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Russian and People’s History of Russia Courses at Bluefield State College

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    Friday, July 23 2010
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103

Bluefield State College will host its very first Fulbright Scholar in Residence, Dr. Sergei Zhigulov of Russia during the 2010-2011 academic year. Dr. Zhigulov will teach Elementary Russian I on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m. and People’s History of 20th Century Russia on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. These and Elementary Russian II and the Psyche of Communist Russia, which will be offered in spring 2011, will be offered for college credit. Area citizens are also encouraged to enroll in these courses.

An English teacher, dean of foreign languages, trade union leader, and currently a professor of psychology at Kostroma State University in Russia, Dr. Zhigulov has also been privileged to serve as an interpreter at embassies in India and Iraq during Soviet times. He has also designed the curriculum for the psychology of sports culture, which continues to be a popular major at his university.

Dr. Zhigulov’s scholarly writing has been anthologized widely in Russia where he is also a frequent presenter at scholarly conferences. His most recent award winning work is an anthology which he edited in 2008: Group Norms: socio-psychological aspect.

Having been educated in Soviet times, Dr. Zhigulov has remained relevant in his areas of interest and has also been employed as a counselor in a government-funded employment agency in Kostroma.

In 1999, Dr. Zhigulov was selected to participate in the US Department of State’s Community Connections program (now managed by the US Agency for International Development), which brought him to Bluefield for a two-week study tour.

Dr. Zhigulov’s language, history, and psychology courses will introduce students to Russia’s psyche, culture, norm, history, economics, politics, the Russian peoples’ relationship to their environment, the Russian people themselves and their views of the rest of the world. Those who enroll in Dr. Zhigulov’s courses will discover they will be able to communicate with citizens in all the republics that were once part of the USSR.

The Rector of Kostroma State University has authorized Dr. Zhigulov to engage in dialogs with BSC’s administration to forge an institutional partnership between Bluefield State College and Kostroma State University to promote student and faculty exchanges. Hopefully, Dr. Zhigulov himself will be able to lead BSC’s first delegation of students and faculty to Kostroma State University in June 2011.

Fulbright Scholar in Residence Program, which is administered by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a subsidiary of the New York-based Institute of International Education, is funded by the US Department of State.

For further information about the enrolling in Dr. Zhigulov’s courses being offered by Bluefield State College, and to schedule presentations to area civic organizations, please contact BSC’s Office of International Initiatives at 304-327-4036 or by email at