Professor Ekaterina Sivyakova delivered a public lecture titled, “Russian Media and the 2014 Olympics” as part of her time in residence at Colby February 2014.

The Goldfarb Center, together with the Russian Department, has established an exchange program with the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) in Russia. The exchange sponsors lectures, workshops, and projects of mutual interest. In 2014, the exchange expanded to include internship opportunities for students.

Fall 2014 Exchange:

This year, the exchange program expanded to provide an opportunity for two student interns from Moscow State University to visit Colby for several weeks. MSU Students Christina Loginova and Olga Shmelyova arrived September 27. While at Colby they will attend the Goldfarb Center’s conference for student journalists and the Lovejoy Convocation, meet with the Echo staff, and sit in on several l courses. Christina and Olga have profound backgrounds as journalists: Olga was an intern in a number of print outlets, including  Rossiskaya Gazeta, RBC Daily, and Russia Today. Christina worked for Novaya Gazeta, Kommerstant, Dozhd TV channel and others. Colby students will have an opportunity to visit Moscow State University during Jan Plan.

Spring 2014 Exchange:

Ekaterina Sivyakova visited Colby in February. In addition to meeting with students and faculty and participating in various classes, Sivyakova delivered a public lecture titled, “Russian Media and the 2014 Olympics.”

Colby Professor of Government Jennifer Yoder traveled to MSU in March, where she provided a lecture on political institutions, media cultures, and national election campaigns in Germany and the United States. She also held several meetings with an expert on German-Russian relations, a topic that aligns with her research.

Colby students Quinn Ziegler ’14 and Benjamin Carlin ’16 spent a month interning with MSU’s Faculty of Journalism. The internships consisted of three components: learning about Russian media; editing scholarly work written in English by MSU faculty on various angles of journalistic practice for the publication of the Russian annual review publication World of Media; and embarking on their own small journalistic project. Please click here to view reports on their experiences.

Spring 2013 Faculty Exchange:

Mikhail Makeenko, head of the international relations department at MSU, served as Colby’s first resident in February. A specialist in media theory and the author of two books on U.S. media, Makeenko delivered a lecture on media censorship in Putin’s Russia, participated in Russian Language, poetry, and history classes, and met with Maine journalists.

Colby’s Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Teaching Professor of History Robert Weisbrot, who teaches American history, traveled to Moscow in March. There he delivered a lecture on the influence of the news media in politics in both Russia and the United States.

For more information about the exchange program, please contact Professor of Russian Julie de Sherbinin at jwdesher@colby.edu.