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The Year of Eastern Europe & Russia


Fall programs included an inspirational and informative lecture by a Holocaust survivor, a multimedia presentation outlining the efforts of Habitat for Humanity in that area of the world, a speech on history, culture, issues in Slovenia , a lecture on 20th Century Jews of Poland & Russia.

Spring activities included a talk on Growing Up in Eastern Europe & Russia , and a concert of music by composers from Eastern Europe by Reinhardt’s Artist in Residence, Dr. George Lucktenberg, along with Susan Naylor on piano, Nan Maddox on cello and Nancy Schechter and Lisa Morrison on violin. Lectures on Populism & the Politics of Resentment in Eastern Europe and then on Gender, Identity, and Memory: Patterns of Survival among Women in the Stalinist Gulag , and "From Strangers to Citizens: A Comparison of Immigration to US and Romania" rounded out the spring Year of events.

Field Trips

Travel trips were made to religious centers in the metro area, including the Byzantine Catholic Church, the Chabad Orthodox Jewish Synagogue and the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, and led by Dr. Curtis G. Lindquist

Film SeriesTriumph of Spirit

The oncampus film series featured Europa, Europe, The Pianist , Triumph of the Spirit, The Shop on Main Street, Jacob the Liar, and Into the Arms of Strangers, Catherine the Great, Burnt by the Sun, Onegin, The Lives of Others, Goodbye Lenin, and Before the R


The Gordy Center served a lunch highlighting Eastern European and Russian cuisine.  in the Gordy Center. A performance by Moscow Nights, an exciting, versatile trio of world-recognized, prize-winning musicians from Russia know n as the in the Falany Performing Arts Center.

International Study

In addition, the College offered an international study opportunity to Prague, Krakow, Budapest & Paris during June 2008.  The trip was led by Dr. Donald Gregory and Dr. Pamela Wilson as part of a 4-course program of study in media, culture and sociology.