Waterways of Russia
Voyage through the heartland of Russia aboard the deluxe Volga Dream, cruising along scenic rivers, lakes, and canals with stops at traditional villages and the two great cultural capitals of St. Petersburg and Moscow.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
The ship was luxurious, the educated guests were a pleasure to be with, the lecturers superb and accessible. Unless one experiences the Volga Dream with Smithsonian, he won't know the exquisite pleasure of listening to a lecture on Russian literature, while sitting in a fine lounge, watching the Russian countryside drift by. We thought we had died and gone to heaven.”
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Nadieszda Kizenko teaches Russian and East European History at the State University of New York at Albany. She received degrees in Russian History and Literature at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the Harriman Institute. Prof. Kizenko explores the intersection of nations and empires, of history and culture, the role of monasteries in Russian history, and the extent to which religion has been a constituent element of Russian national and imperial identity. Her research in Russia, Ukraine, Finland, and Tatarstan, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences Research Council, and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, has allowed Prof. Kizenko to publish widely on these questions. Her first book, A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People, won the Heldt Prize; a recent article, “The Feminization of Patriarchy? Women in Contemporary Russian Orthodoxy,” won the Best Article award from Association for the Study of Eastern Christianity. Prof. Kizenko is currently writing a history of confession in the Russian empire.