Adrienne Landry

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BA SLL/History 2003

Ms. Adrienne Landry continued her education at Columbia University, and became interested in the South Slavic world. She currently works at KU in the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies as the Outreach Coordinator. (02/2012)

Career: KU CREES Outreach Coordinator. Prior to that she was a Recruiter for American Councils for International Education based in Serbia. And before that she was a Program Officer for the Project on Ethnic Relations working primarily in Montenegro.

Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, gardening, writing, and movies

Countries visited: Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Greece, Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain, Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, Uganda

Favorite place: Edinburgh, Scotland! No, wait, it's Kotor Bay, Montenegro. Or maybe it's Murtchison Falls, Uganda. It might be Brooklyn, New York. But it's probably Tbilisi, Georgia! (And also Lawrence, KS)

Favorite food: Mediterranean/Middle Eastern.

Favorite saying: Garmajos! the Georgian drinking toast meaning 'victory!'

Favorite books: Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss and Broken April by Ismail Kadare

In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time


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