Recent News

Associate Professor Jose Alaniz will assume the directorship of the UW Disability Studies Program in summer 2014.
José Alaniz explores the problematic publication history of komiks--an art form much-maligned as "bourgeois" mass diversion before, during, and after the collapse of the USSR--with an emphasis on the last twenty years. Using archival research, interviews with major artists and publishers, and close readings of several works, Komiks: Comic Art in Russia (now available in a new paperback edition from University of Mississippi Press: ISBN-13:... Read more
We're thrilled to announce that Nika Egorova has accepted a position a Preceptor in Russian Language position at Harvard University.  Congratulations, Nika!
The Slavic Department grieves the passing of Professor Emeritus Karl Kramer on February 19, 2014 at age 80. Karl was a Seattle native who earned his B.A. (English, 1955), M.A. (Comparative Literature, 1957), and Ph.D. (Comparative Literature, 1964), all at the University of Washington. As a participant in one of the first – and, in those days of the Cold War, extremely rare – academic exchanges in the former Soviet Union, Karl attended Moscow State University as a doctoral candidate in 1959-... Read more
The Bulgarian booth at last week's FIUTS Cultural Fest has made the news in Bulgaria.  Our heartfelt appreciation to the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle for all their hard work!
Submissions are invited for the 9th Annual Slavic Linguistics Society Annual Conference, hosted by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Linguistics of the University of Washington.  The conference will take place at the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for Humanities at the University of Washington on September 19-21, 2014.
Congratulations to Connor Lynch! We received word Friday morning that he had been named a president's medalist. We are so thrilled and proud!
Galya Diment's article, "Four Christmas Parties -- A Drawing by Beatrice Campbell," appeared in the December 20, 2013 issue of the Times Literary Supplement, available by subscription at
Graduate student Veronica Muskheli has won the 2013 Rado L. Lenček Graduate Prize, awarded each year by the Society for Slovene Studies for the year's best research paper authored by a currently enrolled graduate student on a topic in Slovene studies.  Veronica's winning paper is titled "The Alternation of Past and Present Tenses in Slovenian and Russian Wonder Tales and Its Structural Pattern-Forming Role in the Narrative."  As part of the award, Veronica's paper will be... Read more
According to an AAC&U survey, 43% of employers said that universities should place more emphasis on proficiency in a language other than English and 40% said that there should be more emphasis on knowledge about global issues and developments and their implications for the future. The full survey is available at It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success.