Lesson overview

Lesson 1: Conversation with Sergei Khrushchev

This first capstone lesson consists of audio excerpts from an interview with Sergei Khrushchev, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies and son of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. In the interview, Khruschev discusses his father’s legacy, and compares his father to other Russian leaders.

Authors: Shannon Donnally Quinn, with Nina Familiant, Darya Vassina, Benjamin Rifkin, Dianna Murphy

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Lesson 2: Conversation with Sergei Enikolopov

This capstone lesson consists of excerpts from an interview with Sergei Enikolopov, head of the department of Clinical Psychology at the Center for Psychological Health of the Russian Academic of Medical Sciences, on the historical and sociological ramifications of terror and war and their relationship to violent crime in Russian society, among other topics.

Authors: Nina Familiant, with Shannon Donnally Quinn, Benjamin Rifkin, Darya Vassina, Dianna Murphy

New version created by: Shannon Donnally Quinn with help from Lidia Gault

Lesson 3: Conversation with Viktor Loshak

In this lesson, the students work with excerpts from an interview with Viktor Loshak, Editor-in-Chief of Ogonek, one of Russia’s leading magazines. In the interview, Loshak talks about the state of journalism in Russia today, and shares his opinion on issues such as the problem of Chechnia and changes in Russia’s legal system.

Authors: Nina Familiant, with Shannon Donnally Quinn, Benjamin Rifkin, Darya Vassina, Dianna Murphy

New version created by: Shannon Donnally Quinn with help from Lidia Gault

Lesson 4: Conversation with Evgenii Aksenov

In this fourth capstone lesson, students watch excerpts from a video-taped interview with Evgenii Aksenov, General Director of the Energetika Computing Center in Moscow, and learn about the Russian business sector and its relationship with the federal government. Aksenov also discusses the steps Russia should take in continuing to develop its national economy.

Authors: Nina Familiant, with Shannon Donnally Quinn, Benjamin Rifkin, Darya Vassina, Dianna Murphy

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Lesson 5: Conversation with Aleksandr Asmolov

In this fifth and final capstone lesson, students watch excerpts from a video-taped interview with Aleksandr Asmolov, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology and Personality, Faculty of Psychology, Moscow State University. Students learn about education in Russia today: the main problems faced by the educational system, and Asmolov’s opinion about what should be changed.

Authors: Shannon Donnally Quinn, with Benjamin Rifkin

New version created by: Shannon Donnally Quinn with help from Lidia Gault

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Russian Advanced Interactive Listening Series: Capstone Lessons by Nina Familiant; Shannon Donnally Quinn; Darya Vassina; Benjamin Rifkin; and Dianna Murphy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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