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Ian Kelly, Northwestern University's ambassador in residence, published in The Atlantic

November 5, 2021
Ian Kelly is the ambassador in residence at Northwestern University. Previously, he was U.S. ambassador to Georgia, ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, State Department spokesperson, and director of the Office of Russian Affairs in Washington D.C.Find his recent piece in The Atlantic here.


How to Start Writing (and When to Stop): Advice for Writers New Directions, Paperback – October 5, 2021

April 14, 2021

In this witty “how-to” guide, Wislawa Szymborska has nothing but sympathy for the labors of would-be writers.  This delightful compilation, translated by the peerless Clare Cavanagh, will delight readers and writers alike: "Perhaps you could learn to love in prose?"


Famous Polish poet Adam Zagajewski remembered by friend and translator Clare Cavanagh

April 6, 2021
Professor Clare Cavanagh did a podcast for the Poetry Foundation on her work and friendship with Adam Zagajewski.  Listen to the podcast here.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2020-2021 Brad and Karen Radulovacki Travel and Language Study Grant: Alisher Juzgenbayev

April 5, 2021
Travel and language study grants are available to undergraduate and graduate students who are traveling to Russia or Eastern Europe to study language, literature, and culture. Past winners include [names/list of past winners coming soon!].


Adam Zagajewski, Poet of the Past’s Presence, Dies at 75

March 24, 2021
Read Adam Zagajewski's obituary from The New York Times here.

Political Confrontation in Russia: From Protests to Elections and Back

March 5, 2021

Join a conversation with Vladimir B. Zvonovsky (Samara State University, Russia)! He will discuss how a small group of active Russians are set up for a long political confrontation with the regime, but the main part remains in a state of learned helplessness, fearing that regime change may worsen the economic situation. This lecture is a part of a new speaker series: East Meets West: Perspectives from Russian, Eurasian and East European Scholars. More information can be found in the flyer here.

Time: March 10 | Wednesday | 11AM CST
Location: Online - Must register for the event


Shevtsova & Aquilina: Russia's Theatrical Past in Today's World

January 29, 2021

Maria Shevtsova (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Stefan Auilina (University of Malta) discussed their new, innovative books with NU faculty and students. Dassia N. Posner, Associate Professor of Theatre and Slavic Languages and Literatures, moderated the conversation with the authors about the broader relevance of Russian theatre scholarship today. 

The event was sponsored by Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies Research Program, Northwestern University.