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Fulbright Program Opens Applications for Academic Year 2023-2024

International Department of Perm State University informs about a great academic opportunity: the Fulbright program invites representatives of Russian universities to participate in the competition for the academic year 2023-2024. The following programs are open for competitions:

  • Fulbright Visiting Graduate Student (VGS): Master and Internship course program for graduates and graduate students. The scholarship covers tuition fees for a US master’s degree (up to 2 years of study) or postgraduate research (1 academic year) in the USA (application deadline: 15 May, 2022).
  • Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA): the program lasts 9 months and involves working as teachers or assistant teachers of the Russian language at a US university, being also enrolled into courses at a local University, including U.S. Studies. (applications are accepted until 1 June, 2022).
  • Fulbright Faculty Development Program (FFDP): 5-month program for university professors with a continuous teaching experience of at least 3 years – providing best practices and theoretical approaches to curriculum development (applications are accepted until 15 June, 2022).
  • Program for Scientists and Artists: applicants with an academic degree no less that than a candidate of sciences or arts are eligible to take part. The Program involves no age restrictions. The Program duration is 3 to 9 months (applications are accepted until 15 July, 2022).

The Fulbright Program is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946.

For more detailed information about the conditions of the competition, required documents and submission forms can be found on the official Fulbright website.

University of Kansas Scholar Gives Open Lectures at PSU

PSU teaching staff and students have joined a series of online lectures by Mikhail Rubin, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, USA), which will last due to 25 October, 2021.

Within the course, Mikhail Rubin is going to concentrate on modern approaches in the analysis and quality control of products within chemical, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical industries. The lectures are designed for students, graduate students, teachers and researchers of the Faculty of Chemistry. Interested scholars of related programs are also invited to take part.

“Our research group started implementing scientific projects in cooperation with Mikhail Rubin back in 2012. Not only does our activity include lectures on relevant fields of research, but also enables internships for our graduate and postgraduate students at the University of Kansas,”

says Professor Andrey Maslivets, head of the project, head of the Department of Organic Chemistry, PSU.

The lectures united under the title “Solving structural problems of organic chemistry using instrumental methods of analysis” are available on the Zoom platform and held in Russian. All lectures start at 4:30pm Perm time (2:30 Moscow time, 11:30 UTC) on the following dates: 29 September; 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 18, 20, 22 and 25 October.

For the lectures, please, use the following Zoom link –
Meeting ID: 967 3436 2643
Pass code: 801403

Delta State University Invites PSU Patrons for Conference on Blues

On 1-2 October, 2021, Delta State University (DSU, Cleveland, Mississippi, USA) invites Perm State University (PSU, Perm, Russia) to take part in the 8th Annual International Conference on the Blues (ICOB).

The event aims to celebrate the blues art form through scholarly activity, discourse and music, online. In 2021, the Conference is available through the award-winning event and conference platform, Whova. The program starts on Friday 1 October at 7pm local Perm time (5pm Moscow time and 12 noon UTC). Free registration on behalf of PSU is available polsvetlana@yandex.ru (see the link below).

The conference’s “Spirit of the Blues” theme explores connections among blues, gospel, and spirituals as interrelated African American music traditions in the Mississippi Delta and beyond. The Spirit of the Blues initiative is supported by a grant, awarded by the National Park Service’s Lower Mississippi Delta Initiative to Delta State’s Delta Center for Culture and Learning

Blues is known as a music genre growing in the Deep South of the US around the 1860s having its roots in African-American folk tradition and spirituals. The primary blues form is famous for its call-and-response pattern, ‘worried notes’ and confession mood. In the 20th century, blues gave birth to a vast variety of genres, including jazz and rock music, and even influenced rap and heavy metal.

The Conference will start with performances connecting the Black gospel tradition to the blues. The afternoon will feature academic presentations, exploring the music of the African diaspora; Black musical traditions and influences on American music and culture; the influence of blues, gospel, spirituals, and soul music; Black music as protest and social commentary; and Black artists and the music industry.

All academic presentations will be recorded and available for on-demand access.

“While live music is best, a positive of the virtual platform is that any registrant will be able to watch the performances, presentations, papers, and keynote addresses in real time and again as many times as they wish through Oct. 31, 2021,”

said conference co-chair Don Allan Mitchell, associate professor of English at Delta State.

Featured performances and presenters of the Conference include: Grammy-nominated Jontavious Willis; the Coahoma Community College Gospel Choir; Rev. Dr. Dwight Andrews, professor of music theory and African American music at Emory University and senior minister of First Congregational Church in Atlanta; Annette Hollowell, attorney, social activist and producer of traditional Black music for live music venues, and many more honorable guests and participants.

Perm State University thanks Delta State University for a kind and friendly offer to join! Online registration is now open to general public at www.deltastate.edu/blues To register on behalf Perm State University for free, please, write to Ms. Svetlana Polyakova, teaching professor at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature at polsvetlana@yandex.ru.

Delta State University has been a partner of Perm State University since 2013. In 2014, three professors at PSU – Dr. Nina Bochkareva, Prof. Elena Gritsenko, Prof. Svetlana Polyakova took place in the 2nd Annual International Conference on the Blues, for the first time, in person. PSU teaching staff actively involves music and arts into teaching process, hence the partnership.

Useful Links:

To learn more about the International Conference on the Blues, view past conferences or register for this year’s event, visit www.deltastate.edu/blues.

For questions, please address the Conference organizing Committee at blues@deltastate.edu

To register on behalf of Perm State University, please, write to: polsvetlana@yandex.ru

Please, read the full press-release here.

Pictures’ Source: Delta State University and Shutterstock.com

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