LawrencĂan â€‰Chronicle â€‰2012 Department â€‰of â€‰Slavic â€‰Languages â€‰and â€‰Literatures The â€‰University â€‰of â€‰Kansas, â€‰Lawrence, â€‰Kansas Editor: Â Renee Â Perelmutter Layout: Â Pam Â LeRow www.ku.edu/~slavic/
Vol. Â XXIV No. Â 1 Summer, Â 2012
Slavic Â Department Â Welcomes Â New Â Assistant Â Professor Professor Â Ani Â Kokobobo Â joined Â the Â Slavic Â department Â in Â Fall Â 2011. Â She Â graduated Â with Â her Â Ph.D. Â in Â Slavic Â languages Â and Â literature Â from Â Columbia Â University, Â where Â she Â completed Â a Â dissertation Â entitled Â â€œFrom Â the Â Pastoral Â to Â the Â Grotesque Â in Â Late Â Russian Â Realism, Â 1872-Â 1899â€?. Â Professor Â Kokoboboâ€™s Â research Â interests Â include Â nineteenth-Âcentury Â Russian Â literature, Â as Â well Â as Â contem-Â porary Â Balkan Â literature;Íž Â she Â has Â published Â articles Â on Â Tolstoy, Â as Â well Â as Â on Â the Â works Â of Â Ismail Â Kadare Â and Â Ivo Â $QGULĂź,Q6SULQJ3URIHVVRU.RNRERERDOVRVHUYHG as Â an Â Acting Â Director Â of Â Undergraduate Â studies. Â I Â talked Â to Â Professor Â Kokobobo Â about Â her Â research, Â experiences Â at Â KU, Â and Â plans Â for Â the Â future. RP: Â You Â came Â to Â the Â University Â of Â Kansas Â shortly Â after Â completing Â your Â dissertation Â on Â the Â grotesque Â in Â late Â Russian Â realist Â novels. Â Would Â you Â please Â tell Â us Â a Â little Â bit Â more Â about Â your Â project, Â and Â what Â attracted Â you Â to Â this Â topic? AK: Â I Â was Â really Â interested Â in Â the Â Russian Â literary Â scene Â during Â the Â ÂżQ GH VLqFOH Â (1880-Â1900). Â This Â time Â marks Â the Â â€œdeathâ€? Â of Â the Â Russian Â novel, Â that Â great Â bulwark Â of Â nineteenth-Âcentury Â Russian Â literature, Â so Â I Â started Â my Â research Â with Â a Â very Â ambitious Â and Â virtually Â unanswear-Â able Â question: Â what Â happened Â to Â make Â Russian Â writers Â stop Â writing Â great Â novels Â like Â %URWKHUV .DUDPD]RY Â or Â $QQD.DUHQLQD? Â As Â I Â tell Â students, Â it Â is Â always Â good Â to Â have Â an Â ambitious Â start. Â Eventually, Â after Â I Â attempted Â (and Â failed) Â to Â answer Â this Â question, Â I Â decided Â that Â I Â should Â probably Â resign Â myself Â to Â the Â (admittedly Â no Â simpler) Â task Â of Â describing Â what Â happens Â to Â the Â Russian Â novel Â during Â the Â late Â nineteenth Â century. Â Over Â time, Â I Â discovered Â that Â the Â Russian Â novel Â took Â a Â darker Â turn Â during Â this Â period, Â casting Â a Â dejected Â look Â at Â Russian Â reality Â that Â seemed Â to Â mirror Â some Â of Â the Â violent Â and Â disturbing Â rhetoric Â dis-Â seminated Â in Â manifestoes Â by Â underground Â radicals Â and Â revolutionaries Â of Â the Â time. Â Chronologically, Â my Â dissertation Â began Â with Â Dosto-Â evskyâ€™s Â 'HPRQV Â and Â ended Â with Â Tolstoyâ€™s Â 5HVXUUHFWLRQ. Â
In Â that Â period Â Russian Â writers Â went Â from Â thinking Â that Â the Â revolutionaries Â were Â to Â blame Â for Â the Â terrible Â state Â of Â affairs Â in Â Russiaâ€”they Â are Â the Â demonic Â others Â in Â 'HPRQVâ€”to Â seeing Â them Â as Â would Â be Â saints, Â the Â only Â ones Â with Â real Â convictions Â in Â a Â morally Â dissolute Â world. Â What Â I Â argued Â in Â my Â dissertation Â was Â that Â the Â evolution Â we Â witness Â in Â late Â nineteenth-Âcentury Â Russian Â literature FRQWLQXHGRQSDJH
Editorâ€™s Â Corner The Â Slavic Â department Â began Â producing Â this Â newslet-Â ter, Â simply Â called Â 1HZVOHWWHU, Â in Â 1975;Íž Â for Â the Â next Â 14 Â years, Â it Â was Â edited Â by Â professor Â Stephen Â Parker, Â who Â put Â out Â his Â last Â issue Â in Â Fall Â 1989. Â In Â 1991, Â then Â assistant Â professor Â Marc Â L. Â Greenberg Â took Â over Â the Â editorship, Â restarting Â the Â newsletter Â under Â a Â new Â name, Â /DZUHQFLDQ&KURQLFOH Â (the Â name Â references Â the Â Laurentian Â Chronicle, Â one Â of Â the Â two Â sources Â for Â the Â Russian Â Primary Â Chronicle). Â Professor Â Greenberg Â edited Â the Â newsletter Â for Â ten Â years, Â improving Â and Â expanding Â its Â scope, Â and Â eventually Â producing Â an Â e-Âversion Â to Â supplement Â the Â dead-Âtree Â version. Â When Â professor Â Greenberg Â stepped Â down Â as Â an Â editor Â in Â Fall Â 2011, Â assistant Â professor Â Renee Â Perelmutter Â took Â RYHUWKHHGLWRUVKLS7KLVLVKHUÂżUVWHGLWHGQHZVOHWWHU
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Chairâ€™s Â Corner
Â Students Â in Â our Â programs Â were Â very Â successful Â in Â getting Â support Â for Â summer Â study Â abroad. Â Amy Â Sinclair, Â a Â student Â in Â advanced Â Russian, Â was Â chosen Â to Â participate Â in Â the Â Biotechnology Â and Â Russian Â Program Â at Â Moscow Â State Â University, Â which Â is Â supported Â by Â The Â George Â Washington Â Universityâ€™s Â FIPSE Â grant Â for Â Russian Â and Â science Â education. Â Our Â graduate Â student Â Megan Â Luttrell Â studied Â at Â Moscow Â State Â University Â on Â the Â American Â Councilâ€™s Â Program Â for Â Teachers Â of Â Russian, Â and Â Aric Â Tolerâ€™s Â Critical Â Languages Â Scholarship Â took Â him Â to Â Ka-Â zan, Â Russia. Â Laura Â Dean Â (doctoral Â candidate Â in Â Political Â Science) Â and Â Alex Â Melin Â (an Â SLL Â alum, Â and Â now Â in Â KUâ€™s Â Law Â School) Â also Â received Â Critical Â Languages Â Scholar-Â ships Â to Â continue Â their Â study Â of Â Russian. Â Â Six Â students Â in Â our Â language Â courses Â received Â sum-Â mer Â FLAS Â awards, Â and Â threeâ€”REES Â MA Â candidate Â Jared Â Warren, Â History Â doctoral Â student Â Drew Â Burks Â and Â undergraduate Â Chris Â Oblonâ€”studied Â in Â Poland Â this Â summer. Â REES Â MA Â students Â Matthew Â Cotton Â and Â Amy Â Murphy Â took Â classes Â in Â Russia Â and Â Ukraine, Â respectively. Â History Â doctoral Â student Â Allison Â Schmidt Â studied Â in Â the Â Czech Â Republic. Â Â Kudos Â are Â also Â due Â to Â Marta Â Pirnat-ÂGreenberg Â and Â the Â Intermediate Â Bosnian-ÂCroatian-ÂSerbian Â class, Â who Â wrote Â and Â illustrated Â an Â article Â on Â the Â Croatian Â folk-Âart Â painter Â Marijana Â Grisnik, Â from Â Strawberry Â Hill, Â KS. Â The Â article Â has Â appeared Â in Â the Â Croatian Â diaspora Â magazine Â 0DWLFD. Â Drawing Â on Â interviews Â with Â the Â artist, Â the Â stu-Â dents Â detail Â Grisnikâ€™s Â painting Â and Â her Â connections Â with Â the Â history Â of Â the Â Croatian Â community Â in Â Kansas Â City, Â Kansas. Â In Â early Â June, Â the Â department Â received Â word Â that Â KUâ€™s Â application Â to Â the Â Institute Â for Â International Â Educa-Â WLRQIRU3URMHFW*OREDO2IÂżFHUVZDVUHFRPPHQGHGIRU funding. Â This Â is Â a Â four-Âyear Â federal Â grant Â to Â encourage Â
William Â Comer
Itâ€™s Â been Â a Â year Â of Â transitions Â for Â the Â Slavic Â Department. Â Â In Â December Â 2011, Â Marc Â L. Â Greenberg Â moved Â over Â to Â the Â College Â Office Â as Â Acting Â Associate Â Dean Â for Â the Â Hu-Â manities Â during Â Ann Â Cuddâ€™s Â sabbatical Â semester. Â I Â want Â to Â thank Â Marc Â for Â his Â long Â service Â to Â the Â Slavic Â Department. Â Â His Â twelve Â years Â brought Â many Â new Â people Â to Â the Â depart-Â ment, Â and Â the Â Department Â is Â left Â in Â a Â strong Â and Â vibrant Â position. Â Â I Â will Â try Â to Â continue Â his Â efforts Â in Â building Â the Â GHSDUWPHQWÂśVUHVHDUFKSURÂżOHDQGLQPHHWLQJLWVWHDFKLQJ mission Â for Â both Â graduate Â and Â undergraduate Â students. Â Â Other Â transitions Â this Â year Â have Â included Â the Â arrival Â and Â acculturation Â of Â our Â new Â faculty Â colleague Â Ani Â Ko-Â kobobo. Â In Â the Â spring Â semester, Â she Â stepped Â into Â the Â role Â of Â undergraduate Â major Â advisor Â while Â Professor Â Dickey Â was Â on Â his Â research Â grant Â at Â the Â Center Â for Â Advanced Â Studies Â in Â Oslo, Â Norway. Â Iâ€™ll Â wait Â until Â the Â end Â of Â this Â column Â to Â mention Â two Â of Â the Â sadder Â transitions. Â This Â yearâ€™s Â crop Â of Â undergraduate Â majors Â was Â ex-Â ceptionally Â large Â and Â talented. Â At Â the Â Spring Â Honors Â reception, Â we Â reinstated Â our Â tradition Â of Â inducting Â our Â top Â majors Â into Â 'REUR6ORYR, Â the Â National Â Slavic Â Honor Â Society. Â It Â was Â a Â great Â pleasure Â to Â bestow Â this Â recognition Â on Â David Â Samms, Â Rhianna Â Patrinely, Â Anastasia Â Metzger, Â Eva Â Rosenblumova, Â Zachary Â (DUO\DQG-HQQL.RUQÂżHOG:HZLVK all Â of Â them Â the Â best Â as Â they Â start Â down Â Ani Â Kokobobo.....................1 new Â paths Â in Â life. Â Â At Â the Â graduate Â level, Â the Â depart-Â Chairâ€™s Â Corner Â ...................2 ment Â awarded Â three Â MA Â degrees Â this Â yearâ€”to Â Tim Â Kenney, Â Alexei Â Telegin, Â Imagined Â Geographies Â .......4 and Â Brad Â Reynolds. Â We Â had Â a Â very Â good Â year Â recruiting Â graduate Â stu-Â Honors Â Reception Â 2011 Â ......6 dents, Â and Â Elizabeth Â Burkum, Â Jaron Â Castilleja, Â and Â Anna Â Karpusheva Â will Â Student Â News Â ......................8 start Â the Â MA Â program Â in Â the Â fall Â and Â Olesya Â Shtynko Â will Â begin Â doctoral Â studies.
In Â this Â issue:
Alumni Â News.......................9 Faculty Â News Â .....................10 Support Â Your Department Â .......................15 Friends Â of Â Slavic
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Greenberg Â Takes Â on Â New Â Challenges
undergraduate Â ROTC Â students Â to Â study Â one Â of Â six Â criti-Â cal Â languages Â (Russian, Â Arabic, Â Chinese, Â Korean, Â Farsi, Â and Â Turkish) Â during Â the Â academic Â year Â or Â summer, Â both Â on Â campus Â and Â abroad. Â As Â Principal Â Investigator Â for Â the Â grant Â (whose Â writing Â required Â a Â large-Âscale Â collaborative Â effort), Â I Â look Â forward Â to Â seeing Â the Â increased Â participa-Â tion Â of Â ROTC Â students Â in Â language Â and Â culture Â courses Â across Â the Â languages. Â I Â also Â hope Â that Â the Â increased Â focus Â on Â critical Â languages Â will Â have Â a Â spill-Âover Â effect Â on Â the Â civilian Â population Â at Â KU. Â In Â addition Â to Â kicking Â off Â Project Â GO, Â the Â depart-Â ment Â will Â start Â off Â the Â new Â academic Â year Â by Â hosting Â the Â Slavic Â Linguistics Â Society Â Conference Â in Â August Â 2012. Â Professors Â Greenberg, Â Perelmutter Â and Â Dickey Â have Â been Â working Â hard Â to Â put Â together Â a Â rich Â and Â engaging Â set Â of Â papers Â that Â are Â topped Â off Â with Â three Â key-Ânote Â talks Â to Â be Â presented Â by Â Alan Â Timberlake Â (Berkeley/Columbia), Â Brian Â D. Â Joseph Â (Ohio Â State), Â and Â Catherine Â Rudin Â (Wayne Â State Â College). Â My Â excitement Â for Â next Â yearâ€™s Â activities Â is Â dampened, Â however, Â by Â the Â sad Â transition Â that Â the Â Department Â faces Â in Â saying Â goodbye Â to Â two Â colleagues. Â After Â 13 Â years Â at Â KU, Â Edith Â Clowes Â is Â leaving Â to Â take Â a Â named Â profes-Â sorship Â at Â the Â University Â of Â Virginia. Â We Â will Â all Â miss Â her Â energy Â in Â working Â with Â students, Â organizing Â special Â programs Â and Â speakers, Â and Â in Â presenting Â and Â publishing Â her Â research. Â At Â the Â same Â time Â we Â also Â say Â good-Âbye Â to Â Abbas Â Karakaya, Â who Â has Â been Â teaching Â Turkish Â in Â the Â department Â since Â 2008. Â He Â is Â leaving Â KU Â to Â return Â to Â Turkey, Â where Â he Â plans Â to Â work Â full Â time Â on Â his Â poetry Â and Â next Â book Â project. Â We Â will Â miss Â him Â and Â the Â way Â his Â poems Â would Â make Â unexpected Â appearances Â on Â the Â departmentâ€™s Â bulletin Â boards. Â I Â especially Â encourage Â all Â of Â our Â former Â language Â students, Â majors Â and Â graduate Â students Â to Â write Â to Â me Â and Â the Â department Â and Â let Â us Â know Â what Â you Â are Â doing Â and Â where Â your Â studies Â at Â KU Â have Â led Â you. Â Your Â stories Â about Â how Â studying Â Slavic Â languages, Â literatures Â and Â cultures Â KDVHQULFKHG\RXUOLYHVDQGPRGLÂżHGWKHWUDMHFWRU\RI your Â career Â plans Â help Â inspire Â todayâ€™s Â students Â to Â think Â about Â the Â world Â in Â a Â broader Â more Â global Â framework. Â
by Â William Â Comer Professor Â Comer Â took Â advantage Â of Â the Â occasion Â of Â Marc Â Greenbergâ€™s Â move Â into Â new Â administrative Â roles Â to Â ask Â KLPWRUHĂ€HFWRQKLV\HDUVDVFKDLURI6ODYLF WJC: Â What Â do Â you Â think Â of Â as Â your Â three Â greatest Â accomplishments Â as Â Chair Â of Â the Â Department? MLG: Â I Â believe Â my Â ma-Â jor Â achievement Â during Â the Â twelve Â years Â of Â my Â tenure Â as Â chair Â was Â to Â maintain Â a Â col-Â legial, Â creative, Â and Â forward-Â looking Â departmental Â culture Â as Â SLL Â changed Â academic Â generations Â and Â the Â Univer-Â sity Â of Â Kansas Â entered Â a Â new Â phase Â in Â its Â own Â evolution. Â This Â would Â not Â have Â been Â possible Â without Â the Â support Â of Â colleagues Â in Â the Â Depart-Â ment Â and Â in Â the Â College;Íž Â I Â am Â grateful Â to Â each Â and Â every Â one Â of Â them Â for Â their Â patience Â and Â support. 0RUHVSHFLÂżFDOO\GXULQJP\WLPHLQWKHFKDLUZH were Â able Â to Â make Â four Â hires Â of, Â talented Â tenure-Âtrack Â faculty Â as Â well Â as Â excellent Â lecturers, Â who Â represent Â the Â future Â of Â our Â unit. Â Their Â addition Â to Â our Â faculty Â makes Â KU Â SLL Â one Â of Â the Â strongest Â groups Â of Â specialists Â in Â Slavic Â studies Â in Â the Â United Â States. Â We Â were Â able Â to Â build Â and Â maintain Â capacity Â in Â the Â languages, Â literatures, Â linguis-Â tics, Â and Â cultures Â of Â most Â of Â the Â Slavic-Âspeaking Â world, Â as Â well Â as Â add Â Yiddish Â and Â Turkish Â to Â our Â programs Â in Â support Â of Â the Â Jewish Â Studies Â and Â CREES Â programs, Â respectively. Â Second, Â we Â initiated Â fund-Âraising Â campaigns Â to Â raise Â money Â to Â enrich Â our Â studentsâ€™ Â experiences Â and Â to Â support Â the Â activities Â of Â the Â Department Â in Â general. Â Through Â the Â generosity Â of Â the Â Parker Â family Â and Â with Â other Â private Â funds, Â we Â were Â able Â to Â build Â a Â library Â that Â has Â become Â the Â hub Â of Â the Â Departmentâ€™s Â activities. Â Third, Â during Â my Â time Â as Â Chair Â our Â departmental Â work Â spaces, Â RIÂżFHV DQG WKH 3DUNHU /LEUDU\ EHFDPH YLEUDQW OLYHO\ places Â to Â work Â as Â morale Â rose Â and Â our Â GTAs Â physically Â joined Â us Â in Â the Â Department, Â where Â the Â faculty Â can Â more Â easily Â work Â with Â and Â mentor Â them. Â WJC: Â Youâ€™ve Â been Â asked Â to Â take Â on Â other Â administra-Â tive Â positions Â as Â you Â leave Â the Â chair Â of Â the Â department. Â 3
LawrencĂan â€‰Chronicle â€‰Summer â€‰2012 What Â motivated Â you Â to Â continue Â your Â administrative Â VHUYLFHLQWKH&ROOHJH2IÂżFHDQGWKHQLQWKH'HSDUW-Â ment Â of Â Germanic Â Languages Â and Â Literatures? MLG: Â When Â I Â was Â asked Â in Â 1999 Â to Â take Â the Â SLL Â Chair Â I Â did Â not Â want Â to Â take Â itâ€”I Â had Â a Â very Â clear Â vision Â about Â what Â I Â wanted Â from Â my Â career, Â and Â administrative Â work Â ZDVQRWDIHDWXUHRIWKHÂłÂżOPÂ´LQP\KHDG2YHUWLPH however, Â I Â discovered Â that Â building Â and Â maintaining Â a Â high Â quality Â program Â can Â be Â rewarding, Â almost Â in Â the Â way Â that Â seeing Â a Â complex Â research Â project Â come Â to Â fruition Â from Â an Â initial Â concept Â can Â be Â satisfying. Â I Â â€œtrainedâ€? Â to Â be Â chair Â in Â the Â same Â way Â I Â trained Â to Â be Â a Â scholar, Â except Â that Â I Â now Â was Â working Â for Â â€œusâ€? Â and Â not Â just Â for Â â€œme.â€? Â The Â time Â I Â spent Â substituting Â for Â Ann Â Cudd Â as Â Acting Â Associate Â Dean Â for Â Humanities Â during Â her Â sabbatical Â in Â Spring Â 2012 Â gave Â me Â a Â taste Â of Â higher Â administration, Â which Â was Â satisfying Â insofar Â as Â I Â was Â able Â to Â make Â some Â tangible Â contributions Â to Â advance Â humanities Â and Â the Â cause Â of Â liberal Â arts. Â I Â took Â on Â the Â job Â of Â chairing Â the Â German Â Department Â as Â a Â continuation Â of Â my Â service Â to Â the Â College Â for Â exactly Â the Â same Â reasonâ€”I Â feel Â I Â can Â make Â a Â positive Â contribution Â to Â the Â humanities Â at Â KU Â and Â I Â hope Â that Â I Â can Â develop Â the Â same Â kinds Â of Â constructive Â initiatives Â with Â this Â unit Â as Â I Â did Â with Â Slavic. Â I Â like Â my Â colleagues Â in Â the Â German Â Department Â and Â have Â a Â genu-Â ine Â interest Â in Â the Â work Â that Â they Â do, Â even Â if Â I Â am Â not Â a Â specialist Â in Â their Â area. Â
the Â Berlin Â 10 Â Conference Â in Â Stellenbosch, Â South Â Africa, Â where Â I Â will Â update Â myself Â on Â current Â work Â on Â OA Â and Â report Â back Â to Â my Â colleagues Â here. Â I Â also Â continue Â to Â work Â closely Â with Â my Â colleagues Â Ada Â Emmett Â (Center Â for Â Digital Â Scholarship) Â and Â Town Â Peterson Â (Ecology Â and Â Evolutionary Â Biology) Â in Â writing Â on Â this Â topic Â to Â help Â our Â colleagues Â and Â the Â public Â better Â understand Â the Â LVVXHVLQDFDGHPLFSXEOLVKLQJ,QWKH6ODYLFÂżHOG,KDYH co-Âfounded Â two Â journals Â that Â are Â both Â print Â and Â open Â access Â and Â I Â continue Â to Â co-Âedit Â one Â of Â them. Â This Â work Â allows Â me Â to Â lead Â by Â example. Â I Â also Â look Â forward Â to Â moving Â ahead Â with Â my Â own Â research Â program. Â I Â have Â several Â projects Â that Â I Â am Â work-Â ing Â on, Â including Â completion Â of Â a Â book Â on Â the Â Prekmurje Â dialect. Â I Â am Â also Â collaborating Â with Â two Â scholars Â in Â the Â Czech Â Republic Â on Â two Â different, Â but Â interrelated Â proj-Â HFWVRQHZLWK=E\QÄŒN+ROXE RQDUHPDUNDEOHSURVRGLF phenomenon Â in Â south-Âwestern Â Czech Â that Â validates Â a Â hypothesis Â I Â proposed Â about Â Common-ÂSlavic Â prosody. Â The Â other Â is Â a Â long-Âterm Â project Â to Â produce Â the Â volume $+LVWRULFDO3KRQRORJ\RIWKH&]HFK/DQJXDJHV Â (with Â 5RPDQ 6XNDĂž IRU WKH SUHVWLJLRXV &DUO :LQWHU VHULHV on Â Slavic Â historical Â phonology Â (my Â Slovene Â volume Â appeared Â in Â 2000 Â in Â this Â series). Â The Â excitement Â of Â dis-Â covery Â has Â kept Â me Â involved Â in Â research, Â despite Â the Â time Â and Â energy Â I Â have Â been Â diverting Â to Â administration, Â and Â I Â ORRNIRUZDUGWRÂżQGLQJZD\VWRHQJDJHHYHQPRUHZLWK the Â topics Â that Â interest Â me. Â Last, Â but Â not Â as Â an Â afterthought, Â I Â would Â like Â to Â thank Â Prof. Â Stephen Â Parker Â for Â his Â generosity Â in Â mentoring Â me Â into Â the Â chairâ€™s Â job Â and Â to Â wish Â our Â new Â chair, Â Prof. Â William Â Comer, Â success Â in Â meeting Â the Â challenges Â of Â his Â new Â role Â in Â our Â Department.
WJC: Â Is Â there Â anything Â else Â youâ€™d Â like Â to Â add, Â as Â you Â transition Â out Â of Â your Â leadership Â role Â in Â the Â Slavic Â Department? MLG: Â We Â are Â now Â in Â an Â era Â when Â the Â study Â of Â language, Â culture, Â and Â the Â humanities Â in Â general Â is Â frequently Â ques-Â tioned. Â Yet Â I Â believe Â they Â have Â never Â been Â more Â important Â to Â forming Â an Â educated Â person. Â I Â sincerely Â hope Â that Â ten Â years Â from Â now Â high-Âquality Â liberal Â arts Â education Â remains Â accessible Â to Â as Â many Â people Â as Â have Â the Â will Â to Â pursue Â such Â an Â education. Â Whatever Â I Â do, Â I Â will Â continue Â to Â do Â my Â part Â to Â contribute Â to Â this Â endeavor. Â Â There Â is Â plenty Â of Â work Â yet Â to Â do. Â The Â newest Â â€œcauseâ€? Â I Â have Â embraced Â is Â the Â Open Â Access Â (OA) Â Movement. Â Free Â open Â access Â to Â scholarly Â literature Â is Â an Â imperative Â for Â higher Â education. Â Not Â only Â does Â the Â public Â and Â the Â scholarly Â world Â deserve Â unfettered Â access Â to Â the Â research Â that Â they Â themselves Â fund Â through Â tax Â dollars, Â but Â the Â costs Â of Â publication Â have Â skyrocketed Â almost Â entirely Â due Â to Â private Â rent-Âseeking, Â which Â in Â turn Â raises Â the Â costs Â to Â students Â and Â taxpayers Â for Â higher Â education. Â The Â knowledge Â created Â at Â (especially Â public) Â universities Â is Â a Â public Â good Â and Â OA Â promises Â to Â make Â this Â public Â good Â truly Â public, Â as Â it Â should Â be. Â With Â this Â in Â mind, Â the Â Col-Â lege Â and Â the Â Libraries Â are Â sending Â me Â this Â November Â to Â
Imagined Â Geographies, Â â€Ś Â : Â Professor Â Edith Â Clowes Â leaves Â KU by Â Renee Â Perelmutter
Edith Â Clowes Â joined Â the Â KU Â Slavic Â department Â in Â 1999 Â af-Â ter Â working Â at Â Purdue Â Univer-Â sity, Â University Â of Â Michigan, Â and Â University Â of Â Virginia. Â Professor Â Clowes Â holds Â a Â Ph.D Â in Â Slavic Â languages Â and Â literatures Â from Â Yale, Â where Â she Â wrote Â her Â dissertation Â on Â the Â early Â reception Â of Â 4
LawrencĂan â€‰Chronicle â€‰Summer â€‰2012 Friedrich Â Nietzscheâ€™s Â thought Â in Â Russian Â literature. Â In Â addition Â to Â numerous Â peer-Âreviewed Â articles, Â chapters, Â HGLWHG YROXPHV DQG IRUXPV VKH LV DQ DXWKRU RI ÂżYH books: Â 0DNVLP*RUN\Â˛$5HIHUHQFH*XLGH Â (1987), Â 7KH 5HYROXWLRQRI0RUDO&RQVFLRXVQHVV1LHW]VFKHLQ5XV-Â VLDQ/LWHUDWXUH, Â 1890-Â1914 Â (1988), Â 5XVVLDQ([SHULPHQWDO )LFWLRQ5HVLVWLQJ,GHRORJ\DIWHU8WRSLD Â (1993), Â )LFWLRQÂśV 2YHUFRDW 5XVVLDQ /LWHUDU\ &XOWXUH DQG WKH 4XHVWLRQ RI3KLORVRSK\(2004), Â and Â most Â recently Â 5XVVLDRQWKH (GJH,PDJLQHG*HRJUDSKLHVDQG3RVW6RYLHW,GHQWLW\ (2011). Â She Â is Â a Â winner Â of Â NEH Â and Â ACLS Â grants. Â Since Â 2008, Â Prof. Â Clowes Â served Â as Â the Â director Â of Â CREES. Â In Â the Â Fall Â of Â 2012, Â Prof. Â Clowes Â will Â join Â the Â Slavic Â department Â at Â the Â University Â of Â Virginia, Â where Â she Â will Â hold Â the Â Brown-ÂForman Â Chair. Â I Â chatted Â with Â Professor Â Clowes Â about Â her Â years Â at Â KU, Â and Â plans Â for Â the Â future.
an Â introduction Â to Â Czech Â culture Â (taught Â at Â KU) Â and Â the Â Prague Â Winter Â Institute Â in Â Theatre Â and Â the Â Arts, Â which Â ran Â from Â 2002 Â to Â 2008 Â and Â sparked Â interest Â in Â the Â Slavic Â world Â among Â KU Â students. Â Andrzej Â Karcz Â and Â I Â devel-Â oped Â a Â course Â in Â totalitarianism Â and Â literature Â in Â Central Â Europe. Â Since Â 2005, Â I Â have Â been Â working Â on Â fundraising Â for Â a Â lectureship Â in Â Czech Â language, Â since Â private Â funds Â are Â the Â only Â way Â we Â will Â be Â able Â to Â afford Â to Â offer Â courses Â in Â another Â less Â commonly Â taught Â language. Â We Â are Â not Â far Â off, Â at Â this Â point. Â Two Â fundraising Â trips Â to Â Prague Â and Â the Â Czech Â Republic Â in Â 2005 Â and Â 2008 Â have Â been Â a Â great Â deal Â of Â fun Â and Â have Â allowed Â me Â to Â build Â a Â network Â of Â people Â interested Â in Â supporting Â Czech Â language Â and Â culture Â at Â KU. Â Finally, Â it Â was Â a Â tremendous Â stroke Â of Â good Â luck Â in Â 2006 Â to Â hire Â Svetlana Â Vassileva-ÂKaragyozova Â to Â anchor Â the Â West Â Slavic Â Program. Â Sheâ€™s Â the Â rare Â person Â with Â an Â excellent Â command Â of Â both Â Czech Â and Â Polish. Â KUâ€™s Â Hall Â Center Â for Â the Â Humanities Â was Â a Â welcome Â resource Â and, Â for Â a Â time, Â a Â second Â home Â on Â campus. Â The Â Hall Â Center Â offers Â more Â than Â just Â fellowships, Â it Â offers Â fellowship Â itself, Â a Â creative Â community Â for Â scholars Â in Â and Â around Â the Â humanities. Â Founding Â and Â running Â the Â Faculty Â Seminar Â in Â Philosophy Â and Â Literature Â from Â 2001 Â WRPDGHDUHDOGLIIHUHQFHLQZULWLQJP\ÂżUVW.8 book, Â )LFWLRQÂśV2YHUFRDW5XVVLDQ/LWHUDU\&XOWXUHDQG WKH4XHVWLRQRI3KLORVRSK\. Â The Â seminar Â brought Â together Â VFKRODUVIURPPDQ\ÂżHOGVLQFOXGLQJDUWKLVWRU\PDWK religious Â studies, Â anthropology, Â as Â well Â as Â philosophy Â and Â various Â literature Â departments. Â All Â of Â us Â in Â the Â seminar Â EHQHÂżWHGJUHDWO\IURPWKHFRPPXQLW\WKDWZHIRUPHG High Â points Â were Â extended Â workshops Â on Â â€œPostmod-Â ernismsâ€? Â and Â â€œOrigins: Â Evolution Â and Â Abortion Â in Â the Â Bible.â€? Â The Â second Â topic Â was Â deemed Â so Â â€œhotâ€? Â that Â KUâ€™s Â Public Â Relations Â insisted Â on Â a Â police Â patrol. Â Promotional Â materials Â on Â that Â workshop Â were Â hardly Â disseminated, Â so Â that, Â in Â the Â end, Â very Â few Â people Â came. Â The Â discussion, Â however, Â was Â excellent. Â Finally, Â and Â most Â importantly, Â through Â their Â leadership Â both Â Janet Â Crowe Â and Â Victor Â Bailey Â prompted Â me Â to Â articulate Â as Â precisely Â as Â possible Â DGHÂżQLWLRQRIWKHKXPDQLWLHVDQGWKLQNDERXWWKHFRQWUL-Â bution Â that Â the Â humanities Â make Â to Â the Â intellectual Â and Â VFLHQWLÂżFOLIHRIWKHXQLYHUVLW\7KDWH[HUFLVHKDVKHOSHG me Â subsequently Â to Â promote Â the Â humanities Â in Â the Â context Â of Â area Â studies, Â particularly, Â but Â in Â the Â context Â of Â various Â curricula Â of Â KUâ€™s Â professional Â schools, Â as Â well.
RP: Â You Â joined Â the Â KU Â Slavic Â department Â in Â January, Â 1999;Íž Â during Â your Â almost Â 14 Â years Â at Â KU, Â you Â pub-Â lished Â two Â books Â in Â addition Â to Â numerous Â scholarly Â articles;Íž Â have Â been Â a Â recipient Â of Â NEH, Â ACLS, Â and Â other Â grants;Íž Â and Â since Â 2008, Â served Â as Â a Â director Â of Â CREES. Â Now Â that Â you Â are Â leaving Â KU, Â weâ€™d Â love Â to Â hear Â about Â what Â you Â consider Â to Â be Â the Â highlights Â of Â your Â time Â here. Â EC: Â Even Â from Â the Â start, Â just Â the Â act Â of Â joining Â the Â Slavic Â Department Â at Â KU Â was Â a Â high Â point. Â It Â made Â a Â great Â difference Â in Â my Â career Â to Â become Â a Â member Â of Â an Â excellent, Â comprehensive Â Slavic Â departmentâ€”one Â of Â relatively Â few Â in Â the Â USâ€”and Â to Â help Â the Â department Â build Â new Â strengths. Â Working Â with Â PhD Â students Â on Â their Â dissertations, Â and Â seeing Â those Â dissertations Â take Â shape, Â develop, Â and Â eventually Â turn Â into Â publications Â has Â been Â a Â true Â pleasure. Â Another Â highlight Â has Â been Â developing Â a Â methodologies Â seminar Â for Â SLL Â graduate Â students. Â Even Â in Â my Â graduate Â school Â days, Â oddly Â enough, Â I Â have Â not Â experienced Â a Â truly Â useful Â methodologies Â seminar, Â so Â the Â process Â of Â developing Â a Â seminar Â that Â forms Â the Â ground-Â work Â for Â theoretical Â study Â in Â other Â seminars Â has Â been Â a Â very Â satisfying Â challenge. Â Iâ€™m Â getting Â closer, Â though Â not Â TXLWHWKHUH\HW Â Probably Â the Â highest Â point Â for Â me Â in Â my Â Slavic Â Dept. Â life Â has Â been Â developing Â the Â West Â Slavic Â Program Â and Â the Â Czech Â Program Â in Â particular. Â First, Â I Â had Â to Â start Â the Â process Â of Â learning Â Czechâ€”which Â I Â pursued Â quite Â well Â till Â I Â became Â director Â of Â CREES Â in Â 2008. Â Marc Â Greenberg Â ZDVP\ÂżUVWDQGYHU\HIIHFWLYH WHDFKHULQVSULQJ Since Â then Â we Â have Â had Â two Â Fulbright Â scholars Â (Jana Â Ce-Â musova Â and Â David Â Skalicky) Â who Â have Â helped Â the Â Czech Â program Â along Â by Â offering Â courses Â in Â language, Â literature Â and Â culture. Â Dennis Â Christilles Â (Theatre) Â and Â I Â developed Â
RP: Â Your Â research Â tackles Â subjects Â as Â diverse Â as Â Gorky, Â philosophy, Â utopia, Â and Â post-ÂSoviet Â literature;Íž Â your Â last Â book, Â Russia Â on Â the Â Edge, Â deals Â with Â imag-Â ined Â geographies Â and Â the Â post-ÂSoviet Â period. Â Whatâ€™s Â next Â on Â your Â research Â to-Âdo Â list? FRQWLQXHGRQSDJH 5
LawrencĂan â€‰Chronicle â€‰Summer â€‰2012
Honors Â Reception Â 2012 Prof. Â Bill Â Comer Â presided Â over Â the Â Honors Â Reception. Â In Â his Â welcome Â address, Â Professor Â Comer Â recognized Â both Â students Â and Â colleagues Â for Â investing Â in Â foreign Â language Â studyâ€”an Â endeavor Â that Â requires Â both Â time Â DQGIRFXVZKLFKLVLQFUHDVLQJO\GLIÂżFXOWLQWKLVDJHRILQVWDQWFRPPXQLFDWLRQV
Award Â for Â excellence Â in Â Elementary Â Polish: Prof. Â William Â Comer Â (l), Â Drew Â P. Â Burks Â (c-Âl), Chris Â Oblon Â (c-Âr), Â Svetlana Â Vassileva-ÂKaragyozova Â (r) -HQQL.RUQÂżHOGFHOORSLFWXUHG DQG7]XKZD+RSLDQR performed Â Rachmaninoffâ€™s Â â€œVocalizeâ€?
Award Â for Â excellence Â in Â Intermediate Â Polish: Chelsea Â Steel Â (l), Â Professor Â Svetlana Â Vassileva-ÂKaragyozova Â (c), Â Jared Â N. Â Warren Â (r) First-Âyear Â Russian Â students Â performed Â Aleksei Â Tolstoyâ€™s Â â€œThe Â Giant Â Turnipâ€? Â with Â Zack Â Gutkowski Â (l) Â as Â narrator.
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Awards Â for Â excellence Â in Â the Â study Â of Â BCS: Ms. Â Marta Â Pirnat-ÂGreenberg, Â lecturer Â (l), Â Eva Â RosenblumovĂĄ, Â $QGUHZ%OHGVRH%HFN\6WDFNXQDQG(ULFD6WHYDQRYLĂźU
Award Â for Â excellence Â in Â the Â study Â of Â Slovene: Ms. Â Marta Â Pirnat-ÂGreenberg, Â lecturer Â (l) Â and Holly Â Hood Â Glascoe Â (r)
Award Â for Â Excellence Â in Â the Â study Â of Â Elementary Â Russian: Prof. Â William Â J. Â Comer Â (l), Â Mr. Â Nathaniel Â Pickett, Â Mr. Â Aric Â Toler, Â Mr. Â Alexey Â Telegin, Â Logan Â Bayless, Â Matthew Â Franklin, Â Catherine Â Lees, Â Austin Â Lentz, Â Ms. Â Megan Â Luttrell
Award Â for Â excellence Â in Â Intermediate Â Russian: Prof. Â William Â J. Â Comer Â (l), Â Ms. Â Deborah Â Brigmond, Â Taylor Â Broadfoot, Â Lillian Â Kopaska-ÂMerkel, Â Wayne Â (Jimmy) Â Sloan Â (r)
Award Â for Â excellence Â in Â Advanced Â Russian: ,ULQD6L[O -HQQL.RUQÂżHOG1DWDOLH3HUU\6HWK:LOH\'HERUDK%ULJPRQGU
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Student Â News Â Undergraduate Â Students Natalie Â Perry Â (SLL Â and Â REES Â major) Â received Â a Â FLAS Â award Â to Â study Â abroad Â in Â Saint Â Petersburg, Â Russia Â for Â the Â following Â academic Â year. Â She Â has Â also Â received Â a Â departmental Â award Â for Â excellence Â in Â advanced Â Russian. Â In Â addition, Â Natalie Â recently Â returned Â from Â the Â annual Â Midwest Â Slavic Â Conference Â at Â Ohio Â State Â University Â ZKHUHVKHSUHVHQWHGKHUUHVHDUFKRQWKHĂ€XFWXDWLRQVRI Russian Â gender Â roles Â throughout Â history. Â
Award Â for Â excellence Â in Â Elementary Â Turkish: Dr. Â Abbas Â Karakaya Â (l) Â and Â Malika Â Lyon Â (r)
Jenni Â Kornfeld Â and Â Dave Â Samms Â have Â been Â inducted Â into Â the Â Slavic Â Honor Â Society Â 'REUR6ORYRthis Â semester. Â Dave Â will Â also Â be Â attending Â law Â school Â this Â fall. Â
Graduate Â Students John Â Korba Â presented Â his Â paper Â â€œAlphonse Â Mucha Â and Â The Â Slav Â Epic: Â An Â Imaginative Â Text Â of Â a Â New Â Worldâ€? Â at Â the Â Mid-ÂAmerica Â Humanities Â Conference Â in Â March. Â He Â also Â received Â a Â Fulbright Â research Â grant Â to Â conduct Â dis-Â sertation Â research Â in Â Prague Â for Â nine Â months Â beginning Â in Â September Â 2012. Â His Â dissertation Â examines Â some Â dif-Â ferences Â between Â the Â systems Â of Â verbal Â aspect Â in Â Czech Â and Â Russian Â using Â psycholinguistic Â experimentation.
Award Â for Â excellence Â in Â Ukrainian, Â Intermediate Â Level: Dr. Â Yaroslava Â Tsiovkh Â (l), Â Amy Â Murphy Â (r)
Megan Â Luttrell Â received Â a Â Russian Â FLAS Â for Â summer Â 2012 Â and Â will Â be Â attending Â the Â American Â Councils Â Sum-Â mer Â Russian Â Language Â Teachers Â Program Â in Â Moscow. Â Becky Â Stakun Â received Â a Â FLAS Â for Â summer Â 2012 Â (BCS) Â and Â academic Â year Â (2012-Â2013) Â for Â Turkish. Â She Â also Â received Â a Â departmental Â award Â for Â excellence Â in Â inter-Â mediate Â BCS. Aric Â Toler Â received Â a Â US Â State Â Department-Âfunded Â Criti-Â cal Â Language Â Scholarship Â (CLS) Â for Â Russian. Â He Â will Â be Â spending Â eight Â weeks Â in Â Kazan, Â Russia Â at Â the Â Kazan Â Institute Â of Â Social Â Sciences Â and Â Humanities. Â Finally, Â congratulations Â to Â Tim Â Kenny, Â Brad Â Reynolds, Â and Â Alexei Â Telegin Â who Â recently Â passed Â their Â MA Â exams Â and Â to Â Viktoriya Â Pottroff Â who Â passed Â her Â MA Â exam Â and Â ZLOOFRQWLQXHRQWR3K'VWXGLHVLQWKHIDOO
Initiation Â into Â the Â National Â Slavic Â Honor Â Society, Â Dobro Â Slovo: Prof. Â William Â J. Â Comer, Â Anastasia Â K. Â Metzger, Â Rhianna Â Patrinely, Â Eva Â RosenblumovĂĄ, Â David Â S. Â Samms, Â Jenni Â .RUQÂżHOG=DFKDU\(DUO\3URI$QL.RNRERER
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Alumni Â News
Elaine Â Fitzback Â Davies Â (MA Â 73) Â received Â her Â PhD Â in Â Theology Â from Â the Â University Â of Â Wales Â Trinity Â Saint Â David Â this Â January. Â Â Her Â dissertation Â was Â titled Â â€œI Â Came Â to Â Â Guard Â You: Â the Â Use Â of Â Marian Â Icons Â for Â Protection.â€? Â Â She Â attended Â the Â graduation Â ceremony Â on Â July Â 13th Â in Â Lampeter, Â Wales, Â during Â which Â she Â sang Â the Â Welsh Â 1DWLRQDO$QWKHPLQ:HOVKRIFRXUVH
Craig Â Barto Â (BA Â 76) Â works Â as Â a Â professor Â of Â English Â at Â the Â Charleston Â Southern Â University, Â a Â private Â Baptist Â college Â near Â Charleston, Â SC. Â His Â specialties Â are Â manifold: Â composition/rhetorics, Â linguistics, Â ESL, Â developmental Â writing. Â The Â focus Â at Â CSU Â is Â on Â preparing Â students Â for Â ministry;Íž Â most Â graduates Â go Â to Â seminary Â or Â directly Â into Â some Â aspect Â of Â ministry Â that Â does Â not Â require Â an Â advanced Â degree Â (such Â as Â a Â youth Â pastor, Â worship Â leader, Â Christian Â educator, Â church Â management). Â Professor Â Barto Â still Â uses Â his Â Russian Â on Â a Â regular Â basisâ€”Charleston Â has Â been Â called Â â€œWest Â St. Â Petersburgâ€? Â for Â a Â good Â reason. Â Gregory Â P. Â Christiansen Â (MA Â REES Â 03), Â has Â been Â VHUYLQJDVDQ86$)RIÂżFHUVLQFH%HIRUHDQGGXU-Â ing Â active Â duty Â military Â service, Â he Â has Â taught Â Russian Â a Â total Â of Â eight Â years, Â including Â four Â years Â at Â the Â USAF Â Academy. Â Between Â 1997 Â and Â 2004, Â he Â accompanied Â military Â delegations Â as Â an Â interpreter Â and Â cultural Â advi-Â sor Â during Â approximately Â 25 Â events Â with Â the Â Russian Â and Â Ukrainian Â military. Â More Â recently, Â he Â has Â secured Â grants Â to Â take Â two Â groups Â of Â USAF Â Academy Â cadets Â on Â cultural Â immersion Â trips Â to Â Ukraine Â and Â the Â Former Â Yugoslavia Â in Â 2009 Â and Â 2010 Â respectively. Â In Â 2011, Â he Â served Â as Â one Â of Â three Â military Â panelists Â on Â a Â panel Â of Â 22 Â representatives Â from Â academia Â and Â government Â performing Â Standards Â 6HWWLQJIRUWKH5XVVLDQ'HIHQVH/DQJXDJH3URÂżFLHQF\ Test. Â Currently, Â he Â works Â as Â a Â Dean Â of Â Students Â and Â Assistant Â Provost Â for Â Undergraduate Â Education Â at Â the Â Defense Â Language Â Institute Â Foreign Â Language Â Center Â '/,)/& 0U&KULVWLDQVHQLVWKHVHQLRUPLOLWDU\RIÂżFHU responsible Â for Â student Â policy Â for Â 3,700 Â military Â service-Â members Â from Â all Â branches Â of Â military Â service Â in Â basic Â language Â acquisition Â courses Â studying Â 25 Â languages Â in Â eight Â schools Â with Â over Â 1500 Â faculty Â and Â staff.
Dr. Â Elaine Â Fitzback Â Davies Â during Â the Â PhD Â graduation Â ceremony
Halina Â Filipowicz Â (PhD Â 79), Â Professor Â at Â the Â University Â of Â Wisconsin-ÂMadison, Â has Â developed Â a Â new Â course, Â â€œGender Â in Â Polish Â Literature Â and Â Culture,â€? Â which Â she Â will Â teach Â in Â the Â spring Â semester Â of Â 2013. Â Â In Â a Â recently Â published Â article, Â â€œWhatâ€™s Â Love Â Got Â to Â Do Â with Â It? Â Adam Â Mickiewiczâ€™s Â Â )RUHIDWKHUVÂś(YH3DUW Â and Â the Â Art Â of Â Transgressing Â the Â Private/Public Â Divideâ€? Â (in Â the Â volume Â Â 1HZ3HUVSHFWLYHVRQ3ROLVK&XOWXUH3HUVRQDO (QFRXQWHUV 3XEOLF $IIDLUV Â Â , Â Â ed. Â by Â Tamara Â Trojanowska Â et Â al.), Â she Â offers Â a Â new Â interpretation Â of Â this Â masterwork Â of Â Polish Â drama Â and Â a Â classic Â of Â European Â 5RPDQWLFOLWHUDWXUH6KHLVFXUUHQWO\FRPSOHWLQJWKHÂżQDO chapter Â of Â a Â book Â titled 7DNLQJ /LEHUWLHV 3DWULRWLVP 7UDQVJUHVVLRQ DQG 3ROLVK 'UDPD Â (under Â advance Â contract Â with Â Ohio Â University Â Press) Â and Â is Â also Â working Â on Â a Â new Â book, Â 3RVW+RORFDXVW'HEDWHVDQG 7KHDWUH7KH&DVHRI3RODQG
Gregory Â P. Â Christiansen Â with Â wife Â Deandra Â and Â sons Â Dallin Â and Â Anthony
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Faculty Â News
Jon Â Giullian Â reports Â that Â the Â newest Â Slavic Â librarian, Â Christian Â Henry Â Giullian, Â was Â born Â on Â Cinco Â de Â Maio Â 0D\RU0D\ZRXOGKDYHEHHQPRUHÂżWWLQJIRU the Â Slavic Â regions, Â but Â at Â least Â Mexico Â will Â throw Â a Â party Â for Â him Â every Â year.
Maria Â Carlson Â spent Â Spring Â 2012 Â on Â a Â Hall Â Center Â Re-Â search Â Fellowship, Â making Â progress Â on Â her Â continuing Â Vampire Â Project. Â Her Â book Â on Â the Â origins Â of Â the Â belief Â ÂżJXUHNQRZQYDULRXVO\DVWKHXQGHDGWKHZDONLQJFRUSVH the Â unclean Â dead, Â and Â a Â score Â of Â other Â names, Â culminating Â in Â â€œthe Â vampire,â€? Â is Â coming Â along Â steadily. Â She Â shared Â VRPHRIKHUPRUHLQWHUHVWLQJÂżQGLQJVZLWK.8DOXPV at Â the Â CLAS Â Mini-ÂCollege Â in Â early Â June. Â Prof. Â Carlson Â has Â also Â translated Â some Â 50 Â memorates, Â fabulates, Â and Â legends Â about Â the Â corporeal Â revenant Â from Â various Â Slavic Â languages Â into Â English. Â These Â items Â are Â unknown Â in Â the Â Western Â literature Â on Â the Â vampire Â and Â show Â the Â belief Â ÂżJXUHLQYDULRXVVWDJHVRIFRQFHSWXDOL]DWLRQ,QVXPPHU 2012 Â Prof. Â Carlson Â worked Â on Â this Â project Â in Â Helsinkiâ€™s Â Slavonic Â Library, Â using Â their Â excellent Â collection Â of Â late Â nineteenth Â century Â Russian Â and Â Ukrainian Â ethnographic Â journals. Â Â During Â this Â past Â year Â Prof. Â Carlson, Â in Â her Â capacity Â as Â Chair Â of Â the Â Board Â of Â Directors Â of Â the Â National Â Council Â for Â Eurasian Â and Â East Â European Â Research Â (NCEEER), Â devoted Â much Â of Â her Â time Â to Â the Â Council Â following Â the Â untimely Â death Â of Â its Â president, Â Dr. Â Robert Â Huber Â in Â June Â 6KHFKDLUHGWKHVHOHFWLRQFRPPLWWHHWKDWLGHQWLÂżHG a Â new Â president, Â oversaw Â the Â annual Â audit, Â and Â worked Â with Â a Â variety Â of Â constituent Â entities Â to Â promote Â the Â in-Â terests Â of Â NCEEER. Â Â As Â KU Â approached Â the Â end Â of Â the Â spring Â semester Â and Â this Â yearâ€™s Â Commencement Â ceremonies Â on Â 13 Â May Â 2012, Â Prof. Â Carlson Â completed Â her Â three-Âyear Â term Â as Â The Â University Â Marshal;Íž Â May Â 2012 Â also Â marked Â the Â end Â of Â KHUWZHQW\ÂżIWK\HDURIUHVHDUFKWHDFKLQJDQGVHUYLFH at Â the Â University Â of Â Kansas. Â
Kurt Â Harper Â (BA Â 75) Â was Â selected Â to Â lead Â a Â team Â of Â delegates Â to Â Russia Â April Â 29-ÂMay Â 21, Â 2012, Â for Â a Â Group Â Study Â Exchange Â sponsored Â by Â Rotary Â International. Â Â Kurt Â is Â in Â Rotary Â District Â 5690, Â which Â is Â generally Â southwestern Â and Â southcentral Â Kansas, Â and Â part Â of Â the Â Oklahoma Â Panhandle. Â Â The Â team Â visited Â Rotary Â District Â 2220, Â which Â is Â generally Â Russia Â west Â of Â the Â Urals. Â Â The Â team Â had Â the Â opportunity Â to Â visit Â Moscow, Â St. Â Petersburg, Â Ivanovo, Â Yaroslavl, Â Rybinsk, Â and Â Cherevopets, Â and Â included Â a Â mix Â of Â hotel Â and Â home Â stays. Â Â This Â is Â Kurtâ€™s Â third Â Rotary-Ârelated Â trip Â to Â Russia. Â Â District Â 5690 Â hosted Â the Â corresponding Â exchange Â team Â last Â fall. Yuki Â Onogi%$ FRPSOHWHGKLVÂżUVW\HDUDW6$,6 Bologna, Â and Â reports Â that Â his Â BCS Â and Â Russian Â improved Â VLJQLÂżFDQWO\$W6$,6KHKDVVWXGLHGSROLWLFDOHFRQRP\ in Â Asia Â and Â Eurasia, Â international Â relations, Â and Â energy Â security Â across Â Europe, Â Russia, Â Eurasia Â and Â Northeast Â Asia. Â Yuki Â is Â planning Â to Â combine Â his Â interests Â in Â REES Â DQG$VLD3DFLÂżFDUHDVLQWKHFRQWH[WRIHQHUJ\VHFXULW\ and Â geostrategy. Â He Â is Â currently Â working Â at Â the Â United Â Nations Â University Â Institute Â for Â Sustainability Â and Â Peace Â in Â Tokyo, Â Japan, Â where Â he Â supports Â editorial Â work Â for Â one Â journal, Â conducts Â research Â on Â Africaâ€™s Â sustainable Â development, Â and Â carries Â out Â scenario Â analysis Â on Â energy Â production Â in Â the Â post-ÂFukushima Â Japan. Â Yuki Â hopes Â to Â contribute Â to Â this Â program Â and Â learn Â as Â much Â as Â possible. Â
William Â Comer Â has Â had Â a Â year Â of Â changes Â and Â new Â op-Â portunities. Â After Â a Â summer Â study Â program Â in Â Poland Â in Â KHH[SDQGHGKLVWHDFKLQJSURÂżOHLQWKHGHSDUWPHQW WDNLQJRQÂżUVW\HDU3ROLVKLQWKHDFDGHPLF\HDU It Â has Â been Â an Â interesting Â experience Â to Â teach Â another Â Slavic Â language Â and Â to Â work Â with Â an Â enthusiastic Â set Â of Â students, Â two Â of Â whom Â had Â summer Â FLAS Â scholarships Â to Â study Â in Â Cracow. Â In Â December Â 2011 Â Comer Â and Â Lynne Â deBenedette Â (Brown Â U) Â published Â the Â coauthored Â article Â â€œProcessing Â Instruction Â and Â Russian: Â Further Â Evidence Â is Â INâ€? Â in Â )RUHLJQ/DQJXDJH$QQDOV7KHÂżUVWRIKLVDU-Â ticles Â on Â reading Â â€œThe Â Role Â of Â Grammatical Â Knowledge Â in Â Reading Â for Â Meaning Â in Â Russianâ€? Â has Â been Â accepted Â for Â the Â 6ODYLFDQG(DVW(XURSHDQ-RXUQDO, Â and Â should Â appear Â in Â the Â fall Â issue. Â Beginning Â with Â January Â 2012, Â Comer Â has Â taken Â over Â the Â responsibility Â of Â chairing Â the Â Slavic Â Department, Â and Â in Â late Â spring Â he Â found Â out Â that Â his Â promotion Â to Â full Â professor Â was Â approved Â effective Â 10
LawrencĂan â€‰Chronicle â€‰Summer â€‰2012 August Â 2012. Â His Â plans Â for Â the Â summer Â include Â getting Â back Â to Â a Â book Â manuscript Â 7KH6WUXFWXUHRI5XVVLDQ$ *XLGHIRU%HJLQQLQJ7HDFKHUVwhich Â he Â is Â coauthoring Â with Â David Â Birnbaum Â at Â the Â University Â of Â Pittsburgh. Stephen Â M. Â Dickey Â was Â one Â of Â three Â speakers Â invited Â to Â the Â Third Â Conference Â of Â the Â International Â Commis-Â sion Â on Â Aspectology Â of Â the Â International Â Committee Â of Â Slavists Â held Â in Â Padua, Â Italy Â from Â Sept. Â 30 Â to Â Oct. Â 4;Íž Â the Â title Â of Â his Â talk Â was Â â€œTowards Â a Â Comparative Â Analysis Â of Â the Â Development Â of Â the Â General-ÂFactual Â Function Â of Â the Â Imperfective Â Aspect Â in Â Slavic.â€? Â He Â also Â gave Â a Â CREES Â brownbag Â lecture, Â â€œHow Â Do Â You Â Do Â Things Â with Â Words Â and Â Who Â Tells Â You Â How Â to Â Do Â Them? Â Slavs, Â Their Â Performatives, Â and Â Germans,â€? Â on Â Nov. Â 1. Â 2011. Â Since Â January Â 2012 Â Prof. Â Dickey Â has Â been Â at Â the Â Center Â for Â Advanced Â Study Â in Â Oslo, Â Norway Â working Â as Â a Â member Â of Â the Â research Â group Â in Â 7LPH LV 6SDFH 8QFRQVFLRXV0RGHOVDQG&RQVFLRXV$FWV. Â There Â he Â has Â given Â several Â talks, Â including Â â€œAuxiliated Â versus Â Unaux-Â iliated Â 3rd-ÂPerson Â Preterits Â in Â Old Â and Â Middle Â Czech Â Cor-Â respondenceâ€? Â at Â the Â CAS Â conference Â in Â St. Â Petersburg, Â Russia, Â on Â Mar. Â 29. Â His Â article Â â€œOn Â the Â Development Â of Â the Â Russian Â Imperfective Â General Â Factualâ€? Â has Â just Â ap-Â peared Â in Â 6FDQGR6ODYLFD Â 58(1), Â and Â another, Â â€œOrphan Â 3UHÂż[HVDQGWKH*UDPPDWLFDOL]DWLRQRI$VSHFWLQ6RXWK Slavic,â€? Â is Â appearing Â any Â day Â in Â -H]LNRVORYOMH Â 13(1). Â Last Â fall Â Prof. Â Dickey Â gave Â SLAV Â 508: Â South Â Slavic Â Literature Â DQG&LYLOL]DWLRQDVDQRQOLQHFRXUVHIRUWKHÂżUVWWLPH
Prof. Â Greenberg Â with Â dialectological Â informants Â in Â BudiĹĄovice, Â Silesia.
and Â Arts, Â Ljubljana, Â and Â from Â there Â also Â participated Â in Â a Â roundtable Â discussion Â for Â graduate Â students Â at Â KU Â (via Â Skype) Â on Â open-Âaccess Â publishing Â as Â part Â of Â Open Â Access Â Week Â events. Â In Â November Â 2011 Â he Â spent Â several Â weeks Â as Â a Â visiting Â scholar, Â with Â a Â grant Â from Â the Â Moravian-Â Silesian Â Region, Â at Â the Â Silesian Â University Â in Â Opava, Â Czech Â Republic, Â where Â he Â conducted Â dialectological Â ÂżHOGZRUNZLWK=E\QÄŒN+ROXEDQGFROODERUDWHGRQDERRN SURMHFWZLWK,QGR(XURSHDQLVW5RPDQ6XNDĂž+HJDYH guest Â lectures Â at Â the Â Silesian Â University Â as Â well Â as Â at Â the Â Masaryk Â University Â in Â Brno. Â From Â there Â he Â also Â Skyped Â in Â his Â participation Â on Â a Â panel Â â€œWhat Â is Â an Â Open Â Access Â Policy? Â Why Â should Â Purdue Â faculty Â care?â€? Â at Â Purdue Â University Â with Â KU Â colleagues Â Ada Â Emmett Â and Â Town Â Peterson. Â In Â celebration Â of Â Lange Â Nacht Â der Â kurzen Â Texte, Â KHOGDWWKH2EHFQtGÄ¤PDQGVSRQVRUHGE\WKH*HUPDQ 'HSDUWPHQWWKHUHKHUHDGWKHÂżUVWIHZSDJHVRIWKH'REUĂŞ YRMiNĹ vejk Â in Â Yiddish Â (with Â coaching Â from Â colleague Â Renee Â Perelmutter). Â He Â published Â two Â articles: Â â€œThe Â Illyrian Â Movement: Â A Â Croatian Â Vision Â of Â South Â Slavic Â Unityâ€? Â in Â Joshua Â Fishman Â and Â Ofelia Â GarcĂaâ€™s Â +DQGERRN RI/DQJXDJHDQG(WKQLF,GHQWLW\7KH6XFFHVV)DLOXUH &RQWLQXXPLQ/DQJXDJH,GHQWLW\(IIRUWV, Â vol. Â 2 Â (Oxford Â University Â Press) Â and Â â€œBalkanizem Â v Â srednji Â Evropi? Â 5HDOQLLQQHUHDOQLQDNORQYRGYLVQLNLKYSUHNPXUĂŁĂžLQLÂ´ in Â $]LJD] Â WDQiUĂźzenete6SRURĂžLORLVNUHQHJDXĂžLWHOMD Â (= Â
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Marc Â L. Â Greenberg Â stepped Â down Â from Â the Â chairman-Â ship Â of Â the Â Slavic Â Department, Â having Â served Â since Â fall Â 2000, Â at Â the Â end Â of Â the Â fall Â 2011 Â semester, Â in Â order Â to Â take Â a Â temporary Â position Â as Â Associate Â Dean Â for Â the Â Humani-Â ties Â in Â the Â College, Â substituting Â for Â Ann Â Cudd Â during Â her Â sabbatical. Â Part Â of Â his Â assignment Â is Â also Â chairing Â the Â *HUPDQ'HSDUWPHQWZKLFKKHÂżQGVDJUHDWSOHDVXUH,Q 2FWREHUKHVHUYHGDVDFRQVXOWDQWWRWKH6FLHQWLÂżF Research Â Centre Â of Â the Â Slovene Â Academy Â of Â Sciences Â
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%LEOLRWKHFD6ODYLFD6DYDULHQVLV, Â Tomus Â XII) Â a Â Gedenk-Â schrift Â for Â the Â Prekmurje Â Slovene Â linguist, Â Avgust Â Pavel. Â Greenbergâ€™s Â book Â on Â Pavelâ€™s Â Prekmurje Â grammar Â is Â now Â LQLWVÂżQDOVWDJHV
Marta Â Pirnat-ÂGreenbergâ€™s Â &ROORTXLDO 6ORYHQHÂ˛7KH &RPSOHWH&RXUVHIRU%HJLQQHUV Â http://www.routledge. com/books/details/9780415559829/ Â was Â published Â by Â Routledge Â in Â mid-ÂOctober. Â She Â gave Â a Â presentation Â about Â the Â textbook Â and Â its Â compilation Â in Â the Â series Â of Â book Â talks Â organized Â by Â CREES Â on Â January Â 9 Â at Â the Â Kansas Â Union Â bookstore. Â Â During Â the Â winter Â break Â she Â continued Â to Â work Â on Â on-Âline Â BCS Â teaching Â materials Â for Â intermedi-Â ate Â to Â advanced Â levels, Â based Â on Â a Â short Â contemporary Â Croatian Â novel. Â Â In Â her Â second-Âyear Â BCS Â she Â is Â leading Â her Â students Â in Â a Â project Â in Â which Â they Â are Â learning Â about Â the Â Kansas Â Croatian Â community Â through Â the Â art Â of Â a Â couple Â of Â artists Â from Â the Â Strawberry Â Hill Â community. Â After Â studying Â about Â two Â KC Â Croatian-ÂAmerican Â artists Â DQGWKHQLQWHUYLHZLQJWKHPWKHÂżYHVWXGHQWVDUHQRZ working Â on Â two Â articles Â featuring Â these Â artists, Â with Â the Â hope Â of Â having Â them Â published Â in Â a Â Croatian Â magazine.
Abbas Â Karakaya Â Â has Â been Â working Â on Â two Â projects Â and Â looks Â forward Â to Â spending Â more Â time Â on Â them Â over Â the Â summer Â break. Â His Â second Â volume Â of Â poetry Â will Â be Â entitled Â 0\6LVWHUÂśV%RRN Â and Â his Â research Â project Â focuses Â on Â representations Â of Â the Â other Â (i.e. Â religions Â and Â ethnic Â minorities) Â in Â the Â Turkish Â novel. Â Â Â
The Â Slavic Â Department Â undergraduate Â students Â selected Â Irina Â Six Â to Â be Â honored Â at Â the Â annual Â Celebration Â of Â Teaching Â reception. Â Â The Â Center Â for Â Teaching Â Excellence Â solicited Â from Â the Â departments Â or Â divisions Â the Â names Â of Â two Â outstanding Â undergraduate Â students. Â These Â two Â met Â ZLWKWKHLUSHHUVDQGLGHQWLÂżHGDIDFXOW\PHPEHUZKRVH WHDFKLQJKDGDPDMRUDQGEHQHÂżFLDOLPSDFWRQVWXGHQWV These Â students Â were Â present Â at Â the Â annual Â Celebration Â of Â Teaching Â reception Â to Â honor Â Irina Â Six Â and Â to Â share Â how Â VKHKDGLQĂ€XHQFHGWKHP
Ani Â Kokobobo Â attended Â the Â AATSEEL Â conference Â in Â January Â 2012 Â where Â she Â presented Â a Â paper Â on Â sexuality Â and Â political Â resistance Â in Â the Â work Â of Â Albanian Â writer Â Ismail Â Kadare. Â Â She Â completed Â and Â submitted Â for Â publi-Â cation Â an Â article Â manuscript Â on Â Aleksandr Â Radishchevâ€™s Â travelogue Â -RXUQH\IURP6W3HWHUVEXUJWR0RVFRZ. Â Â Dur-Â ing Â fall Â 2011 Â Prof. Â Kokobobo Â presented Â a Â paper Â at Â AS-Â EEES Â on Â Tolstoyâ€™s Â last Â story Â +DGML0XUDW Â and Â is Â now Â reworking Â this Â essay Â into Â an Â article. Â Â She Â presented Â her Â ÂżQGLQJVRQWKHVLJQLÂżFDQFHRI6XÂż,VODPRQ+DGML0X-Â UDW Â at Â the Â SLL Â colloquium Â this Â February. Â Â Prof. Â Kokobobo Â was Â awarded Â the Â New Â Faculty Â Research Â Grant Â and Â is Â planning Â a Â productive Â summer Â working Â on Â her Â book Â 7KH *URWHVTXH0RPHQWLQ5XVVLDQ5HDOLVPas Â well Â as Â on Â a Â book Â collection Â 7LPHRI7URXEOHV5XVVLDQ5HDOLVPDQG WKHFin-Âde-ÂSiĂ¨cle Â 0HQWDOLW\. Â Â Renee Â Perelmutter Â continued Â to Â work Â on Â her Â monograph Â on Â Russian Â womenâ€™s Â online Â discourse. Â She Â presented Â a Â talk Â on Â her Â research Â at Â the Â AATSEEL Â convention Â in Â 6HDWWOHDQGKDVVXEPLWWHGDQDUWLFOHRQ5XVVLDQFRQĂ€LFW GLVFRXUVH+HUDUWLFOHRQSUHGLFDWLYHDGMHFWLYHVLQDIÂżU-Â mative Â and Â negative Â contexts Â has Â recently Â come Â out Â in Â 5XVVLDQ/LQJXLVWLFV, Â and Â another Â article Â on Â the Â medieval Â Slavic Â translations Â from Â Hebrew Â has Â come Â out Â in Â 7UDQVOD-Â WLRQDQG7UDGLWLRQLQ6ODYLD2UWKRGR[D, Â a Â volume Â edited Â by Â Valentina Â Izmirlieva Â and Â Boris Â Gasparov. Â This Â sum-Â mer, Â she Â is Â busy Â co-Âorganizing Â the Â Slavic Â Linguistics Â So-Â
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LawrencĂan â€‰Chronicle â€‰Summer â€‰2012 strong. Â But Â I Â am Â not Â surprised. Â These Â works Â have Â a Â lot Â to Â offer Â to Â our Â students;Íž Â they Â bring Â out Â a Â point Â of Â view Â that Â is Â not Â very Â well Â represented Â in Â our Â culture Â these Â days. Â Tolstoy Â and Â Dostoevsky Â are Â the Â most Â beloved Â among Â the Â 19th-Âc. Â Russian Â writers, Â and Â I Â think Â that Â is Â because Â the Â questions Â they Â raise Â get Â students Â to Â think Â about Â their Â lives Â and Â big Â decisions Â they Â face Â during Â and Â after Â college. Â Â We Â live Â in Â a Â fast-Âpaced Â technological Â society Â where Â people Â seem Â to Â be Â rushing Â to Â make Â more Â money Â and Â have Â more Â power Â each Â day. Â By Â contrast, Â a Â Russian Â realist Â classic Â like Â Dostoevskyâ€™s Â &ULPH DQG 3XQLVKPHQW Â tells Â us Â to Â stop Â and Â take Â stock Â of Â our Â humanity. Â Raskolnikov Â assumes Â the Â ultimate Â power Â by Â killing Â someone, Â and Â in Â the Â course Â of Â the Â book Â he Â needs Â to Â learn Â to Â relinquish Â that Â power Â if Â he Â is Â going Â to Â continue Â to Â live. Â Itâ€™s Â a Â life Â and Â death Â matter Â for Â him Â because Â by Â taking Â on Â God-Âlike Â powers, Â he Â has Â precipitated Â his Â own Â spiritual Â death. Â Â Â Through Â the Â guidance Â of Â angelic Â prostitute Â Sonya Â (an Â unlikely Â source Â of Â goodness, Â I Â will Â admit), Â Raskolnikov Â learns Â to Â trust Â others Â and Â make Â himself Â vulnerable. Â This Â incredible Â challenge Â Dostoevsky Â puts Â out Â there Â and Â you Â donâ€™t Â even Â have Â to Â share Â his Â Christianity Â to Â buy Â into Â it. Â 7KHLQVWDQWJUDWLÂżFDWLRQWKDWFRPHVWKURXJKSRZHUDQG money Â is Â so Â seductive Â for Â so Â many Â people, Â and Â Dosto-Â evsky Â is Â telling Â us Â to Â look Â beyond Â that Â and Â learn Â to Â value Â something Â else. Â Obviously, Â the Â answers Â vary Â as Â to Â what Â that Â â€˜something Â elseâ€™ Â is, Â but Â itâ€™s Â a Â lot Â more Â human Â than Â the Â alternative, Â and Â undergraduates Â really Â need Â to Â hear Â this Â perspective. Â Â Working Â with Â graduate Â students Â is Â very Â different. Â With Â them, Â itâ€™s Â a Â matter Â of Â passing Â on Â the Â craft Â and Â help-Â ing Â them Â learn Â the Â tools Â of Â the Â trade Â while Â taking Â their Â knowledge Â to Â the Â next Â level. Â Itâ€™s Â a Â matter Â of Â specializa-Â tion Â and Â realizing Â how Â far Â they Â have Â to Â go. Â Since Â I Â was Â myself Â recently Â in Â graduate Â school, Â I Â think Â I Â am Â in Â a Â good Â position Â to Â offer Â practical Â advice Â on Â things Â they Â can Â do Â and Â professional Â opportunities Â available Â to Â them. Â
Svetlana Â Vassileva-ÂKaragyozova Â had Â a Â busy Â semester Â as Â an Â Acting Â Director Â of Â Graduate Â Studies Â advising Â MA Â students Â on Â course Â enrollments, Â assisting Â in Â the Â coordina-Â tion Â of Â PhD Â qualifying Â exams Â and Â organizing Â on-Âcampus Â visits Â for Â prospective Â students. Â Svetlana Â Vassileva-ÂKaragyozova Â presented Â the Â paper Â â€œThe Â Initiation Â Novels Â of Â Polandâ€™s Â Last Â Com-Â munist Â Generationâ€? Â at Â the Â AATSEEL Â national Â conven-Â tion Â in Â Seattle, Â WA, Â Jan. Â 5-Â8. Â In Â February Â she Â travelled Â to Â England Â to Â take Â part Â in Â the Â international Â conference Â 0DNLQJ6HQVHRI&DWDVWURSKH3RVWFRORQLDO$SSURDFKHV WR3RVW6RFLDOLVW([SHULHQFHVhosted Â by Â Kingâ€™s Â College Â at Â Cambridge Â University. Â Her Â paper Â tackled Â the Â question Â â€œPolandâ€™s Â Last Â Communist Â Generation: Â Lost Â or Â Found Â in Â the Â Transition?â€? Â In Â April Â she Â crossed Â the Â Atlantic Â again Â to Â deliver Â an Â invited Â talk Â at Â the Â German-ÂPolish Â workshop Â 7KH*HQHUDWLRQDO3RWHQWLDORIÂś Â at Â Georg-Â August Â University Â in Â Gottingen, Â Germany. Â Her Â paper Â discussed Â a Â group Â of Â post-Â1989 Â Polish Â initiation Â novels Â DVDJHQHUDWLRQGHÂżQLQJSURMHFW Â Prof. Â Vassileva-ÂKaragyozova Â is Â very Â much Â looking Â forward Â to Â her Â two-Âmonth Â Fellowship Â at Â Imre Â Kertesz Â Kolleg Â Jena, Â Germany Â this Â summer Â during Â which Â she Â ZLOOEHSXWWLQJWKHÂżQDOWRXFKHVRQKHUERRNPDQXVFULSW &RPPXQLVP 7KURXJK WKH (\HV RI D &KLOG 7KH 3RVW 3ROLVK,QLWLDWLRQ1RYHO Â and Â working Â on Â a Â couple Â of Â articles Â on Â Polandâ€™s Â generationâ€™89.
is Â facilitated Â by Â the Â grotesque Â style Â (a Â form Â of Â aesthetic Â exaggeration Â that, Â among Â other Â things, Â distorts Â our Â perception Â of Â the Â human Â subject, Â sometimes Â making Â the Â subject Â appear Â less Â human.) Â Through Â the Â grotesque, Â writers Â can Â alter Â our Â perspective Â of Â the Â world, Â sometimes Â dehumanizing Â people Â and Â making Â violence Â appear Â more Â acceptable. Â As Â I Â expand Â my Â dissertation Â into Â a Â book, Â Iâ€™ll Â be Â putting Â more Â effort Â into Â the Â political Â components Â of Â my Â study. Â I Â hope Â to Â explain Â the Â political Â function Â the Â gro-Â tesque Â aesthetic Â assumed Â during Â the Â unstable Â Russian Â ÂżQ GHVLqFOHDQGKRZLWSDUWLDOO\MXVWLÂżHGWHUURULVPWKURXJK its Â dehumanization Â of Â the Â human Â subject. Â
RP: Â Since Â coming Â to Â KU Â in Â the Â Fall Â of Â 2011, Â you Â have Â taught Â the Â Survey Â of Â Russian Â Literature Â in Â Transla-Â tion, Â 19th Â century Â Russian Â Prose, Â and Â the Â Study Â of Â the Â life Â and Â works Â of Â Leo Â Tolstoy. Â You Â also Â acted Â as Â an Â undergraduate Â advisor Â in Â Spring Â 2012 Â while Â Pro-Â fessor Â Stephen Â Dickey Â was Â away. Â Could Â you Â please Â talk Â a Â little Â about Â what Â your Â experience Â teaching Â and Â advising Â has Â been Â like Â so Â far? AK: Â I Â really Â like Â advising. Â I Â didnâ€™t Â know Â whether Â I Â would, Â but Â I Â enjoy Â getting Â to Â talk Â to Â students Â outside Â the Â classroom. Â I Â have Â really Â liked Â getting Â to Â know Â our Â majors Â and Â working Â with Â them Â in Â that Â capacity. Â Then Â I Â see Â many Â of Â them Â in Â my Â seminars Â too, Â so Â it Â is Â good Â to Â interact Â in Â different Â contexts. Â
RP: Â You Â are Â a Â Tolstoy Â scholar, Â and Â it Â seems Â that Â the Â interest Â in Â the Â classic Â works Â of Â 19th Â century Â Russian Â literature Â is Â not Â waning. Â Why Â do Â you Â think Â these Â books Â are Â of Â enduring Â interest Â for Â the Â modern Â reader, Â and Â for Â the Â American Â undergraduate Â and Â graduate Â students Â in Â particular? AK: Â I Â have Â worked Â more Â on Â Tolstoy, Â but Â I Â adore Â Dosto-Â evsky Â and Â Turgenev Â too. Â I Â feel Â very Â grateful Â to Â teach Â all Â these Â authors Â and Â am Â so Â happy Â that Â the Â interest Â remains Â 13
LawrencĂan â€‰Chronicle â€‰Summer â€‰2012 RP: Â The Â Balkans Â are Â an Â additional Â research Â inter-Â est Â for Â you;Íž Â you Â have Â written Â on Â the Â Ismail Â Kadare. Â What Â excites Â you Â most Â about Â the Â work Â of Â Albanian Â writers? Â How Â does Â your Â interest Â in Â Balkan Â literature Â of Â the Â 20th Â and Â 21st Â centuries Â mesh Â with Â your Â interest Â in Â 19th Â century Â Russian Â literature? AK: Â My Â interest Â in Â Albanian Â writers Â has Â a Â lot Â to Â do Â with Â my Â own Â heritage. Â I Â was Â born Â and Â raised Â in Â Albania Â and Â only Â immigrated Â to Â the Â US Â when Â I Â was Â a Â teenager. Â That Â part Â of Â the Â world Â is Â still Â very Â dear Â to Â my Â heart, Â so Â in Â some Â ZD\V ZRUNLQJ RQ ,VPDLO .DGDUH IXOÂżOOV DQ HPRWLRQDO need Â in Â me. Â When Â I Â think Â of Â how Â we Â lived, Â the Â repres-Â VLYHHQYLURQPHQWWKDWGHÂżQHGRXUOLYHV,FDQQRWFHDVH to Â be Â amazed Â at Â how Â and Â why Â Kadare Â wrote Â the Â way Â he Â did Â in Â Albania. Â I Â remember Â that Â I Â grew Â up Â in Â a Â bubble. Â We Â thought Â Albania Â was Â the Â best Â country Â in Â the Â world Â and Â did Â not Â have Â a Â good Â grasp Â of Â the Â place Â we Â occupied Â in Â the Â world. Â But Â somehow Â all Â this Â knowledge, Â all Â this Â awareness Â of Â things Â wiped Â out Â from Â our Â lives Â was Â stored Â in Â Kadareâ€™s Â oeuvre. Â He Â talks Â about Â all Â the Â undesirable, Â GHFDGHQWLQĂ€XHQFHVLQFRPPXQLVW$OEDQLDÂ˛-HVXV0R-Â hammed, Â Kafka, Â Borges, Â and Â many Â more. Â +H LV D FRPSOLFDWHG ÂżJXUH IRU PDQ\$OEDQLDQV because Â he Â was Â not Â technically Â a Â dissident Â during Â Enver Â +R[KDÂśV UHJLPH :KHQ , ÂżUVW EHJDQ ZRUNLQJ RQ KLP I Â had Â to Â work Â this Â all Â out Â for Â myself. Â Of Â course, Â we Â all Â want Â heroes Â who Â stand Â up Â for Â the Â oppressed. Â But Â I Â like Â to Â think Â of Â Kadare Â as Â a Â terribly Â prosaic Â hero Â who, Â through Â his Â artistic Â talent, Â makes Â me Â love Â my Â country Â in Â a Â way Â nothing Â else Â could. Â This Â is, Â of Â course, Â terribly Â snobbish, Â but Â seeing Â the Â kind Â of Â sophistication Â he Â brings Â to Â my Â languageâ€”a Â language Â I Â often Â associate Â with Â slogans, Â hollow Â political Â verses, Â and Â dirty Â jokesâ€”is Â an Â incredible Â treat. Â Â This Â interest Â does Â not Â mesh Â directly Â with Â my Â Russian Â literature Â interests. Â It Â is Â all Â related Â insofar Â as Â I Â probably Â look Â for Â the Â same Â things Â in Â literature, Â but Â conceptually Â they Â are Â different. Â
Â I Â have Â really Â enjoyed Â teaching Â so Â far. Â This Â was Â a Â big Â transition Â year Â for Â me, Â and Â I Â think Â I Â have Â spent Â most Â of Â it Â doing Â teaching Â prep, Â but Â it Â has Â been Â great Â fun. Â Hav-Â ing Â dialogue Â with Â students Â about Â great Â books Â can Â feel Â very Â rewarding. Â I Â myself Â have Â also Â learned Â a Â lot Â while Â teaching. Â In Â my Â case, Â I Â really Â do Â study Â what Â I Â teach, Â so Â the Â overlap Â allows Â me Â to Â develop Â great Â research Â ideas Â through Â teaching. Â In Â my Â scholarship Â I Â am Â always Â trying Â to Â come Â up Â with Â new Â things Â to Â say Â about Â great Â writers Â who Â have Â been Â studied Â for Â many Â years. Â I Â probably Â end Â up Â using Â some Â of Â the Â same Â ideas Â in Â my Â teaching Â as Â well, Â but Â I Â also Â have Â a Â chance Â to Â just Â talk Â about Â what Â makes Â $QQD.DUHQLQD Â or Â %URWKHUV .DUDPD]RY Â great, Â without Â worrying Â whether Â Iâ€™m Â being Â original. Â This Â has Â been Â a Â true Â privilege. Â RP: Â One Â of Â your Â proposed Â courses Â for Â AY Â 2012 Â deals Â with Â the Â theme Â of Â violence Â in Â 20th-Âcentury Â Russian Â OLWHUDWXUHDQGÂżOPYLROHQFHLVRQHRI\RXUUHVHDUFK topics Â as Â well. Â Why Â do Â you Â think Â it Â is Â important Â to Â study Â violence Â in Â 20th Â century Â literature Â in Â particular? Â AK: Â I Â initially Â got Â interested Â in Â writing Â about Â violence Â when Â I Â was Â studying Â works Â by Â Yugoslav Â authors. Â I Â have Â ZULWWHQRQYLROHQFHLQ,YR$QGULĂźÂśV7KH%ULGJHRQWKH 'ULQD Â where Â Balkan Â history Â is Â essentially Â represented Â as Â a Â history Â of Â violence. Â I Â lived Â through Â near Â civil Â war Â (in Â Albania) Â as Â a Â young Â person, Â so Â Iâ€™m Â interested Â in Â under-Â VWDQGLQJWKHLPSDFWRIYLROHQFHRQFRPPXQLWLHV$QGULĂźÂśV novel Â covers Â over Â three Â hundred Â years Â of Â Balkan Â history Â and Â captures Â many Â different Â kinds Â of Â violence;Íž Â in Â this Â novel Â violence Â can Â feel Â truly Â tragic, Â at Â other Â times Â it Â is Â understated Â and Â minimized, Â or Â it Â can Â assume Â Christologi-Â FDORUHYHQP\WKRORJLFDOVLJQLÂżFDQFHIRUDFRPPXQLW\ Depending Â on Â how Â they Â choose Â to Â interpret Â an Â act Â of Â violence, Â communities Â can Â either Â thrive Â or Â be Â damaged. Â In Â that Â essay Â and Â in Â my Â work Â in Â general, Â I Â am Â interested Â in Â how Â the Â artistic Â medium Â can Â affect Â our Â perception Â of Â violence Â (how Â we Â react Â to Â it, Â and Â how Â much Â we Â mourn Â the Â loss Â of Â life). Â Â When Â we Â throw Â the Â nineteenth-Âcentury Â into Â the Â mix, Â then Â something Â really Â worth Â noting Â is Â how Â perceptions Â of Â violence Â change Â in Â the Â span Â of Â decades. Â If Â you Â read Â $QQD .DUHQLQD Â or Â &ULPHDQG3XQLVKPHQW, Â individual Â deaths Â DUHKLJKO\VLJQLÂżFDQWLQWKRVHZRUNV%\FRPSDULVRQLQ Andrei Â Platonovâ€™s Â .RWORYDQ, Â violence Â is Â embedded Â in Â everyday Â existence, Â and Â there Â are Â almost Â no Â individual Â deaths;Íž Â there Â are Â mass Â casualties, Â but Â individuals Â are Â en-Â tirely Â dehumanized. Â In Â my Â own Â work Â I Â am Â interested Â in Â seeing Â how Â this Â process Â of Â dehumanization Â begins Â with Â late Â realism Â and Â what Â it Â does Â to Â the Â realist Â novel. Â
RP: Â What Â are Â your Â plans Â for Â the Â future? AK: Â I Â received Â the Â New Â Faculty Â Research Â Grant Â and Â hope Â to Â have Â a Â productive Â summer Â working Â on Â my Â book. Â I Â have Â two Â articles Â on Â my Â hands Â right Â now, Â and Â Iâ€™m Â giv-Â ing Â myself Â the Â month Â of Â May Â to Â wrap Â those Â up, Â and Â then Â Iâ€™ll Â be Â writing Â a Â book Â chapter Â and Â researching Â a Â second Â one. Â Iâ€™m Â also Â putting Â together Â a Â collection Â of Â essays Â on Â WKH5XVVLDQÂżQGHVLqFOHZLWKDFROOHDJXHVR,ZLOODOVR be Â spending Â a Â lot Â of Â time Â on Â email Â trying Â to Â solicit Â con-Â WULEXWLRQVIURPVFKRODUVLQWKHÂżHOG
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EC: Working from 5XVVLDRQWKH(GJH, I’ve moved from considering imagined geographies in the discourse of the center (Moscow) to probing how Russians inhabiting various regions and peripheries imagine their country, their region, and their local place, whether city or village. I was invited to join the editorial board of a new journal, 5HJLRQ, and have started working on the enormous topic of distinguishing imagined geographies embedded in Siberian public discourse. Another project emerged from our area studies con- ference from August, 2011, “Identity and Community after the Cold War Era.” Shelly Jarrett Bromberg (Latin American Studies, Miami Univ.) and I are developing a multi-authored book on “New Approaches to Area Studies in the 21st Century,” which is designed for use in area studies methodology seminars for any region of the world. We have an exciting table of contents with chapters dealing with Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, East Asia, and, of course, the REES area. We are glad to say that Northern Illinois University Press has signed a preliminary contract with us, so we are pressing ahead with the culling and editing process.
We are grateful for the continuing support of our donors, listed below. Without their support, we could not have supported our students as much as we have by providing conference grants, awards, guest speakers, and purchase of library materials. Still, we lack the big-ticket items that would most directly help our students succeed—undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship monies. Many of our students work part time and take out loans to pay for their education and the share of their contribution continues to grow steeply as state and federal support drops. Please consider a donation or a bequest to the Slavic Department to fund a scholarship to support excellent students and to help VWUHQJWKHQWKHXQLTXHHGXFDWLRQDOEHQH¿WVWKDWWKH Department offers. As always, checks may be made out to “KUEA—Slavic Dept.” Write on the memo “For Slavic Dept. programs” for the general fund, send to: William J. Comer, Chair;; Dept. of Slavic Languages & Literatures;; University of Kansas;; 1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm. 2133;; Lawrence, KS 66045-7594. Alternatively, secure credit-card donations may be made by following the link: http://www.kuendowment.org/depts/slav/dept If you would like to discuss setting up a fund in honor of a special person or for a particular purpose, please call Prof. Comer at (785) 864-2348 or (785) 864-3313 or write to him at email@example.com or the mailing address above.
RP: We are sad to see you go! Do you see yourself returning to KU to collaborate with faculty here, or to organize events? (&,FHUWDLQO\KRSHVR,ORRNIRUZDUGWRYDULRXVRS- portunities as they arise—from possibly serving on upcoming PhD committees to kicking off the new Czech Lectureship when it is ready, maybe as soon as in 2 years. A more immediate possibility would come in summer 2013, if an NEH grant comes through, on which I am co-PI with Mariya Omelicheva (Political Science). We would be teaching and co-coordinating a summer institute for college teachers on “Central Asia Past and Present: Narratives and Communities.” I hope that KU and UVA will be able to partner on some events, yet to be designed.
Send us your news We are always delighted to hear from you and learn what you are doing and to feature your stories in 7KH /DZUHQFLDQ &KURQLFOH. Please keep us informed, stay in touch, and send your news to the Depart- ment: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Be sure to include your degree and date of degree award. You can also write to us at: Dept. of Slavic Languages & Literatures University of Kansas 1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Rm. 2133 Lawrence, KS 66045-7594 15
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Join the KU Friends of Slavic I am contributing in the amount of: _____$25 _____$50 _____$100 _____$250 _____$500 _____$1000 _____Other ________ to:
_____Slavic Unrestricted Fund
_____The Conrad Memorial Fund (undergraduate and graduate grants)
_____The Czech Opportunity Fund
If paying by check, please make payment to: Dept of Slavic Languages and Literatures c/o KUEA Please send to:
Professor William J. Comer, Chair Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures University of Kansas 1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 2133 Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
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