The immersive seven-week symposium offered 15 enrolled fellows the chance to hear from and interact with an extraordinary panel of experts on Russian identity and U.S.-Russia relations, from former New START treaty negotiators to the current Russian ambassador to the U.S.
Anna Vassilieva is a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), head of its Russian Studies Program, and founding director of the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies. Professor Vassilieva’s research interests include contemporary Russian politics, U.S.-Russia relations, new formats of graduate education in international relations.
As director of the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies, a graduate program funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, Professor Vassilieva launched a Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia that is in its fifth year now. Professor Vassilieva produced The Ambassadorial Series, The Bridge (jointly with the National Security Archives), podcast series Geopolitics on the Move, among a number of other projects and initiatives. With faculty colleagues at MIIS, she pioneered the development and implementation of Monterey Model courses – teaching modules taught simultaneously in a variety of languages to advanced language speakers on a wide range of current topics.
Professor Vassilieva is an author, translator, and editor. She has written and translated widely in English and Russian.
Professor Vassilieva has been teaching at the Institute since 1990.
Students will identify the topic of their in-depth research that should complement their professional concentration. After devising individual study plans, students will be working with the professor in the format of individual consultations and presentations to peers in biweekly group meetings. Students will be working on a course paper or series of smaller pieces that would be making significant contribution to their professional development.
During this seven week long course students will be taught close analyses (linguistic, political, cultural and sociological) of contemporary Russia through watching, reading and translating current interviews of the most prominent Russian journalists with a variety of representatives of Russian political and figuras elite. Students will be expected to advance their listening comprehension, to hone their translation skills and present their analyses of the interviews on the topics of professional specialization.
During this seven week long course, students will learn and practice how to conduct professional research interviews, to present their individual research projects in a conference setting and how to do a video interview with TV media. The course will be implemented in a variety of formats, with a strong emphasis on work in pairs with a professor outside of classroom, as well as individualized analysis of video recordings of students’ individual performances in one- one- one setting. Students will be encouraged to match their presentations/ interviews topics with their graduate research in order to expand their professional vocabulary and hone skills of presenting and speaking in public.
Areas of Interest
Professor Vassilieva is the founding director of the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies (MIR), an innovative program funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and dedicated to enhancing the understanding of graduate students in the United States of Russia through direct interaction with leading U.S. and Russian scholars, journalists, and political figures. MIR also provides Institute students with opportunities to pursue professional internships in Russia and to conduct field research there. In summer 2017, Professor Vassilieva launched the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia (MSSR), a unique and highly competitive multi-week comprehensive program of study on different dimensions of Russian politics, history, economics, and culture conducted in English and Russian by leading U.S. and Russian experts.
Ph.D. in history, Diplomatic Academy of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation
B.A., Irkutsk State Linguistic University
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