American University celebrated the third anniversary of the Initiative for Russian Culture at a gala held at the National Building Museum last week. It was an evening of Jazz Diplomacy, bringing together students, esteemed guests, and accomplished musicians to promote understanding through music and culture. The event was a collaborative effort between American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture, the Open World Leadership Center, and The Brubeck Institute.
Cultural understanding is the key for growth in democratic relations between any countries. The Initiative for Russian Culture believes in this philosophy and it reflects in their efforts to engage students in learning about Russian culture and history as well as taking up the language. Igor Butman was the jazz maestro for the evening joined by the U.S.-Russia Rising Stars Jazz Band to perform for guests, which included Open World alumni and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet.
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