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Stage Russia is coming to Toronto!

The Vakhtangov’s Eugene Onegin and Anna Karenina will be shown in HD at the Hot Docs Cinema on September 8 and 9 and Uncle Vanya on September 15. More information is available here.

Alex Averbuch's new article "Orientalism and Homoerotic Desire in the Poetry of a Ukrainian Modernist: Ahatanhel Kryms’kyi in Lebanon" was published in the new issue of Slavic and East European Journal. Click here for more details.

Prof. Leonid Livak's new book, In Search of Russian Modernism, is forthcoming this fall from Johns Hopkins University Press. Click here for more information.

Tweeting Dostoevsky

Prof. Kate Holland and UBC Prof Katherine Bowers completed their SSHRC Connections Grant-funded international outreach project, "Crime and Punishment at 150," which included a conference, a forthcoming book of teaching materials on Dostoevsky's works, and a social media element. From the Twitter account @RodionTweets, six international Dostoevsky scholars live-tweeted the events of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment in real time. The tweeting ended in April 2018, almost two years after it had begun. You can read about it here, on the North American Dostoevsky Society blog. Profs Holland and Bowers are following this project with an edited volume of new research by emerging international researchers in Dostoevsky Studies to mark the 200th anniversary of Dostoevsky's birth in 2021.

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures goes to the Opera

The Slavic Department has the opportunity to take our students to the Canadian Opera Company performance of Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin, based on Alexander Pushkin's eponymous masterpiece, which students will be reading, this fall, in Russian literature courses.

Not only will students enrolled in Russian literature courses be able to attend the opera (the Slavic Department has already secured 100 dress rehearsal tickets), but we are also organizing an international conference together with the Canadian Opera Company to  discuss Pushkin’s work, its musical adaptation, and lasting impact.

Slavic Programs have changed! Students currently enrolled in programs will not be affected by the changes. Students enrolling in programs should be aware of the following changes:

- Renamed & restructured programs
- New course requirements

The new programs of study are now open, and they will be open until September 19th. If you have any questions, contact Undergraduate Coordinator Kate Holland


An excerpt from Prof. Christina Kramer's translation of Lidija Dimkovska's new novel Non-Oui appears today in World Literature Today's online blog.

Read it here.

Prof. Donna Orwin was interviewed by Tolstoy Studies Journal on her work Simply Tolstoy.

Read the interview, here.


The Student Awards Committee of the Canadian Association for Ukrainian Studies (CAUS) has awarded PhD Student Olga Khometa Khometa the 2018 Best Student Paper Award for her paper "The Poetry Collection Winter in Tysmenytsia (1989) and its Place in Oleh Lysheha's Oeuvre".

Congratulations to Prof. Dragana Obradovic, who has been chosen as this year's recipient of the UofT's highly competitive Faculty of Arts & Science Outstanding Teaching Award. The award recognizes excellence in undergraduate and graduate education with a focus on classroom instruction, course design and curriculum development.

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