front of St. Catharine’s College entrance on Trumpington Street.
Pre-drinks are served from 7pm, the dinner starts at 7.25pm sharp.
Dress code is smart casual. University students are required to wear gowns. Men are required to wear jackets and ties.
Where: Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College, http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/index.php?pageid=290&subid=7
LANGUAGE: Russian with English subtitles
This year famous annual Russian Film Festival comes to Cambridge, thanks to the joint efforts of CURS, Academia Rossica, Trinity College Russian Society and Department of Slavonic Studies.
“Winter, Go Away!” is a 2012 documentary (79 min). It was filmed by the graduates of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov’s Documentary Filmmaking and Theater School, on the initiative of Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper. Ten young directors (Elena Khoreva, Denis Klebleev, Dmitry Kubasov and others) did not part from their cameras for two months. The result was a chronicle of Russia’s winter protests – a chronicle of those who make the political climate and those who are dissatisfied with the makers. We see people, their faces, their conversations, rallies, victories and defeats ahead of the presidential election. A living camera interacts with living heroes.
A unique chance to see historic moments freshly captured.
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