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The first digital issue of NewsNet includes the 2021 ASEEES President's Address, an article on art in the Post-Soviet era, and an interview with Archie Brown, winner of the 2021 Pushkin House Book Prize, and the ASEEES Annual Report from the Executive Director.
In the summer of 2020, I faced two challenges as I prepared to teach my course on Russian history to Peter the Great in the fall semester: first, the need to transform a course normally taught in a classroom into a virtual format during Covid-19, and second, the need to respond to growing protests about racial injustice during summer 2020. Now, my memory of teaching pre-Petrine Russia in fall 2020 will always be associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests, and the storming of the US Capitol.
The impact of COVID on study abroad and on SRAS is far-reaching. There was the rush to bring students home and the need to transition quickly to online studies so that they could complete their semesters while attending classes across multiple time zones. Then we found ourselves unable to send students abroad for more than a year. However, I think we were not alone in deciding to use this “down time” to organize systems and plan for the next term and what seemed like perhaps a new era in study abroad.
The ASEEES Executive Committee condemns the recent decision by the Russian Supreme Court to shut down the Memorial Society, Russia’s most venerable human rights organization.
The Executive Committee of ASEEES has signed a letter of support for Sergey Zuev, Rector of The Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, for his release from imprisonment.
Dr. Nariman Shelekpaev is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the European University at St. Petersburg.