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News from the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

Center E-News

Letter from the Director
Dear REEEC Community, It has been my pleasure to see many of you again as I returned to Urbana-Champaign from my sabbatical to resume my duties as Director of REEEC. I hope to see most of you, if I haven't already, at our Fall Kickoff event on September 3, punctuated by a New Directions lecture by outgoing Acting Director Zsuzsa Gille... [more] [pdf]

Associate Director Alisha Kirchoff's Farewell Event
On Monday, July 13, members of the REEEC community gathered at The Bread Company to wish Associate Director Alisha Kirchoff well as she leaves Champaign-Urbana to begin her doctoral studies in sociology at Indiana University this fall. Students, faculty, and staff shared memories of Alisha's five remarkable years at REEEC... [more] [pdf]

2015 Summer Research Laboratory Reception
Faculty, graduate student, and staff affiliates of REEEC gathered at the University YMCA on June 19, 2015, to welcome the 2015 Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) participants, and honor the legacy of REEEC and SRL founder Ralph Fisher. Organized by the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) and REEEC, the event highlighted the beginning of SRL... [more] [pdf]

2015 Fisher Fellow Sean McDaniel 
The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center awarded the competitive Fisher Fellowship, now in its third year, to a participant of the Summer Research Lab (SRL). The fellowship, named after Dr. Ralph Fisher, the founder of SRL and REEEC, and a champion for building the Slavic collection at the University of Illinois Library, provides... [more] [pdf]

Empire on the Steppe: Migration and Settlement in northern Kazakhstan from the Late 19th to the Early 20th Century 
On June 23rd, Sean McDaniel, a PhD Candidate in History at Michigan State University, delivered the REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture, "Empire on the Steppe: Migration and Settlement in northern Kazakhstan from the Late 19th to the Early 20th Century." McDaniel was this year's Fisher Fellow for the Summer Research Laboratory, where... [more] [pdf]

European Community - Yugoslav Relations: Documents that Mattered (1980-1992) 
Branislav Radeljic (Associate Professor of International Politics at the University of East London) gave the first Noontime Scholars Lecture of the summer on June 16. Entitled "European Community - Yugoslav Relations: Documents that Mattered (1980-1992)," his lecture explored the complicated interactions between the European Community... [more] [pdf]

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.

Faculty News

Creators of 19th century Czech literary hoaxes deserve credit, says academic David Cooper
Radio Prague interviewed Prof. David Cooper, Director of REEEC, about his research into and translation of the Green Mountain Manuscript (Rukopis zelenohorský) and the Queen's Court Manuscript (Rukopis královédvorský) from the 19th... [more] [pdf]

Women's sexual risk-taking in tourism focus of new study
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Relaxing beach vacations are perfect for sexual experimentation with a steady partner, while group tours and sightseeing trips are the ultimate contexts for casual sex with acquaintances or strangers, women said in a new survey. More than 850 U.S. women, ranging in age from 18 to 50, participated in the online... [more] [pdf]

Course Announcements

Fall 2015 Course Offerings
The following courses will be offered in the fall to interested students... [more]


SRAS Internships Abroad

Malevich Society Call for Grant Applications 2015

Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship Program for Russian Historical Studies

CFP: Teacher Recruitment & Retention in Post-Soviet Countries

CFP: University of California Undergraduate Journal of Slavic and East/Central European Studies

Call for Applications: A Research Introduction to the Holocaust in the Soviet Union

20th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics

Jewish Studies in Poland Semester Program

Siberian Studies Spring 2016 Semester Program

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

Thur., Sept. 3, 2015
New Directions Lecture - Paprika, Foie Gras and Red Mud: Hungary Ten Years after EU Accession

Thur., Sept. 3, 2015
REEEC Fall Reception, 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Thur., Sept. 24, 2015
New Directions Lecture - Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire

Tue., Oct. 13, 2015
Noontime Scholars Lecture - The Digestive Tract of the Universe: Andrei Platonov's "Antropo-tekhnika"

Tue., Nov. 3, 2015
Noontime Scholars Lecture - The Political Prisoner as a Global Figure

For our full calendar of events see our REEEC Master Calendar
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