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Marta Pirnat-Greenberg

Lecturer, Slovene and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
Primary office:
(785) 864-2353
Wescoe Hall
Room 2130
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045

Office Hours:

M, R, F: 9:00-9:50 am and by appointment 

Teaching interests: Slovene, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian languages.

Degree: BA, University of Ljubljana

2012 book: Colloquial Slovene. A Complete Language Course. New Edition. London: Routledge.

2015 web-based materials: Supplementary Materials for Reading Svašta u mojoj glavi, a story by Miro Gavran. [Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian shareable teaching materials.]

2004 web-based materials: (NE)Sigurni u cestovnom prometu. [(Un)Safe on the Road] [Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian shareable teaching materials.]

1996 print materials: Povej naprej. Priročnik metodičnih dejavnosti za pouk slovenščine kot drugega/tujega jezika. [A Collection of Activities for Teaching Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language.] Marja Bešter and Ljubica Černivec, eds. Ljubljana: Filozofska fakulteta. [5 activities.]

Selected publications, translations

2007 translations (articles): Slovene Poets and Writers of the Slovene Academy. Ed. by Drago Jančar and Kajetan Kovič. Ljubljana: SAZU.

2007 review: Andreja Markovič, Danuša Škapin, Katarina Rigler Šilc, Špela Kajič Kmetič. Slovenska beseda v živo: učbenik za začetni tečaj slovenščne kot drugega/tujega jezika. Andreja Markovič, Vesna Halužan, Mateja Pezdirc Bartol, Danuša Škapin, Gita Vuga. S slovenščino nimam težav: učbenik za kratke tečaje slovenščine: nadaljevalna stopnja. Nataša Pirih Svetina, Andreja Ponikvar. A, B, C ... 1, 2, 3, gremo ... Učbenik za začetnike na kratkih tečajih slovenščine kot drugega/tujega jezika. Andreja Markovič, Danuša Škapin, Mihaela Knez, Nina Šoba. Slovenska beseda v živo 2. Učbenik za nadaljevalni tečaj slovenščine kot drugega/tujega jezika. Slovene Studies 30.

2007 essay: Študent naj bo na ameriškem kolidžu. [Getting into American College.] Dialogi (Maribor) 43

2004 review: Andrea Albretti. Colloquial SloveneSlavic and East European Journal 48.2.

Awards, grants, fellowships

European Studies Consortium (University of Minnesota), CARLA summer institute workshop “Developing Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages”; Slovene Ministry of Culture Grant for translation; American Council of Learned Societies Grants for teaching Slovene; Fulbright Fellowship (Yale); ZAMTES [Slovene Commission for International Technical Cooperation] grant (Charles University, Prague); Prešernova nagrada [Prešeren Award].

In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time


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