Exploring the Russian Soul

Honors students and faculty experience a “Cossack” meal at the Green Gate Inn in Camillus, New York as part of the learning experience in the course, “The Russian Soul in Post- Revolutionary Russian Literature. This course explores authors, poets, dramatists and critics who continued the exploration of the Russian soul and exposed it to the rest of the world despite the Cold War and political animosities. The students are third from right: Emma Snitkoff, Alyssa Grzesiowski and Mariana Rufin. Patricia Burak, course instructor, is first person on the left. The Green Gate Inn restaurant features Slavic food. The chef, Nataliya Meyer, who is Ukrainian, and her father, artist Andriy Revutsky, presented an informative background story to the famous painting by Ilya Repin, “Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire,” a full wall replica of which, painted by Mr. Revutsky, hangs on the wall of the restaurant.  Discussions with the chef and her parents informed the students about current and historical aspects of life in Ukraine and Russia.

 

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