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Celebrating 50 years of Slavic Languages & Literatures

Slavic Department at the UW: 1968-2018


Alumni are encouraged to join us in recognition of this milestone by sharing your memories with us!  Please send us your photos, stories, anecdotes, etc. at


We have collected numerous photos on our department Facebook page.  Please also check out the Russian House Album: 1963-68.

Centennial Events

The department hosted a 50-year celebration event on May 11, 2018, with author Douglas Smith giving a talk titled "In Search of the Real Rasputin" at 6:30pm in Kane Hall room 210.

Douglas Smith is an award-winning historian and translator and the author of Former PeopleRasputin, and other books on Russia. Before becoming a historian, he worked for the U. S. State Department in the Soviet Union and as a Russian affairs analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.