Slavic and Eurasian Studies
The Russian Hour with Marina Alexandrova

All levels of Russian are welcome!

"The Russian Hour" is a weekly free event for learners of Russian as a foreign language at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UT-Austin. Hosted by Dr. Marina Alexandrova and the Texas Slavic Club, "The Russian Hour" in designed to help improve students' listening and speaking skills while discussing various relevant topics, including politics, culture, history, health, art, education, and business with native speakers of Russian. For inquiries, email

 • The Russian Hour is taking a break for the Spring 2021 Semester, but check back for its glorious return in the Fall. •

In the meantime, if you want to view recordings of past sessions, you can do so here

***To limit disruptions, UT is requiring that all non-UT participants sign in with (at least) a free account, which will allow the meeting host to let you in one by one, otherwise, it will deny you access outright. You must be signed in to join the meeting.***

If you are a UT student signed in with a UT email address, just click the meeting link as usual (or enter the meeting ID).



August 28 • Fitness Industry in Russia with Andrey Akhtyamov

September 4 • Yoga and Mindfulness with Maria Ragozina Singh 

September 11 • No conversation hour in observance of 9/11

September 18 • Russian Conspiracy Theories with Alexander Panchenko 

September  25 • The (Bela)Rusian Hour with Nataly Yagur, Belarusians in Texas

October 2 • Tusovka: Beginner Russian Student Hangout (UT-Austin Only)

October 9 • Back in the USSR: Rock Music and Russian Culture with Tom Garza 

October 16 • Synchro in Russia with Vasilisa Mironova

October 23 • Games with Texas Slavic Club

October 30 • Scary Russian Folklore with Katya Severts 

November 6 • Russian Orthodox Church with Oleg Boldyrev

November 13 • TBD

November 20 - Siberia and Yakutia with Dr. Bella Jordan

December 4 - Last Meeting of the Semester: Russian Holidays!

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