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Noontime Scholars Lecture: Alexander Erokhin, “Transformations of literary biographies and reputations in today’s Russia: Victor Pelevin, Zakhar Prilepin, Alexander Prokhanov, Lyudmila Ulitskaya”
By Nadia Hoppe (PhD student in Slavic)
On February 13th, 2018, Dr. Alexander Erokhin gave a lecture entitled “Transformations of literary biographies and reputations in today’s Russia: Victor Pelevin, Zakhar Prilepin, Alexander Prokhanov, Lyudmila Ulitskaya.” Dr. Erokhin is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar...[more]

Muslim Societies Across the World Lecture: Eren Tasar, “Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia”
By Kathleen Gergely (REEES MA student)
On February 22nd, Dr. Eren Tasar presented a lecture about his new book, Soviet and Muslim: The Institutionalization of Islam in Central Asia.  Dr. Tasar is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. At the beginning of his talk, Dr. Tasar noted that, while Americans are generally aware of the persecution of Christians by the Soviet state, they are generally unaware of the persecution of Muslims....[more]

Why Aren’t Russians Studying in the US?
By Jesse Wesso (REEES MA student)
International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently published statistics for Fall 2017 international student enrollment. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is now second among public institutions in the United States when it comes to enrolling international students...[more]

REPOST: Linguistic Diversity Between East and West: The Case of Georgian
by Kathryn Butterworth (MA, REEES; MS, Library and Information Science)
The Republic of Georgia on the Eastern rim of Europe is unique in its language and dialect diversity, in addition to being home to many minorities and minority languages. With a population of about 4 million, Georgia is home to more than a dozen languages. The official state language is Georgian. It is a literary and written language shared by multiple subgroups...[more

REPOST: Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series screens Shimon’s Returns
by Lizy Mostowski (PhD student in the Program in Comparative and World Literature)
​I created Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series about a year ago with the intention of starting a forum for cross-cultural dialogue around Polish-Jewish issues that extend well beyond the scope of this particular cultural space. The goal of the Series is to breakdown perceived binaries between “Polish” and “Jewish” cultures through dialogue and discussion about a film...[more]

REPOST: Illinois again a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Student Awards
For the seventh time in the past eight years, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is among the top producers of Fulbright U.S. Student Awards, part of the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program...[more]

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

“From Russia With Love” and Sousa’s Unexpected Tour Adventures in St. Petersburg: On Display Now at the Sousa Archives
by Danielle Sekel (PhD student in Musicology)
On display now at the Sousa Archives is an exhibit entitled “Sousa and Tsar Nicholas II’s Birthday: An Unexpected Tour Adventure.” This exhibit is centered around John Philip Sousa’s 1903 tour to Europe, particularly the Sousa Band’s Russian debut in the imperial capital of St. Petersburg. Presented are the various adventures (or rather, misadventures) experienced by Sousa and his band throughout their sojourn in Russia....[more


Faculty and Student News 

Congratulations to our graduating students and Summer 2018 FLAS Fellows!
Congratulations to the following REEES students, who are graduating this May. Also, congratulations to our Summer FLAS fellows listed below. Safe travels!...[more

Lilya Kaganovsky (REEEC affiliate faculty) launches new book “The Voice of Technology: Soviet Cinema’s Transition to Sound, 1928–1935”
Lilya Kaganovsky’s The Voice of Technology: Soviet Cinema’s Transition to Sound, 1928–1935(Indiana University Press, 2018) explores the history, practice, technology, ideology, aesthetics, and politics of the transition to sound within the context of larger issues in Soviet media history. As cinema industries around the globe adjusted to the introduction of synch-sound technology...[more

Eugene M. Avrutin (REEEC affiliate faculty) publishes new monograph “The Velizh Affair: Blood Libel in a Russian Town”
Eugene M. Avrutin (REEEC affiliate faculty) has published a  new monograph The Velizh Affair: Blood Libel in a Russian Town with Oxford University Press. Professor Avrutin is Associate Professor of History and Tobor Family Scholar in the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Jews and the Imperial State: Identification Politics in Tsarist Russia and the co-editor of Ritual Murder in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Beyond: New Histories of an Old Accusation.....[more

Fall 2018: Select Courses in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Note: The courses listed below are not an exhaustive list of courses being offered on the REEE region. Please see course explorer for additional classes....[more



CfA: Aarhus University, Department of History Research Assistant (website manager/editor)
CfA: College of William and Mary, Lyon G. Tyler Department of History Visiting Assistant Professor in 20th Century East Central European History
CfA: Perrett Laver: Consultant / Associate Consultant / Research Associate
CfP: 18th Annual Aleksanteri Conference “LIBERATION – FREEDOM – DEMOCRACY? 1918–1968–2018”
CfP: Journal of Foreign Languages, Cultures & Civilizations

Intensive Polish Language Courses in Krakow
2018 Venice School of Human Rights
Seeking Submissions for 2018 AWSS Graduate Research Prize
Seeking Peer Reviewers for Grant and Fellowship Competitions

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 

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

May 14th, 2018 - June 1, 2018
Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP)

June 11th, 2018 - June 15th, 2018
The Eurasian Migration System: A Sponsored Summer Workshop for Researchers

June 11th, 2018 - August 3rd, 2018
Summer Research Laboratory

June 15th, 2018 - June 16th, 2018
Ralph T. Fisher Workshop: The Caucasus and Central Asia in Conversation: The Importance of Stories and Archives from the Soviet and Post-Soviet Periphery

June 21st, 2018 - June 24th, 2018
Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Workshop on Gender and Women in Russia’s Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922

For a full calendar of events see our REEEC Master Calendar


Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
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