Imperial Russia – A Cultural Odyssey
Beginning with Medieval princes, this course presents the major historical developments that shaped Russian history. We discover the roots of Russian Church music, the effect of Western European influence, and the development of Russian music and art under the Riurik and Romanov Tsars. We examine architecture, folk art, and the key contributions of Russian authors Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoi. And we conclude with the gorgeous works of the Ballets russes and the rise of revolutionary art and music in the early Soviet period.
Taught in lecture format, this course is rich in visual images and also feature video sequences filmed by Professor Carol in Russia.
Dr. Reynolds is a Russia specialist whose love of Russian culture began when she discovered the Cyrillic alphabet in Junior High. She studied Russian, focused on Russia as her specialty in her graduate studies, and finally achieved a coveted IREX award to study at the Leningrad Conservatory during the Brezhnev years.
Professor Carol has taught university courses in Russian culture, served as a translator, and adopted two Russian children. She leads tours to Russia and serves as a study leader on the Smithsonian Journeys tours of Russia and Eastern Europe. Her experience and expertise in Russian history, arts, and culture adds a personal touch to this topic and makes the course an unforgettable journey through history.
All members of the Circle of Scholars are invited to join Professor Carol for this ongoing course taught via streaming video with written lesson assignments and automated quizzes. You may join the course at any time and work at your own pace.
Suitable for grades 8-12 and college prep. 12 1-hour classes; H.S. Credit 0.5 (History, Fine Arts, Humanities)
Recommended text: Suzanne Massie, Land of the Firebird