Beginning in fall 2016, the KU Language Training Center will be offering 11-week courses in foundational Russian on-site at Fort Carson, Colorado. Students will receive certification of 300 hours of language training and academic credit from KU equivalent to first and second year Russian. Language training will be supplemented by a series of lectures on cultural, historical and political topics delivered by KU faculty both on-site and though teleconference. The goal of the program is to bring each cohort up to ILR 1 in listening, speaking and reading.
Irina Lysenko holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Belarusian State University (Minsk, Belarus) and an M.A. in Central/East European and Russian Area Studies from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). She has extensive experience at all levels of Russian, including immersion courses. Before coming to the Language Training Center she taught Russian at Carleton University, the Foreign Language Institute of Ottawa and the Canadian Forces Language School.
Katerina Lakhmitko has an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures and in April of 2017 will be defend her Ph.D dissertation, “Art and Perception: Producing the Architectonics of Transitional (Late- Socialist and Post-Socialist) Subjectivity” in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign. Her next research project, “Architecture and Materiality in Russian Cinema and Media,” will advance a unilaterally applicable framework of architectural thinking and design theory as a formal approach to film, video, and works in digital (and post-digital) formats.