Angela Warren Hood

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Angela D. Warren Hood earned her BA Slavic Languages and Literatures from KU in 1997. She continued her studies at Georgetown University, where she completed her MA of Russian Area Studies in 1999. She is currently working as a Program Analyst at the American International Health Alliance in Washington, DC. AIHA is a non-profit formed in 1992 to improve healthcare in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She received a Master of Arts in Russian Area Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in May 1999. She married Matt Hood on Sept. 23, 2000. She and Matt met in beginning Russian class at KU in 1993 and again in 1997 in Washington, DC. (03/2001)

Career: I’ve been working at the US Embassy in Moscow since August of 2005. It’s a terrific post with enormous opportunities for meeting people of all nationalities. I love working for the government, but am glad that I first worked for a non-governmental organization aiding the people of the FSU. There are many NGOs still serving this part of the world, granting opportunities to continue your study of the language and culture while helping people.

Languages: Russian, a little French, soon to add another when I find out where my next post will be.

Places lived in: Russia, including long stays in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the Russian Far East.

Favorite place: Tomsk is a great university city with some of Russia’s friendliest people, and the most enchanting birch forests.

Hobbies: Travel; practicing and teaching yoga; editing home movies; cooking, baking and eating; collecting antique maps.

Favorite food: khachapuri, Georgian cheese bread. I make a fast and easy Americanized version of it for dinner parties, but enjoy the authentic version much more.

Favorite saying: Khai tebe kachka kopnye, which is Ukrainian for "May a duck kick you in the knee!" What could be more unexpected than a kicking duck?

Favorite book: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. My favorite Slavic book is Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

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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