Suzanne Thompson, an alumna of the University of Arizona Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, worked for many years in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia as an embassy attache, disarmament contractor, and journalist. She is excited to share her passion for all things Russian with the next generation of Russophiles.
Assistant Professor of Practice
For the student with some knowledge of Russian.
Readings and discussion in English of representative Russian literary works from the 20th century.
Russia has always been an enigmatic place for the West, with its globe-shaking politics and its rich contribution to the world culture. Topics in Slavic and Eurasian Culture is an attempt to overcome the Western puzzlement with Russian contradictions; the topics offer a glimpse into a variety of cultural, social, and political features of Russian society. The course materials, lectures, and discussions will provide a wide variety of insights to the particular contexts and modalities in which Imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet Russia has operated, thus revealing the true meaning behind the seemingly perplexing "for the West" beliefs, attitudes and customs of the Russia's population and the interrelation between the national consciousness with the country politics.
A variable topics course taught in English or Russian (depending on subject material).
A variable topics course taught in English or Russian (depending on subject material). Graduate-level requirements include graduate students being held to higher standards of proficiency in all exams and coursework. Graduate students will be given more challenging assignments and may have additional, separate meetings with the instructor.