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Dariusz Tolczyk Featured on Radio Wnet, Poland

On May 19, 2012, Prof. Dariusz Tolczyk was featured on Radio Wnet (Poland). He gave a 35-minute interview about his book Gulag w oczach Zachodu (Warsaw: Proszynski, 2009). Link:

Dariusz Tolczyk Participates in Two International Conferences

In May 2012, Prof. Dariusz Tolczyk participated in an international conference “Anamneses: The Twentieth Century” in Wroclaw (Poland). He gave a public lecture and participated in a panel discussion “Between Indifference and Solidarity: Silence of the West?” Link:

In August 2012 Prof. Dariusz Tolczyk participated in an international conference “Punishment as a Crime: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Russian Prison Culture,” in Uppsala (Sweden). He presented a paper, “To Tell or Not to Tell: Western Responses to Stalin’s Crimes.”

Andrew Kaufman at the 2012 Virginia Festival of the Book

understanding tolstoy

Andrew Kaufman, whose book Understanding Tolstoy was published in Fall 2011 by Ohio State University Press, has been invited to participate in the 2012 Virginia Festival of the Book. The Virginia Festival of the Book is a five-day festival of literary events sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. It will take place March 21-25 in Charlottesville.

Graduate Colloquium

"The Present and Future of Slavic Studies in the US"

Professors David Herman and Julian Connolly discuss the state of Slavic Studies today.
5:00 PM Tuesday, February 21 in New Cabell 340

International Symposium on Nabokov

Julian Connolly participated an international symposium on Vladimir Nabokov held in Auckland, NZ in January 2012. He presented a paper entitled “Restoratation or Regression: The Lure of the Past in Nabokov's work.”

2011 Events

UVa in Russia: Literary Places in Russia

Chuch on Spilled Blood

The new program "UVa in Russia: Literary Places" was launched this summer. Eight students participated in the program in Moscow and St. Petersburg in June. Students read Russian literary works and enjoyed excursions to authors' house-museums and sites depicted in literature. The program, led by Karen Ryan, is supported by the International Studies Office.

Professor Julian Connolly featured on The Voice of Russia radio program

On April 24, Professor Julian Connolly participated in the discussion "Vladimir Nabokov's Russia" on Russian Book World with host Ian Mitchell and Tatyana Ponomareva, Director of the Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg. You can hear the discussion by clicking here:

Anya Ulinich at the Harrison Institute

On April 22, the writer Anya Ulinich gave a talk on her novel Petropolis at the Harrison Institute in conjunction with the exhibition "Global Collections at the UVa Library: Engaging the World." Ms. Ulinich's talk was entitled "Writing the Immigrant Experience."

"Books Behind Bars" featured on NPR

Andrew Kaufman's "Books Behind Bars" program, in which UVa students discuss Russian literature with incarcerated youths, was featured on the radio program With Good Reason this spring. The segment can be heard here:


"Не к себе, а от себя - это красиво"

Nina Wieda, a recently minted Ph.D. of Northwestern University, delivered a presentation on depictions and ethics of expenditure in Russian literature via the ASCIT PolyCom Digital Video Conferencing System on Wednesday, February 9, 2011.


Second Annual UVa Slavic Forum

The PDF document icon second annual UVa Slavic Forum (.pdf) was held on February 5, 2011 at the Jefferson Scholars Building. Graduate students in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures presented papers during the day-long event. The keynote address was delivered by Yuri Urbanovich.

2010 Events

Tolstoy on Love

On November 1, 2010, the Department held a symposium entitled "Tolstoy on Love" to mark the 100th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy's death. The principal speakers were Andrew Kaufman and David Herman.

"Anna Karenina: The Moral Questions"

Diane Thompson of Cambridge University presented a paper entitled "Anna Karenina: The Moral Questions" on September 14, 2010.