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Politics of Culture: Harvard–Toronto Workshop for Junior Faculty in Polish Studies

October 15, 2021
Date: Friday, October 15, 2021, 10am-3:30pm Eastern Time
Location: Zoom
 

One-day virtual workshop for junior researchers with PhDs in Polish literature and culture. If you would like to get more details and/or attend the talks, please email the organizers: Aleksandra Kremer akremer@fas.harvard.edu and/or Agnieszka Jeżyk agnieszka.jezyk@utoronto.ca. All attendees are asked to read the...

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Penelope Skalnik joins Slavic Department as new Department Administrator

September 20, 2021

On September 20th, Penny Skalnik joined Slavic as the new Department Administrator. Penny will oversee all Slavic Department administrative, financial, programmatic, faculty, and human resource operations. Previously, she spent 16 years as the Events Planner at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, where she was responsible for an extensive portfolio of dynamic academic and social events. She holds an M.L.A. in Gastronomy and certifications in wine and cheese studies from Boston University, and a B.A. in Costume Design and Russian Studies from Vassar College. She also studied... Read more about Penelope Skalnik joins Slavic Department as new Department Administrator

Congratulations to the winners of 2021 New England Olympiada of Spoken Russian

April 12, 2021

Congratulations to the following students of Russian who won in the 5th New England Olympiada of Spoken Russian on April 11th, 2021.

2nd year:

Alexander Lee - 1st place in Speech Contest

Cade Williams - 2nd place in Poetry Contest, his Mayakovsky’s “Послушайте!” left all the judges with goosebumps.

3rd year:

Joseph McDonough - 1st place in Speech Contest and 2nd place in Poetry Contest, he blew the judges away with his rendition of Lermontov’s “Небо и звёзды”

4th year:

Jarom Larman -...

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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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