SLA 105 Introduction to Slavic Cultures
An introduction to the major geographical regions, peoples, language groups, and historical events that have defined the Slavic world.
As a Slavic studies major, you explore the contemporary culture, film, theater, literature and linguistics of of eastern and central Europe and Eurasia, as well as the historical relations between Slavic and non-Slavic peoples. You develop advanced-level proficiency in the Russian language through our four-year program and use use web conferencing, study away, and mobile devices to further your studies. Your global perspective and critical-thinking skills provide a solid foundation for careers in many fields, including international law, journalism, business, education, public relations, literary translation and environmental protection.
You have plenty of opportunities to use your Russian, with trips to Brighton Beach, the Russian banya (public bath) in Manhattan, and the Russian theater, opera and ballet. You can teach Russian to children at New London's Regional Multicultural Magnet School and practice at the Knowlton Dining Hall Russian table. To help you learn, we give you an iPod or iPad loaded with language-learning apps as well as Russian music videos, folk songs, Soviet-era cartoons, talk shows, films, nursery rhymes, audiobooks and newscasts. Students at the intermediate and advanced levels conduct interviews with members of local émigré communities and study emigration patterns out of Russia by engaging in global-local communities. Advanced-level students study Russian film, dissident culture, and contemporary Russian culture in the target language and through original Russian texts.
Most students study in Russia during their junior year, and many complete internships or summer study in such countries as Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Russia. On campus, students partner via Skype with peers in Russia, Poland, and Bulgaria to discuss contemporary youth cultures, student activism and comparative education systems to gain global perspectives in preparation for study away.
Petko Ivanov’s primary interest is in the field of comparative cultural history of the Slavs, with particular emphasis on the interplay of (pan)nationalist and linguistic ideologies in the Slavic countries. He teaches Russian at all levels (introductory, intermediate, and advanced), Nationalism (First-Year Seminar), Introduction to Slavic Studies, Language in Culture (Linguistic Anthropology), Second Language Acquisition, and senior seminars: Russia – from Empire to Nation and Topics in Russian Culture.
Andrea Lanoux teaches Russian language at all levels and courses on Russian literature and culture. She has team-taught courses on gender in communist and post-communist societies (with Amy Dooling), on European Modernism (with Geoffrey Atherton and Abigail Van Slyck), and on comparative Slavic cultures (with Marijan Despalatovic.)
Tony Lin joined the faculty in 2014 as a C3 Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavic Studies. Lin is also an accomplished pianist, having graduated from Northwestern University's School of Music with a degree in piano performance and given numerous recitals in the United States and Europe.
A: I decided to take Russian my freshman year on a whim and ended up falling in love with the language. Our class spent spring break in Moscow and St. Petersburg. I felt very much at home in St. Petersburg and I knew that I had to learn as much as I could about the country and the people.
A: I went back to St. Petersburg. I had an extraordinary experience with a loving host mom and sister, a great group of American students and a really interesting and vibrant Russian student body. I also received a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to intensively study language for two months in Ufa, Russia.