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Alumni Association Introduces Plans For Russia Tour

October 26, 2010  
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Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Alumni Association has planned a tour to contemporary Moscow and St. Petersburg guided by Professor of Geography Olga Medvedkov and Professor of Political Science Gerry Hudson. Medvedkov will discuss the trip from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in 201 Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning, 737 N. Fountain Ave.

Leaving New York on June 7, the group will travel to Moscow, Medvedkov’s home town, for a visit that includes lectures, walking tours, shopping, a boat trip and bus excursion, art museum and ballet or symphony. Red Square, historic Kitai Gorod and views of Christ the Savior Cathedral, the Kremlin, Cathedral Square and the famous Izmailova Market are factored into the itinerary, along with a visit to Medvedkov’s alma mater, Moscow State University.

Traveling by train to St. Petersburg, the group will learn the differences between the urban planning in St. Petersburg and Moscow and tour the canals on a boat before attending a symphony performance. A day’s excursion to “Peterhoff,” Peter the Great’s summer home on the outskirts of the city on the Baltic will be followed by a visit to the world famous art museum, the Hermitage, former winter home of the Russian Tsar/Tsarina. Time will be allotted for shopping and visits to historic spots along Nevsky Prospect.

Both Hudson and Medvedkov have received the Wittenberg Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and are experienced analysts of and frequent visitors to Russia as Fulbright scholars. During this excursion, participants will be shown some of the most significant current places in Russia and hear celebrated Russian analysts discuss developments in their nation.

Medvedkov and Hudson will discuss matters of contemporary politics and urban planning and what lies ahead for the internal development of Russia. Their Russian colleagues will provide timely views on Russia’s present and future. They each have led numerous tours to Russia.

Written By: Phyllis Eberts

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