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Foreign languages professor chosen for NEH institute

May 19, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Dasha C. Nisula, professor of foreign languages at Western Michigan University, has been selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute program called "America Engages Russia, Circa 1880-ca. 1930: Studies in Cultural Interaction."

The institute will be held June 14 to July 3 in New York. It will bring together 25 university teaching faculty, curators and senior bibliographers, and 10 session leaders to consider, investigate and reflect upon the implications of the various forms of cultural engagement between the United States and the Russian Empire/Soviet Union.

This is the third NEH institute organized by the New York Public Library. The program is expected to benefit teaching and research around the nation by creating greater synergy between individuals and resources.

Nisula joined the WMU faculty in 1988 and serves as director of the Russian Studies Program. Her research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature and culture, Russian language pedagogy, Slavic languages and literatures, and translation.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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