• Faculty Profile: Julia Verkholantsev

    Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair 
    Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Slavic Languages and Literatures
    M.A. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Indo-European) Linguistics

  • Faculty Profile: Molly Peeney

    Dr. Peeney earned her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Her dissertation analyzes Vladimir Nabokov’s Russian novels as polemical responses to Soviet literary trends of the twenties and thirties.

  • Faculty Profile: Maria Bourlatskaya

    MARIA BOURLATSKAYA has been with the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures since 1992.

  • Faculty Profile: Mila Nazyrova

    Mila Nazyrova has been teaching Russian language and culture courses since 2001. She teaches a broad variety of Russian language courses as well as courses for heritage speakers and intensive language courses.

  • Krujë, Albania

    A beautiful stormy landscape of Krujë, Albania
    Photography by Graham Pritchard

  • A Soviet Era Mosaic Mural, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    A beautiful, Soviet-era mosaic in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    Photography: Graham Pritchard

  • Freedom Monument in Riga, Latvia

    The monument commemorates the Latvian War of Independence of 1918-1920. Soviet sculptor Vera Mukhina was responsible for saving this sculpture from demolition during the Stalinist era. 


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  • Barbara Radziwiłł

    The Medieval beauty etalon of Lithuania and Poland — Barbara Radziwiłł (Lithuanian: Barbora Radvilaite). As as Queen of Poland and Grand Duchess of Lithuania, she challenged the Medieval noms surrounding womanhood. 


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  • Yard Gallery in Kaunas, Lithuania

    The Yard Gallery turned the exterior of the neglected apartment building into a space for art and history to unite. The open-air gallery houses contemporary art installations and murals commemorating the Jewish residents who lived in the house before the Holocaust. 


  • Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland

    The grand Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland, was  built in 1955 as a “gift of the Soviet people for the Poles” by Joseph Stalin. 


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  • Anna German, a Soviet Popstar

    Anna German was probably the most famous singer in the Soviet Union in the 1960s–1970s. Born in Poland, Anna German was not only known for her remarkable songs and beauty but also for her love for simple Slavic foods, such as boiled potatoes with herring, pickles, and black tea with lemon. 

  • Motherland Monument in Kyiv

    The Motheland Monument in Kyiv, locally known as "Brezhnev's daughter"


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  • Faculty Profile: Kevin Platt

    Kevin M. F. Platt is Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Platt received his B.A. from Amherst College (1989) and his Ph.D.

  • Tatlin's Tower

    Our Logo Explained: Tatlin's Tower

  • The Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque

    Our Logo Explained: The Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque

  • Buzludzha Monument

    Our Logo Explained: Buzludzha Monument

  • Tian Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan

    Tian Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan

  • Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

    Our Logo Explained: Saint Basil's Cathedral

  • Faculty Profile: Maria Alley

    Dr. Maria Alley is the Russian Language Program Director at the Department of Russian and East European Studies. She was born and raised in Ukhta, a small town in the Komi Republic in Northern Russia. Maria received her Ph.D.

  • Monument to Grigory Kotovsky in front of the "Cosmos" hotel in Chișinău, Moldova

    The Stalin-era monument of Grigory Kotovsky, who underwent a transformation from a Russian gangster and bank robber to a renowned Red Army general.


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  • Astronaut Mosaic in St. Petersburg

    The Soviet mosaic paying tribute to Yuri Gagarin’s legendary flight into space in St. Petersburg, Russia. 


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  • Street Art in Tallinn

    Image Source: Eyes on the Streets

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