Culture and Language Classes

Russian for Everyone!– All Ages

By appointment only

Russian for Everyone! is a class designed for anyone interested in expanding their horizons and exploring Russian language and culture. This class will give you an introduction to the vast and intriguing country that is Russia, and will increase your Russian language skills by offering lessons in both conversation and grammar. Lessons will be tailored to student interests and goals.

Cost: $30/ hour
Session: Lessons will be scheduled with students on an individual basis, and will last 2 hours each.
Instructor: Julia Wolf, B.F.A.
Class Size: All lessons will be one-on-one.
More Information: Contact instructor at (513) 903-6990 for more information.
Julia Wolf, B.F.A.
Julia was born and raised in Moscow, Russia during the Soviet era. Her mother is an archaeologist and her father was a renowned screen writer and film maker. Julia came to the U.S. in 1979 and has had the opportunity to work for Cincinnati Public Schools, Playhouse in the park, University of Cincinnati and Jewish Family Services teaching art and English to a diverse population. She is well equipped to help anyone interested in exploring Russian language and culture. Her class will offer an introduction to Russia’s vastly intriguing history and increase students Russian language skills. Through her personal experience Julia has crafted an engaging curriculum for teaching language. Julia strives to bridge the gap between two fascinating cultures that have shaped her life as a teacher, artist and mother.
Please email with “Russian for Everyone!” in the subject line.

Feminism 101: Feminism is for Everyone– Mature Teens and Adults

Saturdays 11:00am – 12:00pm

This is a 6 week conversation series about topics related to feminism. We to hope to discuss why feminism is important today and how feminism relates to various aspects of daily life and current events. We will address feminism in politics, pop culture, and the Men’s Rights Movement. If you’ve considered yourself a feminist your entire life or if you’re completely new to feminism, we welcome you and your opinions. We encourage you to attend all meetings, but we also welcome those who would like to attend certain sessions – view class curriculum in “More Information” section. No prior knowledge of feminism necessary.

Cost: $3/class
Session: 6 weeks (April 1 – May 13; no class on April 22)
Instructor: Bhumika Patel
Class Size: 4 students required to run class.
More Information: Class Curriculum:

Week 1: Why is Feminism Important? – April 1, 2017
In a so-called post-feminist era, when feminism holds such negative connotations for many, we want to engage in a discussion about why feminism can still be relevant to everyone.

Week 2: Feminism and Politics – April 8, 2017

How are women engaging with politics locally and nationally? Currently, women comprise about 20% of Congress (20 women in the Senate and 84 in the House), but the Women’s March in January 21st, 2017 was one of the largest public demonstrations in history of the United States. How can we reconcile this upswell of women-driven political activism with the fact that citizens are predominately voting men into office?

Week 3: Feminism and Pop Culture – April 15, 2017
Why do icons like Beyoncé and Amy Poehler call themselves feminists when figures like Taylor Swift don’t? What does this mean for feminism? What does this mean for pop culture?

Week 4: Feminism and Body Politics – April 29, 2017
Women’s bodies have always been put on the spotlight in national media outlets. This week, we will have a discussion about women’s reproductive rights as well as discuss how women’s bodies have historically been sites of societal tension.

Week 5: Feminism and Religions – May 6, 2017
Can you be a feminist and religious at the same time? This week, we will look at how women are represented in religious institutions.

Week 6: Feminism and Sexuality – May 13, 2017
There is a dichotomy in mainstream culture regarding women’s sexuality. Women can simultaneously be denigrated as promiscuous or praised as being sexually independent. Women can be held up as models for being chaste or looked down on for being prudish. What messages are society sending people about women’s sexuality?

Bhumika Patel
In 2014, Bhumika Patel graduated with an MA in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests include women and Hindu nationalism in India as well as the Indian diaspora. Currently, Bhumika works as Regional Coalition Specialist for the Anti-Human Trafficking Program at the Salvation Army.
Please email instructor at to reserve your spot in class.