Russian and Polish Language Tables
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
Slavic Department Grad Student Translates New Book
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.
Slavic Grad Students Tony Topoleski and Thomas Feerick Complete Summer Studies in Russia
NU PhDs Publish Dostoevskii Book
Presentation by Former Ambassador to Georgia and Georgian Ambassador
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
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.”