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					       Inside this issue:                                                                                        Winter 2009

From the Chair                         2    Professor Celebrates Silver Anniversary
New Faculty Profiles                   3    Dr. Charles Gribble has led several generations of scholars at OSU

Faculty Profiles                       4         Charles E. (Chuck) Gribble is not          Students are most impressed by his
                                            only the longest-serving professor in      devotion not only to teaching, but also
Brintlinger Publishes New                   the Department, but also, with nearly      to their personal welfare. Dr. Gribble
Books                                  5    50 years’ teaching ex-                                      spends a great deal of
                                            perience, he is one of                                      time helping students
Joseph Honored Internationally 6            the      longest-serving                                    to prepare for their ex-
                                            professors currently                                        aminations and some-
Hashamova Publishes and                     working in the field of                                     times holds weekly re-
Begins New Project                     7    Slavic Studies. Dr. Grib-                                   view sessions for M.A.
                                            ble has been teaching                                       candidates. He lavishes
Lehiste Honored                        8
                                            since 1961—first at                                         immense time and at-
Study Abroad Programs                  9    Brandeis, then at Indi-                                     tention on the papers
                                            ana University. He has                                      that his graduate stu-
Faculty, Staff and Student                  been at The Ohio State                                      dents write and is as
News                                   13   University since 1975                                       solicitous as a mother
                                            and was promoted to                                         hen about their prog-
Schweitzer Donation                    15   his current rank of Pro-                                    ress.    While at Ohio
                                            fessor in 1989. Even                                        State, Dr. Gribble has
Announcements                          16
                                            though he has passed his thirty- (and      supervised nine M.A. theses and seven
Photos of DSEELL Activities 17              forty-) year mark, he remains devoted      Ph.D. dissertations, as well as some five
                                            to teaching, scholarship, and service.     “first professional papers” (essentially,
Invitation to Contribute               19   Indeed, for the past half decade, while    theses written in the first quarter af-
                                            serving as Graduate Studies Chair of the   ter the M.A., which the Department
                                            Department, he has voluntarily taught      requires of Plan-B M.A. recipients).
                                            uncompensated overloads every year in      Moreover, he has served as a reader of
   Those interested in donating to          order to ensure that enough classes and    virtually every M.A. and Ph.D. disser-
   the Department of Slavic and             a broad enough spectrum of subjects        tation in Slavic Linguistics defended in
   East European Languages and              are taught in our graduate program in      the Department for as long as we can
   Literatures are invited to make          Slavic Linguistics. In conversation, he    remember. He has been on innumer-
   tax-deductible contributions.            has stated that he is enjoying teach-      able graduate examination committees.
     For more information, please           ing now more than ever and wishes to            Dr. Gribble is a well-published and
   e-mail gifts@osu.edu or call 614-        continue as long as his health will per-   well-respected scholar in Slavic Linguis-
               688-3250.                    mit—a wish that his students fervently     tics. He has recently completed a mono-
    Your contributions are greatly          share. He is an outstanding teacher at     graph entitled The Forms of Russian. He
            appreciated!                    all three levels—GEC, upper-division/      is also the author of two standard text-
                                            major, and graduate—as is demonstrat-      books, Russian Root List with a Sketch of
                                            ed by his continuously high SEI scores.                        Continued on page 12
            Page 2                                     From the Chair

•	Acting Department Chair                 An update from DSEELL Acting Chair Dr. Irene Delic
 Irene Delic
                                               After two delightful and rewarding      S694), and Dr. Jenny Suchland has of-
•	Faculty                                 years at the University of North Caro-       fered the Department exciting new
 Angela K. Brintlinger                    lina at Chapel Hill, I have returned to      course proposals about post-Soviet so-
 Alexander Burry                          my academic home. I am happy to be           ciety. More details about our outstand-
 Daniel E. Collins                        back in our intellectually exciting and      ing new faculty are to be found inside
 Charles E. Gribble                       collegial Department                                            this Newsletter. The
 Yana Hashamova                           and glad to be Act-                                             Department       wel-
 Ludmila Isurin                           ing Chair for a year,                                           comes its energetic
 Brian Joseph                             while we are look-                                              and talented three
 Jessie Labov                             ing for a new Chair                                             new colleagues and
 Andrea Sims                              and faculty member                                              looks forward to
 Halina Stephan                           from outside. I am                                              working together
 Jennifer Suchland                        told by the Search                                              with them on their
                                          Committee that we                                               innovative ideas!
•	Visiting Faculty & Lecturers            will soon have the                                                   We also wel-
 Andre Cretu                              opportunity to meet                                             come another col-
 Predrag Matejic                          with the two appli-                                             league—not quite a
 Irma Murvanishvili                       cants selected as final choices; they        newcomer—to our ranks. Maria Alley
 Agnes Risko                              will visit us and present lectures in Jan-   has been with us for some time, but
                                          uary of 2009.                                she is “new” under the titles of Acting
•	Administrative Staff                         Our Department has always prid-         Coordinator of Language Programs
 Maria Alley                              ed itself in being “universal,” as open      and GTA Coordinator. Taking up these
 Linda Milbourne                          to linguistic as to literary and cultural    duties in autumn 2007, she has been
 Karen G. Nielsen                         perspectives, fully realizing that they      of immense benefit to us all with her
                                          can hardly be separated. We have also        superb planning skills and constant
•	Editors                                 for a long time taken pride in not be-       readiness to make the best arrange-
 Irene Delic                              ing Russo-centric but a truly Slavic and     ments possible for each individual GTA.
 Linda Milbourne                          East European Department. It seems to        In spite of her heavy workload she co-
                                          me that these principles have born rich      authored the just published textbook
•	Layout/Design                           fruit, as evidenced by the outstanding       Animation for Russian Conversation. It
 Linda Milbourne                          achievements of our long-standing fac-       is presented in greater detail on page
                                          ulty, as well as the enrichment of our       13.
                                          programs provided by our new faculty              Nor is Dr. Ludmila Isurin quite a
                                          who, apparently, have found our ap-          newcomer to our Department; she
 Slava is a publication of The Ohio       proach attractive.                           served as Director of Language Pro-
 State University’s Department of              We have three new faculty mem-          grams before being promoted to Assis-
 Slavic and East European Lan-            bers and all of them already have            tant Professor last year. Her interests
 guages and Literatures. Slava re-        something to “show” for their short          focus on second language acquisition
 ports departmental news, highlights      time with us. There is, for example,         and psycholinguistics, bilingualism and
 faculty achievement and showcases        Dr. Jessie Labov’s Honors course Slavic      semantics and the last year has been
 both graduate and undergraduate          519: The City of Sarajevo, which, “con-      one of intense research activity for
 students. Slava’s article submission     tingent upon approval by all relevant        her. She has visited locations in Israel,
 policy is open and all are encouraged    curricular bodies” was selected for          Germany, and the USA with significant
 to submit news or opinions. Slava        funding by the Selection Committee           Russian diaspora populations, in order
 would also like to thank all contribu-   of the University Honors and Scholars        to study changes in Culture percep-
 tors, without whom this publication      Center in autumn 2008. Dr. Andrea            tion, Identity (Jewish and Russian),
 would not be possible.                   Sims received an invitation to teach
                                          in the Linguistics Department (L509,                             Continued on page 11
         Page 3                                New Faculty Profiles




     Jessie Labov joins us from Stanford          After receiving her Ph.D. from the         Jennifer Suchland, Assistant Pro-
University, where she was a postdoc-         Linguistics Department at The Ohio         fessor in the Department of Slavic and
toral fellow for a few years after receiv-   State University in 2006 (and an M.A.      East European Languages and Litera-
ing her Ph.D. from NYU in Comparative        from the DSEELL), Andrea Sims held         tures and the Department of Women’s
Literature. Her area of teaching spe-        a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in        Studies, earned her Ph.D. degree at
cialization is twentieth-century Central     Linguistics at Northwestern University.    the University of Texas and comes to us
European literature & visual culture,        She returned to OSU in September           from Southwestern University where
and in particular the connection be-         2008 as an Assistant Professor in the      she had a Visiting Scholar position.
tween underground cultural produc-           DSEELL. Dr. Sims’ research focuses on           Her areas of specialization are
tion (samizdat) and emigre journals          morphological systems, with a particu-     Women’s and Gender Studies, Com-
and broadcasts (tamizdat). At Stan-          lar emphasis on Bosnian/Croatian/Ser-      parative Politics and Political Theory.
ford she was involved in two larger re-      bian. She is currently preparing a book    Of specific interest to her are ques-
search projects, one on the Radio Free       manuscript titled The Implicational        tions such as these: Are there univer-
Europe/Radio Liberty collection at the       Structure of the Paradigm: A Study of      sal categories of difference? How do
Hoover Archives, and one in the digital      Inflectional Defectiveness. In Autumn      different societies express, interpret
humanities, on quantitative analysis of      2008 she taught an undergraduate           and construct categories of difference?
large collections of text. From the van-     class on East European immigration to      What does it mean to study gender
tage point of literary and cultural stud-    the U.S., and a graduate seminar on        across national boundaries in a trans-
ies, Jessie has been collaborating with      corpus-based linguistic analysis.          national world?
those in history and the social sciences                                                                   Continued on page 6
to try to understand how the move-
ment of text and images across the           Labov continued:
iron curtain has had an impact on the            For the last three years, Jessie has   pants. As one of the co-organizers of
movement of people and ideas, and            also been a part of the international      the project, Jessie has been spending
vice versa. She is just completing work      research project “Alternative Culture      a lot of time in Budapeszt, looking for
on an edited volume of essays, From          Beyond Borders: the Past and Present       effective modes of activism within the
Samizdat to Tamizdat, and revising her       of the Arts and Media in the Context       academy. Projects like this can improve
book manuscript entitled Transatlantic       of Globalization,” which is an Open        access to resources and provide travel
Central Europe. Her next project looks       Society Institute project supporting       and research opportunities for aca-
specifically at film as a medium, a ma-      higher education in Central & Eastern      demics in Central & Eastern Europe,
terial, and a cultural practice that trav-   Europe. The group consists of around       but at the same time enrich Slavic
eled crossed the Iron Curtain, and she       25 junior faculty from the region, and     Studies in North America by integrat-
has written a series of essays on new        10 “core faculty” who design seminars,     ing the work of a new generation of
approaches to Central European film          subgroups, publishing projects and de-     post-89 scholars from the region.
based on this premise.                       velop courses in tandem with partici-
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                                           The Department of Slavic and East
                                           European Languages and Literatures


                                                                                      similarly broad spectrum of interests:
                                                                                      “Transposing the Apocalypse: Kuro-
                                                                                      sawa’s The Idiot” (Canadian Review
                                                                                      of Comparative Literature, June 2007)
                                                                                      and “The Poet’s Fatal Flaw: Venedikt
                                                                                      Erofeev’s Don Juan Subtext in Wal-
                                                                                      purgis Night, or the Steps of the Com-
                                                                                      mander” (The Russian Review, Janu-
                                                                                      ary 2005). He is currently working on
                                                                                      several article projects, one of which
                                                                                      explores execution, trauma, and post-
                                                                                      apocalypse in Dostoevsky’s The Idiot.
                                                                                      Dr. Burry has also translated Anna
     Ludmila Isurin, formerly the Di-                                                 Politkovskaya’s A Small Corner of Hell:
                                                Alexander Burry combines a tra-       Dispatches from Chechnya (with Ta-
rector of the Language Programs in         ditional focus on Russian literature
the Department of Slavic and East                                                     tiana Tulchinsky, University of Chicago
                                           with an interdisciplinary perspective. A   Press, 2003). He has served as Program
European Languages and Literatures,        nineteenth-century specialist, he also
was promoted to the rank of Assistant                                                 Committee Chair of the American As-
                                           works with twentieth-century litera-       sociation of Teachers of Slavic and East
Professor, Fall 2007.                      ture, opera, film, comparative litera-
     Dr. Isurin received a Ph.D. in sec-                                              European Languages since 2007.
                                           ture, and other topics.                         Dr. Burry’s teaching, like his re-
ond language acquisition and psycho-            Dr. Burry has been an Assistant
linguistics from Louisiana State Uni-                                                 search, focuses on the Russian canon
                                           Professor in DSEELL since Autumn           and its intersections with other me-
versity. Her research interests include    2004. He received his Ph.D. in 2002
second language acquisition, effects                                                  dia and cultures. He has taught Rus-
                                           from Northwestern University, and          sian literature on all levels, including
of the second language on the first,       was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton
bilingualism, psycholinguistics (i.e.                                                 the introductory undergraduate sur-
                                           University from 2003-2004. His book        vey course Masterpieces of Russian
memory construct, lexical access, cog-     Multi-mediated Dostoevsky, which is
nition), and semantics.                                                               Literature in Translation (which he is
                                           under review at the University of Pitts-   supervising this year), upper level un-
     Over the past few years, she has      burgh Press, examines transpositions
taught a wide variety of courses such                                                 dergraduate courses on Russian Real-
                                           of Dostoevsky’s works into opera, film,    ism, Literature and Culture of the Rus-
as Introduction to Language; Bilin-        and drama. Recent articles cover a
gualism: Selected Topics from the Psy-                                                sian Revolution, and other topics, and
cholinguistic Perspective; Language,                                                  graduate seminars on subjects such as
Culture, and Cognition (Linguistic         Effects of L1 Attrition” (The Modern       Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Film Adapta-
Relativity); Methodology of Second         Language Journal, 2007), “Lost in Be-      tions of Russian Literature. In 2007, he
Language Teaching; Introduction to         tween: The case of Russian Heritage        co-taught a course on Russian opera
Russian Culture; Business Russian,         Speakers”, (International Journal of       with Dr. Margarita Mazo from the OSU
Practical Pronunciation; 4th Year Rus-     Heritage Learners, 2008), “Who is          Music School. This course was followed
sian (RU711, Advanced Stylistics),3rd      the Superior Speaker? Revisiting the       by a study abroad trip to Moscow and
Year Russian (RU560-562), and Lan-         OPI guidelines.” (Journal of Russian       St. Petersburg, during which students
guage Maintenance.                         Language, in press). She is currently      attended performances of Russian op-
     Dr. Isurin has co-edited a volume     teaching a new course, Introduction        eras, lectures by leading Russian mu-
on Interdisciplinary Approaches to         to Russian Linguistics, that is designed   sicians, and other cultural events. Dr.
Code-Switching that is currently under     as a 5th year Russian course with a        Burry is currently teaching an under-
review at John Benjamins Publishing        thematic focus on linguistics. In spring   graduate course on gambling, dueling,
Company, Amsterdam. The volume is          2009, she will be teaching a seminar       and other aristocratic rituals in early
based on the materials of the Interna-     on Russian Diaspora that will explore      nineteenth-century Russian literature.
tional Conference on Code-Switching        different issues related to immigration    In Spring 2009, he will be offering an
that she co-organized at OSU in De-        from Russia (history of immigration,       honors course entitled “Dead Man
cember 2007. She co-authored two           integration, identity transformation,      Writing: Literary Portrayals of Capital
chapters and the Introduction in the       cultural adaptation, and first language    Punishment,” which developed out of
book. Among her recent publications        changes).                                  a freshman seminar he taught several
is an article “Teachers’ Language: The                                                times in recent years.
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                                            European Languages and Literatures


Brintlinger Translates Derzhavin’s Biography
     Dr. Angela Brintlinger is the the                                                  ing civic service with poetic inspiration
author of Writing a Usable Past: Rus-                                                   and creating an oeuvre that at its es-
sian Literary Culture 1917–1937 and                                                     sence celebrated the triumphs of Rus-
co-editor of Madness and the Mad in                                                     sia and its rulers, particularly Catherine
Russian Culture. She is also the author                                                 the Great. His biographer Khodasevich,
of the first English translation of the                                                 by contrast, left Russia in 1922, unable
masterful biography of Derzhavin by                                                     to abide the increasingly repressive
another acclaimed Russian man of let-                                                   regime of the Soviets. For Khodasev-
ters, Vladislav Khodasevich. Vladislav                                                  ich, whose lyric poems were as com-
Khodasevich (1886–1939), called by                                                      monplace in their focus as Derzhavin’s
Vladimir Nabokov (in 1939) “the great-                                                  odes were grand, this biography was
est Russian poet that the twentieth                                                     in a sense a rediscovery of a lost and
century has yet produced,” was also             Russian poet, soldier, and states-      idyllic era, a period when it was pos-
an outstanding memoirist and biogra-        man Gavriil Derzhavin (1743–1816)           sible to aspire to the pinnacles of artis-
pher. Khodasevich writes with humor,        lived during an epoch of momentous          tic achievement while still occupying a
intelligence, and understanding, and        change in Russia—imperial expan-            central role in Russian society.
his work stands as a monument to the        sion, peasant revolts, war with Turkey,          Angela Brintlinger’s translation is
last three centuries of Russian history,    and struggle with Napoleon—and he           appearing through the University of
lending keen insight into Russia’s past     served three tsars, including Catherine     Wisconsin Press and was published in
as well as its present and future.          the Great. Derzhavin occupied a posi-       Autumn 2007.
                                            tion at the center of Russian life, unit-

Angela Brintlinger Edits Groundbreaking New Essay Collection
DSEELL professor leads interdisciplinary, international analysis of madness in Russian culture

     The problem of madness has pre-        ciologists, cultural theorists, and phi-
occupied Russian thinkers since the         losophers—to understand the rich
beginning of Russia’s troubled history      history of madness, from the political,
and has been dealt with repeatedly in       literary, and cultural spheres of Rus-
literature, art, film, and opera, as well   sia. Editors Angela Brintlinger and Ilya
as in medical, political, and philosoph-    Vinitsky have brought together essays
ical essays. Madness has been treated       that cover over 250 years and address
not only as a medical or psychological      a wide variety of ideas related to mad-
matter, but also as a metaphysical one,     ness—from the involvement of state
encompassing problems of suffering,         and social structures in questions of
imagination, history, sex, social and       mental health, to the attitudes of ma-
world order, evil, retribution, death,      jor Russian authors and cultural fig-
and the afterlife.                          ures towards insanity and how those
     Madness and the Mad in Russian         attitudes both shape and are shaped
Culture represents a joint effort by        by the history, culture, and politics of
American, British, and Russian schol-       Russia.
ars—historians, literary scholars, so-
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                                           The Department of Slavic and East
                                           European Languages and Literatures


Brian Joseph, Kenneth E. Naylor Professor of South Slavic Linguistics
    The Department of Slavic and East                                                  teaches every other year here at Ohio
European Languages and Literatures                                                     State.
extends its warmest congratulations to                                                      Joseph’s role in the Slavic Depart-
Dr. Brian Joseph, who was awarded an                                                   ment as Naylor Professor has enabled
honorary Doctorate by the University                                                   him to teach classes on the languages
of Patras, Greece, on March 31, 2008.                                                  of the Balkans and their historical de-
He delivered an address to those as-                                                   velopment and synchronic structure.
sembled for the ceremony, speaking                                                     Professor Joseph is author, co-author
(in Greek) on reasons why Greek can                                                    or coeditor of some 20 books and spe-
be judged to be a major language of                                                    cial issues of journals, in addition to
the world.                                                                             having written around 200 articles and
    Congratulating Dr. Joseph on some                                                  100 reviews and notes. He currently
award or honor has become a matter                                                     also serves as editor of Language,
of habit in DSEELL, since he receives so                                               the journal of the Linguistic Society of
many of them. Going back in time, we            Dr. Joseph holds a 70% appoint-        America.
congratulated him last year for having     ment in the OSU Linguistics Depart-              A current project of Dr. Joseph’s is
been inducted (in 2007) as a Fellow        ment, which he joined in 1979 and           this: in the summer of 2009, DSEELL
of the American Association for the        chaired from 1987-1997. He also has a       will offer a special Albanological Insti-
Advancement of Science (AAAS), an          30% appointment in DSEELL, where he         tute. He will teach a four-week course
international organization founded in      has held the post of Kenneth E. Nay-        offering an introduction to Albanian
1848, and “dedicated to advancing sci-     lor Professor of South Slavic Linguistics   linguistics and Matthew Curtis will, in
ence around the world by serving as        since 1997. Brian Joseph was named a        the same four weeks, offer a class on
an educator, leader, spokesperson and      Distinguished University Professor in       conversational Albanian. After those
professional organization.”                2003 and was recognized for his work        classes, in the last two weeks of Au-
    In addition, Dr. Joseph received an    in historical linguistics, where he has     gust, they will lead a group to Prishtina
honorary degree in 2006 from La Trobe      focused especially on the languages of      in Kosovo, so that students can attend
University in Melbourne, Australia,        the Balkans and Southeastern Europe,        the Albanian Summer Seminar offered
where the citation noted his work in       including Albanian, Bulgarian, Greek,       by the University of Prishtina, covering
historical linguistics, studying the way   Macedonian and Romanian, with par-          Alabanian language and culture. For
language changes over time, and his        ticular attention to the interactions       further information contact: Brian Jo-
work on the history of the Greek lan-      among these languages over the past         seph (joseph.1@osu.edu).
guage.                                     500 years. He works on other languag-
                                           es as well, including Sanskrit, which he

Suchland continued from page 3:            do mean in their cultural specificity.      tion of Cold War geopolitics in much
                                                Jennifer is working on a manu-         feminist scholarship. As a result of this
    In her graduate work, Jennifer         script (tentatively) entitled, Unclaimed    geopolitics, she argues, Eurasia often is
explored the legal roots of Russia’s       Rights: The Politics of Gender in Post-     collapsed into the ‘new Europe’ or not
sexual harassment law and analyzed         socialist Russia, in which she advances     seen at all—with the sole exception of
how indigenous norms regarding the         transnational feminist thinking to-         sex trafficking, which is picked-up by
recognition of discrimination and sex-     wards a comparative study of gender.        transnational feminist discourses.
ual difference are in tension with cur-         Jennifer is also working on the is-        Her future work will focus on the
rent interpretations by gender analysts    sue of the place of Eurasia in transna-     intersections and tensions between
and social activists. Any assessment       tional feminist research. She is cur-       post-colonialism and post-socialism.
of democracy, women’s rights, or de-       rently writing an article (“Finding Eur-    The research will focus on the gen-
velopment, she argued, would have to       asia in Transnational Feminist Think-       dered, ethnic, and sexual specificity of
include a normative understanding of       ing”) where she argues that this elision    HIV/AIDS activism and politics in Eur-
what such categories have meant and        is partially due to a continued assump-     asia.
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                                            The Department of Slavic and East
                                            European Languages and Literatures



Yana Hashamova Begins New Book Project
     The year 2007 was                                        and documentaries in       and her Committee worked on fur-
eventful for Dr. Yana                                         Eastern Europe (and        ther improving the quality of the un-
Hashamova—she was                                             in the West) reflects      dergraduate major. In order to secure
tenured as Associ-                                            a better understand-       a well-rounded education in Russian
ate Professor and her                                         ing of filmmakers of       language, literature and culture, it is
book Pride and Panic:                                         the problems, as well      planned to increase the credit hours
Russian Imagination of                                        as a broader public        from 45 to 50, offering clusters of
the West in Post-Soviet                                       interest in their more     courses that will contribute to the stu-
Film was published                                            nuanced representa-        dents’ language and literature-culture
by the Bristol-based                                          tion. All these films,     proficiencies. These changes are to be
Intellect Press (dis-                                         however, invite closer     finalized in a near future. For Dr. Ha-
tributed in the U.S. by                                       scrutiny, for the repre-   shamova’s trip to Bulgaria and confer-
University of Chicago                                         sentation of trafficking   ence participation, see Faculty, Staff
Press). Helena Gos-                                           and its violence can       and Student News.
cilo, Professor of Slavic                                     be as perilous as it is
Languages and Literatures at the Uni-       helpful in addressing this twenty-first
versity of Pittsburgh writes about the      century Holocaust.
book: “Lucid and eminently accessible,           For the last two years the U.S. gov-
                                                                                            DSEELL would like to con-
Pride and Panic differs from other stud-    ernment has initiated a film outreach          gratulate Dr. Hashamova, who
ies of contemporary film in its theo-       campaign; U.S. embassies around the            has been appointed as the new
retical framework, which incorporates       world organize screenings of traffick-         Director of the Center for Slav-
psychoanalysis, gender, and concepts        ing films for local audiences. However,        ic and East European Studies.
of alterity and community to analyze        prevention and awareness campaigns
Russia’s post-Soviet embattled cine-        have often chosen films with question-
matic reconstruction of masculine and       able qualities, films that can turn away
national identity. An absorbing “read,”     viewers rather than evoking empathy
the book pursues its argument of com-       and transformation, calling for action.
prehensive politico-social trauma with      In studying film representations of traf-
consistency and conviction.”                ficking and particularly the way trau-
     Her current book project, tenta-       matic films mark the viewer, Dr. Ha-
tively entitled Film Representations of     shamova’s research question is: how
Trafficking, attempts a comprehensive       does film aesthetics create the viewer
picture of trafficking in Eastern Eu-       as “witness” who is open to transfor-
rope, reading its film representations      mation and action, and how do cin-
as discursive formations of the fanta-      ematic properties invite suspicion and
sies, fears and traumas caused by the       disbelief. In exploring the effectiveness
region’s political, social, and cultural    of film representations of trafficking,
realities. Her analysis of specific films   she employs a two-fold approach.
addresses important issues of the fic-      First, she tests public responses to traf-       Questions? Comments?
tional reproduction of aggression and       ficking films and second, she analyzes       Would you prefer to receive future
how/if these films avoid reproducing        the content and cinematic properties
                                                                                         issues of our newsletter electroni-
the spectacle of violence. More impor-      of selected films probing the empathy
                                                                                         cally? Do you have suggestions for
tantly, she points out the differences      response that they generate. In April
between reality, myths, and fantasies       2008, Dr. Hashamova received an IREX         stories?
about trafficking as it is shown on         Short Term Grant for this project.                 Please drop us a line at:
screen. The noticeable increase in the           As Chair of the Undergraduate
production of feature films, TV dramas,     Studies Committee, Dr. Hashamova                     slavicdept@osu.edu
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                                                Colleague From and East
                                            OurDepartment of SlavicLinguistics
                                            European Languages and Literatures


Professor Emeritus Ilse Lehiste
     Professor Ilse Lehiste, once a                                                              methods, especially those with
member of our Department (1963-                                                                  a relatively small number of
1965), then founder of the Depart-                                                               speakers.
ment of Linguistics (in 1965) and                                                                    Dr. Lehiste’s academic ca-
its Chair (1965-1971, 1984-87),                                                                  reer can only be called illustri-
is—among many other specializa-                                                                  ous. Her list of honors, fellow-
tions—a scholar of South-Slavic                                                                  ships and other awards is long
Linguistics and author of Accent                                                                 indeed; here we will only men-
in Serbocroatian. An Experimental                                                                tion her latest one. On October
Study (1963) and Word and Sen-                                                                   22nd, 2008, she received a di-
tence Prosody in Serbocroatian                                                                   ploma that signified her election
(1986). She is also an expert on                                                                 (as Foreign Member) to the Es-
language change and language contact             A frequent visitor to post-Soviet         tonian Academy of Arts and Sciences.
(Lectures on Language Contact, 1988).       Estonia, Professor Lehiste has main-           We are proud of the fact that Professor
In recent years, she has been conduct-      tained lively contacts with leading lin-       Emeritus Ilse Lehiste has been associ-
ing extensive research on the prosody       guists there; she has also set up a study      ated with us, and we are happy for her
of her native Estonian and other Finno-     group that, following her guidelines,          that a time has come when the Esto-
Ugric languages. Among her recent ti-       will examine the prosodic structure of         nian Academy of Arts and Sciences can
tles are Meadow Mari Prosody (2005)         FU languages that have not been in-            freely recognize illustrious Estonians
and Livonian Prosody (2008).                vestigated by experimental phonetic            who once had to leave their native
                                                                                           land.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar                    Video Conference
Temenuzhka Seizova-Nankova, Asso-               On December 3, one section of              Zoran Panjak had formerly worked
ciate Professor at Konstantin Preslavski    Russian 135 engaged in a video confer-         as an EFL teacher. Discussions ranged
University in Shumen, Bulgaria is cur-      ence in 145 Hagerty Hall with a group          from the global economy and world
rently a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in      of students in Saint-Petersburg, Rus-          politics to leisure activities, music, film
the Department of Slavic and East Eu-       sia. This cultural exchange allowed            and foods.
ropean Languages and Literatures here       OSU students to swap questions with                 Students were asked to submit
at OSU. Her sponsor/mentor/adviser          a group of students at EF English First,       questions beforehand which related
here is Brian Joseph, Professor of Lin-     an English language school located on          to the course curriculum, how Russian
guistics and Kenneth E. Naylor Profes-      Nevsky Prospekt where section leader           culture has evolved, and to explore the
sor of South Slavic Linguistics. Her pro-                                                  ways in which those trends may have
gram at OSU, running from September          main areas of interest and related in         influenced contemporary Russian so-
8 (2008) until February                                        one way or another to       ciety. Recurring themes in the ques-
8 (2009), includes both                                        her research project.       tions asked by OSU students included
research and teach-                                            She is also taking ad-      the class system in modern day Russia,
ing. In terms of her                                           vantage of the Univer-      gender roles, and the roles of President
research, she is con-                                          sity library and all oth-   Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin in
centrating mainly on a                                         er available resources,     their administration of foreign policy.
comparative study of                                           and is familiarizing        Also of great interest were the ways in
English and Bulgarian                                          herself with the US         which Russians in Saint-Petersburg had
with regard to reflexiv-                                       higher education sys-       fun and blew off steam from their day
ity and the expression                                         tem, US traditions, and     to day routines.
of possession, but she                                         U.S. culture. Finally,           The Russian students were pleased
has also been participating in classes       she is teaching a Bulgarian conversa-         at the opportunity to practice their
and in various discussion groups in          tion class, in which the Bulgarian way        English with native speakers of the lan-
both the Slavic and the Linguistics          of life, Bulgarian traditions and Bulgar-     guage, and were particularly interest-
Departments, all connected with her          ian culture are topics of discussion.                             Continued on page 10
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Tomsk Language Program already in its 6th Year
Program popular among students is growing at a fast pace
      Since the best way to learn a lan-    mid-June and two days
guage is in a country where it is spoken,   there before their return
DSEELL naturally encourages students        to the U.S. in early Au-
to participate in study abroad. One such    gust. Activities in Mos-
opportunity offered by OSU is the Inten-    cow include visits to the
sive Russian Language and Culture Pro-      Kremlin, St. Basil’s, the
gram at Tomsk State University (TSU),       Tretyakov Gallery and
the oldest university in Siberia and one    the WWII museum; stu-
of the oldest in Russia.                    dents also take a scenic
      The program was established in        cruise on the Moscow
2004 by OSU and Tomsk State, specifi-       River, visit the circus,
cally for OSU students. Each participant    and shop for souvenirs
lives with a host family; a “buddy” from    in Izmailovsky Park.
each family helps the student adjust to          The OSU group also
life in Russia. For many students, their    goes on excursions every
host family is their favorite memory of     Saturday and on some weekdays. These           The program has expanded since its
the trip. The students also have ideal      excursions vary from year to year; past    inception. It has grown from six partici-
instructional situations with small class   Saturday excursions included a day trip    pants in 2004 to an anticipated seven-
sizes and teachers from Tomsk State,        to Novosibirsk. This year, the group is    teen in 2009, as it was reduced to seven
all of whom have previous experience        planning on visiting Krasnoyarsk. The      weeks of instruction. It now includes
teaching Russian to international stu-      students also have ample time to enjoy     two levels of instruction. The Tomsk
dents. In addition to excellent instruc-    activities with their host buddies, such   program offers OSU students a chance
tion, the students are also able to take    as attending the circus, shopping at the   not only to improve their Russian, but
advantage of the location and the op-       outdoor markets, and attending a soc-      to get out of the main cities and explore
portunity to travel in Russia. They spend   cer game and rooting for the local team.   a culturally and historically rich area of
three days in Moscow upon arrival in                                                   Russia.

Modern Russian Culture Trip to Moscow
    The Department of Slavic and East       This program was established
European Languages and Literatures          and is directed by CSEES Di-
is offering a short-term study abroad       rector Yana Hashamova, with
program to Moscow, with a focus on          CSEES continuing to support
modern Russian culture and society.         with staffing and funds. The
                                                           program will
                                                           take place after
                                                           Spring Quarter
                                                           of 2009, from
                                                           June 23 to July
                                                           5, and students
                                                           will experience
                                                           everyday life
                                                           and visit sites of major    Russian Culture) and maintain a GPA of
                                                           artistic, cultural, and     at least 2.7. Students will also receive 8
                                                           historical importance.      credit hours of Russian 697 after com-
                                                           In order to be eligible,    pletion of the trip.
                                                           students must complete           For more information, contact Susan
                                                           Russian 235 (Modern         Vdovichenko (vdovichenko.1@osu.edu).
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DSEELL Takes Students to Olomouc, Czech Republic
Summer study-abroad program offers the opportunity to improve Czech language skills

       This four-week pro-                                                                            dramatically in recent
gram suits a variety of                                                                               years, the number of op-
needs and interests, with                                                                             tions has also increased.
courses offered at lev-                                                                               Students have also been
els from beginner to ad-                                                                              able to take advantage
vanced and cultural ac-                                                                               of fully paid visits to local
tivities such as weekend                                                                              cultural events and sights
excursions and weekday                                                                                on weekday afternoons
visits to local points of in-                                                                         and evenings.
terest. Participants from                                                                                  The seven OSU stu-
OSU typically include                                                                                 dents who travelled to
both undergraduate and                                                                                Olomouc in the summer of
graduate students, both of Czech and         boasts a historic Renaissance town hall     2006 were fortunate to be able to cel-
non-Czech heritage, who attend the           and numerous churches, fountains,           ebrate the 20th anniversary of Palacky
courses in order to acquire Czech for        and statues of various historical ep-       University’s Summer School. To com-
research, business, or just personal in-     ochs, including the baroque Holy Trin-      memorate this occasion, the school
terest.                                      ity Column on the town’s main square,       offered a number of special events for
     From the Czech side, the program        placed on the UNESCO List of World          the students. The progam included
is administered as the Summer School         Cultural Heritage in 2001.                  an evening of interactive folk music
of Slavonic Studies (Letní Škola Slovan-          SSSL’s cultural offerings include      and dance at which a famed local cim-
ských Studii or SSSL) by the Palacký         sight-seeing excursions to points of        balom band performed and gave folk
University Department of Slavic Lan-         interest in Moravia on the first and        dancing lessons, an extended film and
guages. Entering students complete           third weekends of the program, plus         lecture series, and even a tour of Radio
placement exams and are then as-             a second (or middle) weekend in             Hity, Olomouc’s radio station. After
signed to appropriate levels; the Sum-       Prague, which includes lodging and all-     twenty years, Palacky University looks
mer School now offers roughly seven          expense-paid tours and visits to mu-        forward to the continued success of its
to eight levels of instruction. Partici-     seums, architectural landmarks, and         Summer School of Slavonic Languages,
pants have in-class instruction for four     other major tourist attractions, such       and OSU students look forward to the
hours a day and have the opportunity         as Prague Castle and Jewish Town. As        unique opportunities and experiences
to attend additional hours of Czech          the number of participants has grown        attending the summer school unfail-
conversation each afternoon.                                                             ingly provides.
      At lower levels of proficiency, stu-
                                             Video Conference continued from page 8:     can cultures in the United States, and
dents may receive instruction in Eng-
lish or German. Participating students                                                   American views of our culture as ob-
come from a wide range of countries,         ed to learn about reactions to the re-      served from the international stage.
with the single best-represented coun-       cent victory of President-Elect Barack          During the course of the one hour
try being the United States in recent        Obama. OSU students also fielded            long discussion, students on both
years, but otherwise dominated by Eu-        questions regarding leisure activities in   ends shared a number of laughs, and
ropean students. Japanese students           America, the influences of non-Ameri-       displayed a genuine interest in one
also form a substantial contingent,                                                                      another’s lives. They
and the program has also boasted stu-                                                                    learned that, aside
dents from such wide-ranging coun-                                                                       from some of the po-
tries as Bangladesh, China, Mexico and                                                                   litical and social as-
Mongolia.                                                                                                pects that were dis-
     The site, Olomouc, is a town with                                                                   cussed, they had quite
roughly 100,000 inhabitants. The his-                                                                    a bit in common, and
torical capital of Northern Moravia,                                                                     that modern day Rus-
it is also widely considered to be the                                                                   sians and Americans
second most important city in the                                                                        have become quite
Czech Republic after Prague, in terms                                                                    similar in our global-
of history and architecture. Olomouc                                                                     ized community.
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Delic continued from page 2:               One of his latest exciting projects is      “reign” majors and minors enrolling
                                           the organization of a unique Albanian       in Slavic and East European increased
and Language for a book project. For       Summer Seminar involving a study visit      to previously unheard-of numbers (to
details of her recent publications and     to Prishtina, Kosovo. More information      give an idea: in 2000, the Department
conference activities, see page 4.         on Dr. Joseph’s manifold activities is to   had 18 majors, in 2008–98). When I
     Likewise, not quite a newcomer        be found inside the Newsletter.             tell colleagues in other departments
is Dr. Alexander Burry who joined                Dr. Brintlinger, our current Gradu-   of our enrollments, they cannot be-
us in 2004, but has not had his aca-       ate Studies Committee Chair, has add-       lieve that such numbers are possible.
demic profile presented in any detail      ed many new feathers to her already         They are real in our Department how-
in our Newsletter yet. Dr. Burry has a     richly adorned cap. Her recent book         ever, where Dr. Collins by some kind of
broad research perspective and fa-         publications are presented in detail        magic in which full attention to each
vors interdisciplinary and cross-media     inside the Newsletter, as is her confer-    individual plays a major role, has at-
approaches. His contribution to Dos-       ence “Beyond Little Vera,” the contri-      tracted so many students to come to
toevsky research, especially his study     butions to which have become a vol-         us. He may have learned something
of transpositions of Dostoevsky texts      ume in the series Ohio Slavic Papers.       about magic from his unique course on
to other media, has attracted wide at-     Her earlier book, Writing a Usable          the Vampire in Slavic Cultures, which
tention. His new honors course (Slavic     Past, has just appeared in paperback,       has attracted so many students for so
H 584) Dead Man Writing: Literary          testifying to its popularity. In addition   many years and hopefully also will be
Representation of Capital Punishment       she was invited by the Eikhenbaum so-       turned into a book now that Dr. Col-
is yet another exciting contribution to    ciety at RGGU, Moscow, and attended a       lins should have a bit more time for
our Honors course offerings. To find       conference on Chekhov in Yalta. More        himself. Dr. Collins himself takes great
out more about Dr. Burry’s career be-      details about Dr. Brintlinger’s manifold    pride in having made excellent hires
fore and after he joined us, see page 4.   activities, attracting considerable at-     and in a graduate program that has
     The faculty that have been with       tention from the Slavist community,         reached an exceptionally high quality,
the Department for some time have          can be learned inside the Newsletter.       and no one would dispute the validity
also been very active with an impres-           It has likewise been a year of in-     of these claims. For his recent activities
sive array of outstanding achieve-         tense activities for our new Director       in Novgorodian archeological excava-
ments. Professor Charles Gribble add-      of the Center for Slavic and East Eu-       tions, in the Medieval Slavic Summer
ed yet another award to his illustrious    ropean Studies, Dr. Yana Hashamova.         Institute (2008), and other activities,
career, receiving the prestigious ASC      Congratulations on your Directorship,       such as the book sale for the benefit of
Harlan Hatcher Memorial Award for          Yana, which is bound to bring our out-      the Talvi Fund, see the reports inside
Excellence, given to faculty “who have     standing Center to new peaks of great       the Newsletter.
developed a noteworthy profile of dis-     accomplishments. Dr. Hashamova pub-              Last, but not least, we are happy to
tinguished, sustained and balanced         lished her well-received Pride and Pan-     see Dr. Temenuzhka Seizova-Nankova,
achievements in the areas of teaching,     ic devoted to Russian film, is immersed     Associate Professor at Konstantin Pre-
research, and service and who serve        in another book project, organized nu-      slavski University in Shumen, Bulgaria
as role models for both younger col-       merous conferences with themes such         in our midst. She is a Fulbright Scholar
leagues and students.” You can learn       as “Balkan War Rapes” and “Trafficking      currently visiting in the Department of
more about Dr. Gribble’s numerous          in People,” was part of the 2008 AAASS      Slavic and East European Languages
achievements on the opening page of        Plenary Session and taught a course on      and Literatures, staying with us until
our Newsletter.                            Bulgarian culture, taking the students      February 2009. For details of her re-
     Professor Brian Joseph, our Ken-      —OSU International Scholars—on a            search interests and other activities
neth E. Naylor Professor whom we           study tour to Bulgaria. The readers         here, see page 8.
have the honor of sharing with Linguis-    may learn more about her many highly             Not only faculty have distinguished
tics, as usual had a year of incredible    successful initiatives inside the News-     themselves, so have our students: we
accomplishments, many conference           letter.                                     have three new Ph.D. degrees to re-
trips to diverse destinations and many          I would like to thank the previous     port and two passed Candidacy exami-
awards, the most recent being an hon-      Department Chair, Professor Daniel          nations. We congratulate Dr. Andrei
orary doctorate by the University of       Collins, for his eight years of dedicated   Cretu, Dr. Yevgeniya Tyurikova and Dr.
Patras, in Greece, on March 31, 2008.      service to the Department. During his                          Continued on page 12
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Gribble continued from page 1                 because of their specialization, were       People’s Republic of Bulgaria” (1985);
                                              not considered marketable by large          a Jubilee Medal from the Bulgarian
Russian Word Formation and Reading            university presses. As its leader, Dr.      Academy of Sciences (1986); a Jubilee
Bulgarian Through Russian: A Short            Gribble personally edited some 250          Badge of Honor from Sofia University
Dictionary of 18th-Century Russian, the       books and over 60 journal issues; thus      (1988); and a Certificate of Commen-
only complete dictionary of that period       he has had a huge impact on the work        dation from the Bulgarian Academy of
of the language in existence; and the         of other scholars and, in general, on       Sciences for his scholarly, pedagogi-
only chrestomathy of Old Russian texts        the profile of Slavic Studies in the U.S.   cal, and organizational contributions
published in the West. In addition, he        and Canada. His excellence as editor        to Bulgarian Studies (2003). In May
has been exceptionally active as an           was one of the major reasons why the        2006, we learned that he has been
editor, with six edited or co-edited          American Association of Teachers of         honored with the Marin Drinov Award
volumes to his name. Dr. Gribble also         Slavic and East European Languages,         by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences;
served as editor-in-chief of the journal      the major professional organization         this is the Academy’s highest honor—
Folia Slavica from 1977–1988, and he          in our field, presented him with its        the equivalent of an honorary degree,
continues to serve as a member of the         Award for Distinguished Contribu-           which is seldom given to foreigners.
editorial board of Palaeobulgarica, the       tion to the Profession in 1992, follow-          It is important also to bear in mind
premiere journal of Medieval Slavic           ing a Special Commendation in 1986.         the immense contributions Dr. Grib-
Studies, published by the Bulgarian               Dr. Gribble has worked especially       ble has made to the Department. He
Academy of Sciences. Finally, he has          hard to promote Bulgarian Studies in        served as Chair from 1990–1996, dur-
published 27 articles, 19 reviews, and        North America not only through his          ing a difficult period in the program’s
14 co-authored volumes of Individual-         publications and editorial work but         history. Since then, he has worked
ized Instruction curricular materials.        also through his teaching and service.      diligently in departmental service and,
      The Slavic field was profoundly         He served as president of the Bulgar-       in particular, was our Graduate Studies
impacted through Dr. Gribble’s leader-        ian Studies Association from 2001–          Chair for over five years. Besides skill-
ship of Slavica Publishers, Inc., which he    2003 and, during that time, co-orga-        fully performing the routine duties of
founded in 1966, and edited through           nized the organization’s conference,        the Graduate Studies Chair, Dr. Gribble
1997. During his editorship, Slavica was      which was held in Columbus. He is           has been instrumental in designing
the largest venue for Slavic publica-         well known in Bulgarian scholarly cir-      and implementing several curricular
tions in the Western Hemisphere. The          cles, has been interviewed in a popular     reforms and is currently at work on a
firm operated on a “break-even” rath-         newspaper, and has received several         redesign of our M.A. Reading List in
er than profit basis and published high-      honors from Bulgarian institutions: a       Slavic Linguistics. We are very grate-
quality textbooks and monographs on           Jubilee Medal from the Bulgarian Em-        ful for the depth of his concern for the
literature, folklore, and linguistics that,   bassy for “contributing to expanding        Department and its students.
                                              relations between the USA and the


Delic continued from page 11:                 development fund—the Uprka-Laga-            paraitis, Olga Kolenko, Shawn Mellor
                                              Schweitzer Fund —to further studies         and Charity Myers. I wish especially to
Miriam Whiting.                               in Czech language and culture. We           thank Linda Milbourne for her exten-
    We are very pleased to welcome            are deeply grateful for her marvel-         sive contribution to this Newsletter.
our new graduate students: Daniel Da-         ous boost to Czech Studies. You’ll find     I wish us all a SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR
vidson, Anastasia Kostetskaya, David          more information on Ms. Schweitzer          2009. May it bring us much exciting
McVey, Zoran Panjak, Jeffrey Parker,          on page 15.                                 news to put into the next Newsletter.
and Shelley Price, and we hope that               Finally, I would like to thank our
they feel at home in our Department.          fine staff, Fiscal Manager Linda Mil-
    The Department would like to              bourne and Graduate Studies Coordi-
acknowledge the exceptionally gen-            nator Karen Nielsen for their making it
erous donation given to Czech Stud-           easy for a Chair to be a Chair. Greatly
ies by Ohio State alumna Sharon M.            appreciated are also our fine front desk
Schweitzer. She has established a             students: Kenney Hensley, Tomas Kas-
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Maria Alley coauthored Animation for                 Maria Alley also was the organizing     (volume 8-9, 2007, Slavica); Editor,
Russian Conversation (2008), a text-            force behind the Spring Olympiada. On        Ohio Slavic Papers, volume 7 (Beyond
book that features language teach-              March 7, 2008, the DSEELL with gener-        Little Vera: Women’s Bodies, Women’s
ing materials from some of the best-            ous support from the Center for Slavic       Welfare in Russia and Central/ Eastern
known Russian works of animation:               and East European Studies hosted the         Europe, 2008).
Cheburashka, Karlson, the Hedgehog,             2008 Ohio High School Olympiada of
                                                                                             Daniel E. Collins, Brian Joseph, and
and Winnie-the-Pooh (in his Russian             Spoken Russian. The Olympiada com-
                                                                                             Andrea Sims organized the Third An-
incarnation, Vinni Pukh). They are              petition is organized and funded by the
                                                                                             nual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics
known and loved by many Russians,               American Councils of Teachers of Rus-
                                                                                             Society at OSU in June of 2008. Over
and should be considered a significant          sian. It is the oldest of all the American
                                                                                             eighty papers were presented by
part of Russian culture.                        Councils’ secondary school activities
                                                                                             scholars from the U.S. and Europe, in-
      While the importance of Russian           dating back to the 1960s. In this com-
                                                                                             cluding several by OSU graduate stu-
directors and films has long been ac-           petition, which is largely based on the
                                                                                             dents in DSEELL. The conference was
knowledged, Russian animation also              long existing tradition of oral examina-
                                                                                             judged to be a huge success by all in
was created by some of the finest tal-          tions and competitions in the Russian
                                                                                             attendance. Support for the confer-
ents of the land, is of a high artistic lev-    educational system, Ohio high school
                                                                                             ence was provided by the College of
el, and is certainly not just for children.     students have an opportunity to test
                                                                                             Humanities, the Center for Slavic and
Three authors have collaborated to              their knowledge of Russian and meet
                                                                                             East European Studies, and various de-
create Animation for Russian Conver-            other students of Russian throughout
                                                                                             partments on campus.
sation: Jason Merrill (Michigan State           the state.
University), Julia Mikhailova (Univer-               Twenty-one students from Start          Daniel E. Collins is currently working
sity of Toronto, an OSU Ph.D.) and Ma-          High school in Toledo, OH, competed          on a book entitled Voices on Birchbark:
ria Alley (Ohio State). The majority of         in this year’s event. This year’s winner,    Language and Society in the Medieval
the exercises presented in this collec-         Andrea Reany, traveled to Vladimir,          Russian Northwest, co-authored by Jos
tion are intended for Russian students          Russia, on a study abroad program,           Schaeken of University of Leiden, the
of the Novice High to Intermediate              along with the finalists from other US       Netherlands. In summer 2007, with
Mid levels according to ACTFL guide-            regions who participated in Olympiada        support from the Department, College
lines, with some additional activities          this year. Ms. Alley thanks all volunteer    of Humanities, and Netherlands Insti-
designed for more advanced learners.            participants of this year’s Olympiada!       tute in St. Petersburg, Dr. Collins made
But hopefully the book will be of use           It was, by all accounts, a successful and    a research visit to Novgorod, Russia,
to anyone interested in learning the            enjoyable event for both the students        to work with his co-author. Capital of
language while working with authentic           and organizers.                              a vast “merchant republic” in north-
Russian materials.                                                                           western Russia prior to its annexation
                                                Angela Brintlinger was, in April, 2008,
                                                                                             by Muscovy in 1478, the city, called
                                                invited by the Eikhenbaum Seminar at
                                                                                             Lord Novgorod the Great, possesses an
                                                the Russian State University of the Hu-
                                                                                             abundance of well-preserved medieval
                                                manities (RGGU, Moscow), where she
                                                                                             sites, including its own Kremlin and
                                                gave a talk entitled: “Russian Literary
                                                                                             dozens of churches and monasteries.
                                                Biographies and Writing a Usable Past”
                                                                                             In addition to these aboveground trea-
                                                (in Russian). From there she proceed-
                                                                                             sures, Novgorod offers continual dis-
                                                ed to the Chekhov conference, The
                                                                                             coveries for archeologists, historians,
                                                World of Chekhov: Mode, Ritual, Myth,
                                                                                             and linguists in annual summer excava-
                                                Yalta, Ukraine, and gave another talk
                                                                                             tions. Its moist, clay-rich soil provides
                                                entitled: “A New and Glorious Chek-
                                                                                             perfect conditions for the preservation
                                                hov: The Americanization of Chek-
                                                                                             of wooden artifacts and letters writ-
                                                hov’s Story ‘Lady with a Pet Dog’ by
                                                                                             ten on birchbark, which document the
                                                Michelle Herman” (in Russian).” She is
                                                                                             everyday transactions of the city’s me-
                                                planning a grandiose Chekhov confer-
                                                                                             dieval inhabitants—ranging from mar-
                                                ence for 2010 at OSU, to celebrate the
                                                                                             riage proposals to creditors’ threats
                                                150th birthday of the writer. Additional
                                                achievements: Editor, Pushkin Review                           Continued on page 14
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News continued from page 13:                 participated in the workshop, including    Europe?” - Roundtable, AAASS, Phila-
                                             a postdoctoral scholar from University     delphia, November 20-23,20 08.
and from tax receipts to military intel-     of Madrid; a lecturer from the Warsaw      Invited Talks:
ligence.                                     Christian Theological Academy; gradu-
                                                                                        “Trafficking in People: A Gender Per-
    While in Novgorod, Dr. Collins was       ate students from Stanford University,
                                                                                        spective” Symposium on Gender Vio-
able to consult with prominent Russian       Central European University, Univer-
                                                                                        lence, Saint Mary’s College, October 2,
scholars such as Aleksei Gippius of the      sity of Madrid, and the Ohio State de-
                                                                                        2008.
Russian Academy of Sciences, Elena           partments of History and Linguistics;
                                                                                        AAASS-Presidential Plenary Session:
Rybina, head of the Novgorod Archeo-         and the Slavic Department’s own Mat-
                                                                                        “Revisiting The Gender Question:
logical Expedition, and Valentin Yanin,      thew Curtis, Spencer Robinson, Lau-
                                                                                        Scholarship, Exchange, Experience” -
the foremost Russian expert on me-           ren Ressue, and Daria Safronova. The
                                                                                        Roundtable, Philadelphia, November
dieval Novgorod. With the help of Dr.        participants learned how to conduct
                                                                                        20-23, 2008
Gippius, he gained access to numerous        original research on medieval Slavic
                                                                                        Invited Participation in the Kenyon Col-
medieval sites not open to the public.       manuscripts under the guidance of Dr.
                                                                                        lege Workshop: Film Studies Teachers
He also got his hands dirty (quite lit-      Matejic and gave their final presenta-
                                                                                        Teach Teachers, December 3-4, 2008.
erally) digging for relics at the Trinity    tions on previously undescribed and
                                             uncatalogued “mystery” manuscripts;        Brian D. Joseph, the Kenneth E. Naylor
                                             in addition, they improved their close     Professor of South Slavic Linguistics, at-
                                             reading and analytic skills by working     tended conferences in Eastern Europe,
                                             with other manuscripts in the collec-      speaking at a conference in Belgrade in
                                             tions of the Hilandar Research Library     early September 2008 celebrating the
                                             under the guidance of Dr. Collins. The     200th anniversary of the founding of
                                             participants rested from their labors      the University of Belgrade and another
                                             with bicycle rides, a trip to the Colum-   in St. Petersburg later in the month
                                             bus Zoo, dinners on the town, and a        celebrating the 20th anniversary of the
                                             Fourth of July Picnic at the home of       founding the Modern Greek and Alba-
                                             Daniel and Seleen Collins.                 nian Studies Program at the University
                                                                                        of St. Petersburg. For his “Profile,” see
                                             In winter 2008, Dr. Hashamova taught
                                                                                        page 6!
                                             Slavic 245F, Introduction to Bulgarian
                                             Culture, to 72 International Scholars      Irene Masing-Delic published her ar-
                                             and during the spring break led the        ticle “Boris Pilnyak’s The Volga Falls to
                                             students to a study abroad in Bulgaria.    the Caspian Sea as Trotskyite Sophiol-
                                             Excitingly intensive, the trip went very   ogy” in SEEJ, 52: 3, 2008. Her recent
                                             smoothly due to the brilliant organi-      interest in the writer led her to the
Excavations. While he did not unearth                                                   city of Kolomna, 120 kilometers east of
                                             zational skills of Debra Bermann from
anything beyond an eleventh-centu-                                                      Moscow, where Pilnyak lived for many
                                             the Office of International Affairs. Dr.
ry chicken bone, he gained detailed                                                     years (his house is preserved). Its Old
                                             Hashamova and the students greatly
knowledge of the workings of the Ar-                                                    City has a great deal of medieval ar-
                                             benefited from the able assistance of
cheological Expedition—from sifting                                                     chitecture, such as a well-preserved
                                             six Resident Directors who participat-
through the soil to flattening out and                                                  Kremlin (with its famous Marinkina
                                             ed in the study abroad, as well as Dr.
deciphering a newly discovered birch-                                                   bashnia, where Marina Mnishek, Pol-
                                             Collins and Elizabeth Angerman. Now,
bark letter—which will be of great val-                                                 ish wife of the pretender Dmitrii lan-
                                             a good number of these students are
ue in the preparation of his book.                                                      guished for some years). Pilnyak called
                                             taking our Russian 101.
In June and July 2008, Daniel Collins        Conference Participation:                  the city the “Russian Bruegge.” Dr.
and Predrag Matejic (curator of the                                                     Delic participated in the biannual con-
                                             “Balkan War Rapes: A Challenge to
Hilandar Research Library) led the fifth                                                ference Pil’niakovskie chteniia, led by
                                             Western Feminism” at Transnation-
biennial Medieval Slavic Summer In-                                                     Professor Aleksandr Petrovich Auer,
                                             al Dialogues: De-centering the Aca-
stitute, sponsored by the Department                                                    who started these, and she also taught
                                             demic Debate on Global Feminism, Ke-
and the Resource Center for Medieval                                                    a “mini-course” on Nabokov’s Pnin and
                                             nyon College, September 26-28, 2008.
Slavic Studies. Fourteen junior scholars
                                             “Is there a Feminist Press in Eastern                        Continued on page 16
                                           The Department of Slavic and East
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                                           European Languages and Literatures


OSU Alum Establishes Fund to Support DSEELL Czech Studies
Proud Czech-American Sharon Schweitzer provides a boost to an already strong program

     Ohio State alumna Sharon M. Sch-      Corporate Etiquette and International       with several Ohio State students dur-
weitzer has established a development      Protocol Consultant and as a Children’s     ing their participation in the Intensive
fund to further Czech studies in the       Etiquette Consultant. She is also au-       Czech Language Summer Program at
Department of Slavic and East Europe-      thor of the book Age Discrimination Is-     Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech
an Languages and Literatures (DSEELL).     sues for Baby Boomers: Are You Ready?       Republic. This trip provided Schweitzer
Ms. Schweitzer en-                                           Currently, Schweitzer     the opportunity to learn more about
dowed The Uprka-                                             is the President of the   Jozef and Jan Uprka, Sister Alzbeta
Laga-Schweitzer Fund                                         Protocol Center of        Uprka, and sculptor Frantisek Uprka,
in Czech Studies. The                                        Texas in Austin, Texas.   all ancestors of Sharon on her moth-
fund has been primar-                                             Ms. Schweitzer’s     er’s side.
ily set up to provide                                        mother, Evelyn Mary            During the summer of 2007, Ms.
undergraduate stu-                                           Laga Schweitzer, grew     Schweitzer taught classes at Charles
dents with scholar-                                          up in a Czech com-        University in Prague, Czech Repulbic.
ships in order to help                                       munity in Nebraska             Ms. Schweitzer is extremely proud
them study Czech                                             and speaks fluent         of her Czech heritage and is thrilled
language and culture.                                        Czech. She is one         that Ohio State has one of the largest
The scholarship mon-                                         of eight children of      Slavic and East European Languages
ey will be used espe-                                        Czech parents and         and Literatures programs in the United
cially to support those                                      can also boast great      States.
students participating                                       uncles of renown—
in OSU’s Summer Lan-                                         Jozef, or “Joža”, Uprka
guage Program, con-                                          (1861-1940), an artist
ducted each year at František Palacký      known for his paintings and drawings
University in Olomouc, Czech Republic.     on Bohemian, Moravian and Slovak
     Ms. Schweitzer is a 1984 gradu-       folk motifs (see insert) and his brother
ate of The Ohio State University with      František, a sculptor.
a B.A. in Sociology and Criminology.            Ms. Schweitzer is interested in re-
Ms. Schweitzer then spent the sum-         searching her genealogy in the Czech
mer of 1984 on an OSU Summer Study         Republic, with her parents and Czech
Pre-Law Program at Oxford University       relatives. She says their efforts have
before enrolling in the South Texas        proven the family lore on Uprka to
College of Law. She studied law on an      be true, and she can trace her lineage
Advocacy Scholarship and received her      back to the 17th century. Other goals
J.D. in 1989. Presently, she is a Labor    of Ms. Schweitzer include renovating
and Employment attorney, with board        the Uprka Villa in Hroznová Lhota, the
certification in Texas. She is admit-      artist’s birthplace in Southern Mora-
                                                                                             A book on Jozef Uprka,
ted to practice before the U.S. District   via, and the establishment of an Uprka
Court for the Eastern, Western, North-     Museum in Prague. There is currently               Schweitzer’s ancestor
ern and Southern Districts of Texas, the   an Uprka Museum in Strážnice, but a
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the    museum in Prague would bring more
U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Schweitzer is      international attention to her great-
board certified in Labor and Employ-       great uncle’s legacy. Additionally, she
ment Law by the Texas Board of Legal       would like to become fluent in Czech
Specialization, a trained Mediator, a      herself.
certified Professional in Human Re-             In 2006, Ms. Schweitzer traveled
sources (PHR), and certified as both a     to the Czech Republic and studied
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Donation of Books                         Olympiada Hosted                            Slavic Linguistics Society Conference
     The Department would like to              On March 17, 2008, Slavic Depart-           From June 10th to 12th, 2008,
express its gratitude to Dr. Charles      ment with generous support from the         The Ohio State University hosted the
(“Chuck”) Gribble, for his extraordi-     Center for Slavic and East European         3rd Annual Meeting of the Slavic Lin-
narily generous donation of hundreds      Studies hosted the 2008 Ohio High           guistics Society (SLS). The SLS seeks to
of scholarly books. Some of the books     School Olympiada of Spoken Russian.         encourage dialogue among Slavic lin-
are being added to the reference col-     The Olympiada competition is orga-          guists of different theoretical persua-
lection of the Reading Room (406          nized and funded by the American            sions, and the annual SLS meeting has
Hagerty); others, at Dr. Gribble’s re-    Councils of Teachers of Russian. It is      developed into a significant venue for
quest, are being sold to benefit the      the oldest of all American Councils’        Slavic linguists in both North America
TALVI Endowment, which provides           secondary school activities dating to       and Europe.
travel support for the Department’s       the 1960s. In this competition, which is         This year’s conference was a great
graduate students. The first book         largely based on the long existing tradi-   success, with more than 60 papers
sale of the “Gribble Collection” was      tion of oral examinations and compe-        presented by scholars from around the
held during the Slavic Linguistics So-    titions in the Russian educational sys-     world, including plenary talks by Hen-
ciety Conference, held June 10–12 in      tem, Ohio high school students have         ning Andersen (UCLA), Peter Culicover
Columbus; it was a great success and      an opportunity to test their knowledge      (OSU) and Lenore Grenoble (U. of Chi-
added substantially to the principal of   of Russian and meet other students of       cago). Many members of the Slavic
the Endowment. Other books from           Russian throughout the state.               and Linguistics Departments at OSU
the “Gribble Collection” are being of-         Twenty one student from Start          also presented their research and/or
fered on a continuing basis so that our   High School in Toledo, OH, competed         served as panel chairs. Feedback from
graduate students can begin building      in this year’s event. This year’s winner,   conference participants was extremely
their own “professional libraries.” For   Andrea Reany, travelled to Vladimir,        positive.
further information on the sale, please   Russia, on a study abroad program,               The conference additionally fea-
contact Daniel E. Collins (collins.232@   along with the finalists from other US      tured a sale of donated books, primari-
osu.edu). Please also consider mak-       regions who participated in Olympiada       ly from the collection of DSEELL profes-
ing your own gift to the TALVI Endow-     this year.                                  sor Charles Gribble. Proceeds of more
ment—an investment in the future of                                                   than $1,000 went to the Talvi Fund to
our excellent scholars-in-training!                                                   support future graduate student con-
                                                                                      ference travel.
News continued from page 14:                                                               The event was organized by three
                                                                                      DSEELL faculty members - Daniel Col-
Lolita in the Department of Russian       ming language R in her graduate semi-       lins, Brian Joseph and Andrea Sims -
Literature of Kolomna’s Pedagogical       nar to teach corpus linguistic analysis.    with much help from the DSEELL staff
Institute (in Russian). The Institute’s   She also demonstrated students’ final       and graduate students. It was sup-
hospitality was “chisto russkoe” – Dr.    course projects that were created us-       ported by the DSEELL, the Kenneth E.
Delic and Ms. Helen Halva (from UNC)      ing R.                                      Naylor Professorship, the CSEES, the
who is writing her Ph.D. dissertation                                                 College of Humanities, and the Depart-
                                          Ryan Walker is the Russian Table Co-
on Boris Pilnyak, particularly enjoyed                                                ment of Linguistics.
                                          ordinator for 2008-2009; he was the
the excursions to the medieval city of
                                          Resident Director of the Tomsk Study
Zaraisk and to Dostoevski’s childhood
                                          Abroad Program (see page 9) last year       Yuliya Walsh read a paper titled “Clas-
summer home “Darovoe” that they
                                          and will have the same job next sum-        sification of New Anglicisms in Rus-
were treated to.
                                          mer, for which we are very grateful,        sian” at the 6th Graduate Colloquium
On December 4, Dr. Andrea Sims was        since he does such an excellent job.        on Slavic Linguistics, on October 18th,
a featured faculty member at the OSU      He participated in this year’s Midwest      2008.
World Media and Culture Center Open       Slavic Conference and presented a pa-
House. She talked about how she used      per at the 2008 AATSEEL Conference in
the statistical and graphical program-    San Francisco.
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                                            Buckeyes travel to Bulgaria
                                            with Dr. Hashamova




                                              

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                   Searching for relics among the Trinity excavations
                   in Novgorod, Dr. Collins digs in!
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