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Submitted by admin on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 2:16pm

Dr. Nicholas G. Žekulin: A Distinguished Academic Career


In July 2014, Dr. Nicholas Žekulin retired from the University of Calgary, completing a distinguished  forty-three-year career as a professor of Russian language and culture, first in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, later the Department of Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies, and finally, since July 2013, the Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures.

Dr. Žekulin has noted that he came to Calgary in 1971 for a job, but fell in love with the culture established by the (late) first department head of Germanic and Slavic Studies, Roman Struc who said “I don’t care what your research is on, as long as it’s good.”

Dr. Žekulin is a well-known scholar in the field of nineteenth-century Russian literature, and a world authority on the great writer Ivan Turgenev, who was reputedly the first internationally known and internationally influential Russian author.  In his research, Dr. Žekulin looks at the historical context in which Turgenev was writing, those who influenced him, as well as those he influenced.

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