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William C. Brumfield, Tulane professor of Slavic studies (USA) was presented the Russian state award.

05.11.2019 10:45

William C. Brumfield, Tulane professor of Slavic studies (USA) was presented the Russian state award.

On October 28, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on awarding state awards. Our friend William C. Brumfield, Tulane professor of Slavic studies (USA) was presented the Order of Friendship for strengthening friendship and cooperation between Russia and the USA, fruitful activities for mutual enrichment of Russian and American cultures and nationalities.

The Order of Friendship is awarded to citizens for outstanding contributions to strengthening friendship and cooperation between nations and peoples, for exceptional achievements in Russia’s economic and scientific potential development, for the most productive activities promoting rapprochement and mutual enrichment of cultures of various nationalities and races, for fostering peace and friendly relations among countries.

William Craft Brumfield is one of the leading western specialists on the history of Russian architecture, professor of Slavic studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, and honorary fellow of both the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences and the Russian Academy of the Arts.

William Craft Brumfield is a great friend of our region, and this manifests itself in many different spheres. Mr Brumfield has very close links with the history of our state, including the Vologda Region.

William Craft Brumfield is one of the leading western specialists on the history of Russian architecture, professor of Slavic studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, and honorary fellow of both the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences and the Russian Academy of the Arts.

Tulane University professor William Brumfield has dedicated much of his life and career to showcasing Russian architecture through breathtaking photos of the country’s cathedrals and historic sites. Brumfield’s contribution into preserving Russia’s cultural heritage is significant.

Brumfield, the professor of Slavic Studies and Sizeler Professor of Jewish Studies in Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts, came to Russia as a graduate student in the summer of 1970 when he participated in a teachers' exchange program administered by Moscow State University. Russia's cultural wealth soon became the field of his tireless work and began to be explored in all its fullness. He completed graduate study at Moscow and St. Petersburg (Leningrad) State Universities, as well as the Russian State Institute of Art History. He also has achieved a thorough knowledge of the Russian language.

Brumfield, who has lived in Russia for a total of 13 years, was elected to the State Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences in 2002 and was named an Honorary Fellow of the Russian Academy of the Fine Arts in 2006, becoming the only American elected to two Russian state academies.

While not abandoning his literary research, Brumfield became more and more inclined to the study in depth of Russian architecture and its development, which reflected the high spiritual culture of a unique civilization. As part of his study of Russian architecture, he began a comprehensive, professional project to document Russian architecture through photography. Brumfield is now the leading authority in the West on Russian architecture.

International and Interregional Cooperation, Department of Culture and Tourism

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