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REEEC Spring Reception 2014
REEEC celebrated the end of a successful 2013-2014 academic year with a spring reception on Friday, May 16. Students, faculty, staff, and guests enjoyed refreshments and music. At the reception, graduating students and student award winners, such as the Summer FLAS recipients and the Yaro Skalnik Prize winners, were recognized... [more] 

Reinventing Russia: Modernist Myth-Making and National Self-Identity, 1898-1914
Nina Gourianova delivered a lecture for REEEC's New Directions Lecture series called "Reinventing Russia: Modernist Myth-Making and National Self-Identity, 1898-1914" on April 24, 2014. Professor Gourianova, an Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University, spoke about the pluralism and innovation... [more] [pdf]

Displacement Effects on Gender Roles, Family Structure and Ethnic Identity: Muslim Meskhetians in the USA  
From the accusations and discrimination of nationalistic prejudice and totalitarian politics, Muslim Meskhetians, also known as Meskheti Turks and Ahiska Turks, have faced forced deportation and displacement for almost a century. The small group of ethnic Turks formerly inhabited the Meskheti region of Georgia, but was forcibily sent to... [more] [pdf]

"Roadlessness" and the State in Soviet Tajikistan, 1925-1935
Patryk Reid's engaging April 22, 2014, Noontime Scholars Lecture explored the development of transportation infrastructure in Soviet Tajikistan during the 1920s and 1930s. Combining archival sources from both Moscow and Dushanbe as part of his larger dissertation project entitled "Managing Nature, Constructing the State: The Material Foundation... [more] [pdf]

After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia
On April 21, 2014, the European Union Center and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center co-sponsored a lecture and presentation by Prof. Jessica Greenberg on her recently published book After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia (Stanford University Press, 2014). Jessica... [more] [pdf]

Children and Globalization: Issues, Policies, and Initiatives - 10th Annual Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS)
On April 10-12, 2014, the International and Area Study Centers at the University of Illinois, in partnership with the Center for International Business Education and Research, co-sponsored the tenth annual Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS). The theme of this year's event was "Children and Globalization" and explored "concerns among parents... [more] [pdf]

After Gezi Park Protests: Rethinking Turkish Politics and Political Culture - 8th Annual Turkish Studies Symposium
This year's Turkish Studies Symposium, organized by the European Union Center, focused on reevaluating politics and society in Turkey after an event that shook Turkey and the rest of the world, and called for a change in the perceptions of this key U.S. ally. After Gezi, the paradigm of Turkey as a model Muslim democracy for the Middle Eastern... [more] [pdf]

Slavic Story Time  
On April 19, 2014, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center hosted a program called Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Free Library. The program, held once a semester, introduces small children in the Champaign-Urbana community to the countries and cultures of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia through stories, songs, and crafts... [more]

REEEC Multimedia Library: New Acquisitions
The holdings of the REEEC Multimedia Resource Library are intended to assist university faculty and K-12 teachers who are interested in incorporating cinematic and other multimedia materials into their courses and studies. The Center's policy is to provide access to its collection free of charge to the following: University of Illinois faculty, graduate students... [more]

Rivers of Siberia and the Russian Far East: Community College Curriculum Module
The major rivers of Siberia and the Russian Far East are a defining feature of Russia's geography. All four major river basins, including the Ob-Irtysh, Yenisei, Lena, and the Amur are home to important economic and population centers. The Ob-Irtysh River Basin in western Siberia contains some of Russia's largest cities after Moscow and... [more]

Faculty News

Faculty Achievements
REEEC congratulates Valeria Sobol (Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures), who has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend for her project in Russian literature, entitled... [more]

Now requesting speaker suggestions for academic year 2014-2015
If you know of a speaker that would like to take part in one of the REEEC speaker series, please contact Katrina Chester at

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, or via the publications page on our  website.

Student News

REEEC congratulates our students on their accomplishments!... [more]
Congratulations to the recipients of the Summer 2014 FLAS fellowships to support language study!... [more]

Community News

Mark Schrad (REEEC Affiliate, Asst. Professor of Political Science at Villanova University) - "Endangered Species"
With Russia's annexation of Crimea, U.S.-Russian relations are at their lowest point in decades. Consequently, after two decades on the sidelines, America's senior experts on Russia - many of whom came of age during the Cold War- are suddenly in demand again. They are sounding alarms not only about Kremlin aggression, but also the lack of... [more]

Areta Kovalsky (Illinois Alumna) - "EuroMaidan, World War II Parallels, and 'Feelings from the Past'"
This post is dedicated to EuroMaidan and the Ukrainians' never-ending struggle to be free. These past few months, as I experienced a revolution and war for Ukraine's freedom and integrity, I have often thought of my ancestors and how they must have felt during WWII (and earlier liberation movements) and the partisan struggle to liberate Ukraine... [more]

Modern Greek Studies to screen "Twice a Stranger" documentary
Her name was Eleni, and she was just a toddler when she and her siblings fled Turkey barefoot with everything they could carry during the forced migration of the early 1920s. With her brother at her side, disguised as a girl so the Turks wouldn't take him, they set off toward boats that were sent to help evacuate her coastline town, Smyrna, and headed to... [more]


Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships 2014-2015

2014-15 Research Associate Positions, National Endowment for Democracy

CFP: Pussy Riot Complex, "Popular Music and Society," 1.9.14

Postgraduate Paper Competition for Symposium on "New Directions in Russian and Soviet Cinema Studies"

CFP: Artists, Amateurs, Alternative Spaces: Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe, 1960-1990

Call for Articles: The Holocaust in Central and Eastern Europe

CFP: A History of Penal Regimes

CFP: AATSEEL-Wisconsin Conference 2014

CFP: Central Slavic Conference

Call for Papers: 12th Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics

CFP: Protestantism and the Superpowers: Mission, Spirituality, and Prayer in the USA and USSR

Capitalism & Socialism: A Multidisciplinary Conference at New Harmony, Indiana

CFP: How I Celebrated the End of the World. 1989 in Central and Eastern European Cinemas

CFP: Histories of 1914: Debates and Use of the Origins of World War One in Southeastern Europe

Call for Applications: Nationalism, Religion and Violence Summer Seminar (Prague 2014)

Please be aware that there are several great opportunities posted on the REEEC website that are not listed here. Use the link to click through to the opportunities page for more information.





Save the Date

Thursday, September 4, 2014 
New Directions Lecture: Title TBA, 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 
REEEC Kick-Off Reception, 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Monday - Friday, June 16-20, 2014 
Workshop in Scholarly and Literary Translation from Slavic Languages

June 16 - August 8, 2014
Summer Research Laboratory 2014 

For our full calendar of events see our REEEC Master Calendar
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