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Center E-News and Announcements

Putin, Trump, and Charismatics at the REEEC 2019 Fall Reception 
by Danielle Sekel (Graduate Student, Musicology)
Discussing Trump vs. Putin – straight outta Queens meets straight outta Leningrad – Dr. Tempest, associate professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, opened the 2019-2020 New Directions in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies lecture series with a dynamic exploration of the charismatic imperative in the 21st century. Before this lecture on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at the Levis Faculty Center, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center community was welcomed to the start of another academic year... [more]

New Directions Lecture with Morgan Liu: "An Uzbek Elite's City within a City: Reflections on What Eurasian Power Can Do"
by Jamie Hendrickson (MA, REEEC)
“If we want to understand power in Eurasia, we need to think beyond the realm of states.” With this assertion, Morgan Liu, Associate Professor in Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University, opened his REEEC New Directions Lecture on September 16, 2019. Liu argued that Eurasian power is marginalized and defined through its portrayal by outside interests, and then asked the question that was at the heart of his lecture: “Are there patterns in how power is legitimated in Eurasia today?” To explore this question, Liu noted that he would be looking at the kinds of actors involved in Eurasian power and thereby focusing on non-state formations of power that involve non-state actors and functions... [more]

Sasha Velour Question and Answer Session: The Universal Language of Drag
by Maria A. Dorofeeva (PhD Candidate, Art History)
On September 13th University of Illinois students from the Theatre Department and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center were given the opportunity to attend a moderated discussion panel with Sasha Velour entitled, “The Universal Language of Drag.” During the panel, students asked Sasha a variety of questions, concerning her aesthetics, Russian influences in her work, and how her own artistic practices fit the international drag community at large. A gender-fluid drag queen, multi-media performance artist and scholar of drag... [more]

Coming Home: The Many Faces of Sasha Velour in Smoke and Mirrors
by Alejandra Pires (PhD Candidate, Slavic Languages and Literatures)
On the pleasantly warm evening of September 14th, 2019, a large crowd gathered in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts to welcome Champaign-Urbana’s beloved “native son” back home. But this homecoming was an altogether different kind of experience, for Sasha Velour was radically changed. The denizens of Champaign-Urbana were treated to an evening of visual spectacles, with Sasha leading us through her journey. Videos, songs, costumes, make-up—all integral parts of Sasha’s performance, and all parts of Sasha herself. Throughout her performance, Sasha revealed and peeled away the various layers of her self-expression... [more]

Upcoming Events: The Adventures of Little Sharp-Ears
REEEC is excited to announce several upcoming events surrounding the production of The Adventures of Little Sharp-Ears, based on the Czech opera by Leoš Janáček. Please see below for more details.

Operatic Expressions of Eastern European Folklore
October 17, 5:00-6:00 PM followed by Lyric Theatre performances 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Uncorked- Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Enter the mystical world of Eastern European music and folklore with a special sneak peek performance of Lyric Theatre’s The Adventures of Little Sharp-Ears (score by Leoš Janáček). Beloved arias from the pens of Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and more will inspire the interface of Czech and Russian literature, culture, and music. Sarah Wigley (Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Voice, University of Illinois) and David Cooper (Associate Professor Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois) will discuss the importance and legacy of Janáček’s work... [more]


Faculty and Student News 

New Faculty Highlight: Robert Geraci
REEEC would like to warmly welcome Robert P. Geraci to the University of Illinois! Professor Geraci joins us from the University of Virginia, where he taught Russian and European history since 1996. In addition to his extensive teaching experience, Professor Geraci also served as the Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREEES) from 2008-2011. At Illinois, Geraci is Research Associate Professor in the International and Area Studies Library and will serve as an affiliate faculty member of REEEC... [more]

2019-2020 Academic Year FLAS Fellows
We are happy to announce that REEEC was able to fund seven graduate FLAS Fellows and four undergraduate FLAS fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a particularly strong group of scholars studying a wide variety of REEE languages. Please join us in congratulating the 2019-2020 FLAS fellows below... [more]


Jobs and Opportunities
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Russian Studies-University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, CO
Assistant Professor-Russian and Slavic Studies (TE)-The University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ
Lectureship in Russian Studies-Davidson College
Istvan Deak Visiting Professor- East Central European Studies- Columbia University, New York, NY
Smolny Program Coordinator-Bard College
Senior Program Assistant National Democratic Institute (NDI) – Washington, D.C.
American Councils Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training Program (OPIT)
American Councils fully-funded Academic Fellowships in Russia
12th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (UIUC, February 28-29, 2020)
The 26th Annual Association of Central Eurasian Students Conference (Indiana University Bloomington, February 29, 2020)

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.


Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: 104 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Email: reec@illinois.edu / Phone: 217-333-1244 / Fax: 217-333-1582
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