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Call for Applications! Summer Research Lab 2017
The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 12 until August 4. The SRL provides scholars...[more] [pdf]

Current Events Roundtable: "State Capacity at the Border: Relinquishing or Reinforcing Contentious Border Regions"
By Lucy Pakhnyuk
For the February 2nd roundtable discussion, "State Capacity at the Border: Relinquishing or Reinforcing Contentious Border Regions," we were joined by Dr. Ralph Clem (Professor Emeritus of Geography at Florida International University), Dr. Erik Herron (Professor of Political...[more] [pdf]

Russian Language Program - Urbana After School Child Care at Leal Elementary
By Nadia Hoppe
This past fall, I had the opportunity to step out of my usual teaching role in the Slavic Department and instead share my knowledge of Russian with some younger minds: the fourth and fifth graders of Leal Elementary School’s Afterschool Program. I admit, at first this seemed...[more] [pdf]

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Faculty News

Faculty Publications
Mark Steinberg, Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of History, Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, and the Center for Global Studies, published a new book on February 1st of 2017, The Russian Revolution, 1905-1921, was released through Oxford...[more] [pdf]

Interview with Alex Tipei, Spring 2017 REEEC Visiting Lecturer
By Madeline Artibee
I sat down with Alex Tipei over lunch and discussed her new visiting lecturer position at REEEC. This semester, Professor Tipei is teaching Introduction to Eastern Europe, REES 201, which is offered every spring. This isn’t her first time at the University of Illinois...[more] [pdf]


Student News

Study Abroad in Odessa, Ukraine (Summer 2016)
By Matthew McWilliams
Thanks to a generous REEEC grant, I spent last June and July studying Russian in Odessa, Ukraine. I shared an apartment with my friends Nadia and Tyler, UIUC Slavic Ph.D. students. We all took intensive Russian classes at the Odessa Language Study Centre...[more] [pdf]

A Summer in St. Petersburg
By Sharadyn Ciota
This past summer, I had the opportunity to study Russian abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia, thanks to the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship. I had been to St. Pete before in late winter of 2013 on a short homestay. Prior to leaving, I was ecstatic to experience a familiar city...[more] [pdf]

Georgian Alpinism and Soviet Tourism at the Edge of Empire
By Benjamin Bamberger
My dissertation examines the role of alpinism and other forms of touring in the construction of national identities and national space in Soviet Georgia. In particular, I focus on alpinism as a key site for the contestation and consolidation of ideas about the Georgian nation...[more] [pdf]

Suvel Võib!
By Skylar Lipman
“In summer, you can!” This colloquial Estonian saying describes the energy one experiences during summer, that energy that drives people to the beach, to their friends and families, and to tackle life-long projects. This summer encouraged me to do just that; through the Indiana...[more] [pdf]



Postdoctoral Fellowship: Jewish Studies, Central European University (Budapest)
Pre-Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships: Social Science of Russia (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
CFP: "Legacy of the Russian Revolution" -- November 16-18, 2017
CFP: "Life-Writing and War in Twentieth-Century Europe" (Yale University)
CFP: 2017 Eurasian Archaeology Conference
Student Ambassador Program for the Expo 2017 USA Pavilion (Astana, Kazakhstan)
Studium Carpato-Ruthenorum International Summer School for Rusyn Language and Culture
2017 Discover Russian STARTALK Teacher Professional Development

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 

Thur., May 4, 2017
REEEC Spring Reception

Upcoming Events 

Mon., Mar. 6, 2017
REEEC Faculty Assembly

Thur., Mar. 9, 2017
Akos Rona-Tas - "Farewell to Globalization: Varieties of National Control over Payment Card Markets in Post-Communist Countries and the Rest of Europe"

Tue., Mar. 14, 2017
Laura Dean - "Incongruent Implementation of Human Rights-Based Policy in the Post-Soviet Region"

Thur., Mar. 30, 2017
Terrell Starr - Professional Development Workshop

Fri., Mar. 31 - Sat., Apr. 1, 2017
2017 Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS): Governing Globalization: Challenges for Democracy and Global Society

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

Mon., Apr. 10, 2017
Sergei Zenkin - Distinguished Lecture

Mon., Apr. 17, 2017
Martin Previsic - New Directions Lecture

Tue., Apr. 25, 2017
Lydia Catedral - Noontime Scholars Lecture

Fri., Apr. 28, 2017
Conference - "Spaces of Remembering the Armenian Genocide"

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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