Maria Bourlatskaya has been teaching at Lauder been lecturing in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures since 1992. She also serves as Director of Lauder’s Russian Language and Culture Program and Russian Summer Immersion Program. Perhaps part of the secret of her long, successful career is that, as she puts it, “the flow of ideas arising from the varied cultural backgrounds and educational experience of both the faculty and the students provides a constant intellectual stimulus and an invaluable source of learning.” As for her own cultural and educational background, Maria holds an M.A. in Philology from Moscow State University and a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Management Certification from Wharton. Before coming to Lauder, she taught Russian as a foreign language at the USSR Academy of Sciences and worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Soviet and East European Studies.