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Center E-News and Announcements

Teaching the South Caucasus Workshop in Review
By Ben Bamberger

REEEC hosted a diverse group of scholars earlier this summer as part of a curriculum development workshop for college and university educators titled, “Teaching the South Caucasus.”  Organized in collaboration with the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC), the intensive four day workshop included presentations and discussions from specialists in musicology, history, library sciences, anthropology, and sociology, among other disciplines. The presenters highlighted the importance of integrating the history, culture, and politics of the South Caucasus into classrooms that do not necessarily focus on the region... more

The 2019 Summer Research Lab in Brief
By Maureen Marshall

70 domestic and international researchers focusing on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia visited the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus this summer to participate in the Summer Research Lab (SRL). SRL associates ranged from graduate students to retired professors and came from as far away as Bulgaria to as close as Chicago. SRL associates split their time between researching in the library, working with librarians in personalized bibliographic sessions, participating in workshops, and engaging with fellow SRL associates and local faculty and students at networking events... more

Interview with 2019 Fisher Fellow Dr. Colleen Lucy
By Justin Balcor 

Justin Balcor: So, Hello, Professor Lucey. Is this your first time in Champaign-Urbana?

CL: No, actually. I was here in 2014 for a brief visit to SRL back when I was just starting my dissertation research. I had just recently defended my dissertation proposal and I stopped in for a brief visit. I had a really wonderful experience, specifically, working with Joe Lenkart in the Slavic Reference Service. I had also done a reference service kind of correspondence with Joe on my topic – going through bibliographies of the necessary items when thinking about the prospectus, the outline for the bibliography, the areas that I wanted to focus on: medical, judicial, religious, and... more

Call for Applications: Open Research Laboratory DEADLINE AUGUST 15

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is now accepting applications from regional specialists (including advanced graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and library science or other professionals with appropriate qualifications) to conduct short-term research concerning all aspects of Russian, eastern European, and Eurasian studies in conjunction with the fall Open Research Laboratory (ORL), which will take place from September 1-30. Those applicants who are US citizens and whose research holds relevance... more

REEEC Outreach Event with Parkland Migration Education Program
By Serenity Stanton Orengo

Thanks to the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center’s outreach efforts, I had the opportunity to spend a day at La Casa Cultural Latina on campus, working with children of migrant farm workers as part of the Parkland Migration Education Program. I worked with two different groups of about 24 children total, ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade. In both age groups we did a crash-course on the Russian alphabet, learned how to say “hello” and “my name is…” in Russian, and viewed a slideshow of pictures from Vladimir, Moscow, and St. Petersburg to give the kids an idea of what life is like in Russia. The students... more

Emily Theobald, Noontime Scholars Lecture: "'Must They Wait Fifty Years?': Penderecki's Pittsburgh Overture (1967) and the Polish Avant-garde in Pittsburgh
By Marija Fedjanina

On June 25, 2019, Emily Theobald (PhD Candidate in Musicology, University of Florida) delivered a lecture on one of the pieces created by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The work in question – Pittsburgh Overture – was written specifically for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra. The lecture was divided into 4 parts, each of which provided essential context for the production and performance of the work. Theobald began with some history of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra (AWSO), a musical collective performing on Point Counterpoint II... more

Noontime Scholars Lecture with Colleen Lucy, "Tales of Violence and Murder: The Prostitute in Fin-de-Siècle Russian Literature"
By Serenity Stanton Orengo

On June 13th, 2019, Colleen Lucey (Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona) gave a REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture, entitled: “Tales of Violence and Murder: The Prostitute in Fin-de-Siècle Russian Literature.” Professor Lucey is the 2019 Fisher Fellow at the Summer Research Lab. Lucey began her talk with the premise that writers in the nineteenth century used their platform to debate current issues, including the state regulation of prostitution. Authors often took up... more


Faculty and Student News 

REEEC is delighted to announce that Professor David Cooper, former REEEC Director (2012-2017), has been selected as a Conrad Humanities Scholar for the College of LAS for 2019-2024. The Conrad Humanities Scholar designation was created to recognize those mid-career scholars with the highest potential for continued achievement in a humanities field, and to help us retain these particularly talented individuals at Illinois. Congratulations to Dr. Cooper on this wonderful and well-deserved achievement!... more

REEEC Faculty Affiliate Judith Pintar (Informatics) and WGGP Director Colleen Murphy (Law) were awarded $25,000 for their “Migration & Game Design Working Group” under the Illinois Global Institute’s (IGI) “Migration and Refugees in Regional and Global Perspective Initiative” funded by the Provost’s office. Over the course of two years, Pintar and Murphy’s project will examine the potential power of game play as a mode for increasing empathic understanding of the lived experiences of migrants. A collaboration between WGGP, the Siebel Center for Design, and Playful by Design... more


Jobs and Opportunities

Country Director American Councils – Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Research Analyst The Brookings Institution – Washington, D.C.

Senior Program Assistant National Democratic Institute (NDI) – Washington, D.C.

Foreign Service Consular Fellow- Various Languages for the State Department

ASEEES Diversity and Inclusion Convention Travel Grant

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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