Slava Paperno is an expert on Russian language and culture; over the past 25 years he has produced cutting-edge multimedia tools for teaching. He is leading a very successful Russian language program at Cornell University that he designed around his own innovative ideas, with intensive use of online technologies. His work has been used at schools all over the world. He has written books for learners of Russian, produced numerous multimedia titles, and designed an ethnographic virtual museum Communal Living in Russia, kommunalka.colgate.edu. Working with Slawomir Grunberg, Slava has co-produced several documentaries that explore social issues in post-Soviet Russia. For his numerous projects, he has received major grants from the National Security Agency, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning. His documentaries earned him an award from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.