The Center鈥檚 mission is to promote the study of Russian culture and history on the strength of its world-class book, archival and art collections. It sponsors activities that support advanced research by 小福利导航undergraduates, College faculty, and a broad community of scholars: local, regional, national, and international. The Center organizes symposia, lectures, student presentations, cultural events, and publications that seek to serve the scholarly community and the broader public interested in some of the most advanced research undertaken on Russian culture and history today.


In Memoriam: Stanley J. Rabinowitz

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A photo of Stanley J. Rabinowitz

We at the 小福利导航Center for Russian Culture deeply mourn the loss of our Founding Director, Stanley J. Rabinowitz, Henry Steele Commager Professor of Russian, Emeritus. It is thanks to Stanley鈥檚 efforts that the Center鈥檚 collections first came to Amherst. Thomas P. Whitney 鈥37, the original donor and Stanley鈥檚 friend, envisioned the Center as a living collection, with an active program of events to engage students, scholars, and the wider community. Stanley fulfilled that mission as director from 1991-2017, organizing conferences, lectures, concerts, film screenings, and exhibitions to connect students and the community with the culture he dedicated his life to studying. It is a testament to Stanley鈥檚 vision, passion, and boundless energy that more than thirty years after its founding, the Center鈥檚 collections have more than doubled in size and reach students and scholars across Amherst鈥檚 campus, the Pioneer Valley, and the globe.

In a letter to Stanley before the Center鈥檚 opening in its current home in Webster Hall, Whitney expressed what Stanley鈥檚 work had meant to him: 鈥淚 owe you so much, Stanley. I can鈥檛 really express the gratitude I feel for your steadfast dedication to the cause of Russian culture and for your never failing support for the 小福利导航Center for Russian Culture.鈥 Nor can we.

Opportunities to honor and celebrate Stanley鈥檚 legacy will be shared over the coming months.


A Poem for Stanley, by Polina Barskova

25 褟薪胁邪褉褟 2024: 袗屑褏械褉褋褌

孝械锌械褉褜 褍卸械 薪械 芯泻谢懈泻薪械褌 薪械 胁褋泻褉懈泻薪械褌-听听听听听
袟邪胁械褉械褖懈褌,听听听听听
袩芯褌褉褟褋邪褟 褌褉芯褋褌褜褞, 锌芯锌褉邪胁谢褟褟 褋械写褍褞 锌褉褟写褜;听听听听听
袪械褔褜 械谐芯 懈蟹胁懈谢懈褋褌邪褟 懈蟹芯褖褉械薪薪邪褟听听听听听
泻邪泻 邪褏懈谢谢械褋芯胁 褖懈褌 鈥听听听听听
携蟹褘泻 械谐芯 谢褞斜褟褖懈泄 褋胁芯械 褌械褔械薪懈械 懈蟹屑械薪褟褌褜/听听听听听
袠蟹屑械褉褟褌褜,听听听听听
袩械褉械褋泻邪泻懈胁邪褟 褋 褉褍褋褋泻芯谐芯 薪邪 懈褌邪谢褜褟薪褋泻懈泄听听听听听
袩芯 屑芯褋褌泻邪屑 薪邪褋屑械褕泻懈,听听听听听
袩芯-锌芯写屑芯褋褌泻邪屑 邪褉褉芯谐邪薪褌薪褘褏 褏懈褌褉褘褏 褑懈褌邪褌听听听听听
袠蟹 写芯锌褍褋褌懈屑 袚芯谐芯谢褟,听听听听听
袧邪 泻芯褌芯褉芯谐芯 斜褘谢 锌芯褏芯卸.听听听听听

袧芯 褉械褔褜 褌械锌械褉褜 薪械 芯 写械泻芯褉褍屑械, 薪芯 芯 蟹懈褟薪褜懈鈥听听听听听
袗褏懈谢械褋褋芯胁邪 写褘褉邪- 锌褟褌邪:听听听听听
携褋褌褉械斜, 锌褉懈薪械褋懈 屑械褉蟹谢褘褏 褟谐芯写 械屑褍 薪邪 屑芯谐懈谢褍-听听听听听
袣邪泻 褉褘褑邪褉褞- 褋褌褉芯谐懈泄 锌邪卸.听听听听听

芦袚写械 卸 袙邪褋 胁褋械 胁褉械屑褟 薪芯褋懈褌?听听听听听
袙褘 蟹邪斜褘谢懈 屑械薪褟?禄 芯 薪械褌听听听听听
携 锌芯屑薪褞 褟 芯斜芯褉邪褔懈胁邪褞褋褜 屑薪械 泻邪卸械褌褋褟 褝褌芯 芯薪听听听听听
袩械褉械褏芯写懈褌 写芯褉芯谐褍听听听听听
袦邪褕械褌 褉褍泻芯泄听听听听听
袩芯写 褋薪械谐芯屑听听听听听
袩芯 褋薪械谐褍 懈写械褌听听听听听
袧邪斜谢褞写邪械褌 泻邪泻 谢褞写懈 屑械写谢械薪薪芯 胁芯蟹胁褉邪褖邪褞褌褋褟 褋 锌芯褏芯褉芯薪.

January 25, 2024, Amherst

Now he won鈥檛 call your name with a shriek,听听听听听
A squeal,听听听听听
Shaking his cane, fixing a grey shock of hair;听听听听听
His winding refined speech听听听听听
A shield of Achilles 鈥听听听听听
His tongue loving to alter, to measure,听听听听听
Its flow,听听听听听
Skipping from Russian to Italian along听听听听听
Scaffolds of humor听听听听听
Stage floors of arrogant clever quotations听听听听听
From, let鈥檚 say, Gogol,听听听听听
His lookalike.听听听听听

I鈥檓 not speaking about decorum but the gap 鈥听听听听听
The hole in Achilles鈥檚 heel:听听听听听
Hawk, bring now frozen berries to his grave,听听听听听
Like a knight, a solemn page.听听听听听听

鈥淲here are you always running?听听听听听
Did you forget me?鈥 Oh, no,听听听听听
I remember, I swivel thinking it鈥檚 you听听听听听
Crossing the road听听听听听
Waving your hand听听听听听
As snow falls听听听听听
Walking across the snow听听听听听
Watching as people slowly come back from the burial.

Translated by Catherine Ciepiela


From Words for War: New Poems from Ukraine (2017)

...Most of us in the Western world have little firsthand knowledge of war. Normally, we are not forced to face war, fight in a war, flee from war. We don't get tortured, see our homes and schools collapse, lose relatives and friends to war, spend months locked up in basements "because this is war." When we do get involved, as soldiers, journalists, or relief workers, we go to war or get sent to war - war does not come to us. Those of us who do not go and have not been to war are nevertheless aware of war, sometimes at a deep level. Yet this awareness is usually indirect: it requires inference. Like with a disease, we first encounter symptoms, these heralds of disruption reaching us from regions both intimate and strange. Even as we trace the tremors and the fevers back to the original cause, the source of the disturbance itself stays hidden from view. Many of us in the West have lived with wars for significant parts of our lives, wars that mostly remained out of sight. These hidden wars have become a part of us, shaping our minds, affecting the words, images, and concepts with which we think.

鈥攆rom the preface to , by Oksana Maksymchuk and Max Rosochinsky.


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A modern statue of an animal in black on a pedestal

Alexander Archipenko (b. 1887 Ukraine, Russian Empire-d. 1964), "Torso in Space," Bronze on Wood Base. Mead Art Museum. Gift of Julia A. Whitney Foundation.

The 小福利导航Center for Russian Culture adds its name to the ranks of people and organizations outraged by Russia's war in Ukraine and the suffering the Putin government inflicts upon the country and its people. We express our solidarity with those, in Ukraine, Russia, and elsewhere, who oppose this war鈥攐ften at profound risk to themselves鈥攁nd our deepest sympathies for those living with staggering fear and fearing for those they love.

We join the 鈥檚 call 鈥渋n its support of Ukraine and its peoples, by sharing on Ukraine and the war and offering what support we can to those whose livelihoods and lives hang in the balance.鈥

Please find here the collection of statements by museums and cultural organizations on the invasion of Ukraine: .


Russian Center Highlights

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The Center undertakes a number of initiatives to advance scholarly and undergraduate research in Russian Studies.

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