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Photo of Boris Pilnyak
November 25, 2020
Affiliate Professor and alum, Dr. Ron LeBlanc, has recently completed a translation of Boris Pilnyak's U.S. travelogue: O'kei: An American Novel (1933).  The translation, which is the first complete English-language translation,  is available to readers in both an annotated and non-annotated version.  It is accompanied by an essay by Dr. LeBlanc, who seeks to acquaint readers with the reception that Pilnyak’s American travelogue received in the Soviet press at the time of its... Read more
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November 18, 2020
Helen Noyes (BA, Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1969), discusses how her degree led to a career in the CIA. Featured on University of Washington 
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November 18, 2020
Helen Noyes (BA, Slavic Languages and Literatures, 1969), discusses how her degree led to a career in the CIA. Featured on University of Washington 
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
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August 31, 2020
During this time of uncertainty and isolation, find solace in digital opportunities to connect, share, and engage, including events from the Henry Art Gallery, Office of Public Lectures, and more. Featured on UW News 
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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 27, 2019
Alaniz, a professor in the department of Slavic languages and literatures, spoke about Mexican-American representation in comics from the 1950s to the 1980s. Featured on The Monitor 
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