Katie Bascom 
Receives Vestnik Jury Award

For Immediate Release

Vestnik---placeholderThe School of Russian and Asian Studies congratulates Katie Bascom as the recipient of the $200 Jury Award from Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies for our 17th issue.

Vestnik encourages students to study any subject related to the countries of the former Soviet Union. Vestnik also encourages students to develop original ideas on their subject matter and to back those ideas with solid arguments and evidence drawn from original research.

In her work entitled “The Hero of Cana: Alyosha’s Ode to Joy," Ms. Bascom provides an elegantly simple yet extraordinarily insightful look into Dostoevsky's classic The Brothers Karamazov. Not only is the work useful to those seeking a greater understanding of the book and its characters, but is also exemplary writing with each assertion flowing from the next and backed by careful reading of the original text. We hope that this paper might be of use of future students seeking not only to better understand Dostoevsky's novel, but also serve as exemplary writing for others to learn from.

The Vestnik Editorial Board applauds Katie Bascom, a senior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Russian for her well-argued and highly structured analysis, producing a true contribution to the study of Russian literature.

The board would also like to award an honorable mention to Isabel Kim Dzitac, whose De Jure and De Facto: An Examination of the “Friendship of the Peoples” Policy and the 1937 Koryo Saram Deportation is an ambitious study of Stalin's first ethnic-based mass deportation. Ms. Dzitac, a graduate student at Columbia University and the London School of Economics, has produced a unique study spanning research over several languages into an often overlooked but historically critical turn in the ethnicities policies of the USSR.

The board would also like to recognize all other contributors to this remarkably strong and diverse 17th issue of Vestnik: Rachael Daum, Adam Lieberman, Anastasia Shmytova, Jordan Milot, Jakub Kučera, and Sophia Rehm all produced phenomenal original research utilizing primary documents and worked hard with the board and each other to revise and improve their papers. The board is particularly proud of this issue of Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies and we hope our contributors and readers are as well.


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