Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

An Armchair Traveler Visits Saint Petersburg, the Cultural Capital of Russia


Price for Members: $42
Price for Non-Members: $64
Date/Time: Tuesdays May 24 & 31 & June 7  1:00-3:00
Instructor: Asya M. Pereltsvaig, Ph.D. McGill University, B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Stanford University, Department of Linguistics
Location: ONLINE – This event will not be recorded.

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Course Description

Saint Petersburg is Russia’s cultural capital and the instructor’s hometown. It also served as Russia’s political capital for two centuries. From the reforms of Peter the Great to the Bolshevik Revolution and the tragic Siege of Leningrad, the most important dramas of Russia’s history played out on the city’s stage. Saint Petersburg has also served as a gateway to and from Europe. Splendid palaces and cathedrals make Saint Petersburg a veritable open-air museum, and indoor museums such as the Hermitage boast some of the world’s best art collections. The city’s numerous rivers and canals with their gorgeous bridges earned it the nickname “Venice of the North”—but Venice lacks Saint Petersburg’s “White nights,” when the sun barely sets, turning bridges, statues, and wrought-iron lattice work into magical silhouettes. Join OLLI and Dr.Pereltsvaig for an exploration of this magnificent city and an understanding of its historical significance. (ONLINE – This event will not be recorded.)


Additional information


Asya Pereltsvaig, PhD, McGill University, BA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Stanford University, Linguistics

Event Details

Date: 2022-05-24

Start time: 13:00

End time: 15:00

Venue: Online


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