Visiting Russian professor Dr. Elena Kovaleva will be giving the first of her six public lectures for the semester at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at Southern Arkansas University.
Kovaleva’s presentation, “Sochi: the Story of Russian Olympics from Moscow 1980 to Sochi 2014,” will be held in Wilson Hall, room 303. Members of the public and University community are invited to attend.
The remaining public lectures will similarly be held in Wilson 303, at 6:30 p.m., as per the following:
- Wednesday, March 5 – “Some Symbols of the Great Russian Empire”
- Wednesday, March 19 – “Romanov Royal Dynasty through the History of Russia”
- Wednesday, April 2 – “Best Attractions of the Russian Capital: the Moscow Kremlin”
- Wednesday, April 16 – “Best Attractions of the Russian Capital: the Tretyakov Picture Gallery”
- Wednesday, April 30 – “Russian Traditions in Cinema”
Kovaleva is head of the Department of Translation and Translation Studies and a professor of foreign languages at Moscow State Pedagogical University.
The exchange program between SAU and Moscow Pedagogical State University began in 1993. It was pioneered by retired professor of history David Sixbey, who was an enthusiast of Russian culture.
The program provides opportunities for student exchanges as well as mutual professor visits, according to Dr. Svetlana Paulson, SAU associate professor of history. Russian professors like Kovaleva teach Russian classes at SAU as well as offer public lectures. SAU professors also travel to Moscow. The most recent trip was in 2013 when Dr. Paul Babbitt offered political science classes there.