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NU Associated Student Government Honors Three Slavic Professors

November 12, 2018
Congratulations to Professors Elisabeth Elliott, Martina Kerlova, and Gary Saul Morson for their nominations to the NU Associated Student Government Faculty and Administration Honor Roll!

Welcome, Freshmen!

September 25, 2018
Welcome to all first-years/freshmen, including those our faculty and grad students had the pleasure of meeting at the Academic Directions Fair on September 24 and at our Open House on October 18!  See Martina Kerlova, our DUS, with any questions about Slavic courses or choosing a major or minor in Russian and East European Studies!

Russian and Polish Language Tables

September 10, 2018

The Russian Language Table continues in the foyer outside the Slavic Department office, Kresge 3305, every other Thursday at 5pm.  The group has met 11/1 and 11/15.  Join us 11/29!  There will be a special session during Reading Week on Wed., Dec. 5.  Slavic grad student Christopher Pike leads these conversations.    All students welcome!  Contact Professor Elisabeth Elliott for more information.

Professor Kinga Kosmala will host a Polish Language Table on Tuesdays 4-5pm in Shepard Hall, room B25.  Shepard Hall is at 626 University Place near the Rebecca Crown Center.  Please contact Pani Kinga for more information Polish classes and events.

Slavic Students Win Fulbright Awards

September 7, 2018
Several Slavic majors, minors and students of Polish were Fulbright Award Finalists in spring 2018, including Rachel Moss (Theatre), Jordan Todes (Earth Science), and Anna Holubecki (Neuroscience).  All  three studied Polish with Slavic Department Professor Kinga Kosmala, and are now conducting research in Poland.  Rachel, Anna and Jordan are shown here in Warsaw during their Fulbright orientation.  Slavic major and Fulbright winner Aleks Kajmakoski is studying alternative medicine in Macedonia.  Congratulations!

Slavic Department Grad Student Translates New Book

September 5, 2018

Slavic Graduate student Thomas Feerick has co-translated Russian Cuisine in Exile, to be released on November 18, 2018.

The book shares the beloved essays of Pyotr Vail and Alexander Genis, originally written in the mid-1980s, in English, with delightful commentaries.  The essays describe everyday life and the relationship of Russian immigrants with Russian cuisine.

Congratulations, Thomas!

Slavic Grad Students Tony Topoleski and Thomas Feerick Complete Summer Studies in Russia

September 4, 2018
Anthony Topoleski (4th year, right) 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.  For this project, Tony spent time doing research this summer in Berlin and St. Petersburg. Thomas Feerick (2nd year, left) 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 in addition to a Travel and Language Study Grant from the Irwin and Vivian M. Weil Fund.

NU PhDs Publish Dostoevskii Book

September 1, 2018
Katia Bowers and Connor Doak (Northwestern Slavic Department PhDs) joined with Kate Holland as editors of the new book, A Dostoevskii Companion.  The book features contributions from our own faculty members Susan McReynolds and Gary Saul Morson!   Academic Studies Press notes that this work "contains a collection of documents from Dostoevskii’s own time (excerpts from his letters, his journalism, and what his contemporaries wrote about him), as well as extracts from the major critical studies of Dostoevskii from the contemporary academy.  [It] equips readers with a deeper understanding of Dostoevskii’s world and his writing, offering new paths and directions for interpreting his writing."

Presentation by Former Ambassador to Georgia and Georgian Ambassador

June 7, 2018

On May 14th, Northwestern's Ambassador in Residence, former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly, and Georgian Ambassador to the U.S., David Bakradze, dicussed Russian interference in Georgia and neighboring countries.  U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) shared her perspective via video.  Jordan Gans-Morse, Assistant Professor in Political Science, moderated the panel.  This event was cosponsored by Political Science (2018 Barry Farrell Lecture), and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

A recording of the panel can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Clare Cavanagh and Saul Morson on Recent Awards

April 30, 2018

In March 2018, Professor Clare Cavanagh received the prestigious Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which honors established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  Cavanagh was one of eight authors selected this year.  As noted on the Northwestern University website, Cavanagh has translated, or co-translated, 17 volumes of poetry and prose by Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska, Adam Zagajewski, Ryszard Krynicki and other poets.  She is now working on an authorized biography of another Nobel Prize winner, poet Czesław Miłosz.  Read the whole story on the Northwestern website!

Professor Saul Morson recently won the Kohl Education Prize jointly with NU President Morty Schapiro.  Also he won the Sidney Award for Best Long-Form Essays of 2017 for his article, "Solzhenitsyn's Cathedrals."

In the NY Times (12.25.17), David Brooks writes:  Gary Saul Morson’s essay “Solzhenitsyn’s Cathedrals” in The New Criterion takes us back to one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. Morson shows how spiritually ambitious Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was. “Once you give up survival at any price, ‘then imprisonment begins to transform your former character in astonishing ways,’” Morson writes, quoting Solzhenitsyn. It teaches friendship. You learn the most valuable thing is “the development of the soul.” And so Solzhenitsyn concluded, “Bless you, prison, for having been in my life.”

Dead Souls Club Meets on Tuesday Evenings

April 5, 2018
Fans of Russian Literature: The "Dead Souls Society" meets on Tuesdays at 6pm in the foyer just outside Kresge Hall 3305 (Slavic Department). The club is open to all students interested in meeting with Professor Saul Morson to discuss short works of Russian Literature. For more information, contact:
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