In addition to organizing scholarly lectures, workshops, and conferences, REEES sponsors a number of cultural activities, which enhance our academic programs and are open to all interested students (majors and non-majors alike). Chief among these activities are Russian Theatre and Russian Club.
Every year REEES senior instructor Dr. Julia Nemirovskaya stages a bilingual, Russian-English play that she adapts from Russian literary works or writes herself based on Russian themes. In the winter term, undergraduate and graduate students can sign up for her course, “Russian through Theatre” (RUSS 309/609). Dr. Nemirovskaya guides students through learning their lines, making costumes, lighting the stage, and creating sound effects. The course culminates in two gala performances attended by hundreds of audience members from across the university and the greater Eugene-Springfield community. Performances have included Adams and Eves, (2002), The Minor, (2003), Az, buki, vedi or Russian for the Princess, (2004), Our Charming Dr. Seuss and Our Harming Mr. Kharms (2004), Scarlet Flower (2005), Anya in Wonderland (2007), Pnin (2008), Suicide: A Russian Comedy (2010), Ruslan and Lyudmila (2011), The Puppet Show, (2013), Dragon (2014), Queen of Spades (2015), Eugene Onegin (2016), and Lady Peasant (2017). To learn more about the REEES theatre program, visit the Russian theatre website.
REEES has an active Russian club, which is run by UO students in cooperation with UO Slavic librarian Heghine Hakobyan and REEES senior lecturer Dr. Yelaina Kripkov. The club sponsors a number of different cultural events including poetry readings, film viewings, sing-alongs, craft workshops, and holiday parties; it also maintains a Russian cooking blog. You can learn more about Russian cuisine and the activities of the Russian club by visiting the club’s blog, Taste of Russia.