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Amy Freeman (’07), from Montgomery, AL, participated in the Davidson in Moscow exchange with MGIMO in the summer of 2005, and is now pursuing a Russian minor to complement her History major. Amy is spending the 2006 spring semester in Perugia, Italy, and planning a return to trip to Russia for the upcoming summer.
Luci Hague ('08), from Silver Spring, MD, is pursuing a Russian major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on eighteenth-century Russian political philosophy. She is currently taking RUS 202 and plans to study with Davidson in Moscow this summer. In addition to Russian, Luci speaks French and Spanish.
Cristi Hillis ('06) is a Russian Studies major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Having completed first and second-year Russian at Davidson, Cristi took a semester off in 2004 to work with children transitioning from Russian orphanages. While there she also conducted research for her senior thesis project, a needs assessment of teenage Russian orphans. Last summer Cristi returned to Russia for some follow-up research and will complete her thesis this spring. Cristi is the oldest of ten children, eight of whom are adopted from Russia.
Sarah Robinson ('06) is a Russian Studies major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. She completed the Davidson in Moscow program in summer 2003 and returned to St. Petersburg for a semester abroad program (through CIEE) in spring 2005. Having received the Dean Rusk and Abernathy Grants, Sarah researched Tchaikovsky's operas at the Russian National Library and Mariinsky and Mussorgsky Theaters while in St. Petersburg. Currently, she is working on her thesis about Tchaikovsky's operas and how they were received during Soviet times--observing why and how the Soviet government responded to late nineteenth-century music. Sarah also plays bassoon and contrabassoon in the Davidson Symphony Orchestra.
Mike Wellman ('08), from Darien, CT is a likely Economics major who was drawn to the Russian language through a passion for its literature. Mike spent this past summer studying Russian language and history on the Davidson in Moscow exchange program last summer, and he continues his studies in Russian 202 this spring.