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About rsuh

I am a visiting international scholar at Dickinson College from Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) for Spring 2015. I am teaching a course on Visions of the Everyday in 20th Century American Photography.

Assignments 5

The research paper was 20% of the grade, another 10% were given for participation in class discussions during the semester, remaining 25% is for the final project. The final project (three weeks to complete) was to be a well developed … Continue reading

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Downtown

The college is not all of the town, of course. Some very nice stores are just a few steps off the campus: the bookstore and the vintage store.   В центре города, совсем недалеко от территории кампуса, есть несколько магазинчиков: … Continue reading

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People

It was a very nice initiative, one of many, I must say. You could have your picture taken withe the word you think express your character (or mood), then the photographs were exhibited on campus.   Одна из акций на … Continue reading

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More events

  It got even more active in spring: exhibitions, concerts… On the 2nd of April I presented a talk “Photography as a Ruin”. Весной стало еще оживленнее: выставки, концерты… Второго апреля у меня был доклад “Фотография как руина”.

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Assignments 4

The students did well on their midterm, the second half of the semester was much more about individual projects. The first one was on the photobook. It required quite a lot of planning. I chose 10 photobooks from the library … Continue reading

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Library

The students spend a lot of time in the library. It is open till 2 a.m. And it is really busy in the evening and and early night. It is a place to study (alone and in group), to write … Continue reading

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Assignments 3

Seventh week is the last week before the spring break, we had a midterm exam. It was an essay-based take-home exam. There were 4 questions, the answer to each had to be 1,5 to 2 pages (6-8 pages in total). … Continue reading

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Events on campus

Liberal arts college experience is much more than taking classes. Dozens events, literally, take place on campus every single day. There are various clubs and discussion groups, invited lecturers, sport events, theater performances and film screenings, religious services, etc..  Although … Continue reading

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Assignments 2

The second assignment (fifth week of the course) was less familiar to the students. It was based on Szarkowski’s book. This is a rare book to learn about photography, because John Szarkowski, one of the most influential curators of the … Continue reading

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Assignments 1

So, first and second assignments had to do with the course books. First — with reading skills,  second — with visual analysis. Both were rather compact (2,5 – 3 pages) and contributed 10% of the grade each. First assignment (end … Continue reading

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