below are grants awarded to bring guests from Central Europe and Russia
to Global Partners campuses. Since the Global Partners Project ended
in December 2005, this program has concluded. For more information
please contact Associated Colleges of the Midwest
(312/263-5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
College and Macalester brought acclaimed Russian artist Victor Pivovarov
to both campuses during Spring 2004. Mr. Pivovarov was in residence
in Grinnell for six weeks, where he co-taught the senior Russian
seminar, gave a gallery talk at an exhibit of his work, and participated
in various campus activities. He visited Macalester for a weekend
exhibit of his work that coincided with a the annual Russian Central
and East European Studies student conference/paper competition held
on that campus.
fall 2004 the International Center of Beloit College hosted Irina
Viktorovna Bakanova, Dean of the Division of Art History and Director
of the Museum Center at the Russian State University for the Humanities
in Moscow. She consulted with Beloit faculty and administrators about
the college's exchange program with RSUH and expanding study-abroad
opportunities for students interested in the arts. They also discussed
Beloit's developing interest in "Cities in Transition" and
Mosow's role in that program. Finally, Dr. Bakanova gave talks on
the arts for several local groups.
College hosted Dr. Alexander M. Etkind, Department of Political Science
and Sociology, European University of St. Petersburg in November 2004.
Dr. Etkind is a well-published scholar of social psychology and cultural
theory who gave a college-wide lecture on the psychological implications
of the transition from communism to democracy in Russia. The college
hopes that his visit will also lead to ongoing exchanges of faculty
October 2004 Nadexhda Nikolaevna Puryaeva of Moscow M.V. Lomonosov
State University visited the Carleton College Off-Campus Studies Office.
She observed the work of the office, participate in the college's
World's Fair and activities in the Russian Studies program, and met
colleagues at St. Olaf and Macalester Colleges. The goal of her visit
was strengthening the connection between Carleton and Lomonosov State
College's Political Science Department and the Russian Eurasian Studies
Program co-hosted Dr. Darina Malova of Comenius University (Bratislava,
Slovakia) in December 2004. During her stay, Dr. Malova will be co-teaching
PS 310:Comparative Politics: Central Europe and giving a series of
presentations on post-communist transitions to the campus community.
She also gave a public lecture at Beloit College.
dance program at Beloit College brought Natasha Shirokova, dancer/choreographer
and her dance company from Moscow, Russia to campus for a 3 week residency
in dance in the fall of 2004. Beloit students and faculty visited
with Ms. Shirokova's company in the summer of 2004. Ms. Shirokova
taught classes, choreographed a dance for Beloit students to perform,
met with students and faculty and spoke to the campus and Beloit community
about the life of an artist in today's Moscow. Her company of 5 other
dancers performed on campus in the Wilson Theater as part of Beloit's
International Performing Arts series. She also visited the University
colleges--Monmouth, Antioch, Lake Forest, and Centre--hosted Gavrichina
Oxana Vyacheslavovna for a series of lectures in fall 2004. Dr. Gavrichina
is an associate professor in the history and theory of culture department
at the Russian State University for the Humanities. She spoke to the
participants in the Global Partners faculty
seminar that visited Russia in summer 2004; several of those participants
are organizing these lectures. Her lectures were on "everday
life in the Soviet Union and the US in the 20th century." She
may visit other American colleges in spring 2005.
Lafe, an Albanian archeologist, visited Millsaps and Rhodes Colleges
in January 2005. Lafe is the field director for the Shala Valley Project
(SVP), directed by Michael Galaty of Millsaps. The SVP operates in
Northern Albania and is designed to study ethnic identity, cultural
contact, and conflict in the Shala Valley from ancient to modern times.
In addition to making plans for the project, Lafe lectured on Albania
and archeology at Millsaps and Rhodes.
Horvŕth is Dean of Sociology and Social Work at Babes-Bolyai University
in Romania, and active in research, teaching, journal editing, and
programming in the areas of minority rights and inter-ethnic relations.
In March 2005 he visited Macalester and Beloit Colleges to serve as
a guest lecturer in selected courses in relevant departments (e.g.
International Studies, Area Studies, Sociology, History); to serve
as a resource person on topics related to his areas of expertise (e.g.
language and nationalism, ethnopolitics in Romania/Transylvania, minority
and human rights); and provide first-hand experience and guidance
on study abroad programming, with particular focus on Transylvania
and Hungary; and to participate in other forums of conversation of
interest to various academic departments, students, staff and guests.
College brought János Tóth to its Center for Complex System Studies.
Dr. Tóth is an Associate Professor at the Department of Analysis,
Institute of Mathematics Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
He gave lectures on "The life of an applied mathematician in
Budapest" and "'Mathematica': Why and How?" He also
met with faculty from the Physics and Mathematics and Computer Science
College hosted two visitors for lectures who were already be in the
United States. Anna Kushkova of the Central European University in
St. Petersburg, Russia, gave a talk on "Popular Religion in Rural
Russia." Father Stanislaw Obirek of Jagiellonian University in
Krakow lectured on Polish reactions to the film "The Passions
of the Christ."
Hromadkova, Professor of Pilotology at Charles University in Prague,
visited Birmingham-Southern College in March 2005. She is also an
active campaigner for democracy and civil rights in the Czech Republic
and was spokeswoman of Charter 77. She was a guest lecturer for a
course on comparative political behavior, and met other students and
Slavova, of Sofia University in Bulgaria, visited Cornell College
in May 2005. Dr. Slavova, professor of American literature and cultural
studies, is one of the leading scholars of women and gender in Southeastern
Europe, and has written and presented a great deal on feminist theory
and gender politics in post-communist Eastern Europe. She has also
translated over thirty plays from English to Bulgarian or vice-versa.
During her week at Cornell, Dr. Slavova gave guest lectures in a seminar
on "Gender and Politics in Developing Countries" and in
a Feminist Theories course. She will also give a a public lecture,
"Identities in Transition: Postcommunism and Women in the Balkans"
and led a faculty discussion on incorporating international feminist
perspectives in the classroom.
College and St. Olaf co-hosted two faculty members from Palacky University
in Olomouc, Czech Republic, in fall 2005. Jakub Durr teaches political
science and Martin Elbel teaches history. At Grinnell each gave a
scholarly lecture and participated in a general round-table on current
issues in the Central Eastern European context. Both scholars also
participated in Grinnell's year-long study of the Holocaust and genocide.
At St. Olaf College Professors Durr and Elbel were guest speakers
in classes on democratic transitions and Eastern/Central European
politics and presented scholarly lectures to the public. Durr and
Elbel regularly teach courses in the ACM/GLCA
program in Central Europe, based at Palacky.
Veselovska teaches English and American Studies at Palacky University
in the Czech Republic, and is also a leading scholar in theoretical
linguistics. She visited Knox College in late May 2005 to give a series
of talks on Czech linguistics. She also visited the University of
the last several years Bruce Polay, professor of music at Knox College
and director of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, has used Global Partners
travel grants to conduct and perform with
Russian orchestras. In April 2005 a Russian musician returned the
visit. Mikhail Petuknov, a pianist and composer, spoke in Russian
classes about the work of Shostakovich, one of his teachers. Petuknov
also performed with the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, the Symphony of Oak
Park/River Forest (Illinois), and at the Burlington (Iowa) Community
Concert Series. In early May he presented a recital and lectures at
Cedarville University in Ohio.
fall 2005 Rhodes College hosted an International Rachmaninoff Festival,
featuring scholars and musicians from Europe and the United States.
A Global Partners grant supported the participation of three Russian
visitors: Alexander Sergeyevich Bazijov, Rector of the Tambov Institute
of Music Pedagogy; Valentin Ivanovich Antipov, coordinator of the
Scientific Council of Russian Music Publishing; and Alexei Alexandrovich
Naumov, widely considered to be the top Rachmaninoff scholar in the
College hosted Russian artist Vyacheslav Begidjanov for five weeks
in September and October 2005. Begidjanov is an outstanding artist
as painter, tapestry designer, printmaker and book illustrator. His
visit included an all-college lecture, appearances in art, language,
and politics classes, and an exhibit of his art. He also visited St.
Olaf College. Martin Farrell, his Ripon host, writes: "Slava
was a major presence on our campus for almost a month and his artistic
abilities as well as his insights into the social and political context
of artistic activity significantly enhanced our curriculum and co-curriculum."
Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Richmond has
been developing connections with theatre professionals in Russia.
As part of that relationship, the department hosted Toasz Kubikowski
in September 2005. Dr. Kubikowski, who had visited Richmond in the
early 1990s, is the Deputy Artistic Director of the National Theatre
of Poland. He gave several public lectures on post-communist theatre
and spoke in several classes.
Gapova is founding director of the Centre for Gender Studies at the
European Humanities University in Minsk (an institution now in exile
in Lithuania.). She visited the College of Wooster and Kenyon College
in May 2005. At Wooster she spoke in several courses, met with groups
of students, and gave a public lecture on gender, nation, and class
in post-communism. At Kenyon she gave a talk on gender and participated
in a panel on EHU's situation in Belarus.
November 2005 Irina Kolegaeva, a Ukrainian linguist, visited Kenyon
College and the College of Wooster. Kolegaeva has taught at Odessa
State University, and served as Dean of International Students and
International Relations. At Kenyon she taught in history and language
classes, and gave a talk on the recent Orange Revolution in Ukraine.
She also talked with Kenyon administrators about possible exchange
relationships between the two schools. At Wooster she lectured in
College of Wooster and Kenyon College hosted Dr. Libuse Heczkova in
October. Dr. Heczkova teaches literature and gender studies at Charles
University in Prague, the Czech Republic. On both campuses she gave
a formal talk, "Women and Freedom: Back to the Roots of European
Feminism." Elena Sokol, her Wooster host, writes that "Dr.
Heckzkova had extensive informal contact with students." She
visited several classes on each campus and had meals with Russian
and Women's Studies students. "Both our students and colleagues
found the visit of Dr. Libuse Heczkova most stimulating."
Nezvalová is a professor of physics at Palacky University in the Czech
Republic, with interests in preparing students to teach science. In
October 2005 Dr. Nezvalová visited Furman University, hosted by Michael
Svec, who met Nezvalová during the 2003 Global Partners Central Europe
traveling seminar. She lectured in several classes at Furman, and
also visited Rhodes College.
Tanev, a professor political science at Sofia University in Bulgaria,
visited Rollins College in November 2005. Tanev founded Sofia's Public
administration department in the 1990s, and has been invited to teach
at the American University in Bulgaria. At Rollins he gave talks on
political evolution in Bulgaria and other Central and Eastern European
countries, and consulted with Rollins faculty about creating a program
in public policy analysis.
Gipson, vice president of the American Friends of the Hermitage, visited
Carleton, St. Olaf, and Grinnell Colleges to talk about the preservation
of the famous St. Petersburg art museum. Faculty at those colleges
met Gipson during the 2004 Global Partners faculty development seminar
in St. Petersburg.
the 2003 Global Partners faculty seminar in
Central Europe, Floyd Sandford of Coe College met Zdenek Duris,
a zoologist at the University of Ostrava in the Czech Republic. Duris
and Sandford, with a common interest in crustaceans, have stayed in
contact, and Sandford went to the Czech Republic in summer 2005 with
a Global Partners travel grant. Sandford has joined with fellow seminar
alumna Linda Dybas from Knox College to invite Duris to visit their
campuses, where will present seminars in spring 2006. He wil then
join Sandford, Dybas, and students from both campuses for a research
trip to Belize to study local organisms and habitats.
the last several years, Lawrence White, a psychology professor at
Beloit, has been regularly visiting with colleagues at the University
of Tartu in Estonia. This connection has included developing a cross-cultural
course that visits Estonia and Morocco. In return two psychologists
from Tartu will visit Beloit. Juri Allik and Anu Realo, both prominent
psychologists at the University of Tartu will give lectures and class
presentations at Beloit, talking about both psychology and Estonia's
transition from Soviet republic to EU member state.
- The art department
at Birmingham-Southern College will host Bedrich Kocman from the University
of West Bohemia in 2006. He will offer master classes in silk screen
printing and lithography. He will also do presentations on a significant
European artist collaboration called "Figurama," which might
include work done by BSC faculty and students.
- Slobodan Djinovic
is a veteran Serbian democracy activist who will visit Global Partners
colleges in April 2006 to do workshops on non-violent resistance and
give talks on his experience with democratic movements in eastern
Europe. He was one of the founders of OTPOR, a student-run non-violent
movement that helped to tople Slobodan Milosevic. He will visit Colorado
College, Monmouth College, and possibly several others.
- For the last
several years Joseph Troncale of the University of Richmond has been
developing links with the Russian non-conformist art world. He used
those connections when he led the Global Partners
seminar in Russia in summer 2004. He is now bringing together
an exhibit of Russian art at Richmond, scheduled for fall 2006. Two
Russian artists, Evgeny Orlov and Sergei Kovalsky, will come to Richmond
to open the exhibit and teach in Troncale's class.
artists on the faculty of Lake Forest College--Tom Denlinger and Karen
Lebergott--have developed a collaborative relationship with four artists
in Berlin. As a group they are making art reflecting on disjunctions
and communication. They will display and discuss the resulting art
in classes and galleries at Lake Forest and the ACM Chicago Arts Program.