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Spring Reception 2017
REEEC celebrated the end of the academic year with a Spring Reception on May 4th. Skalnik Prize winners, FLAS fellows for both the summer and 2017-2018 academic year, graduating students, and REEEC's dedicated graduate student workers were recognized. In addition...[more] [pdf]

Noontime Scholars Lecture: Laura Dean, "Incongruent Implementation of Human Rights-Based Policy in the Post-Soviet Region"
By Deirdre Harshman
Every year, approximately one million people are trafficked throughout the post-Soviet world. Although human trafficking is a global issue, Laura Dean (Assistant Professor of History and Political Science at Millikin University) argues that the problem is particularly acute...[more] [pdf]

Professional Development Workshop: Terrell Starr, "Covering Trump in an Age of Russian Propaganda Wars"
By Deirdre Harshman
REEEC welcomed back journalist and REEEC MA graduate Terrell Starr for a professional development workshop on March 30 entitled "Covering Trump in an Age of Russian Propaganda Wars." Starr argued that in order to understand how many Americans today perceive...[more] [pdf]

Distinguished Lecture: Sergey Zenkin, "Revolutionary Event and Literary Discourse"
By Kathleen Gergely
On April 10, 2017, Sergey Zenkin presented a lecture entitled “Revolutionary Event and Literary Discourse” as part of the REEEC Distinguished Lecture Series. Dr. Zenkin is a Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities. His lecture focused on the works of two...[more] [pdf]

REEEC New Directions Lecture: Martin Previsic, "The Yugoslav Gulag: The Goli otok (Barren Island) Labor Camp, 1949-1956"
By Stephanie Chung
Martin Previsic (Assistant Professor of History, University of Zagreb) gave the REEEC New Directions Lecture entitled "The Yugoslav Gulag: The Goli otok (Barren Island) Labor Camp, 1949-1956" on April 17. His presentation, part of a larger study on prison camps and the...[more] [pdf]

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Lydia Catedral, "'I just say Russian: Speaking Russian and claiming Russianness among Uzbeks in the United States"
By Matthew McWilliams
On April 25, 2017, Lydia Catedral (PhD Candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois) gave a REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture entitled “‘I just say Russian’: Speaking Russian and claiming Russianness among Uzbeks in the United States.” Catedral...[more] [pdf]

Slavic Story Time
On April 15th, 2017, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center hosted 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 of Russia, Eastern...[more] [pdf]

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Faculty News

Professor Lilya Kaganovsky receives Provost's Campus Distinguished Promotion Award
Lilya Kaganovsky, Professor of Comparative and World Literature and Slavic Languages and Literatures, has been named the recipient of the Provost's Campus Distinguished Promotion Award.  She is one of only 12 faculty members campus-wide to be so honored for 2017....[more] [pdf]

REPOST: Historian wants readers to experience the Russian Revolution
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Russia’s revolution that “shook the world,” in the title words of a famous book, turns 100 this year. What was it like to live through it? The experience of both chaos and possibility of 1917, as well as of crucial years before and after? University of Illinois history...[more] [pdf]


Student News

History PhD Candidate Deirdre Ruscitti Harshman Awarded Midwest Slavic Association's Student Essay Prize
Deirdre Ruscitti Harshman, PhD Candidate in the History Department, earned first place in the graduate category of the Midwest Slavic Association’s Student Essay Prize for her essay "Cooking Up a New Everyday: Communal Kitchens in the Revolutionary Era, 1890-1935."...[more] [pdf]

FLAS Fellow Benjamin Wheeler Starts a Radio Show in Tbilisi, Georgia
REEEC FLAS Fellow Benjamin Wheeler (PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology) has spent the 2016-2017 academic year in Tbilisi, Georgia, studying Georgian and Anthropology at Tbilisi State University. While attending classes at a local university, he has started an...[more] [pdf]

Student News
REEEC congratulates the following student award winners and the Summer 2017 FLAS fellows...[more] [pdf]


Course Offerings

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



IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Humanities
Association for Diversity in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ADSEEES) Conference Grants

Call for Submissions: 2017 AWSS Graduate Research Prize
CFP: Gender and Transformation: Women in Europe Workshop
Call for Submissions: The UC Undergraduate Journal of Slavic and East/Central European Studies
Legacy of the Russian Revolution: Final Call for Proposals
CFP: Central Slavic Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, October 20-22, 2017
CFP 1917: Revolution, Resistance, and Radicalism in the Atlantic
Vladimir Nabokov and Translation: Transatlantic Symposium
Seminar for Undergraduate, MA, and Early PhD Students: A Research Introduction to Jewish Life and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union
Summer Institute on Slavic & Eurasian Language Pedagogy, Research & Testing
CFA: First Yiddish Summer School in Berlin, Aug. 14th-Sept. 1, 2017

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., Sept. 6, 2017
CAS/MillerComm Lecture: Vijay Prashad, "The Russian Revolution as the Mirror of Third World Aspirations"

Thu.-Fri., Nov. 2-3, 2017
1917-2017 Fall Symposium

Upcoming Events 

Mon., Sept. 18, 2017
Revolutionary Poetry Slam

Tue., Sept. 26, 2017
Noontime Scholars Lecture: Valeria Sobol

Thu., Oct. 5, 2017
New Directions Lecture: Akos Rona-Tas, "Farewell to Globalization: Varieties of National Control over Payment Card Markets in Post-Communist Countries and the Rest of Europe"

Tue., Oct. 10, 2017
Noontime Scholars Lecture: Deirdre Harshman

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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