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A sign made of a photo composite of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler looms over protesters gathered in Vienna's main square in March 2014 to protest Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Photo by Ben Stevens.

International symposium examines crisis in Central Europe, launches new major

April 12, 2016

The Cold War may be over, but Central Europe, now one of the world’s most strategically important and dynamic regions, today represents a precarious bridge between the West and an increasingly aggressive…

Even once they arrive on European soil, the journey is not over for these exhausted refugees.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 3

December 11, 2015

Record numbers of refugees continue to make their way from the Middle East — and particularly war-torn Syria — to Europe. As the situation escalates and winter approaches, USC Dornsife experts Laurie Brand, Robert…

Tens of thousands of refugees, many from war-torn Syria, are living in refugee camps after fleeing violence and oppression in their homeland.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 2

December 10, 2015

More than 710,000 people fleeing war and poverty have entered the European Union in the first nine months of this year — more than double the number in all of 2014, according to EU border agency Frontex. The majority are…

Desperate to escape their war-torn country, Syrian refugees are prepared to risk their own lives and those of their children by crossing the Mediterranean Sea to what they hope will be safety and a better life in Europe.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 1

December 8, 2015

A five-minute taxi ride from the center of Calais, past the neat, white houses and manicured gardens of this northern French port city, lies a sprawling, makeshift refugee camp that media and politicians have dubbed the…

Alexander Zholkovsky (left) received the 2013 Russian Italian literary-critical “Bella” award for his essay "Poetics at the Tea Table." Marcus Levitt (right) took home the 2013 Marc Raeff Book Prize for his book <em>The Visual Dominant in Eighteenth-Century Russia</em>. Zholkovsky photo by Marianna Volkova. Levitt photo courtesy of Levitt.

Writing on Russia

April 21, 2014

Marcus Levitt and Alexander Zholkovsky, professors in the USC Dornsife Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, have been honored for their exceptional scholarship. Levitt, professor of Slavic languages and…

Thomas Seifrid (standing, left), chair and professor of Slavic languages and literatures, moderated the Oct. 22 talk "What's Up With Russia?" Seated from left to right, Robert English, associate professor of international relations and director of USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations, Brad Damaré, assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures, and John Bowlt, professor of Slavic languages and literatures. Photos by Erica Christianson.

'What’s Up With Russia?'

October 31, 2013

Clad in brightly colored ski masks, a group of young women ascended the altar of a Russian Orthodox church in Moscow. Pumping their fists into the air, they sang and danced around the dais then fell to their knees. The…

Polish film director Ryszard Bugajski speaks to students in the classroom of Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures Anna Krakus (standing). During the Oct. 15 event, he discussed the making of his daring and controversial film <em>Interrogation</em>. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Filmmaker and Rebel

October 22, 2013

In the communist-era Soviet bloc, all forms of artistic expression were subject to censorship and even suppression by the government. This reality gave rise to a dissident, grassroots practice called samizdat in which censored…

In <em>The Russian Avant-garde, Siberia and the East</em> exhibition, abstract imagery from Russian Avant-garde artist Wassily Kandinsky’s 1919 oil painting <em>White Oval</em> was inspired by shamanistic artifacts from Siberia. Image courtesy of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

Shamans and the Russian Avant-garde

September 26, 2013

White Oval is an enigmatic canvas of bright colors and intricate, abstract shapes on a pale background. Considering Wassily Kandinsky’s 1919 oil painting might leave you groping for context. Indeed, the artist himself…

Anna Krakus became assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures in Fall 2012. Interested in law and literature, she graduated from law school at Stockholm University before moving to New York to study literature as a Fulbright scholar.

Hire Purpose: Anna Krakus

May 7, 2013

As a 5-year-old growing up in Stockholm, Sweden, Anna Krakus learned English by watching The Sound of Music. “I became obsessed with the film,” said Krakus, who has Polish parents and spoke Swedish and Polish at…

The Arch of Sorrow marking the entrance to the museum built on the site of The Akmolinsk Camp for the Wives of the Traitors of the Fatherland (ALZHIR). Photo by Azade-Ayse Rorlich.

Steppes Ahead

October 1, 2012

Descending from the upholstered comfort of their van into the vast, windswept steppe of Northern Kazakhstan, six USC Dornsife students gazed about them at an abandoned guard tower and the futuristic-looking Arch of Sorrow…