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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…

Comparative Studies: The Next Generation

Comparative Studies: The Next Generation

October 14, 2011

Poetry, subjectivity and political violence in the neoliberal age. Italian artists books in conceptual arts. House, library, field — the aesthetic of saturation. In the new Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture…

Two Russian satirical journal covers from the Institute of Modern Russian Culture’s vast collection. A selection of journals will be featured in the new USC Libraries exhibition “Demonocracy: All Hell Breaks Loose in 1905 Russia,” held in the library’s Treasure Room through Dec. 16, 2011.

Illustrated Evils

September 23, 2011

A winged vampire feeds on a girl’s lifeless body. A skeleton dressed in a black cape and epaulettes juggles a knife, two pistols and a cannon ball. A woman holding a red flag emblazoned with the word svoboda…

Institute of Modern Russian Culture Director John Bowlt stands next to a phonograph collection and original sound recordings of music and historic voices of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Leo Tolstoy. Bowlt has been awarded the Russian Federation Order of Friendship for his considerable contributions to disseminate Russian cultural accomplishments. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

President Medvedev Awards John Bowlt Friendship Order

October 5, 2010

John Bowlt, professor of Slavic languages and literatures in USC College, has been awarded the prestigious Russian Federation Order of Friendship. Bowlt received the official certificate signed by Russian Federation President…

The Institute for Modern Russian Culture’s rare collections were recently opened to undergraduates. Students, faculty and researchers include (top row, from left) Adele Di Ruoco, Sarah Mogen, Marc McKinnon, Mark Konecny, Tiffany Schallert, Melissa Choi, Philip Meyer, Haley Reed, Oleg Minin, John E. Bowlt, (bottom row, from left) Nicholas Davis, Richard Kitterman and Nicoeta Misle. Photo credit Emily Cavalcanti.

Undergrads Open a Window to Russia's Past

February 26, 2010

The rare collections of Soviet-era artifacts, Russian literature, phonograph recordings, and Perestroika kitsch possessed by the Institute for Modern Russian Culture (IMRC) were only available for study to graduate students…