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  • Azbuka – Free Language Classes for Children

    Starting week of January 29 through April 14, 2018. All weekday classes are open to grades 3-6 children in University Elementary, Child Elementary, BinfordElementary and Girls Inc., respectively. No registration is required. Just drop in! More info.
  • Maslenitsa

    February 13th, 5-7pm Maslenitsa or Butter Week is historically an Eastern European pre-lenten holiday blending orthodox christian and pagan traditions. Today the holiday is often celebrated as a secular cultural tradition. People gather to eat blini, play games, sing songs, and have fun. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Maslenitsa and partaking in the merry-making is invited to join! University Club, President’s Room in the IMU. More info.
  • Candles – Holocaust Museum & Education Center

    Last Registration: March 14 Join Us on the 2018 Trip to Auschwitz with Eva Kor. The 2018 Auschwitz Trip registration is now open and available on the CANDLES website. We will be accepting registrations until March 14, 2018 or until capacity is full. Trip Dates: June 23-July 1, 2018. More info.
  • Ongoing Events (SPRING 2018)

    • Hungarian Language Coffee Hour

      Wednesdays, 6pm at Runcible Spoon (412 E 6th St)
    • Russian Table

      Fridays, 4-6pm at the Pourhouse Cafe (314 E Kirkwood Ave)
    • Ukrainian Conversation Hour

      Fridays, 6pm at Runcible Spoon (412 E 6th St)
    • Romanian Conversation Hour

      To be announced.
    • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Table

      Wednesdays, 6pm at Runcible Spoon (412 E 6th St)
    • Czech Language Table

      Fridays, 6pm at Runcible Spoon (412 E 6th St)


      List of Russian and East European films for the Spring Semester 2018

      Püha Tõnu kiusamine (The Temptation of St. Tony)
      March 5, 7pm
      Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
      Contains mature content, including disturbing images of violence, sexual situations, and nudity.
      Free, but ticketed.

      Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
      March 27, 7pm
      Biography, Documentary, History
      The film will be followed by a post-screening discussion.
      $4 all tickets

      Man with a Movie Camera w/live piano accompaniment
      April 6, 7pm
      Documentary, Music
      Free, but ticketed.

      Enthusiasm (Symphony of the Donbas)
      April 7, 3pm
      In Russian with English subtitles.
      Free, but ticketed

      Additional Dziga Vertov Films:

      A Sixth Part of the World
      March 21, 7.30pm

      Stride Soviet
      March 28, 7.30pm

      Three Songs of Lenin
      April 11, 7.30pm

    • Rosinka Program in Russian Language and Culture

      Since its establishment in 2009, the Rosinka Program in Russian Language and Culture has provided more than 70 Bloomington-area children with weekly instruction in Russian language and culture. In 2017-18, Rosinka will offer classes for children of elementary school age (5-11)* who are being raised in Russian-speaking households (so-called heritage speakers).

      Children should be capable of functioning in a classroom where all or most communication and instruction takes place in Russian. Emphasis is placed on development of literacy skills, cultivation of a favorable attitude towards the use of Russian, appreciation for the diverse cultural heritage of the Russophone world, and effective oral communication.

      In Fall Semester 2017, Rosinka will take place at Campus View Apartments (800 North Union Street, Bloomington) in room 121 on Fridays, 5:00-6:00. Classes will begin on Friday, September 8 and continue through Friday, December 15.

      Rosinka is sponsored by the IU Russian and East European Institute (with the support of funding from the US Department of Education) and the IU RPS Area Coordinator’s Office. A modest fee of $50 per family (not child) will cover the cost of materials and other operating expenses.

      To learn more about Rosinka and sign up children, contact: Mark Trotter at 812-856-5247 or

      *Children under the age of 5 will also be considered for admission to the program, pending staff availability.

    • Bridges: Children, Languages, World

      Bridges: Children, Languages, World will offer free instruction in Russian as a foreign language to local schoolchildren in the Azbuka program on Saturday mornings 11-11:45 in the School of Global and International Studies (355 North Jordan Avenue, Bloomington), Room 3067. Classes begin on Saturday, September 16 and continue through Saturday, December 2.

      For more information, contact Suriati Abas at

      More info.

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