Russkiy Mir--Russian World
Russkiy Mir was created with the intention of uniting people who are deeply interested in the cultures, histories, languages and politics of Russia and the former Soviet Union. Its purpose is to create a "Russian World" here on campus, thereby opening a door to the Russian experience. Even though Russia and the former Soviet Union are our main areas of interest, the organization welcomes all comers with interests in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
The current club leadership consists of first, second and third-year graduate students in the Slavic and Eurasian Studies Department, and we are looking to expand that leadership to undergraduate members as well. All members are encouraged to be as big a part of the organization as they want to be.
Past Russkiy Mir events and activities have consisted of everything from Russian cook-outs, to semi-annual Slavic book sales, to a 'pelmeni-day' where participants learned how to hand-make traditional Russian meat dumplings. A sub-set of Russian speaking/learning members generally meet on a weekly basis for a Russian conversation club dubbed 'pivnaya kruzhka' in which participants attempt to speak exclusively in Russian.
New event ideas include possibly starting a weekly or semi-weekly Russian/East European movie night, and the organizaion will be reprising on-campus discussions about poetry, politics and current events depending on levels of interest. Russkiy Mir is always open to new ideas and suggestions.
For more information, or to join the Russkiy Mir listserv, contact Andrew Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org
The University Czech Club
Begun in 1914 as a small social organization where Texas Czechs at UT could come together to preserve their cultural identity and bond with the community, the club quickly grew into pan-University organization.
Headed in the past by various Czech University Professors and enthusiastic students drawn from the vast Texas Czech community, events organized by the club have included organized reading groups and book clubs, coffee-house conversation sessions, and even communal Czech dinners!
The current University Czech Club exists to promote the Texas Czech community currently attending the University, and to maintain the students' identity as members of two communities. This being said, the club is open for anyone interested in the Czech language and culture. Although as a club we consist of only a handful of students, each of us takes great pride in our organization and we hope many more students will join us.
Events in the works include trips to the Painted Churches in Fayette County, and to the various Czech festivals in small towns across Texas. In addition to these trips, we will be holding regular meetings, scheduling regular Czech movie nights, having Czech cookouts, and just generally celebrating the rich Czech heritage all around us!
More information is available online through the UT Student Organizations website.
Come join in!