Online Resources

Society of Historians of East European and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA)

SHERA is an association of academics, librarians, museum workers, independent scholars, students, and other individuals who share an interest in the art and visual culture of Russia, the nations of the former Soviet Union, and Central and Eastern Europe. The Society seeks to improve research circumstances for scholars, connect members to necessary resources, provide a forum for ongoing conversations on areas of mutual interest, and foster contacts among members. SHERA runs a Web site and electronic listserv, and organizes sessions at scholarly conferences such as CAA and ASEEES.

Spotlight on Polish Theater launches the Spotlight on Poland series on 27 March 2018. Bringing together reviews, exclusive interviews, and articles, the Spotlight on Poland will be one of the largest English-language digital resources on contemporary Polish theatre.


TBLPOD Podcast on Current Events in Georgia

Each week TBLPOD produces a free English-language podcast about Georgian politics and society.


TBLPOD podcast on current events in Georgia

The Library of Authentic Russian Materials

The Library of Authentic Russian Materials (found at ) is a site with categorized authentic materials organized by various types of tags (grammar, vocabulary, text type, level, skill). 

If you have something that works well in Russian language classes that you would like to contribute to the site, there is also a form for contributions at .

The Russia File

The Russia File, a blog of the Kennan Institute (Wilson Center). The blog offers insights on current events in Russia, U.S.-Russian relations, and other critical issues of the day. The blog is edited by Maxim Trudolyubov.


The Tolstoy Commons: A Companion Website to the Tolstoy Studies Journal

The Tolstoy Commons is an online community designed to foster conversations about the Russian author Lev Tolstoy and to serve as a clearinghouse for scholarly activity related to his life and works. We welcome announcements of new books, articles, reviews, and conferences, as well as discussions of new pedagogical approaches to teaching Tolstoy.  Suggestions for announcements may be sent to Ani Kokobobo at


The Tolstoy Commons is also working on two new initiatives:



The Slavic department at Stockholm university has developed a very efficient language learning tool, Wordalist:


Main features:

- Statistics driven practice engine: Wordalist gathers data and gets to know each individual user and presents questions the user needs to practice more often, and those the user knows better less often, thus optimizing user experience and learning efficiency. Data from all users is also used in the algorithm; Wordalist knows which questions are hard and which are not.

Working Group on Germany and Poland

The Working Group on Germany and Poland is a collection of scholars from varying disciplines whose work explores the interconnections between Germany and Poland. The Working Group is dedicated to:

Между нами: Free Online Russian Textbook

Между нами is a free, web-based textbook that provides a comprehensive introduction to Russian language and culture. It is organized around the experiences of four American students, each spending the academic year in a different Russian city. Their interactions with host families, roommates, fellow students and teachers create a universe of contextualized information that motivates the use of the target language in the classroom.