Outreach Lecturing Fund supporting Russian Fulbrighters

Earlier this year, two Fulbright Scholars from St. Petersburg, Tanya Weinstein and Igor Kozlov, gave a range of learning events in the universities around the United States with the support of the Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) that allows Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the U.S. to travel to other higher education institutions across the country. The purpose of the OLF is to allow these scholars to share their specific research interests, speak on the history and culture of their home country, exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty and community organizations, become better acquainted with U.S. higher education, and create linkages between their home and host institutions.

In March, Tanya Weinstein, Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2017-18 in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), arranged a series of workshops in the University of Hawaii at Mānoa with OLF's support. The workshops focused on Meyerhold Technique, Russian Contemporary Theatre and Butoh dance.

Apart from that, to boost cultural exchange between the countries that Milwaukee Fulbrighters came from, Tanya also arranged regular intercultural evenings at her house and herself attended events like Pow Wow, Afro Festival, the Jewish New Year and others. Tanya is a stage director, actress, co-founder and creative director of Skorokhod Venue as well as the International Theatrical Centre “Legkie ludi“, and member of the Drama Instructors Guild and Stage Directors Guild. Her professional sphere includes works with documentary theatre, verbatim theatre, contemporary dance, and performance art. At UWM she introduced a study course "Stanislavsky Sketch Method", as well as directed a show Blue Lantern based on Viktor Pelevin's short story, which premiered at the Kenilworth theatre and ran for five days with immense success.

In the meantime, Igor Kozlov, Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2017-18 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, hosted a series of seminars at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks for Master and PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and research scientists. The presentation centered around research of the Arctic ocean and satellite data use. Igor Kozlov, Candidate of Physics & Mathematics, is a research scientist at Satellite Oceanography Laboratory of the Russian State Hydrometeorological University in St. Petersburg. The presented research and reports stirred a lively discussion due to the fact that satellite methods of researching the Arctic ocean are not as widely applied in the U.S. as they are in Russia, and Dr. Kozlov expanded on the opportunities brought by such high-level scientific methods of research and analysis.

The seminars concluded with the scientists agreeing to collaborate on several joint projects in the future. One of such projects, an article in Yale University's Journal of Geophysical Research, co-authored by Dr. Kozlov, has already been completed. In total, the seminars contributed greatly to extending the scope of scientific collaboration between Russia and the U.S. in the field of Arctic research.

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