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Irina Y. Barclay (Appalachian State University), Professor of Russian and Russian Literature, published her translation of Twenty Years in a Siberian Gulag: Memoir of a Political Prisoner at Kolyma in July 2020. In this book, readers will find the stories of the family repressions of two famous Soviet/Russian writers, Arkadii Gaidar and Nikolai Dobronravov. Professor Barclay widely illustrates her translation with unique pictures from Dalstroi's photo album and unknown facts from the Archive of the President of the Russian Federation. Her informative footnotes provide insights into Soviet life from 1937 to 1957.


Dr. Amarilis Lugo de Fabritz (Howard University) was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Russia Foundation to spearhead a new initiative that will promote diversity in Russian and Slavic Studies through an outreach program and administrative task-force. The project will be multitiered and include a student workshop in Washington, D.C. in Oct. 2019 with undergraduate representatives from three Minority Serving Institutions: Howard University, University of Arizona, and University of Puerto Rico. Collaborators on this initiative, including Dr. Colleen Lucey (University of Arizona) and Dr. Tinna Stoyanova (University of Puerto Rico) will coordinate outreach efforts at their home institutions and co-facilitate a study abroad program for students from their universities to travel to Russia in May 2020. In addition to the creation of a mentorship program for students of color studying Russian, the project will coordinate diversity efforts and bring together stakeholders from University of Pittsburgh, University of California, Berkeley, and Ohio State University for an administrative workshop in Washington, D.C.


Polina Dimova was awarded a 2019-20 ACLS Fellowship to complete her book on Modernist synaesthesia, “At the Crossroads of the Senses.” She also recently accepted a new position as Assistant Professor of Russian at the University of Denver, where she will begin in Fall 2020. 


Irina Ivliyeva, Professor of Russian at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was appointed chair of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence on July 1.

Dr. Tatiana Filosofova, Senior Lecturer in Russian and Russian Program Coordinator at Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of North Texas, has received three NSA grants and led three STARTALK Russian Student programs in the capacity of program director in 2017, 2018, and 2019. STARTALK programs have had a positive impact on teaching Russian at UNT, have increased Russian enrollment and made Russian a popular choice for the language requirement. The last program was featured on NBC local news. In April 2019, Dr. Tatiana Filosofova has won the Excellence in Teaching Russian Language and Culture Award (2019), given by the Central Association of Russian Teachers of America (CARTA). 


In November, 2019, Ellen Elias-Bursać will become president of the American Literary Translators Association.

Masako Fidler (Brown University) and Václav Cvrček (Charles University) published an edited volume Taming the Corpus: From Inflection and Lexis to Interpretation (2018). The book uses Czech data to show ways in which qualitative and quantitative approaches can complement each other in linguistic research and demonstrates how grammatical markers besides lexis play a crucial role in discourse. The articles included in the volume cover a diverse range of topics in Czech culture and language. The book is one of the collaborative research projects resulting from the multi-disciplinary Memorandum of Understanding between Brown and Charles Universities. 

Colleen McQuillen has accepted a new position as tenured associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Southern California.