Halina Filipowicz

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The Theatre of Tadeusz Rozewicz. Defended 1979 (Chair: Jadwiga Maurer). Professor of Polish, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recently she has been appointed to the editorial board of Slavic and East European Journal. She is also serving on the AAASS/Orbis Book Prize Committee of the AAASS and on the Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Committee of the Assoc. of Women in Slavic Studies. She edited a forum entitled "Rethinking Slavic Drama, Theater, Performace," which was published in the spring 1999 issue of Slavic and East European Journal Her most recent publication is "Performing Bodies, Performing Mickiewicz: Dramaas Problem in Performace Studies in Slavic and East European Journal 43.1 (1999): 1-18. (06/2000)

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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