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News from the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

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Youth Literature Festival
On 17 October, 2014 graduate students Bethany Wages, Ryan Eavenson, and undergraduate student Medina Spiodic from the Russian East European, and Eurasian Center participated in the annual Youth Literature Festival at the I-Hotel in Champaign, IL. "The Youth Literature Festival celebrates the value of literature in the lives of youth by... [more] [pdf]

Trent Reedy, Author of "Words in the Dust," Visits Central Illinois Middle Schools
REEEC supported the 2014 Youth Literature Festival by sponsoring the appearance of young adult author Trent Reedy. This is Reedy's second visit to the area, as REEEC brought him to Illinois in March 2013. Reedy related his life's dream of becoming a writer and how it developed at an early age. He detailed his experiences as... [more] [pdf]

"You Can't Study these Things from Moscow": Soviet Social Science and the Problem of Development in Soviet Central Asia
Artemy Kalinovsky, Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, visited campus to participate in the REEEC New Directions lecture series on October 20, 2014. Professor Kalinovsky earned his Masters and Ph.D. in International History from the London School of Economics. He authored...[more] [pdf]

Bill Pigman: The Profits and Peril of Doing Business in Moscow
On October 23, 2014 former graduate of the Engineering and Physics departments of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bill Pigman, lectured on his experience working in the business of buying and selling Caterpillar equipment in Russia for the last two decades. He described his experience...[more] [pdf]

Taras Shevchenko: The Monument, The Poet, and The Man
Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) is the best-known and the greatest Ukrainian national poet. Throughout 2014, Ukrainians around the world have been celebrating the bicentennial of his birth. For the last two centuries, under various political and social circumstances, the representation of Shevchenko's image and literary... [more] [pdf]

From the Great War to the Bloodlands: Rethinking Europe's History
On November 10, 2014, Timothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, gave a lecture entitled "From the Great War to the Bloodlands: Rethinking Europe's History." Over the past few years, Snyder's book Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (Basic Books, 2010) has attracted... [more] [pdf]

FLAS Recipients for the 2014-2015 Academic Year
REEEC and the community at Illinois is very grateful to have had the benefit of long-standing support from the Department of Education for The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program. This fellowship program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to assist undergraduate students and graduate... [more] [pdf]

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Faculty and Visiting Scholar News

Faculty Highlight - Laura Davies Brenier
This year, Laura Davies Brenier joins the REEEC affiliated faculty as a Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She teaches all of the Czech language courses offered. Professor Brenier earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Slavic Linguistics and Theoretical Linguistics. Her dissertation was entitled... [more] [pdf]

Faculty Highlight - Sarah Hummel
REEEC is pleased to announce that Sarah Hummel has joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Professor Hummel holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, and she earned her Ph.D. at Princeton University. In addition, she served as a Visiting Scholar of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh... [more] [pdf]

Faculty News and Achievements
The Association for Women in Slavic Studies is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014. Outstanding Achievement Award is Diane Koenker, Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was the director of the Russian and East European Center at the University of Illinois... [more] [pdf]

Student News

Kate Butterworth's Summer in Georgia
This past summer, I had the opportunity to study in Tbilisi, Gerogia. I spent the time learning the Georgian language, and becoming acquainted with the culture and society. Georgia is a unique place, situated in one of the most geographically and linguistically varied regions  of the world. . . [more] [pdf]

Course Announcements

Spring 2015 REEES Course Offerings 


New Europe College - Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest, Romania

The New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowships

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

2015 Midwest Slavic Conference

Call for Papers: Verbal Prohibition in Putin's Russia

Russia's Regions Conference: University of Virginia, March 26-28, 2015

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 to the opportunities page for more information.



Save the Date

Wed., Dec. 10, 2014
REEEC Winter Reception

Upcoming Events

Tue., Dec. 2, 2014
Noontime Scholars Lecture - Innocence and Victimhood: Gender, Nation, and Women's Activism in Postwar Bosinia-Herzegovina

For our full calendar of events see our REEEC Master Calendar
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