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Slavic Languages and Literatures

Undergraduate Highlight


First Weil Awards to Slavic Undergrads

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Slavic undergraduates Nell Anna Borys (Polish minor) and Jacob Summers (Russian major) are the first recipients in 2018 of the Irwin and Vivian M. Weil Awards for Travel and Language Study.  Nell  presented a paper at the 2018 Slavic Forum at the University of Virginia in March.  Jacob was accepted into the  ACTR Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies program this summer in Almaty, Kazakhstan.  Congratulations, Nell and Jacob!

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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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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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