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We would like to welcome the new member of our faculty, Dr. James McGavran, a Russian poetry specialist and a chess expert. Students may request a simultaneous chess game after Dr. McGavran's lectures. :-)

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The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania is home to a diverse group of scholars and students joined in the study of the languages and literatures of Russia (our central focus), the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, the Balkan and Baltics regions and other past and present territories and states of those regions. The Slavic Department offers course work in all of these areas, as well as a selection of undergraduate majors and minors and a language certificate in Russian. Although we do not currently offer a Ph.D. in Slavic, we participate in graduate programs in Comparative Literature and History and we offer a graduate certificate in Russian Literature, Culture and History. We sponsor a great number of events related to our areas of study throughout the year—in particular our film series, our annual undergraduate research conference (the Slavic Bazaar) and annual faculty colloquium (the Penn Slavic Symposium). Many members of our faculty participate as well in the Faculty Working Group on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies . For more information on all of these topics, please explore our site.


No advance notice is required for a class visit. Please be ready to introduce yourself in the beginning of class.

  •   Fools: Holy and Otherwise, a humorous parody show by the Russian heritage students, April 2, 7pm, Harrison House, Rooftop Lounge.

  •   Biography and Culture: From Formalism and Structuralism to Cultural Semiotics, a talk by Professor Pilshchikov, April 2, 5:30pm, College Hall 314.

  •   Vasily Polenov, a documentary film screening and presentation by the granddaughter of the famous Russian painter, April 7, 4:30pm, Max Kade Center.

  •   Slavic Bazaar: annual undergraduate student conference, April 24. Max Kade Center

  •   Russian Tea is held on Mondays from 5pm to 6pm in Williams Hall Cafe ULounge.

  •    Russian Tea, a Russian conversation hour, will take place on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2:30pm in Williams Hall cafe Lounge. We look forward to seeing you there!