The College offers exciting international programming each academic year connecting A&S, the university, and the Commonwealth to the world. The Passport to the World Program enables the College to embark on year-long explorations of the culture and history of a particular region or country. The program engages our community in crucial global conversations, sparks an ongoing exchange of ideas, and promotes awareness of our collective similarities and differences.

During the first two years of the program, A&S sponsored South Africa and Kentucky: Different Lands, Common Ground and Year of China: Awaken the Past, Discover the Future. Both of these highly intercollegiate initiatives featured a wide range of events, specially designed courses, and programming highlighting these dynamic countries and cultures.

For the 2012-2013 academic year, the College is proud to offer as the next installment of the Passport to the World Program – Reimagining Russia’s Realms: Peoples, Arts, Cultures, and Homelands of Eurasia. The coming year’s programming will focus on three major themes the United States and Russia have in common - the challenges of ruling diverse and dynamic geographic territories; the pursuit of internal and external security; and an abundance of creativity and innovation. The integration of art, history, literature, religion, geography, the social sciences, environmental science, and other disciplines will enable students, faculty, alumni, and members of the community to realize that Russia is so much more than the image of Vladimir Putin or Vladimir Lenin. Indeed, the series will demonstrate how much in common Americans and Russians have, while investigating the differences between us.

Sponsored by the UK A&S Advisory Board