Why Study Slavic at KU?
- Faculty specialities and strengths include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature, Russian intellectual history, Symbolism, Bely, Blok, Chekhov, Nabokov, Pushkin, Turgenev; twentieth-century Polish literature; Polish language; Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian, Slovene language, linguistics and culture; Slavic historical linguistics and philology; Slavic folklore.
- KU Slavic faculty include four NEH Fellows.
- KU Slavic faculty have published widely in the U.S. and abroad and edit three international Slavic journals.
- KU Slavic PhDs hold tenured and tenure track positions at Baylor, Bowling Green, Brigham Young, Bucknell, Georgetown, Grinnell, Kentucky, Kansas State, Louisiana, Middlebury, Nebraska, Oregon, West Point, Wisconsin; others are in Slavic-related careers, e.g., NSA, the U.S Diplomatic Corps, U. of Washington Libraries (Head of Slavic Collection).
- With 9 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, the KU Slavic Department has a small, friendly, familial atmosphere.
- The KU Slavic Department sponsors regular study-abroad programs in Croatia, Russia, and Ukraine, but faculty have arranged for programs in other countries as the need arises (e.g., Bosnia, Czech Republic, Poland).
- The Watson Research Library houses one of the best and largest Slavic collections in the midwestern U.S., with many unique items.
- KU is home to one of the best-equipped language labs in the U.S., the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center (EGARC).
- KU Slavic is a leader in the teaching of less-commonly-taught Slavic languages.
- The KU Slavic Department forms the core of a Title VI-funded Center for Russian and East European Studies.
- Lawrence, a diverse town with a population upwards of 80 thousand, is a safe, relatively inexpensive community with many cultural activities, a lively downtown with excellent restaurants and shops Kansas City is nearby and is a world-class city.
- The Lied Center offers outstanding artistic performances.
- KU Athletics is tops. (Basketball was invented here!)
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