Museums

National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War

On one of the great hills of Kyiv stands a colossus with sword and shield in hand. Her massive shield defends the country and her sword pierces the sky above the city. This is the Motherland Monument, a gigantic statue celebrating the Soviet victory in World War II. This statue stands taller than the Statue […]

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St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Kyiv

The Warsaw Uprising: The Cultural Memory of Warsaw

Cityscapes

Top 10 Bookstores in St Petersburg

St Petersburg has a prominent literary history and bears associations with Russian literary giants such as Pushkin, Gogol, and Dostoyevsky. It makes sense, then, that the city also is bursting at the seams with both hip and traditional bookstores. After spending a semester here as a literature major, here are some of my favourites! 1. […]

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Kyiv’s People’s Friendship Arch Complex: History and Protest in a Public Space

History of the Kyiv Metro System

Art

Science Fiction and Fantasy From Behind the Iron Curtain

Science fiction/fantasy, often shorthanded to SFF, is a genre of media concerned with supernatural, fantastical, or other elements beyond our current technological capabilities. Although its roots run deep, borrowing inspiration and elements present in The Odyssey or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, SFF truly came into its own after the Industrial Revolution. It was a […]

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Moscow’s Cultural Institutions Being Revived After COVID

National Opera of Ukraine

Study Art

The Kyrgyz National Museum of Visual Arts in Bishkek

As part of the Central Asian Studies Program, SRAS students took an excursion to The Kyrgyz National Museum of Visual Arts in Bishkek. While this wasn’t my first time to the museum, this was my first time with an English-speaking guide who helped us to understand the art that we were looking at. Likewise, the […]

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Peter and Paul Fortress Excursion in Saint Petersburg

Dodge Assistantships for Research on Unofficial Art of the USSR

Museum Studies Abroad