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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
September 4, 2013
An interest in foreign affairs sparked alumnus Allan Mustard's interest in foreign languages, leading to a dual major in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Political Science.  These degrees, combined with an M.S. in Agricultural Economics, led to a 30-plus-year career in the Foreign Service.  Allan describes his career below. The path from a small dairy farm in western Washington to a 30-plus-year Foreign Service career and seven postings abroad led through the UW Slavic Department.  I was... Read more
August 6, 2013
On June 28, 2013, Advisory Board member  Wayne Jehlik, founder and director of the Czech Center for Education and Culture, was installed as an Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic.  The occasion marked the opening of the twentieth Honorary Consulate in the United States in the city of Seattle, Washington. The consulate was inaugurated during a ceremony attended by many distinguished guests, including the Deputy Minister of Environment Mr. Tomáš Tesař, Czech Ambassador to the... Read more
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August 2, 2013
Dwight Roesch is an alumnus that Slavic Department faculty Nora Gerbertovna Holdsworth and Zoya Mihailovna Polack claim with pride as their former student.  Dwight, who earned BAs in Russian and French in 1976 and then an MA in Russian in 1982, has spent an illustrious career interpreting for various national governmental agencies, including a stint with the State Department at the START Treaty talks. Dwight himself describes his career below. After my undergraduate studies, I travelled to... Read more
Cover of the journal, Studies in Russian & Soviet Cinema Articles.
February 22, 2012
Check out the latest issue of the journal, Studies in Russian & Soviet Cinema Articles, for articles by former grad student Emily Schuckman Matthews (Ph.D. 2008) and current grad student Lena Doubivko. Congratulations to both!