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REEEC E-Weekly: October 5-9, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
In This Issue
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Virtual Events 

  • Oct 7, 1:00 PM CST: “American Literary and Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War: Kurt Vonnegut in the USSR”: Sarah Phillips (Indiana University)
  • Oct. 8, 4:00 PM CST: Virtual Roundtable: "Global Spread: COVID in the World”
  • Oct. 9: "ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series: Webinar - Engaging with Race and Racism in the Classroom"
  • Oct. 14, 1:00 PM CST:  “Aging Nationally in Contemporary Poland: Memory, Kinship, and Personhood”, Jessica Robbins (Wayne State University) 
  • Oct. 15, 4:00 PM CST: “From ‘Big Data’ Socialism to Digital Utopianism: Lessons from the Soviet Past for the Post-Covid-19 Future” Diana Kurkovsky West (Auburn University)
  • Oct. 20, 3:30 PM CST: “How to Lose the Information War: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe" Nina Jankowicz (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)
  • Oct. 23: "Illinois Global Institute Career Day"
  • Nov. 12, 12:00 PM CST: "The New Speed of Politics: Technology and Sustainablity in the EU"

Opportunities

  • American Councils Study Abroad Spring 2021: Online and Overseas Programs
  • Critical Language Scholarship
  • Other Opportunities Below
 
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Virtual Events
 
 
 
 
 

“American Literary and Cultural Diplomacy during the Cold War: Kurt Vonnegut in the USSR”, Sarah Phillips (Indiana University)

Oct 7 at 
1:00 PM CST   

Streamed Live on YouTube

This lecture series is a collaborative effort to showcase an area studies specialist from each center focusing on the Russian, East European, and Central Asian world region. Sarah Phillips is Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University.

Sponsors:

REEEC; Davis Center at Harvard University; CEERES at University of Chicago; CREEES at University of Texas; CREES at University of Pittsburgh; CREECA at University of Wisconsin; REEI at Indiana University; IAUNRC at Indiana University; CSEES at Ohio State University; ISEEES at University of California

 
 
   
 
 

Virtual Roundtable: "Global Spread: COVID in the World”


Oct. 8 at
4:00 PM CST

Please join us on Thursday, October 8th, at 4:00 PM CST for a virtual roundtable discussion, "Global Spread: COVID in the World," on the effects of COVID around the world. Presented by Medical Humanities at Illinois.

Speakers include Professors Maimouna Barro (African Studies), Rini Bhattachyra (Comparative and World Literature), Shao Dan (East Asian Languages and Cultures), Jerry Davila (Illinois Global Institute), Linda Herrera (Education Policy), Emanuel Rota (European Union Center), Valeria Sobol (Slavic Languages and Literatures), and Robert Tierney (East Asian Languages and Cultures). 

For registration information, please contact Professor Stephanie Hilger (hilger@illinois.edu).  

 
 
   
 
 

ASEEES - Pitt Race in Focus Series: Webinar - Engaging with Race and Racism in the Classroom

Oct. 9 at
1:00 PM CST

 

REGISTER IN ADVANCE: https://www.ucis.pitt.edu/crees/race-in-focus

Addressing the historic and ongoing manifestations of systemic racism has implications not only for what we teach in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies but also for how we teach our syllabi. Join us to explore the common challenges instructors encounter as well as the pedagogical principles and methods available for teaching about race and racial justice in our field.

Moderator:
Joy Gleason Carew, University of Louisville

Speakers:
Raquel Greene, Grinnell College
Chelsi West Ohueri, University of Texas at Austin

This event is part of the series "Race in Focus: From Critical Pedagogies to Research Practice and Public Engagement in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies." This series is designed to elevate conversations about teaching on race and continued disparities in our field while also bringing research by scholars and/or on communities of color to the center stage.

 
 
   
 
 

“Aging Nationally in Contemporary Poland: Memory, Kinship, and Personhood”, Jessica Robbins (Wayne State University) 

Oct. 14 at 
1:00 PM CST

Registration link: http://myumi.ch/dOD7V

Active aging programs that encourage older adults to practice health-promoting behaviors are proliferating worldwide. In Poland, the meanings and ideals of these programs have become caught up in the sociocultural and political-economic changes that have occurred during the lifetimes of the oldest generations—most visibly, the transition from socialism to capitalism. Yet practices of active aging resonate with older forms of activity in late life in ways that exceed these narratives of progress.

Jessica Robbins is an assistant professor at the Institute of Gerontology and Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. 

 
 
   
 
 

“From ‘Big Data’ Socialism to Digital Utopianism: Lessons from the Soviet Past for the Post-Covid-19 Future” Diana Kurkovsky West (Auburn University)

Oct. 15 at
4:00 PM CST

Register at: https://go.illinois.edu/west-lecture

Can a society be governed by data? In the age of big data, we seem certain that it can and should be. Despite many decades of research exposing its blind spots and biases, data collection is more insidious than ever, while the Covid-19 pandemic has propelled our already computerized lives into a the digital stratosphere. Dr. West's lecture, based on her book project CyberSovietica: A History of Soviet Big Data Socialism and Digital Utopianism, takes up the question of big data from a historical vantage point. 

Diana Kurkovsky West received her Ph.D. from the Princeton University School of Architecture, and has served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Human Culture at Northwestern University and Director of Science and Technology Studies Center at the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia. She is presently a Visiting Lecturer at Auburn University, where she teaches courses in History of Technology and Urban History. 

 
 
   
 
 

“How to Lose the Information War: Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe", Nina Jankowicz (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars)

Oct. 20th at
3:30 PM CST

Zoom registration link: https://go.illinois.edu/jankowicz-lecture

Nina Jankowicz, an expert in online disinformation, studies the intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe. She is the author of How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict, and is a frequent radio and television commentator on disinformation and Russian and East European affairs.

 
 
   
 
 
 
 

Illinois Global Institute Career Day

Oct. 23rd 

Register by Oct. 9th at 5:00 PM: https://igi.illinois.edu/career-day/career-day-registration
For more information, please see https://igi.illinois.edu/career-day


Current and recent graduate students are invited to a career diversity day focusing on using foreign language, area studies, and thematic studies in the job market. Come learn how to identify and better communicate your skills, hear professors, professionals, and practitioners discuss their current positions and paths from graduate study to employment, connect with alumni through informational interviews, and engage with peers, colleagues, alumni, and staff.

Hosted by: Center for African Studies; Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; European Union Center; Illinois Global Institute; Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies; Program in Arms Control and Domestic and International Security; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives

 
 
   
 
 

“The New Speed of Politics: Technology and Sustainability in the EU”

Nov. 12th at
12:00 PM CST

Registration Link Forthcoming

Countries of the European Union have collectively offered a leading global voice on the use of technology for local and planetary sustainability. This panel brings together two Former Members of the European Parliament with comparative experience in urban politics and corporate governance, from experience in the national politics of older and newer member states.

Speakers:

Hans-Olaf Henkel (Former President of IBM Germany 987 and President of IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa) Benedek Jávor (Member of Dialogue for Hungary, part of the European Green Party)

Co-Sponsored by:

European Union Center; Center for Global Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

 
 
 
 
 
Opportunities
 
 
 
 
 

American Councils Study Abroad Spring 2021: Online and Overseas Programs

Deadline: October 15, 2020

For more information: https://acstudyabroad.org/spring2021/

American Councils is offering its Spring 2021 language programs as both overseas and online options. Applicants interested in remote study abroad can connect with host country faculty and peers through one of the virtual opportunities available for the Spring 2021 semester. 

 
 
   
 
 

Critical Language Scholarship

Summer 2021

Deadline: Nov. 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST

More Information: https://clscholarship.org/

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. The program includes Azerbaijani, Turkish, and Russian as offered languages. 

 
 
   
 
 

Other Opportunities Below

 
 
 
 

For a complete list of opportunities, please see our Opportunities page.