Recent News

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.
Professor Katarzyna Dziwirek has been nominated for the 2015 David B. Thorud Leadership Award.  The award, named in honor of David B. Thorud who served in many defining leadership roles at the University, acknowledges the exceptional ability to lead, serve, inspire, and innovate with broad impact to the University.
Check out Professor Jose Alaniz's recent review of the Ukrainian film, Corrections Class, in Kinokultura.
Our heartfelt congratulations go to alumnus Allan P. Mustard, who was recently confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan.  His testimony may be seen at