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April 13, 2018
José Alaniz, has been selected to be recognized at the Latinx Faculty Recognition Event. This annual event honors the scholarly achievements of Latina and Latino faculty across the tri-campuses of the University of Washington for the academic year 2017-2018.  Criteria for recognition include: promotion to associate or full professor, acceptance or publication of an article in a high impact journal, publication of a book, securing a major grant or retiring during or near the end of the academic... Read more
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April 11, 2018
Congratulations to department undergraduate major, Alexis McClimans. She will have an essay published in the Spring version of "The Birch", a Slavic studies journal published by the University of Columbia. Her paper is titled "The Politics of Adaptation: the Violence of Ovashvili’s The Other Bank." The essay examines the differences between Nugzar Shataidze's short story "Journey to Africa" and George Ovashvili's adaptation The Other Bank, and how those changes represent the shifting political... Read more
April 4, 2018
On Thursday, March 29th, Ph.D. Student Cyrus Rodgers and his wife Jen welcomed their daughter, Lucille, to the world.  To quote her dad "She came into the world tired and fuzzy with a pretty full head of hair. She weighed 7lbs & 7oz." The Slavic Department hopes you will join us all in wishing Cyrus and his family congratulations on their new edition!
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March 29, 2018
Professor Sasha Senderovich has an article published in the Stranger about the shuttering of Seattle's Russian Consulate.  It's a great read so be sure to check it out.
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March 20, 2018
UW Slavic librarian, Michael Biggins, will be delivering the keynote address "Canons Continually Recast:  Claiming Space for the Genius of Europe’s Borderlands" at the annual Midwest Slavic Conference at Ohio State this Saturday, March 24th. More information and an abstract of the talk can be found here 
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February 21, 2018
Congratulations to Jake Hansen, a department undergrad major. He recently received news that his translation of "The Bus" (Rus: Автобус) written by contemporary prose writer Olga Isayeva was accepted for publication by The Birch (an undergraduate Slavic & Eastern European Studies journal put out by Columbia University). Prior to this, Isayeva's work has never been published in English translation. Hats off to Jake!... Read more
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February 12, 2018
Slavic is pleased to welcome our new Undergraduate adviser. Gina Gould joins us this week. She is also the UG adviser for the UW Philosophy Department. Her hours with us will be M,W,F 12:30-2:30pm and T,Th 2:30-4:30pm. Her office will be Padelford A210 and her email is Please join us in welcoming her to the department.
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January 23, 2018
Slavic's own José Alaniz was recently publichsed in the works below   * “The Shoah, Czech Comics and Drda/Mazal’s The Enormous Disc of the Sun.” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. Vol. 17, No. 1 (2018): 64-78.   * “‘We Are All Scream!: Woodgod and the ‘Animal Superhero.’” Critical Animal Studies and Superheroes: The Heroic Beasts of Total Liberation. Ed. Joe Leeson Schatz and Sean Parson. Lexington Books, 2017... Read more
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December 26, 2017
Beginning December 21, 2017, all new donations to the University of Washington’s Roma Boniecka-Anna Cienciala Endowment for Slovene Studies up to a total of $50,000 will be matched one-to-one, up to maximum total combined contributions of $100,000, thanks to a generous offer from a private sponsor.  This means that your donation of $500, for example, will automatically trigger an equal contribution by the sponsor, resulting in a combined contribution to the UW Slovene... Read more
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December 7, 2017
Affiliate Professor Ronald LeBlanc recently had his article "The Ethics and Politics of Diet: Tolstoy, Pilnyak, and the Modern Slaughterhouse" published in Gastronomica, the Journal of Critical Food Studies. To read the article, go to the Gastronomica website and click the link for PDF