959 Winter 2019 Growing Up Russian: Recollections of a Childhood in the USSR and the Russian Federation
Thursday, 2:15–3:40, Jan. 31
Instructor: Marina Dobson
Marina Dobson was born and raised in the Soviet Union. This is the story of her upbringing in the USSR from the 1960s to the early 1990s, a period of personal hardship but also political change. Topics include:
- Marina’s school years and an overview of the schooling system;
- Home life and an overview of housing;
- Household budgets, shopping, and long lines;
- Society’sperceptions of life abroad and legal restrictions on travel;
- Culture shock as Marina migrated to the United States.
graduated from Kyibishev Aviation Institute (renamed Samara Aerospace University) with a master’s degree in computer sciences. She was the daughter of a Soviet officer, requiring her to travel with her family around the USSR and to live in places from the Far East to Ukraine. Marina moved to the United States in the 1990s, where she met her American husband and became a naturalized citizen. She has lived in Fairfax for the past 13 years.