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Slavic Languages and Literatures

Undergraduate Highlight


Undergrads Study Russian in Central Asia

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Sophie Chen (History major/Slavic minor) completed a 7-week Russian course this past summer at the London School of Languages and Cultures in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan!  Slavic major Jacob Summers participated in the ACTR Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies program in Almaty, Kazakhstan (summer and fall)!  Sophie won an Undergraduate Language Grant and Jacob received Boren and Gilman Scholarships. Both received grants from the Irwin and Vivian M. Weil Fund. 

Congratulations, Sophie and Jacob!

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Announcement of the Radulovacki Slavic Studies Fund

Thanks to generosity of Brad ’83 and Karen Radulovacki, the Radulovacki Slavic Studies Fund will be used to support travel for graduate and/or undergraduate students to Slavic countries for the purpose of studying Slavic culture, literature and/or language, with a preference for students studying Russian culture, literature, and/or language.
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Brad Radulovacki is a member of the Weinberg College Board of Visitors. The board’s mission is to advance the College’s goals through involvement, advice, philanthropy, and advocacy. The board provides advice for various issues raised by the dean and draw on their areas of expertise and involvement with other institutions.

Brad remains active with Northwestern in various capacities. He is part of the NYC Regional Campaign Committee and was a former Co-Chair of the NY Regional Alumni Board.

Brad and his wife, Karen, have a longstanding research fellowship within NU’s Global Health Program (2007) and recently created scholarships for the Slavic Studies Department (2013) and for the newly created Asian Studies Program (2013).

Brad is a Managing Partner with Pinecroft Capital Advisors, an investment firm focusing on the urgent care medical services sector. He graduated from Northwestern’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1983 where he majored in Psychology, and went on to study at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, obtaining an MBA in Finance in 1987.

Graduate Highlight

Anthony Topoleski (4th year, on the left) was one of 24 PhD students from Northwestern, U of C and UIC to receive the 2018 Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Program award.  His topic is Developing Reality: Nature, Technology, and the Soviet State in Russian Metarealist Poetry.  Tony spent time doing research this summer in Berlin and St. Petersburg. Thomas Feerick (2nd year, on the right) attended Moscow University in the American Councils for International Education Summer 2018 Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program (RLASP). He received a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship and a Travel and Language Study Grant from the Irwin and Vivian M. Weil Fund.

Our Programs



Welcome to Slavic Languages and Literatures!  We offer beginning, intermediate and advanced Russian and Polish (and, less often, beginning and intermediate Czech), in addition to Russian and East European literature and film courses.  Many of our students are double majors, or are pursuing a minor in Russian and East European Studies to complement their studies.  Many of our majors and minors have studied abroad in Russia, Poland or the Czech Republic.
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Our PhD program ranks among the best in the country!  We offer individual attention and the opportunity to pursue a personalized program by way of coursework taken outside the department.  Students specialize in Russian literature, but our faculty also includes specialists in Polish, Czech and South Slavic literatures and cultures.  Our greatest strengths are in Russian prose and poetry, literary theory, and in the social and intellectual context of literary works.

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News and Events


Recent Publication

Economists Should Read Great Literature, according to Morson and Schapiro

Professor Saul Morson's new book, co-authored by Northwestern president Morton Schapiro, has received rave reviews, including from The Washington Post. Cents and Sensibility explains that economists should read great literature and learn from the humanities, not just mathematics.

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Recent Publication

Clare Cavanagh's Translations of Polish Books Earn Praise

Slavic Department Professor and Chair Clare Cavanagh received praise for her translation of 
Slight Exaggeration by Adam Zagajewski. The work, originally published in Polish in 2011, was reviewed in The New York Times, which describes it as "delightful to read straight through as it riffs, zags and circles."

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