"Portraying Eurasia: Artistic Interpretations from Imperial to Post-Soviet Times"
What does Russian visual and literary culture reveal about daily life and historical understanding of the region from imperial times to the present? Participating in the 2021–2022 fellowship will allow high school and community college educators to consider this question and more through a deep dive into the creative production of Russia and Eurasia. You will gain exposure to novels, poetry, art, film, and other media that have not only shaped the worldview and cultural identity of the region's inhabitants but also exported that worldview globally. As part of a learning community of fellows, you will examine how different pieces of art and literature reflect not only the rich cultural heritage of the region but the lived experience of its citizens, their aspirations, and their reality.
This year's fellowship will consist of nine webinars divided into three arcs devoted to different time periods: the imperial period, the Soviet period, and the post-Soviet period. For each arc, you will read a novel or short story and poetry, and engage with visual works such as painting, sculpture, or film.
Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Center for Slavic and East European Studies, The Ohio State University
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, University of Wisconsin
Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh
This fellowship is funded in part by a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education
Fellowship Overview and Resource Development
Ten-fifteen fellows from throughout the US will be chosen to participate in the program, which will run for an academic year (September 2021 - June 2022). Fellows will be expected to read and view required program materials (novels, articles, films and documentaries), attend workshops, participate in program webinars and develop a curricular resource that will bring content from the fellowship program into their classrooms.
Programming for the fellowship year will include:
- 9 webinars throughout the 2021-2022 AY through which fellows will
- Engage with experts on Russian and Eurasian studies
- Work together to discuss classroom applications of the content
- 1-2 in-person workshop(s) at Harvard University
- Two check-in sessions where fellows will have the opportunity to get feedback on the development of their pedagogical resource from program staff.
February 1, 2021
May 15, 2021
Early June, 2021
Applications to the 2021-2022 Engaging Eurasia Teacher Fellowship are available now. The application deadline is May 15, 2021. Finalists will be notified in early June, 2021.