Passport UCO Kicks Off 'Passport to Russia' with Opening Ceremony, Russian Comedian

Comedian Gregory Korostishevsky, known as “Gregory from Russia,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Pegasus Theater on the UCO campus as a part of the university’s “Passport to Russia” program.

Aug. 18, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

PASSPORT UCO KICKS OFF ‘PASSPORT TO RUSSIA’ WITH OPENING CEREMONY, RUSSIAN COMEDIAN  

The University of Central Oklahoma celebrates 11 years of the Passport UCO program with the opening ceremony of "Passport to Russia" from 1-2 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Nigh University Center’s (NUC) Will Rogers Room.

The program will feature piano selections from David Forbat, D.M.A., professor of music at Central, and artist-in-residence Valery Kuleshov, as well as a selection of regional foods from Russia and Ukraine.

James Daro, lecturer in the Department of English and coordinator for Passport UCO, will offer brief comments.

Also on Aug. 25, comedian Gregory Korostishevsky, known as “Gregory from Russia,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Pegasus Theater on Central’s campus. Korostishevsky, whose stand-up comedy focuses on life as a newcomer to the U.S., has appeared in “Orange is the New Black,” “Ed,” “30 Rock,” “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Conan.”

Both events are free and open to the public.

Founded in 2004, the Passport UCO program selects a country or region to study during the fall semester. Its mission is to inspire unity and understanding and to provide events that are both educational and entertaining for students and the surrounding community.

Colleges, departments and student organizations work together to organize events that allow communities surrounding Central to discover cultures around the globe. Most Passport UCO events are free and open to the public.

Passport UCO highlights for fall 2014 include:

  • Russian Film History, noon Sept. 3, Chambers Library (LIB) Room 226: Learn about the history of Russian film from John Springer, Ph.D., professor of English.
  • “Russia’s Toughest Prisons,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Pegasus Theater: National Geographic’s 2011 documentary takes viewers inside three top security prison facilities in Russia.
  • Criminal Justice in Russia, noon Sept. 17, LIB Room 226: Criminal justice faculty Jaime Burns, Ph.D., Elizabeth Maier, Ph.D., and Burle Steelman will present on criminal justice in Russia.
  • Joe Harris’ “Ghost Projekt,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Pegasus Theater: Lecture and Q&A with Joe Harris, screenwriter, author and creator of “Ghost Projekt,” a supernatural tale currently in development for NBC.
  • Russian Politics and History, noon Oct. 8, LIB Room 226: Learn about the history of Russian politics from Louis Furmanski, Ph.D., professor of political science.
  • “Dark World,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Pegasus Theater: A screening of the 2010 Russian fantasy and horror film, “Dark World,” the country’s first 3-D film.
  • Jose Alaniz, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Pegasus Theater: A scholarly discussion with Jose Alaniz, an associate professor of Slavic language and literature at the University of Washington. Alaniz is the author of many essays on post-Soviet Russian film and culture, as well as “Komiks: Comic Art in Russia.”
  • Passport to Russia Fashion Show, noon, Nov. 20, NUC Constitution Hall: The fashions of Russia will be on display

For more information or a complete listing of events, visit www.uco.edu/passport, or contact Daro at jdaro@uco.edu.

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Cutline: Comedian Gregory Korostishevsky, known as “Gregory from Russia,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Pegasus Theater on the UCO campus as a part of the university’s “Passport to Russia” program.