Maslenitsa celebration heldFebruary 27, 2023 — Thank you to PhD student Adam Laten Willson and visiting scholar Ekaterina Mironenko for organizing a departmental Maslenitsa celebration! See more photos and the video below!
Pysanky demo held
March 3, 2023 — Ukrainian pysanky artist Janet Hundrieser organized a pysanky event this past Friday, March 3 on the ground floor of Kresge Hall. The event, a demonstration for the day-long workshop April 1, was widely attended and a great success!
Cavanagh in the Washington PostFebruary 26, 2023 — Professor Clare Cavanagh's article on her collaboration with the poet Adam Zagajewski will appear in the Sunday Book World section of the Washington Post. Congratulations, Clare!
Message from the Chair
The entire world is focused on the horrific war on civilians Russia is waging in Ukraine. As scholars in Slavic, we feel a special obligation to serve as a resource in this difficult time. One of our highest obligations is to education: we are committed to supporting all students, scholars, and institutions in Ukraine and Russia who oppose and are suffering the consequences of Putin's aggression and repression. Ani Kokobobo, a Tolstoy scholar and immigrant from eastern Europe, offers a helpful perspective on the devastating impact of war on education.
Study Polish with Professor WilczewskiNow is the perfect time to take Polish Studies courses at Northwestern! Between the Slavic Department’s rich course offerings in Polish language, literature, culture, film, and history, and Chicago's deep Polish cultural heritage, there are so many opportunities to embrace and connect with Polish culture.
King Roger at the Chicago Opera Theater20 students in Professor Michał Wilczewski's "Intermediate Polish" and "Sex in the Slavic World" courses, as well as others from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, attended Karol Szymanowski’s 1924 opera King Roger at the Chicago Opera Theater. King Roger, which is sung entirely in Polish, is one of Szymanowski’s most important works, and arguably one of Poland’s most important operas. This performance was its Chicago debut.
Pysanky Workshop ReceptionThank you to all who joined us as students showcased the pysanky art they created during a three day workshop with Ukrainian pysanky artist Janet Hundrieser and Professor Michał Wilczewski. Made possible by the generosity of the Irwin & Vivian M. Weil Foundation, the Council on Language Instruction, SelfReliance Federal Credit Union, and the Ukrainian Gift Shop.
Kerlova PromotionCongratulations to Professor Martina Kerlova on her promotion to Professor of Instruction! This is very well-deserved and recognizes her essential contributions to our department and students.
New books by two NU Slavic PhDs
Saul Morson Nominated to ASG Honor Roll
Congratulations to Professor Saul Morson for being nominated to the 2021-2022 Associated Student Government (ASG) Faculty & Administrator Honor Roll! Every year, ASG asks the undergraduate student body to nominate faculty and administrators they believe have made an exceptional impact on their academic journey at Northwestern University, and once again, Professor Morson has been nominated!
Krystyna Dąbrowska Poetry ReadingOn October 21, 2022, the Department of Slavic Languages hosted a poetry reading featuring award-winning Polish poet Krystyna Dąbrowska, and translator Karen Kovacik. Students, staff, and faculty were treated to poems from Dąbrowska’s newest book, Tideline, and her forthcoming book, City of Indium.
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.
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.
Undergraduate Student Excellence
Congratulations to our award winners!
RUSSIAN HERITAGE SPEAKER AWARD
KULTURA I LINGVISTIKA HONOR IN RUSSIAN WINNERS
Edward Karppi | Aurora Greane | Aldair Castellanos Trujillo | Mark Dovgalyuk | Eryk Hovde | Ryan Hillyer
KULTURA I LINGWISTYKA HONOR IN POLISH WINNERS
Kasia Ostrowski & Robert Pritchard
IRWIN WEIL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ESSAYS IN SLAVIC LITERATURES AND CULTURES
Magda Slowakiewicz & Piper Fishkind
IRWIN WEIL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE SLAVIC PROJECT
Graduate Student Excellence
Congratulations to our outstanding graduate students
Slavic Departmental Awards
IRWIN WEIL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
IRWIN WEIL AWARD FOR RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TEACHING
IRWIN WEIL AWARD FOR FIRST TIME TEACHING ASSISTANT
Jiwon Jung on her acceptance to the Dissertation Proposal Development Program, for her project titled Picturing beyond the Boundaries: The Question of Mental Illness Represented in A. Chekhov’s Literary Works. In the Dissertation Proposal Program, faculty actively guide 18 humanities and social science PhD students, who are in their second and third years, in designing effective research questions, methodologies, contexts, and interventions.
Adam Willson on the receipt of a scholarship to Middlebury's language program.
Anastasiia Simferovska on the receipt of the Crown Graduate fellowship and the Northwestern Holocaust Educational Foundation Teaching Grant to teach her own course "Document-Image-Text:The Holocaust in East European Art and Literatures." She plans to teach this course at the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv, Ukraine) in the academic year 2022-2023.
News and Events
Joint Statement of Opposition to Banning Scholars Based on Citizenship
The statement below, along with its translation in Ukrainian and Russian, can found on the ASEEES website.
As international professional associations that foster the study of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian peoples and cultures, ASEEES, BASEES, and AATSEEL* are committed to promoting international communication among scholars of all countries and identities across the humanities and social sciences. Open exchange and mutual respect among our members are fundamental to our principles.
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