20 Years After The Berlin Wall....
Irina S. Kostina is a Professor of Russian language and linguistics.  She received her PhD equivalent from Moscow State University, where she was a professor  for many years, and a Chair of Russian as a Foreign Language Department for two years. She has taught  all levels of Russian language, Russian Linguistics, Russian Slang and Contemporary Language of Russian Youth, Surviving Russia, Winter intensive advanced Russian, Summer 8-weeks intensive Russian, Paganism and Folklore, Russian Orthodoxy and Culture, and Islamic Women in Russia classes at the University of Iowa since 1993.
Her research resulted in over 35 publications, and is mainly focused on the methodology of teaching the Russian language.
She is a winner of several collaborative grants, including:  National Security Education (NSEP) (1996-98),  Instructional Improvement Award (2005), Department of Education of the USA. FIPSE (2007), International Programs Major Project (2010) and U.S. Department of Education through the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Program (2010)
This current collaborative International Programs Major Projects conference is the culmination of her long-time work with colleaguesPeggy Mills and Jitka Sonkova.