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Center E-News and Announcements

Fall 2020 Select Courses in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Note: The courses listed below are not an exhaustive list of courses being offered on the REEE region. Please see course explorer for additional classes.....[more]

2020 Summer Research Lab Update
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Illinois has suspended all in-person summer programming on our campus. It thus will not be possible to host the Summer Research Lab in person this year. In consultation with colleagues at the Slavic Reference Service and our program officer at the US Department of State, we are considering other options such as expanded virtual research.....[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]

Alumni and current students meet online to discuss job market
University of Illinois graduate students recently took part in online informational interviews with nine alumni working in a diversity of fields in local public programs, the government, museums, NGOs, the private sector, and universities. Students and alumni discussed everything from job searches.....[more]

Community Outreach: Russian Language and Culture Lessons at Leal Elementary
By Serenity Stanton Orengo
This spring, I had the opportunity to do twice-weekly Russian language and culture lessons at Leal Elementary School in Urbana as part of their after-school program. Each Tuesday and Thursday, I worked with a group of 10-12 students ranging in age from kindergarten through fifth grade...[more]

Trolls at Play: Teaching Propaganda, Media Manipulation, and Election Interference through Roleplay
By Ben Bamberger
On April 27th, Judith Pintar, Teaching Associate Professor and Acting BS/IS Program Director in the iSchool, gave an engaging talk entitled “Trolls at Play: Teaching Propaganda, Media Manipulation, and Election Interference through Roleplay.” The talk, organized by the European Union Center and co-sponsored by REEEC, took place on Zoom and was well attended with over 60 participants ...[more]

Notes from Bosnia-Herzegovina
The following is a repost from the Illinois Global Institute’s Global Voices on the Pandemic website: Bihac, Bosnia-Herzegovina, a small town on the border with Croatia and therefore the European Union: I’m an anthropologist studying the range of local responses to this area’s having become a bottleneck ...[more]

Teaching Russian Online During a Pandemic
by Serenity Stanton Orengo
After the university decided to move all classes online because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, I found myself needing to convert all of my lesson plans for my second-year Russian course to an entirely new format. I have learned that teaching a last-minute course online requires flexibility, .... [more]

Learning Online During a Pandemic
by Jamie Hendrickson
It’s safe to say that going into 2020, no one expected that our regular journeys through campus and casual conversations with colleagues and classmates would suddenly come to a halt through a mass campus email that affected students, instructors, and university employees in one fell swoop.... [more]


Faculty and Student News 

Congratulations to our 2020 REEES Graduates & Student Award Winners!
We at the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center are pleased to announce this year’s REEES and affiliated graduates....[more

Faculty Profile: Eugene Avrutin
During his research leave at the Woodrow Wilson Institute in the spring of 2008, Eugene Avrutin by chance stumbled across a case from 1823 in the Library of Congress catalog about a ritual murder of a 3-year-old boy in a small Russian town. The case piqued his interest, and when he visited the Russian State Historical Archive in St. Petersburg several years later, he located the other... [more] 

REEEC-Affiliated Faculty Receive IPRH Fellowships
Three REEEC-affiliated faculty members have received 2020-2021 fellowships from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH): Zsuzsa Gille (Professor of Sociology), Harriet Murav (Professor of Comparative and World Literatures and Slavic Languages and Literatures), and John Randolph (Associate Professor of History and Director of REEEC) were among those awarded....[more

New Article Published in The Russian Review by Diane Koenker and Benjamin Bamberger
Diane Koenker (former REEEC Director) and Benjamin Bamberger (recent History Ph.D. and current REEEC staff member) have co-authored a new article, “Tips, Bonuses, or Bribes: The Immoral Economy of Service Work in the Soviet 1960s” in the April 2020 edition of The Russian Review. Benjamin also created the cover image....[more

Illinois Professor Examines Storytelling Artistry of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
The following is a repost of an article published by the Illinois News Bureau on a new book by REEEC-affiliated faculty Professor Richard Tempest (Associate Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures). A new book about Russian novelist and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn considers him not just...[more

National Security Implications of the COVID-19 Crisis: The Urgent Need to Build State Capacity
REEEC faculty affiliate Cynthia Buckley (University of Illinois), Ralph Clem (Florida International University), and Erik Herron (West Virginia University) co-wrote the following article which was recently published on the Minerva Research Initiative’s blog, Owl in the Olive. Beyond the devastating and widely discussed humanitarian and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the current global .....[more

New Forthcoming Book by REEEC-Affiliated Faculty Zsuzsa Gille and UIUC Alumni Cristofer Scarboro and Diana Mincyte
The Socialist Good Life: Desire, Development, and Standards of Living in Eastern Europe, a new book edited by Zsuszsa Gille (Professor of Sociology), Cristofer Scarboro (Ph.D., History), and Diana Mincyte (Ph.D., Sociology), is set to be published this June by Indiana University Press....[more

Alumni Profile: Elana Jakel
Elana Jakel loves much about the Russian, east European, and Eurasian region, particularly the “warmth and generosity of the people, their appreciation for the arts, the region’s mix of cultures and traditions, and its often tragic but interesting history.” Although, it is only by chance that Jakel began studying this “tragic yet interesting” history of Russia. As an undergraduate, she enrolled.....[more

Alumni Profile: Matt Rosenstein
Originally intending to major in chemistry at Duke University, Matt Rosenstein ended up as a Russian major through a familiar route for those in Slavic Studies: on a whim, he took a Russian language course during his first semester of college. Thanks to an enterprising history teacher at his high school in Evanston, IL, Rosenstein had been able to travel to then-Soviet Moscow and Leningrad.....[more

REEEC-Affiliated Graduate Students Receive ASEEES Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Fellowships
Elizabeth Abosch (Ph.D. candidate, History) and Matthew Klopfenstein (Ph.D. candidate, History) have received Stephen F. Cohen- Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Fellowships for 2020-2021. The fellowships are awarded by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)....[more

FLAS Fellow Profile: Melissa Bialecki
Melissa Bialecki is a third-year Ph.D. student in Musicology with a minor in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and a REEEC 2019-2020 FLAS fellow. Melissa received her Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance and Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University in 2015....[more

REEEC Staff Profile: Danielle Sekel
Danielle Sekel is a third-year M.M. student in Ethnomusicology and a REEEC FLAS fellow for 2020-2021. Before coming to the University of Illinois, she received her bachelor’s degree in music and literary studies at Roanoke College and subsequently taught middle and high school music and English for two years in South Carolina. She aims to find a career in academia upon earning her degrees....[more

REEEC-Affiliated Undergrad Receives Boren Award
REEEC-affiliated undergrad Haley Nelson (Political Science) has received the Boren Award’s Turkish Language initiative program scholarship. The program will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, where Haley will continue to advance her Turkish as well as learn Azerbaijani. Boren scholarships fund study.....[more

2020 Summer FLAS Fellows
We at the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center are pleased to announce the awardees for this summer’s Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, funded by the U. S. Department of Education. This year six students from five different departments will be studying four different REEES languages and related area studies scholarship... [more]


Jobs and Opportunities

Part-time Russian Language Lecturer, Lewis & CLark College, Portland, OR
American Councils Balkan Language Initiative

Research Coordinator of World History Center (WHC), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize
American Councils for International Education Title VIII Research Scholar Program
American Councils Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program
CFP:  Research Workshop Program, Mandel Center, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (Washington, D.C.)
CFP: "What They Brought/ What They Changed: Material Culture and Polish Chicago" (University of Chicago, Dec. 2-4, 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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