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About the Department

The Middlebury Russian Department is recognized around the world for excellence in language instruction. All members of the department are dedicated to teaching language at every level. But they are also specialists in literature, film, culture, and literary translation. Courses are taught both in English and in Russian.

For example, a recent Winter Term course on "Performing Chekhov" included two one-act plays, "The Proposal" in the original Russian


Tom Beyer

Russian Language and Literature, Dan Brown, New Technologies for Teaching

Professor of Russian

Russian language students apply new media to literary classics

Students in Tom Beyer's 19th Century Russian Literature class recently completed projects using new media. These included a Google Earth Tour of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, a series of podcasts on iTunes called Turgenev Talk, a blog for Anna Karenina to pour her heart out, a Facebook page for the Russian writer Lermontov, and a MySpace page devoted to the Underground Man, from Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground.