American Corner in Perm (AC National Conference, Kirov, 2012)
Perm Kray A.M. Gorky Library May 2012
American Corner Team in 2011-2012 Since its foundation in 2003 the Andrei Khokhryakov American Corner in Perm had been AC Coordinator led by 20 coordinators & assistants. On different time & schedule basis 4 (since October 2010) people have been working with us since May 2011. Yekaterina Sitnikova AC Deputy Coordinator Olga Podoplelova (since April 2011) AC Deputy Coordinator (January 2011 - September 2011) Julia Gabidullina AC Deputy Coordinator (since May 2012)
Inspiration: National and International Events Participation In 2012 Perm was nominated the Library Capital of Russia. The All- Russia Library Congress took place here in May, attracting 960 delegates from Russia andThe CongressPerm kray. was Among the foreign guestsattended by the Deputy and speakers was MsHead of Ministry of Barbara J.Ford, DirectorCulture of Russia Grigory for MortensonIvliev, Minister of Culture Center, University ofof Perm Kray Aleksander Illinois, UrbanaProtasevich, President of Champaign, USA, athe Russian Library former Director ofAssociation Vladimir American LibraryFirsov. Association.
Inspiration: National and International Events Participation Participating the International Visitor Leadership Program “Modern Library: Traditions and Innovations”, (June – July 2011) by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Washington DC, USA. Professional exchange covered the visit to the US Library of Congress, attendance of the ALA Conference in New Orleans, and libraries of Maryland, Virginia, Washington, Louisiana and North On his return back home our Carolina. Perm delegate - AC Coordinator Andrei Khokhryakov made a speech on the visit at the Perm Kray Library Conference, published an article, and opened the picture exhibition “The Sounds of the Melting Pot” – multiplying the experience .
The New Course: Choosing Deeper Topics Our new approach to the work of the American Corner in Perm is choosing deeper topics for discussion – looking at popular holidays from different perspective. This means we – the AC Staff in the first place have to explore the American culture and history.
The New Course: Connecting IssuesExample: Talking Columbus Day at the American Corner became a part in thechain of discussions dedicated to national culture and self-identity – to mentionUS, Russian and African cultures our participants belong to.Although Columbus played a meaningful role in American history, his heritageremains dubious, as often associated with conquering of the NativeAmericans, overshadowing and tumbling their unique indigenous culture with theglitter of his contemporary European values. What are the pros and conscommemorating Christopher Columbuss arrival, what is the life of US immigrants& ethnic minorities today, what are their burdens and expectations? – these issueswere raised as a part of our Tuesday discussion club with Mr Robert Bates(USA), referring to latest US web-news, evolving discussions.As a more traditional contribution to Columbus Day as a holiday, the AmericanCorner also prepared the book exhibition "Discover America" – presentingliterature on American history and geography, government and law system, ethnicgroups and traditional art. The exhibition helped the viewers to stretch theirinterests beyond the common web surf and lay their hands on what is evervaluable – books.
The New Course: Connecting IssuesAmerican Indians HeritageMartin Luther King Day;Columbus Day: Beyond the Dimensions;The Week Against the Racial Discrimination;A Profi Workshop in Photography for International Patrons of Perm ACMeeting with Nana Ifeanyi McDonhenry, a guest from Nigeria. Discussion"Identity: Roots, Links and Reflection“.
The New Course: Enhancing CommunicationDeeper topics involve enhancing communication, for notevery English speaking person can lead a group. We try toregularly prepare presentations for our weekly discussionsand facilitate for the dialogue between our patrons, guestsand American volunteers
The New Course: Widening Our Targets For future we plan to present our American Corner in different schools and institutions of Perm. This will allow us to attract more people to the Corner and Perm Krai Library in general. The database of educational institutions has been formed already. However, it will require more efforts to implement outreach activities. So far outreach presentations throughout this year covered a local gymnasium, several schools from the Tchaikovsky district (Perm kray) and A distant-learning seminar within a local Perm State Academy of Agriculture. project “Kafe Evropa” allowed the Perm AC tomake a presentation for school children of the In the falls 2011 the Sister Cities Committee ofremote Tchaikovsky district (Perm kray, spring Perm joined forces with the American Corner to 2011). run a contest of essays on twinned cites relationships, particularly Perm-Lousville (USA) and Perm-Oxford (UK).
Major Projects: the News ClubOur major long-going source fordiscussion groups remainsRobert Bates, an Americanvolunteer who has been living inPerm for 3 years. We had toreinvent the usual “general”discussion group Robertpreviously run, going for whatmight change the variety of hottopics, i.e. news. The choiceappeared to be positive as itdoes not require extraimagination within staying intune.
Robert Bates is the leaderof discussion clubs:“The News Club”“The History of AmericanMusic” (2011)The meetings took placeonce a week onThursdays Robert Bates
Major Projects: The USA: the Country and PeopleOne of the most popular Clubs at theAmerican Corner has started with thecoming of the new team of Americanvolunteers – Brad Horn, Janet Holloway andDavid Sechrist. Together they run an open-minded presentation & discussion group“The USA: the Country and People”.
Brad Horne is the leaderof discussion club“The USA: The Countryand People”The meetings take placetwice a month onMondays Brad Horne
Major Projects: The Book ClubThe most effort-taking discussion group isthe Book Club, aimed at deeper observationof the rich literary heritage of the UnitedStates and English-English textanalysis, including works by contemporaryauthors. The Club is run by our youngestElizabeth Williams, together with AndreiKhokhryakov, AC Coordinator.
Elizabeth Williams is theleader of discussion group“The Book Club”The meetings take placetwice a month on Mondays Elizabeth Williams
Our Baby Jumbo 6-Months Weekly Project :“The History of American Music”
“The History of American Music”24 Topics Explored and Presentations Prepared
A Shot from the Presentations: Jimi Hendrix’s Gear James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; 1942 – 1970) was an American guitarist and singer- songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in musical history, and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. using the recording studio as an extension of his musical ideas. He was one of the first to experiment with stereophonic phasing effects for rock recording.
Book Exhibitions Every time we get a book donation by the US Embassy in Moscow or US Consulate General in Yekaterinburg we form book exhibitions. Also, on our own initiative we formed a bigger outreach exhibition “Russia and the USA: the Epoch of changes”, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Perestroika.
Educational Information and Projects Assisting the Pericles Law School (Moscow) for a distant English language test
50 States: Discover America! Pennsylvania, July 2011 On July, 28th American Corner in Perm hosted a meeting with Timothy Rothhaar, a tourist from Pittsburgh, PA. Timothy prepared a very informative presentation about his mother state, telling about the history of Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, state symbols and places of interest. The visitors had a lot of fun learning some Pittsburghese, listening to a song in the local Pittsburgh dialect, and asked questions about Timothy’s university, social care policy in the United States, and his personal thoughts and impressions about Russia.
A Profi Workshop in Photographyfor International Patrons of the American Corner in PermA professional workshop“Summertime: A Chance toSee” by Ms NataliaKrylova, local photo artist, tookplace in Perm, invitinginternational patrons of theAmerican Corner.“Summertime: A Chance toSee” became a sister project ofthe “Summertime: a Chance toSmoothly Read” and the“Summertime: a Chance toListen” - brand new programsrecently launched by theAmerican Corner staff in Perm.
The Cold War and Propaganda:Tracing the Misled, Searching for Alternatives Are Americans and Russians really different from each other? How do we define what is in common, and what makes our national identity? Has it always been the same? How did we look at each other previously? Through the history, what had been the Cold War? - These questions were raised by the American Corner visitors on 30 May at "The USA: Culture & People" Club run with the American Corner in Perm. Our casual interest and presentations both by AC staff and American volunteers lead to a book exhibition and then a discussion group at the site of Memorial Museum for Political Repressions “Perm-36” (Chusovskoy District, Permsky Kray).
The International Civil Forum "Pilorama-2011"Exhibition at the site of the Memorial Museum of Political Repressions “Perm-36” “Russia and the USA: the Epoch of Changes” Video presentation by the American Corner Staff for the International Civil Forum “Pilorama-2011”
The International Civil Forum "Pilorama-2011"Exhibition at the site of the Memorial Museum of Political Repressions “Perm-36” On July 30-31, 2011 the American Corner in Perm together with the Perm Kray A.M. Gorky Library took part in the International Civil Forum "Pilorama-2011" dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of Perestroika. Over the weekend the American Corners exhibition on Russian American relations, multimedia presentations and discussion groups attracted over 500 guests.
Meeting on a Public Diplomacywith Dr.Vladislav Krasnov (Washington DC, USA) On August 12 the Center for International Information and the American Corner, Perm Kray A.M.Gorky Library hosted a meeting on a public diplomacy with Dr. Vladislav Krasnov, a devoted keeper of Russian tradition on the American continent. Dr. Vladislav Krasnov is an American scholar and social activist, Ph.D., author of multiple publications, also known as W. George Krasnow, the Head of the Society of Russian-American friendship "Good Will“, Washington DC, founded in 1992. (www.raga.org).
Events with Alumni and Volunteers Recent event: Thanksgiving Traditions and E-Cards Contest with our American volunteers and alumni (November 2011).
“Singing Winter” Festival 2012 On January 6, 2012 different patrons of the American Corner, and those interested in English language and American culture gathered at the Perm Krai Gorky Library to celebrate winter holidays. The Annual Music Contest "Singing Winter" has long served as our brand fest, so we kept the tradition launched by previous AC coordinators and did our best to meet our patrons’ expectations. Several schools and one higher institutionsOur video report might be found wished to perform in 2012.at the YouTube channel:www.youtube.com/user/AmCornerPerm
Working with the FLEX& Other Programs’ Alumni Olga Podoplelova, the former assistant at the AC in Perm (January 2011 - September 2011) also acted as a city rep for the FLEX Programs Alumni. In June she initiated an alumni meeting dedicated to team building, volunteering and social service. Usually alumni activity in Perm outreaches for the Orphanage #1 – organizing holidays connected with American culture and English language.
Honorable Lecturers and Guests by the US Consulate General in YekaterinburgMr. David Strashnoy, Vice Consul at the US Consulate General inYekaterinburg - donating literature for the Library and providing lecturesfor AC patrons in Perm falls 2010-winter 2011).
Educational Programs’ LecturersIn spring 2011 theFulbright ProgramLecturer AngelinaLucento came tospeak of Russain-American Art links ofthe 20-30-ies of theXX century
Award Winning Associated Press Photographer’s Lecture and Exhibition Award Winning Associated Press Photographer Ronald Williams in Perm The visit of Mr. Ronal Williams to Perm became possible due to the support of the Consulate General of the United States, Yekaterinburg. Mr. Williams unveiled some secrets of his art for the users of the Library, amateur photographers and future journalists. As a conclusion Mr. Williams kindly presented the American Corner the album of his works “Tampa on My Mind”, a place his family used to live together. The Center for International Information was granted a short-time exhibition of his works, with an open access to all the Library users
Watching and Discussing the "Objects and Memory” Film A Joint Project with the US Department of State and US Consulate General in Yekaterinburg9, 11 September – the open The event became The film attracted therun and discussion of the possible due to kind audience of students anddocumentary film “Objects assistance by the US teaching staff from theand Memory” (by Jonathan Consulate General in departments ofFein and Brian Yekaterinburg and history, linguistics, politiDanitz), remembering the contribution by the US caltragic events of 9/11/2001 - Department of State science, sociology, philostook place at the American (Washington, USA). ophy and arts ofCorner in Perm and Cinema different higherTheater Premier. institutions in Perm.
Lecturers by the US Consulate in Yekaterinburg: The meeting with ConsulConsul General in Yekaterinburg Mr. Michael Reinert, General in Yekaterinburg«Latest Issues in US-Russian Relations» Mr. Michael Reinert attracted one of the biggest crowds, occupying the whole of the Center for International Information. Mr.Reinert showed great communication skills at addressing multiple of questions from AC patrons, Library users and guests. The meeting was also attended by our American volunteers and comers from Europe, Africa and South America.
Lecturers by the US Consulate in Yekaterinburg: Aliza Sherman, “Crowdsourcing for the Better City” On October 17 Ms. Aliza Sherman - a famous e-media entrepreneur, author, womens issues activist, and international speaker paid a visit to the American Corner and Regional Library audience in Perm. Her presentation “Crowdsourcing for the Better City” evoked sincere interest and questions among the young audience – in search of technologies acquiring a more appealing and faster message.
Lecturers by the US Consulate in Yekaterinburg:Ms Zsofia Budai, Deputy Press Attache of the US Embassyin Moscow, «Journalism in the Age of New Media»Ms Budai started the meeting with awarding the winners ofthe Photo Contest «Америка, которая рядом». Young talentsgot their prizes and were photographed with Sofiaafterwards. Zsofia also announced a new competition forthose who enjoy hip-hop dancing style and want to showtheir talents. Zsofia’s presentation of the problem of modern journalism was primarily devoted to Social Media and its role both in journalism and in common life. Zsofia Budai pointed out that first of all Social Media is a good way for conversation and interaction between people online. Ms Zsofia Budai also presented an image of modern journalist.
AmountWhen Figures Speak of Patrons’ Visits, May 2011 – May 2012 Year/Month Amount of Events Amount of Patrons’ Visits 2011 May 9 127 June 5 57 July 7 549 August 6 93 September 7 166 October 9 241 November 8 144 December 8 108 59 1485 2012 January 5 137 February 7 210 March 8 246 April 7 261 May 5 138 32 992 Total 91 2477 May2011-May2012
Weekly Discussion Clubs at the American Corner in PermMonday 6pm – 7:30pm - «the USA: the Country & People» byBrad Horne, Dave Sechrist, Janet Holloway (Every 1st & 3rdMonday of month).Monday 6pm – 7:30pm - «The Book Club», AC tandem withElizabeth Williams (Every 2nd & 4th Monday of month).Thursday 6pm – 7:30pm - «The News Club», AC tandem withRobert Bates;Thursday 6pm – 7:30pm - «The History of AmericanMusic», AC presentations feat. Robert Bates (June-July-August-September-October-November-December 2011);
American Corner in Perm Working ScheduleMonday 11am – 8pmTuesday 11am – 7.30pmWednesday 11am – 7.30pmThursday 11am – 8pmFriday 11am – 7.30pmSaturday Sorry, we are closedSunday Noon - 4pm
Drop Us a Line!Andrei Khokhryakov,Deputy Head for Public Relations(Perm Kray A.M.Gorky Library),American Corner Coordinatorgorkilib@mail.ruYekaterina Sitnikova,American Corner Deputy Coordinatoracperm@lib.permregion.ruJulia Gabidullina,American Corner Deputy Coordinatoracperm@lib.permregion.ru
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