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Center E-News and Announcements

Message from REEEC (Remote Work/ Suspension of Programming)
Following University guidance and also the example of the other IGI Centers, REEEC has suspended all of our in-person public programming and events through the end of spring term. We look forward to a time when we may reschedule these events and, in the meantime, we will plan ways to maintain our REEEC community online....[more]

Publicly Available Online Curriculum from REEEC
Looking for activities for children who are home from school? Learn about Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia! REEEC has publicly available curriculum on our region for students ranging from pre-school age to high school....[more]

New Directions Lecture with Andrew Janco: "What Natural Language Processing Reveals in a Corpus of 400,000 Russian Diary Entries"
by Matthew Klopfenstein
New research tools are changing the way history is written and the kinds of histories that can be written. This was the context in which Dr. Andrew Janco, Digital Scholarship Librarian at Haverford College, situated his February 26 talk, “What Natural Language Processing Reveals in a Corpus of 400,000 Russian Diary Entries.” Janco’s talk drew a large audience from the...[more]

Noontime Scholars Lecture with Eteri Tsintsadze-Maass: “Why Weak States Balance: National Mobilization and Georgia’s Post-Cold War Security Strategy”
by Justin Balcor
On March 10, as part of the Noontime Scholars Lecture series, Eteri Tsintsadze-Maass presented a talk on balance of power theory entitled “Why Weak States Balance: National Mobilization and Georgia’s Post-Cold War Security Strategy.” A Ph.D. candidate in political science from the University of Kentucky, specializing in international relations...[more]

2019 Research Lab Alumni Publications
Open Research Lab and Summer Research Lab alumni publish articles, articles, book chapters, and monographs that help to shape the field of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Take a look at these 2019 publications that have resulted from research conducted at the Research Labs.... [more]

RSO Profile: Eastern European Illini
by Danielle Sekel
Founded in January of 2018 by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign junior Maria Kuo, the Eastern European Illini Registered Student Organization (RSO) welcomes students with Eastern European roots and those who are simply interested in the region to explore and celebrate... [more]

Carrie Busey Elementary School's International Night
On March 5, Stephanie Porter (REEEC Outreach and Programming Coordinator) participated in Carrie Busey Elementary School’s International Night, along with the other area studies centers’ outreach staff. At the REEEC table, students made paper matryoshka dolls and played with the dolls from REEEC’s collection. They especially enjoyed... [more]

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Faculty and Student News 

Illinois News Bureau Interview with Richard Tempest: What do Russians hope to gain from U.S. elections interference? 
Russia is continuing its interference in the 2020 election by stirring controversy and spreading disinformation on social media, and it is becoming more creative and harder to track, according to intelligence officials....[more

Academic Professional Profile: Glen Worthey
Originally from California, Glen Worthey came to Urbana-Champaign after serving as the Digital Humanities Librarian in the Stanford University Library System from 1997 until 2019. Worthey has a background in Slavic Studies, having studied Russian literature...[more

Dr. Jack Hutchens Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award
Dr. Jack Hutchens, instructor of Polish language at UIUC and lecturer of Polish literature at Loyola University in Chicago, has received a U.S. Scholar Program award to Poland in the Humanities. Dr. Hutchens will lecture at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan as part of a project...[more

FLAS Fellow Profile: Jacob Bell
Jacob Bell is a Ph.D. student in History at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a 2019-2020 REEEC FLAS fellow. He received his B.A. in History and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018 and his M.A. from the University of Illinois in 2019. He considers himself to be a historian of the global Middle Ages....[more

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Jobs and Opportunities

Part-time Russian Language Lecturer, Lewis & CLark College, Portland, OR
Senior Researcher, Tallinn University, Estonia
Lecturer in Russian, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)
American Councils Balkan Language Initiative
ASEEES Understanding Modern Russian Research Grant
ASEEES Dissertation Writing Grant
ASEEES Summer DIssertation Writing 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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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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