Kevin McKenna, Professor of Russian, is on sabbatical leave this year, working on a book about Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's use of Russian proverbs in his fictional and publicistic writing. He was accepted as a Solzhenitsyn Fellow at the Дом русского зарубежья имени А. С. Солженицына to conduct research on his book and has also secured a series of interviews with Solzhenitsyn's wife. This fall saw the appearance of his article“The Role of the Russian Proverb in Leo Tolstoy’s Novel,Anna Karenina," in the journalProverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarshipvol. 28 (2011), pp. 121-146. He is currently writing an article "Peasant Wisdom and the Russian Proverb: Proverb Functions in Leo Tolstoy'sWar and Peace, and Anna Karenina,andAleksandr Solzhenitsyn'sIn the First Circle."
J. Dickinson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, co-presented a paper with Asian Studies faculty affiliate and fellow Anthropology professor Emily Manetta at this year's American Anthropological Association Meetings. The paper compared advertising signs written in multiple alphabets in New Delhi, India and Lviv, Ukraine. They are currently preparing the paper for journal submission.
Michele Commercio, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and her family welcomed a second baby girl this summer, whom they named Sonia. Congratulations to Michele!
In student news, Brittany Erickson recently returned from studying abroad at St. Petersburg University this past fall.