In mid-May, 2021, members of RSW’s Disability Studies Working Group met via Zoom with Dickinson College Russian Department faculty Alyssa DeBlasio and Izolda Savenkova to workshop Unit 2 of DeBlasio and Savenkova’s in-process textbook for advanced Russian language learners, Pro-Dvizhenie: Advanced Russian through Film and Media. The textbook, currently under contract with Georgetown University Press and scheduled for publication in late 2022, uses an inquiry-based curriculum based around contemporary film. social and philosophical questions to build civic dispositions among students.
Participants in the workshop included:
- Jerry Mercury, neurodivergent self-advocate filmmaker from St. Petersburg
- Vera Trubnikova, professional audio descriptor, staff member of NGO Perspektiva, and coordinator of the annual Breaking Down Barriers International Disability Film Festival in Moscow
- Alexandra Kurlenkova, PhD candidate in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University
- Svetlana Borodina, cultural anthropologist and Postdoctoral research scholar at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University
- Sarah Phillips, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Byrnes Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University