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Slavic Languages and Literatures

Undergraduate Highlight


Slavic Undergrad Study in Russia

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Slavic major Emily Andrey was the first recipient of an award from the Radulovacki Slavic Studies Fund for her study in St. Petersburg, Russia, September 3-24, 2019.  She participated in the International Summer School program, “The Topography of Imperial Power:  The Political and Cultural Space of St. Petersburg,” at the Higher School of Economics (HSE).  Emily, a double major in Slavic Languages and Literatures and Art History, with a minor in Chemistry, noted, “This program is a unique intersection of culture and politics that reflects my double major and my interests in art and social/political spaces.”

Emily has received a Fulbright to teach in Russia, and is a 2020 NU graduate.  Congratulations, Emily!

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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

Congratulations to Anthony Topoleski, Thomas Feerick, and Anastasiia Simferovska!  Tony (left) received a Fulbright Research Grant to study in St. Petersburg for the 2019/2020 academic year.  Tony returned to the US in March, after researching Late- and Post-Soviet Russian poetry and culture, especially a movement in Russian poetry known as Metarealism.  Thomas received a Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI) Fellowship to study Practical Slavic Codicology and Readings in Church Slavonics at Ohio State and the Hilandar Research Library.  Anastasiia (see News page) won an Israel Studies Research Grant from the NU Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies.  She is studying  three Jewish artists of different generations and political views in Lviv, examining their art in the context of the Jewish diaspora and their move to Israel.

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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