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REEEC Receives Competitive State Department Title VIII Grant
The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at Illinois is pleased to announce that it recently was awarded a $225,000 grant from the State Department’s Program for the Study of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII). The grant provides support for REEEC’s innovative Summer Research Laboratory, and will provide...[more

Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Public Library
What could be better than cozying up at the library to hear a Slavic folktale? On September 16th, 2017, Stephanie Chung, Outreach Coordinator of REEEC, and Nadia Hoppe, PhD student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, hosted Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Public Library. Chung read the Russian folktale “Alenoushka and Her Brother,” a story about...[more

History Now!: Reflections on “Living Through” the Russian Revolution in The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927)
by Rachel Thompson (Undergraduate History major)
As I was making my way to the Friday night film screening of The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927), I thought to myself, “Wait, what is the Romanov Dynasty? Why did it fall? What is this film even going to be like?” I was attending this event, part of the“1917: Ten Days that Shook The World / 2017: Ten Days that Shake the Campus”series, as a requirement for a course I am enrolled in called History Now!...[more]

“‘Gloomy Finland’ and the Russian Imperial Gothic”: Valeria Sobol at the Noontime Scholars Lecture
by Olga Makarova (Graduate Student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures)
On a hot and sunny Tuesday, September 26, the current head of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Professor Valeria Sobol gave a lecture entitled “‘Gloomy Finland’ and the Russian Imperial Gothic.” The talk was a part of REEEC Fall 2017 Noontime Lecture Series...[more]

Bagpipes, Shawms, and Songs About Knights: Stary Olsa at the Illini Union
by Sydney Lazarus (MA Student in REEES)
On a recent Thursday night at the Illini Union, some eighty people were clapping their hands to a drinking song as the six musicians onstage took swigs from a silver mug in between performing. This is perhaps not an unusual occurrence on a college campus, except the drinking song dated back to the Middle Ages...[more]

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1917: Ten Days that Shook the World/2017: Ten Days that Shake the Campus

CAS/MillerComm Lecture: Vijay Prashad, “The Russian Revolution as the Mirror of Third World Aspirations”
by Meagan Smith (PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature)
There was plenty of revolutionary sentiment at the opening lecture of the CAS/MillerComm 2017 Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 6, where Dr. Vijay Prashad gave a lecture titled “The Russian Revolution as the Mirror of Third World Aspirations.” In a show of solidarity with groups currently fighting oppression in all its forms....[more

Library Exhibition on 1917
How do you commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution when your library hosts one of the preeminent Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Collections in the U.S.? The University of Illinois’ world famous Slavic Reference drew from the amazing collections housed at the University of Illinois Library to create unique exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. The exhibit, which opened on September 1st, includes...[more

Revolution and Renewal: a Review of the Revolutionary Poetry Slam
by Jesse Mikhail Wesso (MA Student in REEES)
It was grey and hot and the air was heavy with an electric presence, the humid harbinger of a storm we first sense with our noses. I parked my ‘96 Oldsmobile outside of the Channing-Murray building in Urbana just as the first mists of this late summer rain began...[more]

Revolutionary Film series: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty
by Felix Cowan (PhD Student in History)
As part of the University of Illinois’s “1917: Ten Days That Shook the World /  2017: en Days that Shake the Campus” program series, a group of dedicated students and film buffs gathered in the Armory on September 29 to watch Esfir Shub’s pioneering 1927 Soviet documentary, The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (Padenie dinastii Romanovykh). Commissioned and produced for the tenth anniversary of the Russian Revolution...[more]

“Universal Prostitution and Concrete Abstraction: The Biopolitics of Abstract Art, 1888-2008,” Jaleh Mansoor
by LeiAnna X. Hamel (PhD Student in Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Professor Jaleh Mansoor, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, delivered a lecture entitled “Universal Prostitution and Concrete Abstraction: The Biopolitics of Abstract Art, 1888-2008” as the opening lecture of the Krannert Art Museum Exhibition “Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future)”...[more]

The Possibilities of Revolutionary Art: A Gallery Conversation on “Propositions on a Revolution (Slogans for a Future)” Exhibition
by Morgan Shafter (PhD Candidate in Slavic Languages and Literatures)
As part of the “1917: Ten Days that Shook the World / 2017: Ten Days that Shake the Campus” initiative observing the hundredth anniversary of the October Russian Revolution, the Krannert Art Museum (KAM) is hosting an exhibition entitled “Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future).” The exhibition, which is on view until December 22, 2017, is curated by Kristin Romberg...[more]


Faculty News 

Kristin Romberg, University of California Press Receive ASEEES First Book Subvention Award
The University of California Press will receive an ASEEES First Book Subvention Award for Kristin Romberg’s book Gan’s Constructivism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism...[more

REPOST: Article Written: 1917 for 2017
by Kristin Romberg (Assistant Professor, Art History)
When the editors of NewsNet asked me months ago to contribute something on the current state of scholarship about art produced in the context of the Russian Revolution, I planned to write about the repositioning of the field in the past ten years...[more

REPOST: The Russian Revolution from Behind Bars
by Andy Bruno (Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University) and Mark D. Steinberg (Professor of History at UIUC) 
As scholars, we sometimes ask ourselves whether what we study and teach matters outside the walls of academia. When the public thinks at all about the meaning of the Russian Revolution at its centenary, judging by scattered op-ed pieces and reviews of some of the new books on the subject, the assessments have mostly returned to familiar, and mostly negative, arguments about ..[more


Course Offerings

Select Courses in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Spring 2018
Note: The courses listed below are not an exhaustive list of courses being offered on the REEE region....[more



ARISC Funding Opportunities for 2017-18
CfA: 2018-19 Fellowship Competition - The US Holocaust Memorial Museum
CfP: International Journal of Language and Linguistics

CfA: Assistant Professor in Central European Studies
CfP: Resistance and Collaboration in Occupied Europe
CfP: Russian and East European Jewish Cultures Junior Scholar Workshop

CfA: Assistant Professor, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic at the University of Wisconsin – Madison
*DEADLINE EXTENDED* - CfP: TRANSverse Journal: Resistance & Resilience
CfA: Instructor of Russian (Summer 2018)
CfP: 2018 Midwest Slavic Conference
OSU Study Abroad Adventure in Russia – May 14-24, 2018

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 

Tues., Nov. 7, 2017 
Films of the Revolution/Revolutionary Films: "I am Cuba"

Thurs. Nov. 16, 2017
New Directions Lecture: Emilia Zankina, "Theorizing Populism East and West" 


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


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