Russian Program



International Economics Major Adds Five New Languages
February 20, 2013 • Carrie Gates Pluta

Beginning in fall 2013, Notre Dame undergraduate students interested in pursuing international economics as a major can choose from among five new language options: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, German, and Russian. These are in addition to the three Romance languages—French, Italian, and Spanish—already available.
International economics, the newest major within the College of Arts and Letters, combines substantial coursework in the Department of Economics with advanced training in language and culture. It also provides students with the potential for overseas internships and specialized research projects. Click here for the full story


Video: Notre Dame Alumnus and Astronaut Kevin Ford on the Value of a Well-Rounded Education
February 05, 2013 • Arts and Letters

University of Notre Dame alumnus and NASA shuttle veteran Kevin A. Ford spoke with his alma mater from his command post on the International Space Station. “I took a Russian class at Notre Dame. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would fly someday in a Russian spacecraft with two cosmonauts, speaking only Russian,” he says. Click here to read the full story and see the video.


Russian Scholar Alyssa Gillespie Wins Translation Award

December 03, 2012 Chris Milazzo

Notre Dame Associate Professor Alyssa Gillespie has won first prize in the 2012 Compass Translation Competition for her adroit translation of Marina Tsvetaeva’s “The Poem of the End.” She also received a fourth place prize for translating a brief selection from Tsvetaeva’s poem “Magdalene.” Read More >

Alyssa Gillespie


Russian Scholar Alyssa Gillespie Wins Translation Award
ebruary 20, 2012 •Chris Milazzo

Notre Dame Associate Professor Alyssa Gillespie’s elegant translation of “Two Trees Desire to Come Together…” by Marina Tsvetaeva was recently awarded joint third place in the 2011 Joseph Brodsky–Stephen Spender Prize competition. This recognition comes just a few months after Gillespie, co-director of the University’s program in Russian and East European studies,won second prize in the 2011 Compass Awards, another international poetry translation contest.
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Russian Scholar Alyssa Gillespie Wins Poetry Translation Prize
October 18, 2011 • Chris Milazzo

For her deft translation of Nikolay Gumilyov’s “Giraffe,” Notre Dame Associate Professor Alyssa Gillespie was recently awarded second prize in the 2011 Compass Awards, an international Russian poetry translation contest.

Gillespie, who serves as co-director of the University’s Program in Russian and East European Studies, says the award was both unexpected and thrilling. “Poetic translation is something I’ve done ever since I started learning Russian as an undergraduate … so to be recognized for it in this way is pretty special.”
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Russian Major Learns Subtleties of Slang in Moscow Morgan Iddings in Moscow
Published June 29, 2011

Morgan Iddings expected some culture shock when she traveled from Notre Dame to Moscow for an intensive Russian language immersion. The first-year Russian student faced an added challenge when she realized her host mother didn’t speak a word of English.

“It was terrifying—I was really caught off guard,” Iddings says. “Nevertheless, I ended up having a great experience.”

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Rogacheva is focused on the community of Chernogolovka, about 40 miles outside of Moscow.

Ph.D. Candidate Receives Accolades for Her Work
Published April 28, 2011

Maria Rogacheva, a History Ph.D. candidate from Russia, has been recognized for her work by the Notre Dame Department of Arts and Letters. She has worked to reveal the secrets of "invisible" Soviet communities that formerly housed scientific research facilities.
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Dana Lee [photo] Pursuing Language, Science

For the past three summers, I have done research in both pediatric nephrology cancer genetics and neuro-oncology. Just recently, I attended the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting in San Diego to present my research on glioblastoma (a type of primary brain tumor)—this was a phenomenal experience!





Notre Dame hosts Pushkin scholars Notre Dame hosts Pushkin Scholars
Published January 8, 2009 by Julie Hail Flory

The University of Notre Dame will host scholars from around the globe Jan. 9 to 11 (Friday to Sunday) as they gather to discuss “Alexander Pushkin and Russian National Identity: Taboo Texts, Topics, Interpretations.”

Featuring keynote presentations, panels and a roundtable discussion, this working conference will not only explore Pushkin’s texts, but also will involve a discussion of their place in Russian culture, since Pushkin, the "father of Russian literature," is so closely identified with Russian national identity and pride.
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Russian students delve into Slavic folkloreRussian students delve into Slavic folklore
Published April 25, 2008 by Shannon Chapla

A group of Notre Dame students just celebrated Easter − not a month late, actually a bit early.

In observance of Eastern Orthodox Easter (April 27), Alyssa Gillespie, associate professor of Russian, invited her Beginning Russian II students to her home earlier this month to learn the ancient Slavic craft of making pisanki, or Easter eggs, which dates back to the 10th century and still is practiced in Ukraine, Poland and Russia.
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Former war correspondent to deliver lecture on Chechen conflictFormer war correspondent to deliver lecture on Chechen conflict

Journalist Thomas Goltz, a former war correspondent who covered post-Soviet conflicts during the 1980s and '90s, will deliver a lecture titled "The Chechen National Disaster and Other Conflicts in the Post-Soviet Caucasus," at 4:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 13) in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by the Program in Russian and East European Studies, the presentation is free and open to the public and will include a discussion and video.
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Alumna wins Slavic studies regional essay contest
Published February 25, 2005 by Kathleen Joyce

Shelece Easterday

Shelece Easterday, a 2004 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, has been named the Midwest winner of a graduate student essay contest, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS). AAASS is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Russia, Central Eurasia, and Eastern Central Europe.  There are four AAASS graduate student essay competitions annually, covering the New England, Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, and Rocky Mountain/Western regions.
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Students fare well in Russian essay contest Students fare well in Russian contest
Published May 4, 2004 by Shannon Chapla

Three University of Notre Dame students received medals in the fifth annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR).

More than 300 essays, including 15 from Notre Dame, were submitted by 35 colleges and universities to a panel of three Russian judges. Students were required to write for one hour in Russian about "My Favorite Place" without the aid of books or notes. Each of the Notre Dame winners participated in the non-heritage category (meaning Russian is not a first language), for which only Columbia University had more medal recipients.
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Soviet Propaganda exhibit showcases region's history
Newest Snite exhibit is both aesthetically and academically interesting
Published September 29, 2004 By Maria Smith

When college students think about the Soviet Union, it might seem like something that has already faded into the annals of history.
It wasn't so long ago that Soviet officials still exerted close control over information and art through vast areas of Russia, eastern Europe and central Asia. "Darker Shades of Red: Official Soviet Propaganda from the Cold War," an exhibit currently on display at the Snite Museum of Art, features propaganda posters and other artifacts from the emergence of the Soviet Union in the early 1940s until its collapse in the late 1980s.
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