An interview of Senior Lecturer Bojan Belić appears in the latest edition of “Bunjevačke novine.” Belić was conducting fieldwork among the Bunyevs in the city of Subotica, Serbia in mid-September. The Bunyevs are a national (ethnic) community working to have the Bunyev language declared as one of the languages in official use in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.
Barbara Henry’s latest book, Inventing the Modern Yiddish Stage Essays in Drama, Performance, and Show Business, which she co-edited with Joel Berkowitz, was published by Wayne State University Press in May and recently reviewed (in Yiddish) in “Forverts.”
Congratulations to Kris Sakarias, one of our Russian language minors, who recently had a photograph accepted for publication in Troika: An Undergraduate Journal in Eastern European, Eurasian, and Slavic Studies. Kris captured the photograph, entitled “A Fall Evening at Peter and Paul Fortress,” while studying abroad in St. Petersburg. Undergraduates interested in submitting to Troika should visit http://troika.berkeley.edu. Поздравляем!
As part of the 2012 Exploration Seminar to Sochi, Russia, Lecturer Valentina Zaitseva’s students visited the television station “Max TV,” where they were interviewed about their impressions of Sochi.
The Slavic Department grieves at the passing on June 21, 2012 of Professor Emeritus Lew Micklesen, a specialist in Slavic linguistics, who taught in the department from 1954 to 1991.
In his review of Diment’s A Russian Jew of Bloomsbury, Jeffrey Meyers writes, “It’s amazing, despite Koteliansky’s severe depressions and mental breakdowns, his irascible temperament and notorious hatreds, that he was able to maintain these friendships. With D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, John Middleton Murry, and Leonard and Virginia Woolf (the Woolfs published Kot in their Hogarth Press), he translated Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gorky, Bunin, and Andreyev, and he believed ‘publishers exist to lose money on good books.’ In Diment’s lively, perceptive, and sympathetic but objective biography, Kot steps out of the shadows and takes center stage.”
James West was awarded a two-year, $50,000 NEH Digital Humanities Grant to build an innovative interface for the Brumfield Russian Architecture Photography Collection. This involves designing and programming both the server-side search and retrieval for complex database queries, and the web presentation of complex search results, both the building photographs, graphic display of the relationships between them, and explicit metadata describing the buildings.
Gordana Crnković’s latest book, In Contrast: Croatian Film Today, a volume co-edited with Aida Vidan, is now out from Croatian Film Association and Cinephilia, UK.
A review of Professor Barbara Henry’s book, Rewriting Russia: Jacob Gordin’s Yiddish Drama, was published on April 30, 2012 in The Jewish Daily Forward.