Russian Area Studies Hosts Lapta Game

Students and faculty of the Russian Area Studies program welcomed members of the HWS community to join in on a traditional game of lapta, an ancient and recently revived Russian bat-and-ball game. Held on Friday, Sept. 25, players and spectators congregated for the game on the William Smith Green in front of Smith Hall. Organized by Assistant Professor of Russian Area Studies Christopher Lemelin,...  More >>

Colleges Earn 4th Fulbright-Hays in Russian Studies

For the fourth time in the past decade, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund an immersive educational excursion to Siberia. The $95,865 grant will reprise the five-week "Siberian Culture in the Golden Altai" seminar, designed by the HWS Russian Area Studies program in cooperation with t...  More >>

Colleges Receive Russian Culture Grant

Hobart and William Smith Colleges have received a $94,176 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program that will enable a group of HWS students to attend an intensive study program in the Altai region of Russia. Awarded to the Colleges' Russian Area Studies Program, for "Siberian Culture in the Golden Altai," this is the third time GPA funding i...  More >>

Author Vapnyar to Speak

Author Lara Vapnyar will read from her latest book "The Scent of Pine" on campus on Thursday, Sept. 25. Vapnyar moved from her native Russia to the United States in 1994. She was 23 years old, three months pregnant and could barely speak English, but began to write short stories in her new language. "Love Lessons Mondays, 9 A.M." was published in The New Yorker in 2003 and she has since gone on ...  More >>

Ost to Present, Discuss Film at Festival

David Ost, professor of political science, will discuss the Russian documentary, "On the Way Home," following its screening at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) at Ithaca College on Sunday, April 6. "In light of the fact that Russia has been in the news in the last month or so in such an extreme way, this provides a different, personal access to Russia, to people, to some of th...  More >>