The 2016-2017 academic year at Kennesaw State University is thYear of Russiae Year of Russia. For the 32nd annual country study program, the University will host a series of guest speakers, conferences, art exhibits, and other cultural activities throughout the year designed to promote a deeper appreciation for and understanding of Russia and its people.

Be sure to visit this site regularly to learn more about upcoming events, classes and conferences, and, of course, to learn more about Russia.

If you have any questions about the Year of Russia and related events, please contact Dr. Dan Paracka, Director of Academic Initiatives, at

The Division of Global Affairs also wants to thank students in Professor Carole Mauge-Lewis's Design Practicum (ART 4030) for their efforts designing The Year of Russia's marketing materials. This year's logo was designed by student Colette Leima.

Featured Spring Events

      • Pussy Riot

        A Punk Prayer from Moscow to the World: Pussy Riot, Civil Disobedience, and the Digital Age

        March 9, 2016 - 12:30 - 2pm, SO 1019

        KSU Panelists:
        Letizia Guglielmo, Associate Professor of English,

        Stacy Keltner, Professor of Philosophy

        Ashley McFarland - Instructor of Gender and Women's Studies

        (Band Youtube Channel)

          • US/Russia Conference

            International Symposium: U.S. / Russian Relations in Global Context

            March 16-17, 2017

            Featured Presentation:
            Russia’s Foreign Policy

            Andrei P. Tsygankov, Professor of Political Science and International Relations San Francisco State University

            • Anton Chekov

              The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

              March 16-26th, 2017

              Stillwell Theatre

            • Atlanta Balalaika Society

              Russian Folk Music Concert

              April 22nd, 2017

              Morgan Hall
              Bailey Performance Center

              Featuring the Atlanta Balalaika Society


            Featured Fall Events

            • Russian Masterworks

              Russian Masterworks of Early 20th Century

              September 7, 2016

              8PM, Bailey Center.

              Performed by KSU Symphony, featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (with Artist-in-Residence Robert Henry), Anatoly Lyadov’s settings of Eight Russian Folk Songs, and a suite from Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird

              • Year of Russia Day

                Year of Russia Day

                October 19, 2016

                12:30pm - 2:00pm, KSU Campus Student Center

                Featuring folk song and dance performances by the Atlanta Balalaika Society

              • David Coucheron, violinist

                Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at KSU

                November 11, 2016

                8:00 PM, Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center

                The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returns to KSU for an exciting and fiery program! Stravinsky's magical Firebird Suite launched his career composing ballets and is one of the Orchestra's signature pieces.

              • Debra Traficante

                KSU Wind Ensemble / Wind Symphony Concert

                November 14, 2016

                8:00 PM, Morgan Concert Hall, Bailey Performance Center

                Features performances of Russian musical pieces such as Procession of the Nobles and Russian Christmas Music.