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Letter from the Director, Fall 2017
By John Randolph
Can it really have been 100 years already? The centenary of the Russian Revolution is upon us, and its memory is on the march across campuses and across the world. Nor is it a sepia-toned sort of memory: the questions raised ...[more

2017 Fisher Fellow: Ingrid Nordgaard
By Nadia Hoppe
Ingrid Nordgaard, PhD Candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University, was awarded the 2017 Fisher Fellowship for her research at the Summer Research Lab on aesthetics in Russia's north. The fellowship...[more

2017 Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum: Central and Eastern Europe in the Global Middle Ages
By Lucy Pakhnyuk 
On June 22nd, the Russian, East European, Eurasian Center hosted the annual Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum. This year, the forum was organized by REEEC Director David Cooper (Associate Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures), and was co-sponsored by the Ralph and Ruth Fisher Endowment, the Program in Medieval Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, and...[more

2017 Summer Research Lab Reception
Faculty, staff, students, and Summer Research Lab (SRL) participants celebrated the start of this year’s SRL with a reception at the University YMCA on June 21. Food from the Russian, East European, and Eurasian region was served. Joe Lenkart...[more

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: George Liber, “Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954”
By Lucy Pakhnyuk
On Thursday, June 15th, Dr. George Liber presented his noontime scholars lecture, “Total Wars and the Making of Modern Ukraine, 1914-1954.” Dr. Liber is a professor of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research interests include Soviet, post-Soviet, and East European social history; center-periphery relations in the Soviet Union and its successor states; nationalism and national identity formation; processes of democratization, and 20th century Ukrainian history. He is also...[more

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Ingrid Nordgaard, “On the Frozen Sea: Exploring, Writing and Painting the Northern Frontier”
By Nadia Hoppe
On June 20th, 2017, Ingrid Nordgaard (PhD Candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University) gave a REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture entitled: “On the Frozen Sea: Exploring, Writing and Painting the Northern Frontier.” The project, slated as the first chapter of her dissertation...[more

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Cadra McDaniel, “Politics in the World of Art: Representations of Russia in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries”
By Lucy Pakhnyuk
On June 27th, Professor Cadra McDaniel gave a Noontime Scholars Lecture entitled, “Politics in the World of Art: Representations of Russia in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.” Professor McDaniel is an Assistant Professor of History and Liberal Studies at Texas A&M University-Central Texas and the author of American-Soviet Cultural Diplomacy: The Bolshoi Ballet’s American Premiere. According to Professor McDaniel, the emergence of the World of Art...[more

Russian Week at Urbana Fine Arts Center’s Summer Camp
During the week of July 10th, REEEC visited Urbana Fine Arts Center’s annual summer camp to give presentations on Russian language, dance, and music. On Wednesday, Nadia Hoppe, PhD candidate in the Slavic Department, and Stephanie Chung...[more

New Acquisitions at the REEEC Multimedia Library
This summer, REEEC added some new films to our multimedia library. They range from Soviet classics to contemporary Academy Award nominees and winners from the region. All are available to check out for...[more

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.


University Library and Faculty News

Recent Acquisitions at the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Collections at the University Library
By Kit Condill
Despite budget uncertainty at the state and federal level, the Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies collections at the UIUC Library continue to grow, to diversify, to build in areas of strength defined in previous decades, and to adopt new tools and resources to make materials available to researchers. Perhaps the biggest news for the 2017-2018 academic year is that UIUC Library users will now have access to....[more

Inaugural Ralph Fisher Library Scholars Celebrated
On April 13, faculty, staff, students, and Library Friends gathered in the International and Area Studies (IAS) Library to celebrate the legacy of Professor Ralph Fisher; Professor Christopher “Kit” Condill and Professor Joseph Lenkart, the very first Ralph Fisher Library Scholars; and...[more

REEEC faculty participating in IPRH research clusters for 2017-2018
Every year the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities funds a select group of research clusters on campus. Research clusters are groups of faculty and graduate students from the University of Illinois campus who work together to...[more]


Student News 

Academic Year FLAS Fellows for 2017-18
REEEC congratulates the Academic Year 2017-18 FLAS fellows, who will be studying the languages below in order to...[more

“For the study of a foreign language, immersion is key”
By Thornton Miller
I am deeply grateful for the FLAS program, which allowed me to return to St. Petersburg to continue my studies of the Russian language. Last summer, I enrolled in...[more


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



Director, Flagship Overseas Programs: American Councils
TT Asst. Professor - University of Texas at Austin, Slavic/CREEES
National University of Singapore Department of Political Science - Assistant Professor of Global Studies
Vital Voices Global Partnership - Human Rights Program Internship - Fall 2017
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, REEES Program - Wesleyan University
Two-Year Post Doctoral Fellowship in the Social Sciences - Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
Dartmouth College, Society of Fellows - Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Society of Fellows
CfP: Russian Anti-Extremism Legislation and its Impact in the Putin Era

CfP: Perception of Russia in Contemporary World: Memory, Identity, Conflicts (Finland, Nov. 27-28th)
CfP - Europe and the World: Mobilities, Values and Citizenship (Chicago, IL)

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 

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

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017
REEEC Winter Reception

Upcoming Events 

Thu., Sept. 14, 2017
Opening Night Screening: Films of the Revolution/Revolutionary Films: "Battleship Potemkin"

Mon., Sept. 18, 2017
Revolutionary Poetry Slam

Tue., Sept. 26, 2017
Noontime Scholars Lecture: Valeria Sobol, "'Gloomy Finland' and the Russian Imperial Gothic"

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 events associated with 1917: Ten days that shook the world / 2017: Ten days that shake the campus please visit the calendar for the event series.

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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