News in the Russian Studies Program

Check out the facebook page of the Russian and East European Program (REEP) for updates on news and events related to Russian Studies at BU:

New Russian Major announced!

German and Russian Studies is delighted to announce the approval by the New York State Department of Education of a departmental Russian Studies major, the only Russian major in the SUNY system. See here for information on the Russian major, minor and Honors program.

Nancy Tittler receives Chancellor's Award

We are delighted to announce that Nancy Tittler has been awarded the 2016-2017 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations, Prof. Tittler!

Forthcoming publication

Sidney Dement's article, "The Lifelike Statues of Ovid and Pushkin's Orthodoxy," will soon appear in volume 18/19 of Pushkin Review.

Congratulations to Alexander Resnick!

Alexander Resnick was selected for the President's Award for Undergraduate Student Excellence at Binghamton University! This highly competitive award recognizes three excellent third-year BU students for their achievements in scholarship, leadership, service, and international experience.

Congratulations to Andrei Shubin!

Andrei Shubin, IMP Russian major ('15), currently an M.A. student in history, has received a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to teach English in Russia. Congratulations, Andrei!

Russian Students in St. Petersburg (summer 2017)

Congratulations to Briana Comuniello, Jack Strosser, Bennett Susman, Klara Rusinko, Adrian Antonio, and Stephanie Wright, who have been accepted into Stony Brook study abroad programs in St. Petersburg this summer. Enjoy those white nights!

Russian Studies Faculty at ASEEES

Sidney Dement, Nancy Tittler, and Heather DeHaan will be participating in the annual convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in Washington, DC (11/17–11/20).

"Darwinism Meets Russian Modernism: The Case of Vladimir Nabokov" (10/6/2016)

On October 6, David Bethea (University of Wisconsin-Madison) gave a talk on Vladimir Nabokov's lifelong engagement with the legacy of Darwinian theory. 

UW-Madison Pushkin Project—an informal breakfast conversation with David Bethea (10/6/2016)

On October 6, world-renowned Pushkin Scholar David Bethea (University of Wisconsin-Madison) participated in an informal breakfast conversation about the Pushkin Summer Institute. The Institute, which Bethea founded, helps high school students from traditionally underrepresented groups expand their linguistic and cultural horizons. 

Recently published

Sidney Dement's article, "Architectural Details from Moscow's Sandunov Banyas in M. A. Bulgakov's Master and Margarita," has appeared in Slavic and East European Journal 60.1 (Spring 2016): 87-105. Congratulations, Sidney!

Congratulations to Sean Flaherty ('14)!

Russian Major Sean Flaherty ('14) has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship! In August '16 Sean will leave for a ten-month stay in Kyrgyzstan. He will be working in Jalal-Abad at the university teaching English to college students and volunteering at an agricultural organization called ACDI/VOCA in Osh. Go find that on a map! Congratulations Sean!

Binghamton Russian Students at the New York Undergraduate Spoken Russian Competition (4/16)

Sarah Grosso, Alex Resnick, Hannah Sheridan, Bennett Susman, Briana ComunielloOn April 16, five of our students participated in the New York Undergraduate Spoken Russian Competition (our "little Olympiada") at Vassar College, with great success:

  • First-years: Alexander Resnick (1st place), Sarah Grosso (2nd place), Hannah Sheridan (3rd place)
  • Second-years: Briana Comuniello, Bennett Susman

Students competed in poetry recitation, speaking, reading and grammar (first-years only). Since February, they have devoted at least an hour a week with Profs. Zalesski and Tittler, and numerous hours on their own, to prepare for this annual competition. Other competing schools: US Military Academy, Hobart-William Smith Colleges and Vassar College. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Michael Kosowski!

On Friday, April 1, 2016, senior IMP Russian Studies major Michael Kosowski presented his research on "Reconciling the Theories: the Origins of Yiddish and the Ashkenazim" at the University of Pittsburgh Undergraduate Research Symposium, "Europe: East and West." Michael's participation in this conference was facilitated by a Binghamton University Undergraduate Conference Travel Fund grant.

Congratulations to Erika Harper!

Erika Harper has accepted a BU Summer Scholars and Artists Program fellowship for Summer 2016. Her project, “Researching and Creating a Kunstmärchen,” proposes to research and develop a webcomic based on Norwegian folklore that explores the relationship between visual art, narrative, and the national folk traditions of Northern Europe. Her work represents the fertile intersection of folkloristics and art, analysis and inspiration.  Congratulations Erika!

Congratulations to Ilana Lipowicz!

Ilana Lipowicz's essay, "Displacing Death: Childbirth in East Slavic Cultures," has been accepted for publication (Spring 2016) in The Birch Journal, the first national undergraduate publication devoted exclusively to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. In the essay, Ilana explores how the nearness of unwanted death during childbirth reveals the deeply human dilemma of facing our worst fears in the very moment of realizing our greatest joys. She analyzes the beliefs and rituals of the East Slavs and the Mansi, an indigenous people living in Western Siberia, to reveal strategies for mitigating the risks of death in childbirth.  Stay posted for a link when the essay is published!

Russian Studies faculty at ASEEES

Sidney Dement, Heather DeHaan, and Don Loewen participated in this year's ASEEES convention in Philadelphia. Sidney Dement presented his paper "Pushkin's Monuments: Ekphrasis, Iconism, Incarnation." Heather DeHaan (History) presented a paper titled "Gangs of Baku: Masculinity, Territoriality, and the Soviet City," in which she discusses how Baku's neighborhood identities, which might otherwise have been defined in terms of race and class, were voiced through youth gang activities—through their battles over turf as well as through the dress and gender codes imposed within their respective neighborhoods. For more information, see the convention's online program.

Notes from the Leningrad Underground (10/1/15)

On Thursday, Oct. 1, John Bailyn gave a talk on the Leningrad rock scene of the 1980s. 4:30 pm in room 189 of the new Admissions Building.

John Frederick Bailyn spent most of the 1980s in Soviet Leningrad. Officially, he was studying and teaching; unofficially, he was hanging out with local musicians and artists, often as the only foreign participant in a cultural moment that powerfully influenced Russia today. In this talk, Bailyn describes this moment and its significance for our understanding of Putin's Russia.

John Frederick Bailyn is Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University, Director of the SUNY Russia Programs Network and co-Director of the NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics and Cognition and Culture (NYI), an international summer school that is held in St. Petersburg, former Leningrad, every summer. His 2012 book The Syntax of Russian won the 2013 AATSEEL prize for best book in Slavic Linguistics.

Congratulations to Russian Studies majors!

Many congratulations to graduating Russian Studies majors Amanda Reid and Kenneth Law! Molodtsy and all the best in life after college!

Congratulations to Elizabeth Austin and Adina Blaszkowsky ('14)!

Elizabeth Austin ('14) will begin an MA in Russian Studies at the University of Virginia in fall 2015. Adina Blaszkowsky, BA in Russian Studies ('14), has been accepted to the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia for an MA in Elementary Education, and will also begin in the fall. She is a former TA for Russ 101-102 and participated in the First Annual BU Conference on Foreign Language Teaching in fall 2013.

Congratulations to Sara Hobler ('18)!

The BU Summer Scholars and Artists Program has funded Sara's proposal to research gender construction in late Imperial and early Soviet Russia during summer 2015.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Drooby!

Elizabeth Drooby ('15) will begin study towards a master's degree in English at SUNY Albany next fall! Also, one of her essays, "The Petersburg Prostitute: Depictions of Illusive Women in Gogol and Dostoevsky," has been published in the Spring 2015 edition of The Birch: A Journal for Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. Congratulations Elizabeth!

2015 NYS Undergraduate Spoken Russian Competition

2015 OlympiadaOn Saturday, April 18, the 2015 New York State Undergraduate Spoken Russian Competition was held at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. Four upstate colleges and universities attended: BU, Vassar College, US Military Academy and Hobart & William Smith. Don Loewen, Marina Zalesski, and Nancy Tittler joined their colleagues as judges, and the following BU students competed: first year – Tatyana Carrillo and Ilana Lipowicz; second year – Hannah Lundeen and Emma Micare. Students competed in poetry recitation, spoken monologue, reading and grammar. First place at the second-year level was awarded to Hannah Lundeen.

Binghamton University Engagement ExpoSloane Ferenchak and Julianna Vecchiotti present "Immigration Stories"

Sloane Ferenchak and Julianna Vecchiotti presented the "Immigration Stories" project at the first Binghamton University Engagement Expo on March 19th. Both were students in the "Germans and Russians in NY" course, conducted by Professors Loewen and Zils last year.

Last Updated: 4/20/17