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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
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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!"
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February 18, 2020
Affiliate Professor Gene Lemcio gave a podcast interview to the UW Jackson School of International Studies in December 2019, as part of their “ReligioPolitics” series.  This podcast, intended for... Read more
Photo of Romanian President
December 3, 2019
Our lecturers of Romanian, Otilia Baraboi and Ileana Marin, have recently been awarded the Order of Merit in Education at the Rank of Cavalier by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis!  This honor was bestowed upon them for their activity promoting Romanian language and culture, and was awarded as part of a series of distinctions given on the National Day of Romania, December 1, 2019.  In addition to co-founding ARCS... 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 Jose Alaniz
November 13, 2019
Slavic Department Professor José Alaniz was recently interviewed by the UW Translation Studies Hub as part of its #UWtranslators series.  Talking about his research, Translation Studies, and his own translations, Dr. Alaniz highlights the importance and relevance of translation for all students, regardless of major.  Be sure to check out the full interview... Read more
Photo of cover of Book Ukraine's Quest for Identity
October 14, 2019
Maria Rewakowicz, affiliate faculty in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, has won ASEEES' 2019 Omeljan Pritsak Book Prize in Ukrainian Studies for her book Ukraine's Quest for Identity: Embracing Cultural Hybridity in Literary Imagination, 1991-2011. The first study to look at the literary process in post-independence Ukraine, Rewakowicz comprehensively draws the connection between literary production and identity construction. Examining major works of literature... Read more