Club Members celebrating over Russian dinner (Spring 2013)
Russian Club Members at the Orthodox Easter Party
The Russian Club of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages of Saint Louis University first opened its doors in the late 50s when interest of Russian was boosted by Russian achievements in air-space explorations. The Club was one of the few available sources of knowledge and experience of Russian traditions and lifestyle. In its heyday, the Club put on shows of one-act plays by Russian authors that were well attended despite the fact that it was done in Russian!
Nowadays, when all kinds of information is "just a click away", the Russian Club continues to enjoy popularity among students of Russian and members of the local Russian community who are often featured as Guest Speakers or who just pop in to have fun.
The Club meetings are held regularly twice a semester and focus on various traditional Russian festivals or on a selected topic. Here students of Russian also get hands-on experience in making Russian traditional dishes and acquire a taste of genuine Russian food (i.e. borsh, pirozhki, bliny, golubtsy, sushki, prianiki, Russian salad ) and drink (e.g. kvas, tea with lemon). On special occasions, Russian Club members take field trips to the annual Russian Festival, to the Russian Orthodox Church or to the local Russian restaurants Dvin and Zhivago's.