New Library Exhibit: China, Russia, and Central Asia

China Picture
Chinese Scroll on loan from Chris Bowers

We welcome you into the library to see the exhibit "China, Russia, and Central Asia", an intriguing exhibit featuring art, artifacts, and rare books from the region.

The exhibit will run from January 15, 2008-March 15, 2008.

This exhibit celebrates the University's Eurasia Initiative, a plan to boost interest and involvement in Russia, China, and Central Asia, a crucial region in our global community. Fairfield's Critical Languages Eurasia Initiative is funded, in part, by a two-year, $155,393 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funds are being used to strengthen the International Studies curriculum, expand opportunities to study Chinese and Russian languages and central Asian culture, and provide new study abroad experiences and stipends for faculty curriculum development.

China Picture
Wedding Dolls on loan from Danke Li

In 2003 Fairfield University became the first university in the United States to partner with the prestigious St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance and Fairfield has a longstanding partnership with Herzen University in St. Petersburg and other universities in Arkangelsk, Kaliningrad, and Cherepovets. Fairfield students may also study at The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies. The U.S. Dept. of Education grant will help the University strengthen communication with these programs and expand into other areas. More information about these programs can be found at:

Russia picture
Putin Matryoshka Dolls on loan from David McFadden

A smaller exhibit highlighting Russian and Chinese film will be on display on the lower level, in conjunction with the Russian Film Festival, which kicked off Jan. 24 with Aleksandr Sokurov's 2002 Russian Ark. Next up on Feb. 21 is Aleksandr Zarkhi's Anna Karenina, released in 1967 in Russian. The Fairfield screening features the dubbed version. On March 13, Tengiz Abuladze's somber 1984 film Repentance takes the screen, revealing the Georgian director's interest in Stalin's impact on his homeland. The film series concludes on April 10 with Anna: From Six till Eighteen, in which director Nikita Mikhalkov filmed his own daughter annually from 1980 through 1991 answering questions such as "What scares you the most?" and "What do you want above anything?" All films will begin at 7 p.m. in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library's multimedia room. Admission to the films is free.

  • See a list of Chinese films the University community mayborrow.
  • See a list of Russian films the University community may borrow.

Russia Picture
Iconic picture of the "Old Testament Trinity" by Andrey Rublev
on loan from David McFadden

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