Part 1: St. Petersburg
Part 2: Dagestan
Russia is a vast region, characterized by diverse physical and human geographical features. In this workshop, we will investigate the relationships of these features to Russia's past, present, and future. Using the Russian examples of St. Petersburg and Dagestan, we will consider first how urban centers develop and later the intercultural relationships of cooperation and conflict.
This program examines the development of cities in Russia, past and present, and looks to what the future holds in a post-Soviet society. St. Petersburg serves as our case study, from its roots in the vision of Peter the Great, to the difficulties facing it as it moves from a communist system to the capitalist free market. Following the case study, we visit a classroom in which students participate in an inquiry-based exercise to determine where cities are located in Russia and why.
This workshop explores the opportunities for both cooperation and conflict when cultures interact. First, we explore Dagestan as one part of Russia's cultural mosaic and the reasons for its continued membership in the Russian Federation. We also see how the people of Dagestan react to conflicts in neighboring Chechnya. Later we visit a classroom where students participate in a role-playing exercise negotiating cultural boundaries in the fictional country of "Ugeria" in order to better understand real-world cultural conflicts.