2012 "Fort Ross Bicentennial Conference & Events

24-24 April 2012, Santa Rosa California

Three days of conference presentations by scholars and tradition bearers exploring 200 years of history in the Fort Ross area since the establishment of the Russian-American settlement. Topics included Fort Ross, archaeology, costume, contacts of cultures from the founding of Ross Settlement, and the history of the region settled by the Russian-American Company based in Sitka, Alaska. Events included a dinner and historic dance, a tour of Fort Ross State Historical Park, and a performance created especially for the occasion by the LIquid Theater Company from Moscow.

2006 “Education towards Courage: A Conference and Workshop”

9 March 2006, Edinburgh Scotland

Together with the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School, the Society sponsored a workshop entitled “Education towards Courage”, with the goal of investigating the practice of those educational endeavors which enable young people to take individual responsibility so they may discern and stand against inhuman practices and contribute to finding peaceful and just solutions in civic life. The workshop led to the decision to found a non-profit organization entitled Education towards Courage, to be based in Europe. 

2004 “Keeping Identity Alive: A Workshop on Living Traditions within Ohio”

21-22 May 2004, Columbus Ohio

Together with the Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities at The Ohio State University, the Society co-sponsored an event in Columbus, Ohio, entitled “Keeping Identity Alive: A Workshop on Living Traditions with Ohio.” Representatives of the Greek-American, the Amish, and the Native American communities met and shared their traditions both with University students and at a local elementary school workshop.

2001 “Bridges to Siberia: A Conference”

10 November 2001, Fort Ross California

An afternoon conference was held in Fort Ross at which Society members presented results both from the inaugural 1997 event, and from the two-tiered Bridges to Siberia project which followed it in 1999-2000, and showed the first clips from a short film made at the 1997 event. The program also included an illustrated lecture by a specialist on Russian art and architecture.

2000 “Living Traditions in the Post-Soviet World”

13 April 2000, Berkeley California

The Society co-sponsored two conjoined workshops in California in April 2000. One, entitled “Living Traditions in the Post-Soviet World”, was held in Berkeley, and the other, entitled “Story, Song and the Spoken Word: Understanding in Multicultural Environments”, was held in Fort Ross. Scholars and artists working with different traditions met in both venues and discussed their common interests with community members.

2000 “Story, Song, and the Spoken Word: Understanding in Multicultural Environments”

15 April 2000, Fort Ross California

The Society co-sponsored two conjoined workshops in California in April 2000. One, entitled “Living Traditions in the Post-Soviet World”, was held in Berkeley, and the other, entitled “Story, Song and the Spoken Word: Understanding in Multicultural Environments”, was held in Fort Ross. Scholars and artists working with different traditions met in both venues and discussed their common interests with community members

2000 “Bridges to Siberia: Phase II”

Society representatives travel to Siberia: June 2000

Three Society representatives – a scholar, an artist, and a young person – traveled to Siberia to participate in Midsummer festivities there and to further consolidate the Society’s base in Siberia through meetings with filmmakers, teachers, and village storytellers.

1999 “Bridges to Siberia: Phase I”

“Living Traditions in the Contemporary Ethnocultural Context"

The Society co-founders traveled to Siberia in order to consolidate the “Bridges to Siberia” which had been initiated by the inaugural event. The two-day conference, co-sponsored with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Museum of Music and Folklore of the Peoples of Yakutia, established the Society’s base in Siberia.

1997 Society inaugural event

“Oral Traditions of the North Pacific Rim: A Performance Workshop”

For the Society’s inaugural event, scholars and artists from around the world met in California over a six-day period to honor the living cultural traditions of native peoples of Siberia, Alaska and California. The traditions represented included those of the Yukagir, Evenki and Yakut peoples of Siberia, the Tlingit, Yup’ik and Inupiaq peoples of Alaska, and the Karkuk, Nomlaki-Noimuk and Pomo peoples of California.

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