Russian Festival and Olympiada

In celebration of the Russian language and culture, American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS and George Mason University partnered with the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRIAL), the Russkiy Mir Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation to convene the "2010 - 2011 World Festival of Russian Language" in Washington, DC on April 1st and 2nd, 2011.

The student festival and 5th Russian language Olympiada contests for Virginia high school students of Russian were hosted on the first day of the event at the Fairfax campus of George Mason.

The festival's schedule included cultural programs, as well as competitions in Russian culture, literature, history and performing arts. Winners of the Olympiada competition were awarded a free trip to St Petersburg, Russia and an invitation to take part in a similar event there in October, 2011.

Event organizers not only wanted to celebrate the on-going work of Russian language professors, researchers and students, but also hope that the event will inspire increased interest in the Russian language field both from the Russian-speaking community and from non-Russian speakers.

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Dr. Julie Christensen, Professor of Russian and Chair of Modern and Classical Languages, George Mason University, Dr. L. A. Verbitskaya, President of MAPRYAL and St. Petersburg State University, Dr. Dan E. Davidson, President of American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS and Professor of Russian and Dr. James Levine, Professor of Russian and Director of Russian and Eurasian Studies.


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George Mason University President Alan G. Merten at the opening ceremony.