Recent News

Barbara Henry’s latest book, Inventing the Modern Yiddish Stage Essays in Drama, Performance, and Show Business, which she co-edited with Joel Berkowitz, was published by Wayne State University Press in May and recently reviewed (in Yiddish) in “Forverts.”
Congratulations to Kris Sakarias, one of our Russian language minors, who recently had a photograph accepted for publication in Troika: An Undergraduate Journal in Eastern European, Eurasian, and Slavic Studies. Kris captured the photograph, entitled “A Fall Evening at Peter and Paul Fortress,” while studying abroad in St. Petersburg. Undergraduates interested in submitting to Troika should visit Поздравляем!
Boats at port in Sochi, Russia
As part of the 2012 Exploration Seminar to Sochi, Russia, Lecturer Valentina Zaitseva’s students visited the television station “Max TV,” where they were interviewed about their impressions of Sochi.
The Slavic Department grieves the passing on June 21, 2012 of Professor Emeritus Lew Micklesen, a specialist in Slavic linguistics, who taught in the department from 1954 to 1991.
In his review of Diment’s A Russian Jew of Bloomsbury, Jeffrey Meyers writes, “It’s amazing, despite Koteliansky’s severe depressions and mental breakdowns, his irascible temperament and notorious hatreds, that he was able to maintain these friendships. With D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, John... Read more
James West
James West was awarded a two-year, $50,000 NEH Digital Humanities Grant to build an innovative interface for the Brumfield Russian Architecture Photography Collection. This involves designing and programming both the server-side search and retrieval for complex database queries, and the web presentation of complex search results, both the building photographs, graphic display of the relationships between them, and explicit metadata describing the buildings.
Galya Diment
At the last faculty meeting of the year, faculty and staff honored outgoing Chair Galya Diment for her 12 years of service to the department. Galya said that it “had been a real honor and privilege to serve as chair of such a wonderful department, and that she is looking forward to doing more teaching and having more time for research.” The new Chair, Katarzyna Dziwirek, will be assuming her duties effective July 1, 2012.
Cover of the book, In Contrast: Croatian Film Today.
Gordana Crnković’s latest book, In Contrast: Croatian Film Today, a volume co-edited with Aida Vidan, is now out from Croatian Film Association and Cinephilia, UK.
Cover of the book, Rewriting Russia.
A review of Professor Barbara Henry’s book, Rewriting Russia: Jacob Gordin’s Yiddish Drama, was published on April 30, 2012 in The Jewish Daily Forward.
Cover of the book, Post-Yugoslav Literature and Film.
Gordana Crnkovic’s latest book, Post-Yugoslav Literature and Film: Fires, Foundations, Flourishes, has just been published in both the U.S. and Europe. More information may be found at Bloomsbury Publishing.