The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures awarded 2016-17 Academic Year students at our Commencement Reception on Friday, April 28, 2017. Professor Michael Makin presented the essay and project awards. Visit to view the photo album from the event.

Professor Michael Makin, Emily Nghiem

Best written work in a language studied in the Slavic Department:

Emily Nghiem (Russian 302, Nina Shkolnik), “Make Films, not War” (in Russian)

Honorable mentions:

Cavin Park (Russian 402, Nina Shkolnik), “Youth in Russia and America” (in Russian)

Noah Dobos (Russian 202, Elena Fort), Final Written Exam

Best paper in a student’s native language:

Parker Sovereign (Slavic 312, Jodi Greig and Natalie McCauley), “The Psychological Origins of Evil in The Cremator”

Honorable mentions:

Max Morrison (Polish 314, Jodi Greig), “ Two Sides of the Hourglass: Ideological Juxtaposition in the Cinematic Adaptation of Bruno Schulz’s Literature”

Kasey McDonald (Slavic 312, Herb Eagle), “Traditional Gender Norms Undermine Communist Claims about Women’s Equality”

Yimeng Zhao (Russian 464, Olga Maiorova), “The Mechanism of the Fallen Woman: An Analysis of Anna Karenina”

Michael Makin, Noah Dobos

Best special project:

Noah Bearman (Russian 202, Elena Fort), Recorded voicemail – a Russian mother leaves a message for her son

Special commendation, hors de concours:

Yevheniia Tananko (SAC) “Pilgrim” (Film inspired by Joseph Brodsky, shown at Screen Arts & Cultures Lightworks Festival, April 2017)