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Center E-News and Announcements

Letter from the Director
Dear Colleagues, It's hard on all of us, I imagine, to welcome ourselves to a new year that immediately poses so many difficult challenges. Like it or not, as summer enters its last month, we're looking at an academic year that will be full of both hardships and uncertainties...[more]

Updated Fall 2020 Select Courses in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Note: The courses listed below are not an exhaustive list of courses being offered on the REEE region. Please see the course explorer for additional classes. All course information provided below is accurate as of August 17, 2020...[more]

She Animates: Soviet Female Subjectivity in Soviet and Russian Animation
As part of the REEEC Virtual Summer Research Lab, Dr. Michele Leigh and Dr. Lora Mjolsness presented a public lecture on their forthcoming publication, She Animates: Soviet Female Subjectivity and Russian Animation...[more]

Alisha Kirchoff: Is there a place for Big Data in Area Studies?
Alisha Kirchoff (Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington; formerly REEEC Associate Director, 2010-2015), recently penned a post entitled "Is there a place for Big Data in Area Studies?". The post, published on Indiana...[more]

Summer 2020 Virtual Educators Workshop: K-14 Education during COVID-19 in the U.S. and Abroad
On July 28-29, 2020, the area studies centers of the Illinois Global Institute (Center for African Studies; Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Center for Global...[more]

2020 Fisher Fellow: Kristina Poznan
The following is an interview given by Dr. Kristina Poznan, the 2020 recipient of the Fisher Fellow Award. The Fisher Fellow Award offers support to junior scholars to attend the Summer Research Lab (SRL) at the Russian...[more]

REEEC COVID-19 Resource Page
Below is a list of resources on the COVID-19 pandemic in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and links to articles from current events/news websites on the region. We have also included a link to our online...[more]

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Faculty and Student News 

Faculty News
David Cooper (Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures) has been selected as an NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Application) Fellow for 2020-21 for his project "Successful forgeries: Analyzing fakelore for...[more]

REEEC-Affiliated Graduate Student Awarded ASEEES Summer Dissertation Writing Grant
LeiAnna Hamel, a Ph.D. candidate in Slavic Languages and Literatures and FLAS alumna, has been awarded an ASEEES Summer Dissertation Writing Grant for work on her...[more]

Illinois students awarded Boren Scholarships
Four students at the University of Illinois were selected to study in world regions critical to U.S. interests as recipients of David L. Boren Scholarships. They are among 217 students nationwide chosen by the National Security Education Program...[more]

2020-2021 FLAS Fellows
We are happy to announce that REEEC was able to fund nine graduate FLAS fellows and two undergraduate FLAS fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year. This is a decidedly strong group of scholars who highlight...[more]

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Upcoming Events 

Stay up-to-date as we add additional programming on our master calendar.

August 31st: On a Personal Note: A Conversation with Violinists Yulia Ziskel & Joe Deninzon

September 3rd: Race and Racism in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies: A Roundtable

September 15th: NRC Showcase Virtual Lecture Series: Rawi Abdelal (Harvard University), "The State of Globalization"

September 17th: REEEC New Directions Lecture: Emily Wang and Korey Garibaldi, "Interrogating the Declining Significance of Pushkin's Blackness: Henry James, Ivan Turgenev, and Literary Nationalism"

September 22nd: NRC Showcase Virtual Lecture Series: Harsha Ram (UC Berkeley), "The Caucasus: From Geopolitics to Geopoetics"

September 29th: NRC Showcase Virtual Lecture Series: David Cooper (University of Illinois), "Anatomy of a Successful Forgery: The Czech Manuscripts"

October 2nd: ASEEES-Pitt Race in Focus Series: Webinar - Teaching about Race and Racism: Your Syllabus 2.0

October 7th: NRC Showcase Virtual Lecture Series: Sarah Phillips (Indiana University), "Kurt Vonnegut in the USSR"

October 9th: ASEEES-Pitt Race in Focus Series: Webinar - Engaging with Race and Racism in the Classroom

October 14th: NRC Showcase Virtual Lecture Series: Jessica Robbins (Wayne State University)

October 16th: ASEEES-Pitt Race in Focus Series: Lightning Round - Emerging Scholars of Color Abroad

October 20th: Noontime Lecture

October 21st: NRC Showcase Virtual Lecture Series: Chelsi Oheuri West (UT Austin)

October 23rd: ASEEES-Pitt Race in Focus Series: Lightning Round - Moving Beyond Exclusionary Practices in SEEES

October 28th: NRC Showcase Virtual Lecture Series: Marianne Kamp (Indiana University)

November 5th: NRC Showcase Virtual Lecture Series: Maria Sonevytsky (UC Berkeley)

November 5th-8th: Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies Virtual Convention

November 12th: NRC Showcase Virtual Lecture Series: Trevor Erlacher (University of Pittsburgh)

November 19th: NRC Showcase Virtual Lecture Series: Francine Hirsch (University of Wisconsin)

December 3rd: NRC Showcase Virtual Lecture Series: Faith Hillis (University of Chicago)

December 10th: NRC Showcase Virtual Lecture Series: Theodora Dragostinova (Ohio State University)

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Jobs and Opportunities

Lecturer in Russian at the University of Houston (Online)
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Wesleyan University
National Centre for Writing Emerging Translator Mentorships
International Research and Studies Program, U.S. Department of Education
NEH Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research Grant
American Councils for International Education Title VIII Research Scholar Program
CfP: Ukrainian Studies Conference at Indiana University
CfP: Beyond Carnival: Funny Dostoevsky at Dartmouth College
CfP: 2021 Annual Conference of the Society of Jewish Ethics
Post-Doc Position in Corpus Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (Utah)
Jagiellonian University Polish Language and Culture Programs

Please be aware that there are several great opportunities posted on the REEEC website that are not listed here. Use this link to click through the opportunities page for more information.

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Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: 104 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Email: reec@illinois.edu / Phone: 217-333-1244 / Fax: 217-333-1582
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