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Alternate cover of Allies #1 ‘Before the Dawn’
September 23, 2020
Dr. José Alaniz has just published a new essay on disability representation in Russian superhero comics.  The essay, entitled "Allies and Disability Representation in Contemporary Russian Comics," is now available to read at Comics Forum.  Be sure to check it out!
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
Cover of Way of Lord book
September 16, 2020
Dr. Eugene Lemcio, Affiliate Professor, continues researching post retirement. This past March he published a new book, entitled The Way of the Lord: Plotting St. Luke’s Itinerary. A Pedagogical Aid (Wipf and Stock, 2020), in which he observes that Polish and Ukrainian versions of Scripture are among translations that render the Greek ΑΦΕΣΙΣ as “letting go” or “release” (odpuszczenie and відпущення, respectively), and notes that dynamics of “forgiveness” are more evident in them than in English... Read more
Photo of Sasha Senderovich
September 9, 2020
Assistant Professor Dr. Sasha Senderovich has recently received a prestigious fellowship at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.  Bringing together scholars from around the world to conduct research in relation to a given theme, the 2020-21 Frankel Institute fellows will... Read more
Cat in fur coat with bloody axe
June 16, 2020
Dr. José Alaniz, professor, has recently published an essay entitled "ShUV, Death and the 1990s in Russian Comics in the NYU Jordan Center's blog.  Be sure to check it out as part of your summer reading!
Photo of Cover of Comics of the New Europe
May 20, 2020
Professor José Alaniz recently co-edited a book that has just been published!  Comics of the New Europe, published by Leuven University Press, brings together the works of North American and European scholars alike.  Focusing on comics from countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain, their articles form a shared history of WWII and communism. In addition to situating these graphic narratives in their national and subnational contexts, Comics of the New Europe pays particular attention to... Read more
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May 8, 2020
The University of Washington Humanities Division has recently received a $700,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to introduce first-year students to the Humanities.  Humanities First will launch in Autumn 2020, and consist of a three-course series during the 2020-21 Academic Year.  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 Film Poster
April 2, 2020
Professor José Alaniz reviews "Quiet Comes the Dawn," a 2019 Russian horror film, in the April 2020 issue of KinoKultura. Be sure to check it out, and see why he calls it "the Mentos and Coke Experiment of cinema!"