Jesse Stavis is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature who specializes in late 19th and early 20th century Russian literature. His dissertation, tentatively titled Conversion as Narrative, applies narrative theory to the fictional and religious writings of Leo Tolstoy.
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Friday, July 12, 2013
Recruited By the NSA
On July 1, I awoke to find two new emails in my inbox. The first was from the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and announced that, “The NSA is coming to YOUR CAMPUS.” The second was from a colleague who had moved away from Madison a few years ago to teach Russian in Massachusetts: “Dear Jesse, I hope you attend this and heckle them!” I took a gulp of coffee and shot back a quick response: “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”