Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Published: October 14, 2019

The Polish novelist and activist Olga Tokarczuk won the Nobel prize in literature. Tokarczuk was born in Sulechow near Zielona Gora, in Western Poland.Tokarczuk has been described as one of the most critically acclaimed and commerically successful authors of her generation. In 2018, she won the Man Booker International Prize for her novel Flights (translated by Jennifer Croft), becoming the first…

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‘To Uncover the Secret of the Person, While Preserving the Secret as a Secret’ – A Review of the Bulgarian Dostoevsky Society’s International Symposium “The Anthropology of Dostoevsky”

Published: May 28, 2019

by Peter Winsky In his letter of August 16, 1839, Fyodor Mikhailovich wrote to his brother Mikhail Mikhailovich that “the person is a mystery…I am studying that mystery because I want to become a person.”[1] In similar fashion, scholars from around the globe gathered for the International Symposium on “The Anthropology of Dostoevsky” to continue Dostoevsky’s…

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UCLA Winners of the Twentieth Annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest

Published: May 6, 2019

On April 1st, 2019, twelve of our undergraduate scholars received awards or honorable mentions by the Twentieth Annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest (NPSREC) organized by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR). This year, 1,366 essays were submitted by students from 61 different universities. The contest features three categories: heritage, non-heritage Slavic speaker,…

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Interested in Learning Czech?

Published: April 23, 2019

Are you a current UC student interested in learning Czech? Do you want to learn Czech for travel, study abroad, research, communication with your relatives or simply to know more about the culture and language? Let us know by filling out the interest form below.  

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Ph.D Student Presents at IREX U.S. Russia Experts Program Summit

Published: February 8, 2019

Lydia Roberts, 3rd year Ph.D. student, presented her research project, titled “Mass Isolation: Aspects of the Russian and US Prison Systems” at the IREX U.S. Russia Experts Program Summit on January 25, 2019 at the Eaton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Representatives of IREX, including CEO Kristin M. Lord, and representatives of the US Russia Foundation,…

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Slavic Department’s PhD Student Lydia Roberts Interviews Marianna Yarovskaya, Director Of “Women Of The Gulag”

Published: January 15, 2019

When a country experiences genocide, is talking about what happened the best way to heal from the past? Why is it important to preserve the memory of what happened and the lives that were lost for future generations?These complicated questions regarding the preservation of memory are discussed in Lydia Roberts’ interview with Marianna Yarovskaya, director…

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APPLY NOW! Departmental Honors Program

Published: December 12, 2018

HEY BRUINS! Are you a junior majoring in Central & East European Languages & Cultures, Russian Language & Literature, or Russian Studies? Do you have a  3.5 major GPA and 3.0 overall GPA? If so, you’re eligible to apply for admission to our departmental honors program! Students should apply for admission by Spring Quarter of…

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