Just a reminder that Russian at Princeton existed well before the Critical Languages Program. As a 1962 alumnus who majored in Russian language and literature, I can say that there were dedicated students and faculty in the late ’50s and early ’60s who studied and taught Russian. Included were Professor Herman Ermolaev, who died recently, and of course Mrs. Ludmilla Turkevich, who is noted in the PAW article. Unfortunately, we were deprived of the presence of female students who would have added much to our experience. I went on to teach Russian at the U.S. Air Force Academy and Hamilton College, eventually becoming a senior language analyst at the National Security Agency.
In Response to: Critical Languages, Critical Steps