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Elizaveta Mnatsakanova (1922-2019)

January 4, 2021

On September 10, 2019, the Russian poet Elizaveta Mnatsakanova passed away in Vienna, after a very long life, longer than is usually given to Russia’s poets. Born in 1922 in Baku, she studied in Moscow, including at the Moscow Conservatory, and she made her living as a musicologist while writing poems that she hid away. She emigrated to Vienna in 1975 and began giving private music lessons, eventually teaching Russian literature at the University of Vienna. She became known as a poet when her great requiem, “Осень в лазарете невинных сестер,” was published in 1977. Its intense musical...

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Genesee Johnson joins Slavic Department as new Department Administrator

July 21, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Genesee Johnson has joined the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures as our new Department Administrator. Genesee has been at Harvard for over twenty years, and has worked at the School of Public Health, as well as at the Administrative Systems Assistance Program of the FAS. She earned her undergraduate degree in Finance and Management from Northeastern University, and has a Master's degree from Harvard University in Business Management.

Most recently, in 2016, she joined us in Arts and Humanities (and at the Barker Center) as the...

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Maya Garcia wins ASEEES dissertation research grant

June 25, 2020

Maya Garcia, a sixth-year graduate student in the Slavic Department, has won an ASEEES dissertation research grant in LGBTQ studies for her work on “Ivan the Terrible’s Queer Legacy in the Arts.” Another superb recognition for her excellent dissertation project, following on a Fulbright Fellowship in 2019-20. Warmest congratulations!