Recent News

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
The Society of Slovene Literary Translators has named UW affiliate professor and Slavic librarian Michael Biggins as the recipient of its annual Janko Lavrin Prize, awarded each year for lifetime distinguished contributions to furthering Slovene literature abroad.  Biggins is the translator of more than fifteen major, book-length works of 20th- and 21st-century Slovene literature. The public award ceremony will be held... Read more
As part of UW’s long-standing annual exchange of faculty and senior graduate students with the University of Ljubljana, in 2015 UW will send a record three faculty and one PhD student to Ljubljana to give lectures, participate in seminars, and collaborate in joint research projects with their Ljubljana counterparts. The UW PhD student selected this year is Cyrus Rodgers (Slavic Languages and Literatures), who will consult with faculty in four departments - Slovene, Slavic Languages, Comparative... Read more
UW Slavic languages and literatures PhD student Cyrus Rodgers has been chosen by the Society for Slovene Studies as the 2014 recipient of the Rado Lenček Award for outstanding original research by a graduate student.  In his paper on Encoding Suppressed Societal Trauma in Slovene Literary and Visual Arts:  Boris Pahor and Lojze Spacal, Drago Jančar and Stane Kregar, Cyrus makes new and significant discoveries that can be expected to have an impact on the way these artists and writers... Read more
For a paper titled Brothers by Blood, Strangers by Culture: Balkanism and Europeanism as Cultural Justifications for European Independence, UW student Gregory Chapman, a double major in International Studies and Slavic Languages, has been awarded the 2014 Joseph Velikonja Undergraduate Prize sponsored by the Society for Slovene Studies.  In his paper Gregory explores the rhetoric used by prominent Slovenes involved in the 1980s independence movement to set Slovenia apart from its... Read more
The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee-sponsored exhibit on Jan Karski reviewed in UW student newspaper, The Daily.