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Letter from the Director
Dear REEEC Community, As we enter into the final stretch of another busy semester, and with the annual ASEEES conference just around the corner, I would like to thank you all again for helping to make our Fall events so successful. It has been good to see so many of you during...[more] [pdf]

New Directions Lecture: Mark Steinberg, "Leaping into the Open Air of History: The Russian Revolution and the Utopian Imagination"
By Nicholas Higgins
On September 1st, Dr. Mark Steinberg, Professor of History, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign delivered the first New Directions lecture of Fall Semester. The lecture, "Leaping...[more] [pdf]

Russian Studies Panel: "Building a Russian University"
By Stephanie Chung
On September 9, 2016, REEEC hosted a panel of faculty from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and an independent information technology consultant to discuss their experiences working in Russia for the Skolkovo Institute of Science and...[more] [pdf]

Noontime Scholars Lecture: Jasmina Savic, "Into the Bright Future: Mikhail Armalinsky's Literary Revolution and the Poetics of Porn"
By Marina Filipovic
On September 20th, 2016, Jasmina Savic, a PhD candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, gave a lecture entitled "Into the Bright Future: Mikhail Armalinsky's Literary Revolution and Poetics of Porn." Savic began her talk by introducing major...[more] [pdf]

New Directions Lecture: Douglas Blum, "Explaining Cultural Globalization: A Synthesis of Bourdieusian Critical Realist Approaches"
By Lydia Catedral
On September 22, 2016, Dr. Douglas Blum gave the REEEC New Directions Lecture entitled "Explaining Cultural Globalization: A Synthesis of Bourdieusian Critical Realist Approaches." This lecture addressed both the theoretical issues related to notions of agency, while also...[more] [pdf]

Stage Russia Presents: Eugene Onegin
By Matthew McWilliams
On September 23, 2016, REEEC hosted a discussion panel for Stage Russia Presents: Eugene Onegin, which was screened at the Art Theater Co-op. Stage Russia is "an intercultural project that films Russian theater productions which will be distributed into U.S. cinemas, starting...[more] [pdf]

New Directions Lecture: Alex Rabinowitch, "The Petrograd Bolsheviks and the Birth of Soviet Russia: Centennial Reflections"
By Deirdre Ruscitti Harshman
When I was in the junior year of my undergraduate program, I began to think about attending graduate school to study Russian history. I had a strong interest in the field, but as a latecomer to the discipline - I had only added the major the year before, and I had just taken my...[more] [pdf]

Slavic Story Time
By Madeline Artibee
On September 17th, 2016, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center hosted a program called Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Free Library. The program, held once a semester, introduces small children in the Champaign-Urbana community to the countries and cultures...[more] [pdf]

Please notify REEEC with any recent lectures, conferences, papers, articles, books or other news and it will be included in the next Newsletter! Simply fill out the linked form - Share your News with us, available through the Center eNews, or via the publications page on our website


Course Announcements

New & Select Spring 2017 Courses - Russia, East Europe, & Eurasia
(Note: this list is not a complete list of REEE courses offered in Spring 2017. Visit course explore for more classes!)...[more]


Faculty News

Fall 2016 Visiting Scholars: Rufat Mammadov and Sahil Guliyev
Mr. Rufat Mammadov is a visiting scholar from the Republic of Azerbaijan to the University of Illinois. He was born in Guba, Azerbaijan, and he received his master's degree in plant protection from the Azerbaijan State Agricultural University in Ganja, Azerbaijan. Rufat works at the...[more] [pdf]


Alumni and Student News

Alumna Rebecca Mitchell Awarded W. Bruce Lincoln Prize from ASEEES
Congratulations to Rebecca Mitchell (PhD in History, 2011) on receiving the W. Bruce Lincoln Prize from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)! The prize is awarded for an author's first published monograph or scholarly synthesis that is of...[more] [pdf]

Current UIUC PhD Candidate Anca Mandru Awarded the 2016 ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize
Congratulations to Anca Mandru (PhD candidate in the History Department) on receiving the 2016 Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Graduate Student Essay Prize! The prize is awarded to a graduate student in Slavic, East European and...[more] [pdf]

2016-2017 FLAS Fellows
REEEC would like to recognize our AY 2016-2017 FLAS Fellows. Congratulations to...[more] [pdf]



Grad & Undergrad FLAS Application Now Available: Summer 2017 & AY 2017-2018
2017 Boren Awards: Language Study and Research in Eastern Europe
CFP: "Beyond Camps and Forced Labour: Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution" (University of London, Jan. 10-12, 2018)
CFP: Illinois Language and Linguistics Society Conference (UIUC, Mar. 31-April 1, 2017)
Depicting Communism for Children - For Junior Scholars, Princeton University, March 31-April 1, 2017
War Frenzy: Exploring the Violence of Propaganda - Princeton University, May 11-13, 2017
Call for Applications: European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Pittsburgh
Apply for Summer 2017: Intermediate Russian Study with Harvard in Tbilisi, Georgia
2017 Medieval Summer Slavic Institute - Application Open

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.


Save the Date 

Wed., Dec. 7, 2016
REEEC Winter Reception

Upcoming Events 

Fri., Dec. 2, 2016
Grant Writing Workshop for Graduate Students with Student Panel

Thur., Feb. 2, 2017
Expert Roundtable: "State Capacity at the Border: Relinquishing or Reinforcing Contentious Border Regions"

Tue., Apr. 4, 2017
Turkish Studies Symposium: "Turkey in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt"

For a full calendar of events see our REEEC Master Calendar


Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: 104 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
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