U.S.-based graduate education in Russian studies is built on the theories of the last century. To equip students of Russian studies with a more nuanced and clear-eyed understanding of contemporary Russia, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) designed a new model of graduate-level Russian studies. Its Graduate Institute of Russian Studies brings the best and the brightest among Russian scholars, researchers, and analysts for periods of up to two weeks each to teach MIIS students, largely in Russian. Students and faculty of nearby partner institutions, such as the Naval Postgraduate School and the Defense Language Institute, also regularly attend. Students have opportunities to conduct field research or internships in Russia to further professionalize their knowledge. Funded as part of Carnegie Corporation’s mission to promote education as a tool, and its priority to help improve understanding between the United States and Russia, the program aims to spark a revitalization of Russian studies graduate programs throughout the United States. To date, over 150 MIIS students have participated in the program, as well as several hundred external attendees. Additional funding in 2016 supported the program’s expansion, including the launch of the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia.
In 2014, Carnegie Corporation of New York made a $346,700 grant to Middlebury College for the Graduate Learning Initiative in Russian Studies (GLIRS) at Monterey Institute of International Studies.
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