The Department of Slavic Studies hosts a number of annual events for its students and for the campus at large. Some of the most popular are:
- bus trips to New York City and Boston to view Russian exhibits, theater, and opera performances
- our Elka holiday celebration in December with Slavic cuisine and music by the Connecticut College Slavic Chorus
- Russian Maslenitsa (Carnival) in the spring, featuring traditional Russian blini
- Russian Paskha (Easter) Celebration, featuring egg dyeing with natural dyes
- film series of Russian and Slavic films
- public lectures by visiting scholars and alumni followed by dinner with Slavic studies majors
Slavic Studies students gather at the home of their professor, Andrea Lanoux, far left
The department conducted its first TRIP to Russia in 2008 for students in Elementary Russian, with a subsequent TRIP to Russia in 2009. We hope to be able to provide future such TRIPS for our students (dependent upon availability of funds).
In 2008, the Slavic studies department developed two important local and international foreign language partnerships for its students. Since that time, Slavic studies students have been teaching Russian to fourth- and fifth-graders at the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in downtown New London. Additionally, students in the Russian language program have been corresponding and Skyping with Russian students from the St. Petersburg Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg.
Susana Hancock '07, a linguistics and Slavic studies major, was selected as Connecticut College's first finalist for the Rhodes scholarship in twenty-five years. A Winthrop Scholar (the college's highest academic award), Hancock is currently studying linguistics in the graduate program at Oxford University. Read the news story.