Bowdoin’s Russian Students Flourish

With Russia so much in the news these days, it might not come as a surprise that growing numbers of Bowdoin students are interested in studying the Russian language. But this conclusion would overlook the strengths of Bowdoin’s Russian department and the achievements of its students.

In the past couple of years, Bowdoin students studying Russian have received a number of honors. For instance, Wildon Kaplan ’17 participated in the prestigious Stanford U.S-Russian Forum, which brings Russian and American students together to collaborate on international research projects. Augustus Gilchrist ’20, who started up the new Russian Club, won a silver medal in a Russian essay contest, and Jae Yeon Yoo ’18 won honorable mention in the same essay contest.

The department’s flourishing coincides with the arrival of Alyssa Gillespie, an associate professor of Russian who started working at Bowdoin last fall after teaching at University of Notre Dame for 17 years.

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