Recent News

Photo of James E. Augerot
After more than 55 years in the Slavic Department, Professor James E. Augerot is teaching his final course Winter Quarter 2016.  On March 1, 2016 the department held a party honoring his contributions and celebrating his birthday, and on March 8 he was featured in an article in the UW Daily.
Photo of Slovenian prime minister with UW President Ana Mari Cauce
On Friday, December 4, 2015, Prime Minister Miro Cerar of the Republic of Slovenia met with University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce on the UW Seattle campus to express interest in sustained collaboration between UW and academic institutions in Slovenia. The Slovene Prime Minister was accompanied by Ambassador of Slovenia to the U.S. Božo Cerar, Slovene Deputy Prime Minister Boris Koprivnikar and other Slovene government officials.  On the UW side Vice-Provost for Global Affairs... Read more
Check out Professor Jose Alaniz's recent review of the Russian sci film, "The Guest" in the latest issue of KinoKultura.
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