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New Directions Lecture: The Devil and the Authoritarian State: Humanitarianism in the Republic of Georgia: Dr. Elizabeth Cullen Dunn
By Kate Butterworth (MA, REEES; MS, Library and Information Science)
On April 12, 2018, Elizabeth Dunn, a political anthropologist and professor in the Geography department at the University of Indiana Bloomington, delivered a lecture that has far reaching implications, not only for the field of international development, but for any endeavor which seeks to understand the nature of authoritarianism and rightest tendencies throughout the world...[more]

Film Screening: “The Wood Floaters” (“Platagony”)
By Meagan Smith (PhD candidate in Comparative Literature)
REEEC recently hosted the first US screening of director Kirill Makarenkov’s feature length documentary Platagony, or The Wood Floaters. The film follows the work of men and women employed in transporting lumber from Russia’s northern forests...[more]

A Joint Area Studies Symposium: A Century of Revolutions
On March 29th and 30th, the Area Studies Centers of UIUC hosted the annual Joint Area Studies Symposium (JACS). This year’s theme was “A Century of Revolutions: Past and Futures of Radical Transformations.” The symposium aimed to reflect on the meaning of revolution in the age of globalization....[more]

JACS Keynote Address: Tariq Ali, “The Broken Ladder: The Global Left Fifty Years After 1968”
By Deirdre Ruscitti Harshman (recent PhD in History)
Throughout the fall semester, REEEC held a series of events to commemorate and understand the Russian Revolution of 1917. At a talk given by Tariq Ali on March 29 as a part of the Joint Area Studies Symposium, titled “The Broken Ladder: The Global Left Fifty Years After 1968,” Ali offered his interpretation of another momentous year...[more]

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures Lecture: Katherine Bowers, “Terrible, Mysterious, and Fantastic Stories: Gothic Frames in Realist Fiction”
by Daria Semenova (PhD student, Slavic)
On April 23, 2018, Katherine Bowers gave a lecture titled “Terrible, Mysterious and Fantastic Stories: Gothic Frames in Realistic Fiction”. Dr. Bowers is an Assistant Professor of Slavic Studies at the University of British Columbia...[more

Phillip Bohlman, “‘Some for Laughs, Some for Tears’ – The Cabaretesque and Jewish Music”
by LeiAnna Hamel (PhD candidate, Slavic)
On March 29, 2018 the Chicago-based New Budapest Orpheum Society came to Urbana-Champaign to perform Jewish cabaret music in “Making Sacred All the Whispers of the World,” which was part of the Krannert Uncorked series..[more

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Summer Research Lab

Summer Research Lab Reception
On June 21st, the Slavic Reference Service hosted a reception for the 45th Summer Research Lab and in celebration of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS)...[more

Sharyl Corrado: “An East Asian Monster: Mankind vs. Nature on Sakhalin Island (1850-1905)”
By Kathleen Gergely (MA student in REEES)
On June 26th, Dr. Sharyl Corrado presented a Noontime Scholars Lecture titled “An East Asian Monster: Mankind vs. Nature on Sakhalin Island (1850-1905).” Dr. Corrado is an Associate Professor of History at Pepperdine University....[more

Kathryn David: “Bolsheviks Don’t Close Churches: Promoting Russian Orthodoxy in Newly Soviet West Ukraine”
By Kathleen Gergely (MA student in REEES)
On July 10th, Kathryn David presented her Noontime Scholars Lecture titled: “‘Bolsheviks Don’t Close Churches:’ Promoting Russian Orthodoxy in Newly Soviet West Ukraine.” Kathryn David is a PhD candidate in History at New York University...[more

2018 Fisher Fellow: Julia Leikin
Julia Leikin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, was awarded the 2018 Fisher Fellowship for her research on Russian maritime law and international relations in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries...[more

Julia Leikin, “Eighteen Greeks and One Armenian: Voices of Black Sea Merchants in the Early Nineteenth Century”
By Tyler Dolan (PhD student in Slavic)
On June 19th, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center hosted a talk entitled Eighteen Greeks and one Armenian: voices of Black Sea merchants in the early nineteenth century by Dr. Julia Leikin, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Exeter and the 2018 Fisher Fellow...[more


Faculty and Student News 

REPOST: The war in Ukraine is more devastating than you know
By Cynthia Buckley (Sociology, REEEC affiliate), Ralph Clem, Jarod Fox (Research Assistant at Illinois) and Erik Herron
The fighting in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region is entering its fifth year. More than 10,000 people have been killed in this persistent conflict; 2,800 were civilians. Nearly two million people have been internally displaced or put at risk if they remain in their homes....[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



CfP: I International Symposium on the Black Sea and Caspian Sea Countries
CfP: Two Panels on Byzantine and Medieval Slavic Theological Aesthetics
Videgrad Scholarship at Blinken Open Society Archives
Senior Research Fellow (for Russian citizens only)

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 

For a full calendar of events see our REEEC Master Calendar


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