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New Directions Lecture: Faith Hillis, "Europe's Russian Colonies: Tsarist Emigres and the Quest for Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Europe"
On March 3, 2016, Professor Faith Hillis (University of Chicago, History) gave a REEEC New Directions lecture entitled "Europe's Russian Colonies: Tsarist Emigres and the Quest for Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Europe." Her lecture was part of the research she is currently conducting for a forthcoming...[more] [pdf]

Slavic Story Time
On Saturday, March 19, REEEC hosted Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Free Library. About 10 young children (ages ranging from infants to elementary school students) and their parents attended the afternoon program, which introduced them to Russian culture. First, they listened to a Russian fairy tale...[more] [pdf]

Georgian Anchiskhati Choir
Anchiskhati Choir is a world renowned polyphonic choir specializing in Ancient and Medieval Georgian music, including secular and sacred traditions. Members of the group (David Shugliashvili, Zaza Tsereteli, Levan Veshapidze and David Zatiashvili) performed at UIUC on February 29, 2016 to a full house...[more] [pdf]

REEEC New Directions Lecture: Gordon Smith, "Plus ca change: Legacies of Soviet Legal Culture in Russia Today"
On March 17th, 2016, Professor Gordon Smith gave a REEEC New Directions lecture entitled "Plus ca change: Legacies of Soviet Legal Culture in Russia Today." Smith is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of South Carolina. He has written ten books on Russian politics and law...[more] [pdf]

LCTL Training Workshop
On April 16, 2016 from 8:30 AM-5:00 PM the Less Commonly Taught Language program held a professional development workshop. A total of 17 instructors from different units and departments in the School of Literatures, Cultures, & Linguistics Department participated in this wonderful professional...[more] [pdf]

Olympiada of Spoken Russian Takes Place at the University of Illinois
On March 19, 60 students from four high school and community-based Russian programs traveled to Champaign, IL to participate in the second autonomous Illinois ACTR Olympiada of Spoken Russian. This event represents one of about 15 annual regional pre-college Russian language competitions...[more] [pdf]

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Course Offerings

Fall 2016 Course Offerings



Josf Fronek MPHIL (Research) scholarships in Czech studies 2016-17
Madeleine Albright PhD Scholarships in Czech studies starting 2016-17
CFP: Poljarnyj Vestnik - An International Journal of Slavic Studies
ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Assessment Workshop for Teachers of Russian Language2016 Project-Based
Center for Language Studies at Beloit College (June 11-August 5, 2016)
Fully Funded Summer School of Interdisciplinary Polish and German Studies (June 6-July 15, European University) Viadrina

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.


Save the Date 

Fri., May 13, 2016
REEEC Spring Reception

Upcoming Events 

Mon., June 13-Aug. 6, 2016
Summer Research Lab

Fri., June 17-18, 2016
Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum


For a full calendar of events see our REEEC Master Calendar


Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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