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Fall 2019 Russian, East European, and Eurasian Area Courses
Note: The courses listed herein are not an exhaustive list of courses being offered on the REEE region. Please see the course explorer for additional classes...[more

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Faculty and Student News 

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Thornton Miller, “Agency and Access: The Soviet Performance of British Contemporary Music during the Early Cold War”
by Danielle Sekel (graduate student in Ethnomusicology)

On February 12th, 2019, Thornton Miller gave a lecture entitled “Agency and Access: The Soviet Performance of British Contemporary Music during the Early Cold War.” Miller is a PhD Candidate in Musicology here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation research hones in on the professional agency of British and Soviet composers, concert agents, performers, and publishers in the Anglo-Soviet...[more

REEEC New Directions Lecture: Robert Orttung, “Promoting Sustainability in Russia’s Arctic Cities”
by Melissa Bialecki (PhD student in Ethnomusicology)

On March 7, 2019 Robert Orttung presented his preliminary findings on urban sustainability in the Russian Arctic. Orttung’s research is a part of a multidisciplinary project funded by the National Science Foundation, and includes the work of scholars from a number of fields, including political science, engineering, and anthropology. Orttung’s research focuses on possibilities for sustainable development
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REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Gabrielle Cornish, “Sounds Like Lenin: Noise and the Problems of Socialist Modernity”
by Thornton Miller (PhD Candidate in Musicology)

Gabrielle Cornish’s lecture “Sounds Like Lenin: Noise and the Problems of Socialist Modernity” was an interesting study of the importance of sound in the history of the post-Stalinist Thaw. Cornish considers the aural ramifications of late-socialist urbanization and industrialization. While Soviet citizens visually interpreted the construction of large and dense cityscapes as a sign of Soviet progress...[more

REEEC Affiliated Graduate Students Helen Makhdoumian (English) and Diana Sacilowski (Slavic Languages and Literatures) Named IPRH Graduate Student Fellows for 2019-2020
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has awarded its annual Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowships to seven faculty members and seven graduates students from the campus for the 2019–20 academic year. Please join us at REEEC in congratulating Helen and Diana on this outstanding achievement...[more

"The Tallest Tower in the World": A Review of the Recent Performance of "Brooklyn Babylon" and an Interview with Music Director Karen Blackall (DMA candidate, Jazz Studies)
by Jesse Mikhail Wesso (MA student in REEES)

“Brooklyn Babylon,” the award-winning musical suite composed by Darcy James Argue for his Secret Society, was performed in entirety on 23 February at the University of Illinois. This performance, the first of any group outside of the Secret Society orchestra, was directed by DMA candidate Karen Blackall (Jazz Studies) and included 23 musicians in ensemble...[more

New Publication by REEEC Affiliated Faculty Member Kristin Romberg: "Gan's Constructivism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism"
We at REEEC would like to congratulate REEEC affiliated faculty member Kristin Romberg (School of Art + Design) on the recent publication of her new book, Gan's Constructivism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism, University of California Press, 2019....[more

New Publication by REEEC Affiliated Faculty Member Lilya Kaganovsky, "The Voice of Technology: Soviet Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1928-1935"
We at REEEC would like to congratulate REEEC affiliated faculty member Lilya Kaganovsky (Slavic Languages & Literatures) on the recent publication of her new book, The Voice of Technology: Soviet Cinema's Transition to Sound, 1928-1935, Indiana University Press, 2018...[more

Student Research Spotlight: Second-Year REEES MA Jesse Mikhail Wesso
by Jesse Mikhail Wesso (MA student in REEES)

My name is Jesse Mikhail Wesso, and I am a second-year M.A. student in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon completion of my degree in May 2019, I will continue my education and research in September 2019, starting a PhD in History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My goal is to obtain a PhD in History and teach at a university while...[more

Student Experiences Abroad: "A Month at the London School in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan"
by Sydney Lazarus (MA student in REEES)

"Over winter break I studied Russian at the London School in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. . . . I arrived in Bishkek right after the ASEEES conference last December and started classes the next day. The typical schedule goes something like this. Students start their day at 8:30 with an 80-minute grammar class, then a 10-minute break, then an 80-minute reading class, then a 10-minute break, then a 60-minute conversation class...[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.

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Jobs and Opportunities

Foreign Affairs Officer - Mid/Experienced Level, Fort Meade, MD
Foreign Service Consular Fellow, Various Languages, U.S. Department of State
Intelligence Analyst, Entry-Level, Salient CRGT, Tysons Corner, Virginia
Intelligence Analyst, Mid/Experienced Level, National Security Agency, Multiple Locations
Junior Intelligence Analyst, IntelliWare Systems, Arlington, Virginia
Junior Intelligence/Counterintelligence Analyst, SAIC, Bethesda, Maryland
Linguist/Language, National Security Agency, Multiple Locations
Program Coordinator and Project Manager, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Program Manager, National Security Agency, Fort Meade, MD
Program/Project Director, National Security Agency, Fort Meade, MD
Scientific Linguist, National Security Agency, Fort Meade, MD
Smithsonian Office of International Relations Summer 2019 Internship, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Student Internship Program (Temporary) - Summer 2020, HDRTC

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.

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Upcoming Events 

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Youth Literature Festival

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Rosina Neginsky, "Philosophy of Birth of Images in Mikhail Vrubel's Works"

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Turkish Ceramic Painting Workshop
Film Screening: "Vinyl Generation: A Story of Art, Revolution, and Vinyl"
Slavic Movie Night: «Асса» (Assa, 1987)

Friday- Sunday, April 5-7, 2019
Midwest Slavic Conference

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Matthew Klopfenstein, "Public Life through Public Death: Civic Activism, Media Spectacle, and Contested Spaces in the Funeral of Vera Komissarzhevskaia"

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Stefan Peychev, "The Nature of the Ottoman City: Water, Space, and Place in Sofia, 1380s-1910s"
Slavic Students' Talent Show

Thursday, April 18, 2019
REEEC New Directions Lecture: Lyudmila Parts, "'Geography of the Russian Soul': The Provinces and Post-Soviet Nationalism"

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Slavic Story Time
Dreams & Dances from the Steppes

For a full calendar of events see our REEEC Master Calendar

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