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Stanford in Moscow professors to visit "home" campus May 4-18

STANFORD -- Students won't be the only Stanford in Moscow participants to travel and learn about another culture.

Seven Russians who will be the program's core faculty and administrative staff will be at Stanford University from May 4-18 on a visit organized by Stanford's Overseas Studies Program.

While here, the Russians will do research in the Stanford libraries, prepare their course materials with the help of Stanford professors, and take intensive courses on undergraduate teaching, and teaching in English as a second language.

Corb Smith, deputy director of Overseas Studies, first thought of bringing the Russians to Stanford last December, when he and student services coordinator Pam McNaughton were visiting the Russian capital to meet the new faculty and staff, chosen by Moscow program director Maxim Bratersky.

"We began to understand that in order to establish the foundation for a successful first program in Moscow, we would need to foster contacts between the Russian and Stanford faculties and to provide access to recent scholarly materials," Smith said.

"We expect that this visit in May will ensure that the curriculum in Moscow is well-coordinated with the curriculum here, and that the experience of visiting classes and talking with Stanford faculty will serve as a frame of reference for the work the faculty will do with the students next fall."

Several Stanford staff members - including Janet Schmidt, assistant director for academic programs for Overseas Studies; Beverley McChesney, senior lecturer in linguistics, and Jack Prostko, associate director of the Center for Teaching and Learning - will work closely with the Russian faculty during the intensive course.

The Russians also will sit in on undergraduate classes, meet with the students selected for the first program in Moscow, and visit several student residences.

They will stay in private homes on or near the Stanford campus, which will give them a chance to experience daily American life. Weekend trips to San Francisco and to Santa Cruz also are planned.

The visitors will include Bratersky, who will teach a course in political science; Vladimir Khoros, who will teach Russian history; Mikhail Portnoy, who will teach economics; and Eugene Rashkovsky, who will teach a course in Russian religion and culture.

Other visitors will include Andrew Yurevitch, who will teach a course on the social psychology of modern Russian society; Tatyana Boldyreva, who will teach Russian language; and Alexander Abashkin, who will be the program administrator.

The Russian visit is funded by the School of Humanities and Sciences and by Overseas Studies.



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