In memoriam

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of our colleague Martin Votruba, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Pitt Slovak Studies Program (Slavic Department, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences). Martin was an invaluable member of our department, a teacher, scholar, and friend.

Information on the memorial service for Martin will be available at a later time. Please check this site for updates, which we will post as soon as the plans are confirmed.

SLI: Current Announcements

The Slavic, East European and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute (SLI) has offered intensive summer language courses for over 25 years. With a focus on critical and less commonly taught languages, Pitt's SLI provides courses in Arabic, Bosnian/Croation/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Whether students choose to study on Pitt's campus or on one of the SLI's many abroad programs, they can expect to cover approximately one academic year's worth of course work during a single summer.

Generous scholarships are available to all applicants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but to be considered for priority funding, submit your application by the first Friday in March. Visit the SLI Website for details.  Apply now!

Slovak Heritage Festival

The 28th annual Slovak Heritage Festival will take place on the Sunday, November 4, 2018, from 1:00-5:00 in the Commons Room of the Cathedral of Learning. The Slovak Studies Program website will have more details about the Festival as the date draws near under "Current Information" or click here.  Free street parking or park at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial garage.

View the full listing of events (PDF)

Project GO! Summer scholarships for ROTC students

Summer Project GO Fellowships for development of Russian language proficiency are available on a competitive basis to students enrolled in an Army, Navy, or Air Force ROTC program at any US college or university.    More information about Project GO Fellowships and SLI! Additional information available at the REES Project Go Webpage.

Russian Film Symposium

The 2018 for the Russian Film Symposium will be Monday, April 30 through Saturday, May 5, 2018.  The four evening screenings will be run from Wednesday through Saturday.  The title for this years Symposium is "A Specter is Haunting Russia: History and Cinema."  

Spring 2018

Undergraduate Research Symposium. April 13, 2018,  rooms 527, 538 and 548 WPU

Alicja Curanovic (U of Warsaw; Visiting Scholar, Davis Center). “Why Goals and Tasks are Just Not Good Enough: Sense of Mission in Russia’s Foreign Policy.” Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Colin Johnson. “Regionalism Resurgent: Political Machines and Labor Migration in Russia” Monday, January 22, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30pm. 4217 Posvar Hall.

Katja Wezel. “Occupation, Deportation, Genocide—Agents of Memory in Post-Soviet Latvia.” Monday, January 22, 2018, 5:00 – 6:30pm. 3703 Posvar Hall.

Sabine Hake. “Nazi Conversion Narratives: How to Rewrite Class Struggle as Racial Struggle” February 1, 2018.

Elise Thorsen. Conversation with graduate students about her work at Novetta-Advanced Analytics. Friday, February 9, 2018, 10 -11am.

Elise Thorsen, David Birnbaum, Kyleen Pickering. “Using Algorithms to Read Pushkin's Poetry” Friday, February 9, 2018, 2:30 – 4:00pm. 4217 Posvar Hall.

James Pickett. Junior Faculty Manuscript Workshop. “Polymaths of Islam: Scholars and Knowledge Networks in a Eurasian Cosmopolis” Monday, February 12, 2018, 4:30 – 6:00pm. 3703 Posvar Hall.

Willard Sunderland (U of Cincinnati). “The Silk Road and Russia-Asia Networks” Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:30 – 6:00pm. 3703 Posvar Hall.  

Symposium “Modern Rivers of Eurasia: Potential, Control, Change.” February 22- 24, 2018. Keynote lecture by Terje Tvedt, University of Bergen, Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:30-6:00 pm, Humanities Center, 602 CL.

GOSECA conference Establishing (In)dependence (15th Annual Graduate Conference), March 23-25, 2018.

Bill Tarkulich. The Thomas Kukacka Memorial Lecture: "The Battle for Dukla Pass." March 25, 2018, 2:00 pm, 1500 Posvar Hall.

The Balkan and Central Asian Women Filmmakers: Finding their own voices in post-socialist cinema

The keynote address will introduce the weekend's film festival, celebrating the amazing film work being done women in the Balkans and Central Asia. The keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Yana Hashamova, professor and chair of the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University.

Friday, September 29, 2017
Opening remarks

Keynote speaker: Dr. Yana Hashamova "What is Women's Cinema and How Does it Look in the Balkans and Central Asia?"
4 pm in Frick Fine Arts 125

Film screening
Svetla Tsotsorkova Thirst (Zhazhda, Bulgaria, 2016), a post-screening discussion with Dr. Ingeborg Bratoeva-Daraktchieva, Film Critic, Bulgaria 5 pm - 7 pm in Frick Fine Arts 125

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Film screening

Ines Tanovic’s Our Everyday Life (Naša svakodnevna priča, Bosnia, 2015), and a post-screening discussion with with the director, Ines Tanovic, Bosnia 10 am - 1 pm in Frick Fine Arts 125

Film screening
Zhanna Issabayeva’s Nagima (Kazakhstan, 2013) and a post-screening discussion with the director, Zhanna Issabayeva, Kazakhstan 3 pm - 6 pm in the Cathedral of Learning, room 232

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Film Screening

Ruxandra Zenide, Ryna (Romania, 2006), a post-screening discussion with Dr. Sunnie Rucker-Chang, Assistant Professor of Slavic, Director of European Studies, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, 10 am - 1 pm, CL 232

Roundtable “Ethnicity, Gender, Citizenship: How can we claim to know?"
Facilitated by Dr. Nancy Condee, 1 pm - 3:30 pm in CL 156

Slavic-related Spring 2019 Events

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