“In Belarus, I discovered what it means to live under Lukashenko’s rule. People rarely smile in public. Before someone expresses their opinion about anything political, they look over their shoulder and lower their voice.”
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by Christi Anne Hofland
by Indra Ekmanis
“While tens of thousands of Russian heritage speakers live in Washington State, few have many opportunities to learn the language outside of the home and community schools. STARTALK, a language program at the University of Washington, is helping to change this. The summer program offers a chance for high school students and community teachers to improve their skills in a government-funded initiative geared toward promoting sustained language education.”
by Indra Ekmanis
“ More than 30 scholars of various disciplines participated in the 19th Annual Northwest Regional Conference for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies on April 27. Hosted by the University of Washington’s Herbert J. Ellison Center and Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the conference covered themes across time and space. ”
by Wes Kovarik
“I started my summer adventure in the Baltics, beginning a trek to Serbia that allowed me to explore the capitals of Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Bosnia & Herzegovina. I had previously travelled in West Africa and Australia, but I had never before simply set off on my own with only my backpack and wits to guide me.”