The Russian Department of the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures mourns the loss of Dr. Donald Hitchcock, who passed away on May 26, 2014. Dr. Hitchcock was an associate professor of Russian, retiring in 2013. A native of Baltimore, he was a 1952 graduate of the University of Maryland, the first school in the area to offer a course of study in Russian. He received his PhD from Harvard University, with a dissertation on a twelfth century apocryphal tale, under the direction of Roman Jakobson. After two years as a Junior Fellow at Dunbarton Oaks, Dr. Hitchcock returned to the University of Maryland as a member of the faculty. Upon his retirement in 2013, he was the longest serving faculty member on campus. Dr. Hitchcock is fondly remembered by his many students, to whom he taught Russian language, literature, history, and his favorite course, Old Church Slavonic.
Iman Tsz Yin Ng, a sixth-year senior with a double-degree in Arabic Studies and Government & Politics and a double-minor in Middle East Studies and Russian Studies, discusses his research regarding the Arab Spring in Egypt, as well as his reasons for becoming a student of languages.