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REEEC Winter Reception 2016
On December 7, 2016, REEEC held its annual Winter Reception in Illini Rooms A & B of the Illini Union. Faculty, staff, students, and guests enjoyed tasty refreshments and Ukrainian holiday music. It was a festive closure to an eventful Fall semester! REEEC would like to wish Happy...[more]

New Directions in the Scholarship on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution: Memory and the Transnational Impact 60 Years After
By Matthew McWilliams
In 1956, Nikita Khrushchev delivered a speech before the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, in which he denounced Stalin's "cult of personality" and condemned some of the crimes of the Stalinist era - notably, the mass terror of the 1930s - thereby destroying...[more] [pdf]

MillerComm Lecture Series: Masha Gessen, "Retrofitting Totalitarianism in Putin's Russia"
By Maureen Marshall and Matthew McWilliams
Journalist, author, and activist Masha Gessen spoke to a packed audience at Knight Auditorium on October 25, 2016, discussing her current work on contemporary Russia in a MillerComm lecture entitled "Retrofitting Totalitarianism in Putin's Russia." Combining her deep...[more] [pdf]

New Directions Lecture: Yuliya Zabyelina, "The Urge to Purge: Lustration in Ukraine during Ongoing Conflict"
By Nicholas Higgins
On November 10th, Dr. Yuliya Zabyelina presented her research in a New Directions Lecture, "The Urge to Purge: Lustration in Ukraine during Ongoing Conflict." Yuliya Zabyelina is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice with the John Jay College of Criminal Science at the City...[more] [pdf]

Noontime Scholars Lecture: Anca Mandru, "'Born through literary critique': Early Romanian Socialism and the Literary Marketplace"
By Madeline Artibee
Constantin Dobrogeanu-Gherea sprang out of the Romanian literary tradition with new methods, new subject matter, and the political theme of socialism. This interesting historical figure was the centerpiece of Anca Mandru's presentation "'Born Through Literary Critique': Early...[more] [pdf]

Youth Literature Festival
By Maureen Marshall
Held every other year, the Youth Literature Festival seeks to put literature at the heart of our lives. The 2016 festival brought award-winning authors and artists of youth literature to a wide area of schools in a three-day event culminating in a Community Day Celebration. In the first...[more] [pdf]

Careers at UN and International Organizations
By Maureen Marshall
On November 2nd, about 200 University of Illinois undergraduate and graduate students and staff had the opportunity to learn about career opportunities at the United Nations and other International Organizations. John Eircson (Chief of Outreach Unit, Office of Human Resource...[more] [pdf]

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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

Prof. Cynthia Buckley Gives Keynote Address at the Greater Community AIDS Project
REEEC faculty affiliate Cynthia Buckley (Professor of Sociology) gave the keynote address entitled "Resilience, Vigilance, and Commitment: Global and Local Issues in the Pandemic" at the Greater Community AIDS Project (GCAP) in Champaign on December 5, 2016. In her lecture...[more] [pdf]



ASEEES Stephen F. Cohen-Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship (CTDRF) Program, 2017-2018
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)
CFP: Midwest Slavic Conference (OSU, April 7-9, 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
Czech Studies Workshop, UNC-Chapel Hill, April 20-22, 2017
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 

Fri., May 12, 2017
REEEC Spring Reception

Upcoming Events 

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

Thur., Feb. 23, 2017
Christine Evans - New Directions Lecture

Thur., Mar. 9, 2017
Arko Rona-Tas - New Directions Lecture

Tue., Mar. 14, 2017
Laura Dean - Noontime Scholars Lecture

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
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