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New exhibition opening at Sullivan Museum

Norwich University Russian School Slavic Festival Dance Performance, 1979Russian School of Norwich University Slavic Festival Dance Performance, 1979

The Sullivan Museum and History Center presents an exhibition opening March 22, chronicling the history of the Russian School of Norwich University, a fixture on the Northfield campus every summer from 1968 to 2000.

“Tol’ko Po Russky, Pozhaluista” (“Russian Only, Please”)

In addition to classroom work, total immersion in the Russian language continued in extra-curricular activities such as Russian choir, folk dancing, theater performances, cooking, and sports. The Russian School drew internationally renowned Russian scholars and artists to campus, including the exiled writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

There are also three Lunch-N-Learn presentations scheduled in conjunction with this exhibition. These will take place in the Sullivan Museum Rotunda.

Thursday, March 22nd, 12pm
Dr. Rochelle Ruthchild, former Director of the Norwich Russian School will speak about her reminiscences of the Russian School and also about the political and cultural situation today in Russia.

Wednesday, April 4th, 12pm
Dr. Thomas Beyer, Middlebury College Department of Russian, will speak about the creation of Russian Language Summer Schools 1950-2000, and also about the changes in language instruction over the years.

Thursday, April 19th, 12pm
Dr. Nathan Longan, former faculty member and dean of the Norwich Russian School, will speak about the role of the Russian School as a vital cultural link to a "lost Russia" during the decades after World War II.

The exhibit and presentations are free and open to the public.

Sullivan Museum & History Center
Norwich University
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663-1098
phone: 802.485.2183
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m to 4 p.m.  


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