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Photo of Oleg Vadimovich Fomin and Oleg Valerievich Fomin-Shakhov
September 21, 2020
Marina Dunaravich (BA 2009) has recently created a scholarship to honor the memory and legacy of her late grandfather and brother.  This scholarship, named the Oleg Fomin Scholarship, is intended to encourage and promote the exploration and study of the languages, cultures, and histories of the post-Soviet states.  It will provide one student per year with $1,500 to travel to the region for this purpose.   Marina's grandfather, Oleg Vadimovich Fomin (1930-2005), was a theatre director and stage... Read more
Photo of Helen Noyes in front of CIA memorial wall
September 16, 2020
Slavic Department alumna, Helen Louise Noyes, has recently created a scholarship to support UW students studying languages categorized by the State Department as Level 3 or higher. The fund, named the Jonathan and Helen Louise Noyes Language Scholarship Fund, is housed in the Jackson School of International Studies and made possible through a generous blended gift of a bequest and annual contributions. Check out the... Read more
Photo of Lazar Fleishman
April 22, 2020
Affiliate Professor and alum, Dr. Ron LeBlanc, has recently completed a translation of four essays written by the renowned Pasternak scholar, Professor Lazar Fleishman (Stanford University).  The translated essays look at different episodes in the history of American-Soviet cultural relations, finally making them available to Americanists (especially those interested in such key figures in the Communist movement in the U.S. during the late 1920s and early 1930s as Joseph Freeman, Max Eastman,... Read more
Photo of Bud Bard
December 3, 2019
Slavic Department alum, Bud Bard, was awarded the Imperial Decoration "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays" on November 14, 2019 by Yoichiro Yamada, Consul General of Japan in Seattle.   Japan's third highest order, this honor recognizes people who have made important contributions to the field of international relations and promoted Japanese culture around the world.  Congratulations Bud! Read more about Bud and the award on the... Read more
Photo of Boris Pilnyak
July 11, 2019
Ronald LeBlanc, alum and Affiliate Professor in Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Washington, has recently published an English-language translation of "Miaso: Roman."  "Meat: A Novel," as it is called in English, is a Socialist Realist novel about the Soviet meat industry, co-written by Boris Pilnyak and Sergei Belyaev in 1936.  Commissioned by Food Commissar Anastas Mikoyan in 1935 and then serialized in the February, March, and April 1936 issues of Novyi mir, it has not... Read more
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February 19, 2019
Nina Boe (BA, 2010) graduated from the Slavic Department with a degree in East European Languages, Literatures & Cultures, with a focus on Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. After undergrad she spent two years in Brazil, later returning to UW for a Master's in Public Administration from the Evans School in 2018. As of September, she has been in Macedonia with the Peace Corps, spending the first two months working on language acquisition and further technical training. Thanks to a... Read more
Professor Shuckman-Matthews
August 16, 2016
Slavic department alum, Emily Shuckman-Matthews (ph.D. awarded 2008) was featured in an article on the Peace Corps website.  
December 5, 2014
Our heartfelt congratulations go to alumnus Allan P. Mustard, who was recently confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan.  His testimony may be seen at  
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November 6, 2014
The November 2014 issue of Alaska Airlines in-flight magazine quotes Slavic Department alumna Stewart Parker on the value of a liberal arts education.  Stewart's successful business career has included stints at Immunex; Targeted Genetics, another biotech startup; and, most recently, at the Infectious Disease Research Institute, a Seattle nonprofit supported by Bill and Melinda Gates and Paul Allen.  Article begins on... Read more
September 22, 2014
At the Ninth Annual Slavic Linguistics Society Conference, held on the UW campus September 19-21, 2014, conference participant and UW Slavic alumnus Charles Mills (PhD 2004) presented the UW Libraries with a gift copy of a rare and valuable 1988 facsimile reprint of the Ostromir Gospels of 1056, one of the two earliest known manuscript codices written in Old Russian.  The volume has been bookplated with a dedication from Charles to UW Professor Emeritus of Slavic linguistics Herbert Coats and... Read more