Recent News

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
Four UW faculty and graduate student specialists in Slovene studies will collaborate over the next two years (2015-2017) with their counterparts at the University of Primorska (Koper, Slovenia) in an interdisciplinary research project exploring aspects of ecological literature and art in Slovenia and the U.S.  UW’s participants include Prof. Nives Dolšak (Marine and Environmental Affairs), Prof. Michael Biggins (Slavic languages), Veronica Muskheli and Cyrus Rodgers (both PhD students in Slavic... Read more
Congratulations to Dr. Bojan Belić, whose promotion (effective 9/16/2015) to Principal Lecturer is now official!  We're so proud and delighted for you!
The Kosciuszko Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for its Summer Study Abroad programs at the Jagiellonian University.  Undergraduate students and students who are 18 years of age and have a high school diploma may apply.  Applicants must be of Polish descent, have a 3.0 GPA and an interest in Polish language acquisition.  The scholarship covers program fees for participation in a 3 week Session ($1,620) and may be applied to a 4 or 6 week program.  Successful candidates... Read more