Recent News

Our congratulations go to Affiliate Faculty Maria Rewakowicz, who earlier this month began working for the Ukrainian Museum in New York City as Collections Specialist. Her responsibilities include among other things ensuring the proper care and preservation of objects in the Museum's three main collections: Folk Art, Fine Art, and Archives. She will also work on expanding public access to the Museum's collections through a selective digitization.
Hanauer Professor Galya Diment and six Joff Hanauer fellows will spend the year studying the art and culture of three cosmopolitan cities of the early 20th century: Odessa, Trieste and Istanbul.
An article on Professor Galya Diment's trip to Belarus to participate in the annual Chagall Readings and to conduct research on her book on the Vitebsk School of Jewish painters appears on Jewish Studies' website.
Veronica Muskheli has received a generous $500 Polly Stewart student travel award from Women's Section to present her paper titled "Brides and Bridles: The Female Batyr and Her Magical Horse in Central Asian Wonder Tales" at the 2015 American Folklore Society meeting in Long Beach, California, in mid-October.
The department is so proud of Veronica Muskheli, who won the Alvord Fellowship, the most prestigious graduate award in the Humanities. Huge congratulations to Veronica and her advisors!!
An article about Affiliate Professor Michael Biggins'  receipt of the Lavrin award appears in the Slovene national news at
UW Professor Emeritus Jože Velikonja, who taught geography at UW from 1964 through 1993, died on May 23, 2015, in Nova Gorica, Slovenia, at the age of 92, and was laid to rest at Ljubljana's central Žale Cemetery on May 27. Professor Velikonja was an active faculty member of UW's Russian and Far Eastern Institute (now Ellison Center), a founding member of the Society for Slovene Studies, and a widely published scholar on Slovene geography and emigration, as well as other subjects. Professor... Read more
Professor Galya Diment has been awarded the Hanauer Distinguished Professorship; her term will start September 1. The Hanauer Professor, a distinguished faculty member whose research and teaching addresses issues pertinent to Western Civilization, will teach one class annually on a topic involving Western Civilization in its various aspects and participate in the life of the Honors Program, including serving on the Honors Faculty Council and meeting regularly with students.
Katherine, an International Studies Honors student who is also a Russian language minor, is one of six students from UW selected for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for 2015-2016. She will be going to Russia to teach English. When Katherine was fifteen, she received a grant to travel from her rural hometown in Central Washington to Gatchina, Russia for a language immersion program. This began her lifelong passion for Russian studies, helped her understand the value of foreign language... Read more
The Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Washington grieves the passing on April 17, 2015 of Jack V. Haney, our friend, colleague, and former Chair. Jack earned his BA magna cum laude at the UW in 1962 and was a Rhodes Scholar at The Queen’s College, Oxford 1962-4. He went on to earn another BA, an MA and D.Phil at the University of Oxford. He began his career at the University of Washington in 1965 and served as its Chair twice, first for seven years in the... Read more