Article by Dr. Robert Fradkin

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When I first started IU graduate school by coming to SWSEEL 1974, Russian was the main feature at all levels, and we were all expected to speak only Russian in the dorm. One class of a second Slavic language was also offered. It is heartening and amazing to see how SWSEEL has burgeoned into a multilingual, multi-continental enterprise including East and West Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and East Asia! As an inveterate kid-in-the-language-candy-shop, I wish I had a year of summers to devote to some of them. The Polyglot was good enough to ask me to reflect on how my own SWSEEL experience has affected my life and career. OK: pojexali!

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