(«Facebook»;, 30.01.2019): A few pics from the recent Vysotsky celebration at UCSD, with Dmitry Bykov. UCSD and the local Russian-speaking community were honored with a Vladimir Vysotsky medal, in recognition of our collaborative commitment to Russian culture and science. An even bigger honor was the number of Russian-speaking San Diegans who approached me afterwards wanting to help our students. Like Vysotsky himself, the medal is beautiful and complicated. There is an asteroid in the center. Благодарю вас всех! (Photos c/o the talented Patrick Hennessey / UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities)
(лат. Vladvysotskij) — астероид главного пояса, который был открыт 22 августа 1974 года советским астрономом Людмилой Журавлёвой и назван в честь поэта и актёра Владимира Высоцкого.
News HighlightsUC San Diego Receives Honorary Medal in Recognition of Russian Language, Community Support
On Jan. 24, UC San Diego was awarded a Vladimir Vysotsky honorary medallion in recognition of the university’s support of and connection to the local Russian-speaking community in San Diego. The organization “Chalice of Peace” (Chasha Mira) is based in Riga, Latvia, and has chosen 42 centers around the world to honor with commemorative medallions, created in memory of the Soviet singer-songwriter and poet Vladimir Vysotsky.
Literature professor Amelia Glaser, director of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) Program presided over the event, and Dr. Olga Aldoshina, a San Diego-based aerospace engineer, formally presented the award to History professor Luis Alvarez, co-director of the division’s Institute for Arts and Humanities.
“Our students include a combination of Russian learners and what we sometimes call ‘Russian Heritage speakers,’ or the children of native Russian speakers who have sought a connection and deepening of their understanding of Russian culture in college,” Glaser said opening the event. “My colleague Rebecca Wells, who runs our Russian language program, has built a phenomenal center for language learning here at UC San Diego, and has developed new tools for bringing together heritage and Russian-learners in the classroom.”
Aldoshina opened and spoke about the importance of Vladimir Vysotsky to the Russian scientific community: the medallion itself bears an image of the “VladVysotsky” asteroid, which the Soviet astronomer Lyudmila Zhuravleva discovered in 1974. The medallion, issued in honor of what would have been Vysotsky’s 80th birthday, is designed to recognize Russian-speaking communities around the world that keep Russian poetry and folk music alive. UC San Diego has long been a gathering place for Russian cultural events, Glaser said, both under the auspices of the university, and in collaboration with the European Staff Association.
To mark this event, the UC San Diego Library, REEES Program and the Institute of Arts and Humanities hosted a public lecture by Dmitry Bykov, a popular Moscow-based writer and public intellectual who has written extensively about the legacy of Vladimir Vysotsky. Bykov spoke of Vysotsky’s role in Soviet society as a prophet and cultural figure. He also spoke about Vysotsky’s acting career, as he is still remembered for playing Hamlet in Moscow’s Taganka Theatre.
“Vysotsky was probably the best Hamlet ever played,” Bykov said, “because all Soviet citizens were Hamlets: poet prophets trapped in their surroundings.”
The event was sponsored by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program
, together with the UC San Diego Library, Institute of Arts and Humanities
, Jewish Studies Program
and the local Russian-language European Staff Association.