On 3 November 2020, an online meeting of NArFU historians and students of American River College (Sacramento, California) was held. The American students are having a course in the Russian history this semester.
The participants were speaking English. Some of the American students, however, know some Russian since a great number of people in California have Slavic roots. Emphasizing this fact, Professor Rolf Gaudard, project manager from the American side, devoted considerable attention to Fort Ross in California, as well as to the history of Russian America in general.
NArFU students had a good opportunity to introduce their American peers to the most important events in the history of the Russian North, to show some photos of architectural monuments with picturesque landscapes of the northern nature in the background and to talk about the Northern (Arctic) Federal University. In addition, Alexey Feldt, Associate Professor of the World History Department, talked about the relations of Arkhangelsk with its sister city, Portland (Maine), and on the development of American Studies at NArFU.
It is important to emphasize that during the meeting, the possibilities of online technologies were used to the maximum. Three presentations were made on each side. Some advance questions were discussed in groups (using breakout rooms in Zoom). To make it come alive surveys were taken among the audience.
The meeting was not only informative, but also very emotional. It is planned to continue discussing Russian history with American students in early December.