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REPOST: Slavic movie night continues with fairytale film
On Wednesday night, Brian Lim, freshman in Business, found himself alongside a classroom of his linguistic peers in the Foreign Languages Building, the rigid rows of desks evoking the monotony he might recall from an average day’s discussion section. Nevertheless, the gathering was anything but a dry lecture as the smooth surface of a small, glossy projector...[more

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”
by Madeline Artibee (MA student in REEES)
Sociology professor Akos Rona-Tas (University of California, San Diego) visited the University of Illinois to give a lecture titled “Farewell to Globalization: Varieties of National Control over Payment Card Markets in Post-Communist Countries and the Rest of Europe.” It was a continuation of his co-authored book, Plastic Money: Constructing Markets for Credit Cards in Eight Postcommunist Countries (2014). This lecture was very poignant at a time when...[more

Noontime Scholars Lecture: Deirdre Ruscitti Harshman, “Inside and Out: Landlords in Russia’s Revolutionary Period”
by Ben Bamberger (PhD Candidate in History)
In this well-attended and highly engaging noontime scholars lecture, Deirdre Ruscitti Harshman deftly challenged the popular notion that Russian landlords were solely exploiters of the working class. Utilizing a rich variety of sources, including material from landlord societies and the letters of landlords appealing eviction, Ruscitti Harshman instead showed how the status of landlords was in fact much more complicated...[more]

Armenia and the EU: Reflections on the Comprehensive and Extended Partnership Agreement
by Justin Tomczyk (Political Science major and a REEES minor)
On November 24th, the European Union and Republic of Armenia formally signed the Comprehensive and Extended Partnership Agreement (CEPA) during the Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels. Representing a much needed update to the 1999 EU-Armenia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, CEPA is the second major effort by the European Union to deepen bilateral relations with Armenia...[more

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

A Night with Lenin, Joyce, and Tzara: Tom Stoppard’s “Travesties”
by Alejandra Isabel Otero Pires (PhD Candidate in Slavic)
On the evening of October 21st, I had the pleasure of attending a performance of Tom Stoppard’s play Travesties, performed by the Department of Theatre here at UIUC. In addition, the play was part of a slew events happening this semester as part of the Ten Days that Shook the World, Ten Days that Shake the Campus series organized by various departments to observe the one-hundred-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 that spawned seven decades of Soviet communism. Stoppard’s play centers on the character Henry Carr, a real-life British diplomat ....[more

Revolution at the Museum: History Now! Visits the Chicago Art Institute
Now through January 15th, the Art Institute of Chicago is presenting the exhibition “Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test.” The exhibition explores how the Russian Revolution of 1917 influenced every object and sphere of activity, illustrating how all things could be remade according to revolutionary principles...[more

Films of the Revolution: The Commissar
by Lizy Mostowski (PhD student in Comparative and World Literature)
On Friday, October 20thThe Commissar or Komissar, was screened as a part of the 1917/2017 Event Series’ Films of Revolution. Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature and Comparative and World Literatures, Harriet Murav introduced the film. Professor Murav noted that the film was made in 1967, was composed of many sharp juxtapositions of scenes, and is based on a 1930s short story by Vassily Grossman entitled “In the City of Berdichev”...[more

Films of the Revolution: I am Cuba
by Franziska Yost (PhD student in History)
Watching Mikhail Kalatozov’s I Am Cuba in a theater 2017 is a strange experience. I first watched the film by myself for a class assignment, later writing up a paper about the history of this film being one of failed and misdirected narrative, a theme which found ironic reflection in the Art Theatre’s screening of the film earlier this month...[more

1917/2017 Symposium Keynote Address: Boris Kolonitskii, “100 Years Later: Memories of the Revolution in Contemporary Russia”
by Marija Fedjanina (PhD student in Slavic)
On Thursday, November 2, five days before the grand jubilee of the Bolshevik coup, in Soviet times known as The Great October Revolution, Professor Boris Kolonitskii of European University at Saint Petersburg delivered a lecture opening the two day 1917-2017 Fall Symposium. The talk entitled “100 Years Later: Memories of the Revolution in Contemporary Russia” concentrated on the problems of commemoration of the Revolution after the collapse of the Soviet Union...[more

Feeling the Global and Temporal Reverberations of Revolution: The 1917/2017 Symposium
by Lucy Pakhnyuk (MA student in REEES) and Nadia Hoppe (PhD student in Slavic)
On Friday, November 3rd, the 1917-2017 Symposium commenced with its opening session, entitled First Decades, Global Reverberations. This session was moderated by Mark Steinberg (Professor of History, UIUC), and was made up of presentations by...[more

What Would You Do?: Maple Razsa’s Participatory Documentary Film “The Maribor Uprisings”
by Madeline Artibee (MA student in REEES)
The symposium commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution brought new perspectives and research to the University of Illinois. One of the participants was Maple Razsa (Associate Professor of Global Studies, Colby College), whose new documentary The Maribor Uprisings opened new possibilities for participatory documentary experiences and audience participation...[more


Faculty and Student News 

REEEC-affiliate Donna Buchanan (Musicology) awarded NEH Fellowship for 2018
On REEEC-affiliate Donna Buchanan (Musicology) has been awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2018 for her book project “Bells in the Music and Culture of Bulgaria.” In the last five competitions, the Fellowships program received an average of 1,178 applications a year...[more

On Using Russian
by Douglas Heintz (MA, Illinois School of Information Sciences)
“I haven’t spoken Russian in the course of ten year,” I bumbled to my instructor at a private language school near Belorussky Station in Moscow. “So what,” replied my instructor, “seems like you speak Russian to me.” That interchange started a six-week language-recovery and business-vocabulary-building program funded entirely through a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) by the United States Department of Education (Ed)...[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



Hiring Resident Directors for the Critical Language Scholarship Program
CfA: Teach English/Maymester/Study Russian in Vladimir, Russia (The American Home)

CfA: Teaching English Internship, Novosibirsk, Russia
The Marshrutka Project Summer School 2: Eurasian Mobilities in a Global Perspective

CfP: Southern Conference on Slavic Studies
CfA: Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) at UIUC
CfA: Summer Language Workshop, Indiana University

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.


Upcoming Events 

Tues., Feb. 13th, 2018
Noontime Scholars Lecture: Alexander Erokhin, "Transformations of literary biographies and reputations in today's Russia: Victor Pelevin, Zakhar Prilepin, Alexander Prokhanov, Lyudmila Ulitskaya"

Thurs., Feb. 22nd, 2018
New Directions Lecture: Eren Tasar, "Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia"

Wed., March 7th, 2018
Maya Vinokour

Mon., March 12th, 2018
Aida Huseynova, "Layla and Majnun: Universal Truths from a Story of Unrequited Love"

Thurs., March 29th, 2018

New Budapest Orpheum Society Concert

Thurs., March 29th, 2018
Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS) Keynote Address: Tariq Ali

Fri., March 30th, 2018
Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS): "Revolutions: Past and Futures of Radical Transformations"

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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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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