New course offering in fall 2016: Slavic Drama in Context: Evgenii Shvarts “The Dragon”
SLAVIC/THEATRE 423 Slavic Drama in Context: “Evgenii Shvarts The Dragon”
A participatory and experiential course that culminates in a fully realized production of The Dragon (performed in English) by Evgenii Shvarts. All enrolled students will be key company members, taking on various production roles based on interest, experience and needs. Opportunities may include, but are not limited to: acting, stage managing, design (lighting, scenic, costume or properties,) music direction, dramaturgy and choreography. Additional opportunities include developing educational materials, activities and experiences for young people as part of performances for family audiences and school groups. Written in the early 1940's and set in a fairy tale world, The Dragon is an allegorical play about the dangers of totalitarianism and its legacy.
By consent Instructor only: contact email@example.com
Course carries 3 credits. Rehearsals weeknights 6-9 pm, weekends TBA September 6-October 21. Performances in Frederic March Play Circle October 25-30. Frank Lloyd Wright Hillside Theatre at Taliesin November 1-7.
This is an Ensemble Experience; every member of the class has to be fully involved.
Pushkin Summer Institute Receives Grant
MADISON (February 19 2016) — The University of Wisconsin–Madison has received $90,000 to support a pre-college program designed to introduce high school students from low-income and minority communities to Russian language and culture.
The 2016 STARTALK award to UW–Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and Department of Slavic Languages and Literature provides support for the Pushkin Summer Institute, which is now entering its fifth year.
The Pushkin Summer Institute (PSI) is an intensive, six-week residential pre-college program that introduces outstanding students from under-represented communities to Russian language and culture through the life and works of poet Alexander Pushkin. PSI seeks to build students’ Russian language abilities, prepare them for college life, and introduce them to opportunities at UW–Madison. Participants take a pledge to speak in Russian as much as possible during their six weeks.
STARTALK is a federally-supported initiative administrated by the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland that provides support for the instruction and use of critical-need foreign languages for U.S. students from kindergarten through post-secondary education.
“Thanks to the generous support from STARTALK, we are able to offer a unique program to a special group of high school students, many of whom will be first-generation college students,” says David M. Bethea, Vilas Research Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature and PSI faculty director.
Bethea says that some of the students who participated in PSI went on to enroll at UW–Madison and continue to study Russian at the university level.
The main objectives guiding STARTALK are to increase the numbers of students enrolled in the study of critical-need languages, highly effective critical-language teachers in the U.S., and highly effective materials and curricula available to teachers and students of these critical-need languages.
Spring 2016 Interdisciplinary Course on Eastern and Central Europe
MADISON (November 5, 2015) — In spring 2016, CREECA is sponsoring an exciting interdisciplinary course for undergraduates: “The Culture of Dissent in Czechoslovakia and Poland (1960s-1980s).” Cross-listed as Geography/History/Political Science/Slavic 254, this course will look at the dissident period in Czechoslovakia and Poland from an interdisciplinary perspective, including the lens of literature and film. One focus will be the “faces of dissent” — the stories of individuals involved in these movements. We will learn to view the pre-1989 culture of dissent not so much as an object of historical investigation, but as something relevant to our own lives that teaches us about ourselves. Lead instructor for the course is David Danaher, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature. “The Culture of Dissent” will also feature several guest speakers from UW-Madison and other universities.
Meets 2:30-3:45 on Tuesday/Thursday
Discussion section on Wednesday
Breadth: Humanities, Social Science
For more information, contact Professor David Danaher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenner Receives 2015 ASEEES Book Prize
MADISON (October 8, 2015) — Rachel Brenner, the Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor of Jewish Studies in the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies and a CREECA affiliate, has been awarded a 2015 USC Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). Brenner received the award for her book The Ethics of Witnessing: The Holocaust in Polish Writers’ Diaries from Warsaw, 1939-1945. Published in June 2014 by Northwestern University Press, The Ethics of Witnessing delves into the diaries of five prominent Polish writers, exploring their varied reactions to the Holocaust. Through the firsthand accounts of Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz, Maria Dąbrowska, Aurelia Wyleżyńska, Zofia Nałkowska and Stanisław Rembek, Brenner examines the influence of humanist and nationalist ideologies and the limits of Enlightenment ethics when confronted with the reality of the Holocaust.
The University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies has been awarded annually since 2009 for “an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in the fields of literary and cultural studies.” The Prize is sponsored by USC’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and carries a cash award. As a Prize winner, Brenner will be recognized at the Annual ASEEES Convention in November 2015. ASEEES is the principal professional and scholarly organization for Slavic, East European and Eurasian studies.
CREECA extends its congratulations to Professor Brenner on this award!
October 9 – 10, 2015
MADISON (June 17, 2015) — Abstracts for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures, cultures (including film, music, and the visual arts), linguistics (theoretical or applied, including pedagogy), and history are invited for the annual conference of the Wisconsin chapter of AATSEEL (The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages).
Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged. The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and Saturday, October 9 – 10, 2015.
Recent conference programs are available on the AATSEEL-WI website at http://slavic.lss.wisc.edu/new_web/?q=node/7
This year's keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Jonathan Bolton (Harvard University).
To present a paper at the AATSEEL-WI conference, please submit a proposal by August 31, 2015. A complete proposal consists of: 1. Author's contact information (name, affiliation, postal address, telephone, and email)
2. Paper title
3. 300- to 500-word abstract
4. Equipment request (if necessary)
Please send proposals by email to: Zach Rewinski, email@example.com
Please include “AATSEEL-WI” in the subject line of your email. All submissions will be acknowledged and considered, and all applicants will be informed of the status of their proposals no later than September 15.
New Grants to Help Fund Summer Russian Language Program for Underserved Youth
MADISON (March 2, 2015) — The Pushkin Summer Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been awarded two grants totaling $230,000 to help fund summer Russian language classes for high school students from under-represented, low-income and minority communities.
A $90,000 grant from STARTALK, a project of the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, will help fund the program held on UW-Madison’s campus. A $140,000 grant from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), a program administered by the U.S. Department of State and American Councils for International Education, will fund a six-week study abroad program in Latvia for 15 students who attended the campus program last year.
“This is the second level of the Pushkin Summer Institute,” said Dr. David Bethea, director of the program.
Students travelling to Latvia will stay with host families, attend classes, and embark on cultural excursions as part of a typical week in the city of Daugavpils, the second-largest city in Latvia and one with a significant Russian-speaking population. Through interaction with host families and selected Russian-speaking peers, students will be fully immersed in Russian for the duration of the program.
The Pushkin Summer Institute’s campus program was established in 2012. It is a six-week academic program that aims to improve students’ Russian language abilities through a blend of language, cultural, and literature studies. Students stay in Kronshage Hall, attend classes in Van Hise Hall, and go on area field trips. Last year, 22 students attended.
“On their record it will show they have learned Russian and quite a bit of Russian,” said Bethea. “It really helps them in the college admissions process.”
The program was initially a partnership with Pritzker College Prep in Chicago, Ill. and has since expanded to include students from Noble Street College Prep in Chicago, Ill. and West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska. More information on the program is available at www.pushkin.wisc.edu.
CREECA Graduate Student Summer 2015 Research Travel Awards: deadline March 15, 2015
The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications from qualified graduate and professional school students for Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Awards of up to $4,000. The award amount must be justified by a budget; partial awards may be possible, taking into account students’ other sources of funding and the number and quality of applications received. Finalists will be selected by the CREECA Administrative Council in April 2015.
All applicants must be masters, doctoral, or professional school students in good standing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the 2014-2015 academic year. This competition is open to U.S. citizens and international students.
Eligibility and Award Details:
1.) Must be conducting research related to Russia, Eastern/Central Europe, and/or Central Asia/Eurasia.
2.) These are one-time awards of up to $4,000 to be used in support of summer fieldwork conducted outside the United States in summer 2015. Time abroad outside the summer months will be considered, but applicants should address these circumstances in their application statement.
3.) Students whose research travel is fully funded through other sources, such as from their home departments, campus grants, or external grants, are not eligible to apply for CREECA funds.
4.) Applicants receiving partial travel support from another source, such as their home departments, campus grants, or external grants, must indicate the anticipated amount of other awards.
5.) Awardees will be selected on the basis of academic merit, feasibility of the proposed project and budget, and the projected impact of the applicant’s research on the field.
1.) Complete all fields in the Qualtrics application site below. We strongly advise all applicants to compose their responses in another program (e.g. Word) and assemble all supplementary materials in advance, and then complete the application survey in a single session.
2.) Upload to the application site a completed budget. Templates are available here. Download the template to your computer, rename the document using the format, "YOURLASTNAME_creecagradawardbudgetworksheet," enter the required information, and then upload the completed worksheetto the application site.
3.) Provide one letter of recommendation from an advisor or another professor who knows your academic work well. Letters of recommendation should be addressed to "CREECA Summer Fieldwork Award Review Committee," should be on letterhead and signed (electronic signatures are acceptable), and submitted in PDF. Applicants may either obtain their advisor's letter and upload it to the application site themselves, or ask their advisors to submit letters directly to CREECA. Letters submitted directly by the recommender should be in PDF and sent as email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org with "CREECA Summer Fieldwork Award" in the Subject line.
Please note that this competition is only for research travel. There will be a separate call forthcoming for travel awards to present at academic conferences.
Questions about the application should be addressed to me (Jennifer Tishler) at email@example.com or 262-3379.
Professor Sally A. Kent
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Sarah Anne ‘Sally’ Kent— a colleague, friend, and member of the CREECA community— died on February 3, 2015. Kent was a professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1987-2014 and had also served as the coordinator of international studies at UWSP. A valued and generous CREECA associate, Kent’s love of teaching and her expertise in the history, politics, and culture of the former Yugoslavia enhanced several workshops and conferences. In 2011 she participated in a conference on Yugoslavia and in 2009 led a session at a teacher workshop, titled “The Wars and Post-War Period in the Former Yugoslavia.” She will be greatly missed by her friends, colleagues, and students.
Friends of Sally are invited to a memorial service to be held on the UW-Stevens Point campus on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 3:00-5:00 pm, Dreyfus University Center, Alumni Room, UW-Stevens Point.
View Sally Kent's full obituary here.
The Winter 2015 Edition of 'CREECA News' is Here!
Take a look at the latest issue of 'CREECA News,' our printed newsletter. In this edition we take you into 'Day in East and Central Europe (DECE)' our largest K-12 outreach event for high school students. We also remember the life and works of Alexander Rolich, longtime Bibliographer for Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Studies. Our featured student Nicole Butkovich Kraus completed her Ph.D. in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in REECAS in summer 2014. She is now an assistant professor of Sociology at Rutger-Newark. See updates from the CREECA community, news of CREECA events and much more!
Filmmaker Anna Ferens Returns to CREECA with Documentary, "The Essence of Life"
On December 8, 2014, Polish filmmaker Anna Ferens presented her documentary “The Essence of Life,” on the life of UW-Madison geneticist Waclaw Szybalski. The screening was followed by a discussion with Ferens and Szybalski, moderated by Richard Burgess, professor emeritus of oncology. This premiere was organized by the Polish Heritage Club of Madison, Wisconsin and sponsored by the Morgridge Institute for Research, the McArdle Labratory for Cancer Research, and CREECA.
The film takes its title from DNA, the essential building block of all life, which also serves as the foundation of Szybalski’s long and prolific career. His work has been influential for many Nobel prize-winning scientists; at 93, the professor emeritus of oncology continues to publish in his field. The film traces Szybalski’s career and life experiences, from an early brush with science, when as an 11-year-old he met Marie Curie, to his subsequent education, laboratory work, and research, his escape from Soviet-occupied Poland, and his long scientific career at UW-Madison.
A video of the question and answer session with Farens, Szybalski and Burgess is available to view here.
Irena Fraczek of the Division of Continuing Studies and the Polish Heritage Club captured many wonderful moments from the event in her photographs. The complete album is found here. [All photos by Irena Fraczek. Any use of the photos beyond viewing the album (e.g. copying or reposting) requires express permission from the photographer; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com].
Images: (Top Left) Waclaw Szybalski at the screening of ‘The Essence of Life.’ Richard Burgess is seen in the background. (Bottom Right) Richard Burgess (left) and filmmaker Anna Ferens (right). Photos by Irena Fraczek; used with permission.
‘Behind the CREECA Lecture Series’ is Back!
We sit down to a conversation with Ekaterina Mishina, who specializes in Russian constitutional law.
Mishina is a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and is an assistant professor of law at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. She has held positions both in the public and private sectors in Russia.
One question we could not get to was the similarities and differences of working in the public and private sectors in Russia. Here’s what Mishina had to say:
“When I worked for the Constitutional Court in the 1990s it was a different court, a different time and a different political regime. The level of politicization of the Constitutional Court at that time was minimal, given the circumstances of 1993 when the court got too much into politics and its activity was eventually suspended. Those who practice law in the government cannot stay away from politics. Another problem is that if you have a position with the government, eventually the supremacy clause stops working for you. Acts of administrative bodies and instructions of superior officials are sometimes considered more important sources of law than the legislation or the Constitution.
Certain branches of legal profession (especially prosecutors, investigators and judges) experience professional deformation. They stop thinking like lawyers and begin thinking like governmental officials.
Practicing law in the Russian private sector always looked more attractive to me; it was more interesting and more risky, at the same time. Interestingly, now jobs in the government are more sought after than in the private sector.”
Mishina’s CREECA lecture, 'Long Shadows of the Soviet Past' focuses on the transformations in Russian criminal justice and legal reform in the post-Soviet era. (Full audio of the lecture can be heard here.)
CREECA Receives Federal Funding to Promote Area Studies Programming and Language Instruction
CREECA was among seven area-studies centers within the International Institute to collectively receive over $3.4 million in annual Title VI federal funding (For full news release visit: http://www.news.wisc.edu/23185).
CREECA will use the National Resource Center (NRC) funds to support the teaching of advanced Polish, advanced Turkish/Azeri, and elementary- through advanced-level Kazakh.
Funding will also go to support -
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships will be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students for instruction in Slavic, East European, and Central Eurasian languages. Other centers awarded Title VI funding are: African Studies Program, Center for European Studies, Global Studies, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, Center for South Asia, and Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Each center prepared and submitted individual grant applications earlier this year. Together the centers received nearly $13.7 million for a four-year period, ending in 2018.
Welcome to our New REECAS M.A. Students
This fall, CREECA welcomes four students to the M.A. program in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS).
Our students come from diverse backgrounds and have a variety of interests. Here’s a little bit more about them. If you see them around campus, please say hello and introduce yourselves!
Clockwise from the upper left: Lauren Schulte, Brian Kilgour, Alexander Gran and Mike Panaro.
Lauren Schulte is from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. She recently graduated from Lawrence University, where she majored in history and Russian, with a minor in gender studies.
Lauren is interested in the Caucasus, specifically Chechnya. She hopes to examine the ways in which the intersections of race, gender, and religion shaped and influenced conflicts in Chechnya and former Yugoslavia during the 1990s. Her future goal is to work for an NGO in Russia or Eastern Europe.
Brian Kilgour graduated from Carleton College in 2011 with a double major in Russian and international relations. He was a Fulbright Graduate Student Researcher in Ulan-Ude during the 2011-2012 academic year, where he focused on culturally sustainable tourism development in Buryatia.
Brian returns to academia after working for a time at Epic. He intends to pursue his interest in ethnic communities in Russia's borderlands and their relationships with both Moscow and bordering neighbors. Upon completion of the M.A. program, Brian hopes to continue his academic career and earn a Ph.D.
Alexander Gran was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of Maryland, where he studied history and Russian. He is interested in Soviet history and Soviet foreign policy during the Cold War era. Alexander hopes to pursue academic research at the Ph.D. level.
Major Mike Panaro holds a B.S. in International Politics from the United States Military Academy (2000). His interests include military transformation and modernization efforts, particularly in Russia and Ukraine. He was most recently assigned as the Country Desk Officer for the Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan at the Headquarters of U.S. Army Central.
MAJ Panaro has traveled extensively and participated in FAO internships in the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He has also served as a Cavalry Troop Commander and a Tank Company Commander in Iraq, and has held numerous other military assignments in the United States, Germany, and Kosovo.
Resources on the Ukraine Crisis
A rally at Independence Square in Kiev, March 2, 2014. (Konstantin Grishin / Courtesy Reuters)
The Monkey Cage:
Oxana Shevel, March 1, 2014
Maria Popova, March 5, 2014
Grigore Pop-Eleches and Graeme Robertson, March 6, 2014
Joshua Tucker, March 10, 2014
Political Violence at a Glance:
Andrew Kydd, March 2, 2014
Andrew Kydd, March 6, 2014
Keith Darden, March 3, 2014
Brian D. Taylor, March 6, 2014
NYT Opinion Pages:
Scott Gehlbach, Roger Myerson, and Tymofiy Mylovanov, March 19, 2014
Michael McFaul, March 23, 2014
The International Republican Institute, May, 2013
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Glenn Kates, February 27, 2014
Businessweek, Sarah A. Topol, March 10, 2014
Wisconsin Public Television, March 10, 2014
Origins (Ohio State University), Leticia Wiggins and Patrick Potyondy, April 10, 2014
Channel 3000, Live at Five, July 17, 2014
*These articles do no express the views of the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia.
They are recommendations made by CREECA faculty.*
Congratulations to REECAS MA Graduate, Major Dan Singleton!
Major Dan Singleton joined the REECAS MA program as a Eurasian Foreign Area Officer (FAO) in fall 2013. His goal was to gain deeper knowledge of the region’s history and politics and to further his study of regional languages. During his time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MAJ Singleton studied Turkish in addition to advanced Russian.
MAJ Singleton came with a background in international politics and says he benefitted most from his regionally focused courses such as History of Russia, History of Central Asia and Modern Eastern Europe.
For incoming FAOs, MAJ Singleton has a few words of advice. He recommends that those picking up a new language begin with an intensive summer language program. And that new students, especially those with families, live close to campus. At present MAJ Singleton is in Germany, settling into his new job as political-military officer in the United States European Command. He will be working as a desk officer in the Black Sea region.
Congratulations to CREECA Students!
It’s been a great year for graduate students in the REECAS M.A. and certificate programs. We are pleased to announce that the following awards and honors were received over the past academic year:
MayaLisa Holzmann (History; Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship)
Melissa Miller (Slavic Languages and Literature; UW-Madison Teaching Academy Future Faculty Partner and L & S Teaching Fellow Award)
Brian Pikaard (M.A. in REECAS; 2014-15 Boren Fellowship)
On Human Rights in Russia with
Anna Sevortian is an independent expert on human rights in Russia and the former director of Human Rights Watch-Russia.
Check out this interview to learn more about what violations are occurring in Russia today and the influence of the Western press on these issues.
Ewa Miernowska wins L&S Academic Staff
Mid-Career Achievement Award!
Ewa Miernowska teaches Polish as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature.
This award "recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding performance in their position, show substantial promise of future contributions, and demonstrate a high degree of professionalism." It is a high honor and very well deserved.
Congratulations to CREECA Students!
It’s been a great year for graduate students in the REECAS M.A. and certificate programs. We are pleased to announce that the following awards and honors were received over the past academic year.
MayaLisa Holzmann (History) received a Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2014-2015. Her dissertation explores the social and political dynamics of Soviet guerrilla resistance against German occupation in the western borderlands during the Second World War. She examines the role played by the Komsomol (All-Union Leninist Young Communist League) in the partisan movement’s defense of the Soviet Union and uses the Komsomol as a lens for studying the intersection of Stalinism, youth, sexual politics, and partisan resistance during the war. In particular, her dissertation sheds light on the important and hitherto neglected social, political, and gendered aspects of the partisan movement and the Komsomol’s role in countering German efforts to recruit youth for labor and nationalist movements.
Melissa Miller (Slavic Languages and Literature). In recognition of her commitment to and excellence in teaching, Melissa was named a UW-Madison Teaching Academy Future Faculty Partner and also received the L & S Teaching Fellow Award. Melissa will be leading workshops on teaching during Welcome Week in August 2014. She was also awarded a Vilas Travel Grant to travel to attend the annual conference for The Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in Boston, where she presented a paper on the states of pregnancy in the works of Chekhov and Tolstoy. She was also a Mellon Dissertation Writing Workshop participant.
Brian Pikaard (M.A. in REECAS) was selected for a 2014-15 Boren Fellowship to travel to Russia to conduct research and further study the Russian language.
When asked about his goals for his time in Russia, Brian said, “I believe open, honest discussion through diplomacy is the best tool we have for developing global cooperation and security. The Boren Fellowship will allow me to integrate intensive Russian language study in Moscow with my M.A. in REECAS here at UW-Madison. My goals for the six months that I'll be studying at Moscow International University include not only achieving a professional proficiency in the Russian language, but also acquiring an intimate understanding of the culture that will allow me to serve our global community through the United States government.“
The accomplishments of MayaLisa, Melissa, and Brian are just one example of excellent work being done by graduate students in REECAS all over campus. If you have news to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Conversation on Afghanistan with Christopher Kolenda
Watch this brief interview with Chris Kolenda, a Senior Advisor at the Department of Defense, as he discusses Afghanistan and its relationship with the United States.
The upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan mark an important point in the country's history--especially with regards to women in politics and at the ballot box. The elections also demonstrate how far Afghanistan has come, considering the role the Taliban played in its recent past.
Manon Van de Water on theater for young audiences
Manon van de Water joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1998.
(Photo by Hector Aristizabal)
Tom Ziemer interviews Professor Manon Van de Water on her work with the Theater for Young Audiences Program (TYA):
“It’s very important that children discover for themselves what it is to be an artist,” says the Vilas-Phipps Distinguished Achievement Professor of Theatre and Drama and Slavic Languages and Literature. “It can be through visual art, it can be through music, it can be through dance movements, or it can be through theatre and drama.”
Prof. David McDonald on Ukraine
Pro-Russian supporters chant slogans during a rally at a central square in Simferopol, Ukraine. Courtesy: Sergei Grits/Associated Press
Paul Fanlund interviews Professor David McDonald, of the Department of History, on the complex situation in the Crimea:
“Here is a good old-fashioned great-power standoff that makes geopolitical sense, and you can see it in the revival of all of the old ways of talking about the Soviet Union. Now we’re dwelling on Putin and probably exaggerating the amount of authority that he has generally...”
Read more on the Cap Times website.
A Conversation with Marina Zaloznaya
Check out this brief interview with Professor Marina Zaloznaya. On February 27th, she presented "Petty Corruption and Bureaucratic Fragmentation in Post-Transitional Ukraine."
CREECA Winter 2014 Newsletter
The CREECA newsletter has officially returned after a brief hiatus! Make sure to check it out online or stop by the office to pick one up.
Click here to sign up!
Dousing the Olympic Flame: Russia’s Anti-Gay Legislation
and the 2014 Winter Olympics
L-R Moderator: David Danaher, panelists: Ryan Prinz, Cecelia Leugers,
Jessica Mason, Irina Shevelenko, Kathryn Hendley.
In February 2014, the resort city of Sochi, Russia, will become host to many of the world’s greatest athletes. The joy of this distinction is mired by the aftereffects of a law passed by the Russian government which criminalizes the “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” among minors.
Students, faculty and activists with a wide range of experiences and perspectives on the culture of Russia and the LGBT community in the country, were brought together for a panel discussion organized by the LGBT Campus Center, the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA), and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature and the Russian Flagship (Brief bios of the panelists can be found
Cecelia Leugers, M.A .student in the REECAS program addresses the audience
The conversations of the evening spanned the nature and the specifics of the law, the mindset of the country and the day to day experiences of those who support or belong to the LGBT community. “The average Russian did not know anything about homosexuality up until a year ago. They are not ready for hearing this and participating in this discussion,” said Irina Shevelenko, associate professor of Slavic Languages and Literature.
The discussion ended with a look to the future, specifically that of the Russian athletes who may choose to take a stand or come out. Questions from the audience touched upon Russian family values, religion and European/American style activism as compared to Russian activism. Full audio of the event can be found here.
Respected Military Strategist Talks U.S. Foreign Policy and Career Opportunities
Pictured: LTC Schaefer with CREECA Director Yoshiko M. Herrera
On Thursday, October 24, CREECA had the pleasure of hosting Lieutenant Colonel Robert Schaefer, officer of the U.S. Army Special Services (Green Beret).
His visit to Madison, which was also sponsored by the Center for South Asia and the College of Letters & Science Career Services featured a series of two lectures. In the first, “Practical Steps for Foreign Policy Careers", Lt. Col. Schaefer discussed governmental, military, and private-sector career opportunities in foreign policy. He emphasized the skills and resources necessary for today's students to become tomorrow's analysts, researchers, and consultants. (Powerpoint slides of the lecture can be found here.)
A second lecture titled “Uzbekistan and US Foreign Policy. What Comes Next?” explored the future of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy and security once the U.S. and NATO forces withdraw from neighboring Afghanistan in 2014. It was an interactive discussion with Lt. Col. Schaefer, generating conversation and feedback from the professors and students in the audience for a White Paper on security issues in Uzbekistan.
Lt. Col. Schaefer has a wealth of experience, having held multiple diplomatic postings in the embassies of Estonia, Moscow, Russia, and Kiev, Ukraine. He has also served in nearly every U.S. overseas operation since 1990. At present Lt. Col. Schaefer serves as the Chief of Central and South Asia Branch, for Army Central Command. He will be seen as the Caucasus Correspondent/Consultant for NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. (Lt. Col. Schaefer's full bio can be found here.)
CREECA Associate Director Jennifer Tishler
Wins Academic Staff Award
Pictured: Nancy Heingartner, Jennifer Tishler, Yoshiko M. Herrera,
Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, and Brandon Olsen
Please join CREECA in congratulating our associate director, Jennifer Tishler, for her well-earned "Mid-Career" award from the College of Letters & Science.
On Wednesday May 1st, Dr. Tishler received this prestigious award from outgoing L&S Dean Gary Sandefur. These awards are given to individuals "...who demonstrate outstanding performance in their positions, leadership and service beyond their positions, and substantial professional competency and promise of continuing contributions."
CESS 2013 Welcome Reception
Sponsored by CREECA
Please join us from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, October 3 for an opening reception for the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), sponsored by CREECA.
The reception will be held on the Rooftop Terrace of the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street. In case of inclement weather, the reception will be held indoors, in the AT&T Lounge of the Pyle Center.
This is a kick-off event for the 14th annual conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, but is open to all CREECA faculty, staff, students, and supporters.
CESS 2013 Conference Early
Registration Deadline 8/19
From October 3-6, 2013, the 14th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin! We at CREECA are excited to be the local hosts of this important annual conference. A preliminary version of the conference program is available here.
Please note that early registration with discounted rates for the CESS conference will end on August 19, 2013. Register today!
Starting August 20, all participants must pay at the higher on-site registration rate.
Registration should be made directly through the CESS website (not through CREECA).
Call for papers for the
2013 AATSEEL-WI Conference
Abstracts for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Slavic literatures and cultures (including film, music, the visual arts, and language pedagogy) are invited for the annual conference of the Wisconsin chapter of AATSEEL (The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages).
Comparative topics and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome.
The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2013.
Please submit a proposal by August 31, 2013
Women & Democracy Teacher Workshop
This workshop takes as its starting point the question of the changing roles of women in democracies and democratic movements around the world.
Join experts from UW-Madison and around the country to learn about and discuss the current state of women and democracy around the world.
For more information click here, and follow this link to register.
Photos from Day in Central Asia
& the Caucasus
The Division of International Studies posted photos from this year's Day in Central Asia & the Caucasus event. If you would like to see these photos or any pictures from the Division's Flickr account, please click here.
Russian Folk Orchestra CD "Candlelight"
The Russian Folk Orchestra has just released a new CD, "Candlelight." This is the group's first studio-recorded CD.
If you would like to hear clips from the recording or would like to learn more about the Russian Folk Orchestra, please click here.
Russian Digital Film Exhibit
Click here to access a digitial exhibit of what is believed to be the largest collection of Russian and Soviet films and documentaries outside of Russia itself.
The project was co-authored by our colleague Maria Belodubrovskaya and Booth Wilson, a PhD candidate in my department. Their exhibit highlights UW's Soviet film collection and provides a quite informative account of post-WWII Soviet film.
UW-Madison Project GO (Global Officers)
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has joined more than 25 other universities nationwide in an effort to help address the U.S. military’s need for critical language specialists who understand foreign cultures and can communicate in regions of strategic and economic importance.
UW–Madison recently was awarded nearly $490,000 through August 31, 2013 for Project GO (Global Officers), an initiative to help cadets and midshipmen in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) to learn critical languages and study abroad. The Project GO funding provides fellowships for ROTC cadets from all branches of service to enroll this academic year and next summer in domestic and study abroad programs in Arabic, Hindi-Urdu, Turkish, and Russian.
To read the entire press release, click here.
Recent UW-Madison Poli Sci grad's research examines
resistance in the ghettoes.
Pushkin Institute offers Russian language and cultural education
to Chicago high schoolers.
Caroline Savage selected by the WAA as a Forward Under 40 honoree
CREECA extends its congratulations to UW-Madison alumna Caroline Savage (MA '02 in REECAS, MA '04 in Political Science), who has been named a 2012 "Forward Under 40" honoree by the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA). "Forward Under 40" recognizes "UW grads under age 40 who are making an impact on the world by living the Wisconsin Idea, the inspiration for this award," according to the WAA. Caroline, who had been serving as director for Russia and Central Asia at the National Security Council at the time she was nominated, is currently training to take a new assignment as head of public affairs at the U.S. embassy in Mozambique. In April 2011, Caroline came back to Madison to share her experiences and expertise with current master's students in REECAS as part of a one-day professionalization workshop.
For the full posting on the UW Alumni Association page: click here
Department of Slavic Languages & Literature wins Polonicum 2011 Distinction.
The UW-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature has received the prestigious POLONICUM 2011 Distinction from the Institute of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners at the University of Warsaw, Poland. For the full post, click here.
Exhibition of “Solidarity” Photos Comes to Madison
Phenomenon of ‘Solidarity’ at UW-Madison’s Memorial Library July 3-24
From July 3-July 24, 2012 a unique exhibition of historical images documenting the Solidarity movement in Poland will be on display in the main lobby of Memorial Library on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
The Phenomenon of ‘Solidarity’: Pictures from the History of Poland 1980-1981, organized by the Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw, Poland, commemorates the 30th anniversary of the founding of the movement and highlights formative moments in its history, such as the strikes of August 1980 and the enforcement of Martial Law in December of 1981.
Since summer 2011, the traveling exhibition has been shown at universities, government institutions, and foundations throughout the US and Canada. Madison, Wisconsin will be its final North American stop before it returns to Poland in August 2012. The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Polish Heritage Club - Madison are sponsoring the Madison showing.
The photographs offer a new perspective on the path leading to the creation of the Solidarity Trade Union, and provide an insight into the Union’s relations with the communist regime, as well as the prevailing social sentiment towards the movement amidst pivotal political, social, and economic developments in Poland.
“The exhibition in Madison on the Solidarity movement is very timely,” notes CREECA director Yoshiko M. Herrera. “The recent mass protests and government turnovers in the Middle East have been compared to 1989 in Eastern Europe, and one of the leading political movements taking a stand against authoritarianism and the erosion of civil liberties in Russia today calls itself “Solidarnost’,” taking its name directly from the Solidarity movement in Poland. The Phenomenon of ‘Solidarity’ will undoubtedly enrich our understanding not only of Poland’s extraordinary history and society but also of other important unfolding events around the world.”
In connection with the exhibition, on Monday, July 16, at 5:00 p.m. in room 126 of the UW-Madison Memorial Library, Neal Pease, Professor of History at UW-Milwaukee, will give a public lecture: “Polish Solidarity, a Retrospective: The Workers’ Revolution that Toppled the ‘Workers’ State.’” At this event, members of the Polish Heritage Club (PHC) who were eyewitnesses to the Solidarity movement will also share their recollections of that tumultuous era. A light reception, sponsored by the PHC, will follow the lecture and discussion.
The Phenomenon of Solidarity: Pictures from the History of Poland, 1980-1981 will be on display in the main lobby of Memorial Library from July 3rd through July 24th. Admission is free, and visitors to the University of Wisconsin-Madison may acquire a library day pass on site. For information on accessing the exhibition and the many other opportunities provided at Memorial Library, please visit the library’s website: memorial.library.wisc.edu or call 608-262-3193.
More information about the Polish Heritage Club – Madison is available on its Web site: http://www.phcwi-madison.org/
For more information on this and other CREECA events, please call 608-262-3379 or send an email to email@example.com.
Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS) have been revised. The REECAS graduate certificate serves the needs of MA and PhD students who wish to demonstrate their knowledge of this diverse and highly important area. Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in REECAS will receive this designation on their UW-Madison transcript.
To receive a certificate, a student must take 12 graduate-level credits of required REECAS courses distributed over three programs. Of these required courses, one must be a seminar in which a research paper is written on a topic approved by the major professor. The student must demonstrate a working knowledge of one language of Eastern Europe, Russia, or Eurasia (generally understood as two years' of university-level language study) will be expected to write the seminar paper utilizing original source material in the target language(s).
For the new flyer detailing the certificate: click here
For more information, or to declare the certificate, please contact Jennifer Tishler, the graduate advisor in REECAS (firstname.lastname@example.org).
4:00-5:00pm, Tuesday, February 21, 2012
1418 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
The UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program is an innovative undergraduate program to offer highly-motivated students in any major the opportunity to reach a professional level of competence (ACTFL Superior/ILR 3) in Russian. Scholarships are available to support overseas and intensive summer study. For more information: www.russianflagship.wisc.edu
Students who are interested in applying to the program, or would just like to learn about it, are invited to attend the information session, or to contact Karen Evans-Romaine, Russian Flagship director (email@example.com) or Dianna Murphy, Russian Flagship associate director(firstname.lastname@example.org).
Upcoming application deadlines:
March 15, 2012 (Fall 2012 admission)
October 15, 2012 (Spring 2013 admission)
The UW-Madison Russian Flagship is a collaborative initiative of the UW-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature and the Language Institute, with the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, and the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition. The program is supported by the Language Flagship of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) in the U.S. Department of Defense.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature is pleased to announce that it will offer Intensive Second and Third Year Russian in Summer 2012:
Dates: June 18-August 10, 2012 Times: 8:50-10:45 am, 12:05-2:10 pm, Monday-Friday
Tuition and fees for the 8-credit course in the Summer 2012:
Wisconsin resident: $2,419.26
Minnesota resident: $3,183.78
Slavic 117 and Slavic 118: Intensive Second Year Russian (8 credits) The goals of this intermediate-level course include review and expansion of the grammar and vocabulary presented in First Year Russian and further development of students' reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Classroom instruction includes speaking exercises, grammar drills, numerous writing assignments, and listening and reading exercises. In addition, students learn more about Russian culture, history, traditions, and daily life routines. After successfully completing this course, students are eligible to enroll in Third Year Russian courses (SL 275 or SL 279) and to participate in the UW-Madison study abroad program in Russia. This intensive course will cover the entire curriculum of Second Year Russian in one eight-week session and will consist of two two-hour blocks of classes each day (Monday-Friday, 8:50-10:45 and 12:05-2:10). Students must be concurrently enrolled in Slavic 117 and Slavic 118 for a total of eight credits.
Slavic 279: Intensive Third Year Russian (8 credits) The goals of this course are to improve students' reading fluency and writing skills. We will focus on the use of complex syntax and undertake a thorough review of Russian grammar, which will be presented and practiced using the textbook Grammatika v kontekste. In addition, grammatical forms will be contextualized by authentic texts, films, and songs. This intensive course will cover the entire curriculum of Third Year Russian (Slavic 275-276) in one eight-week session and will consist of two two-hour blocks of classes each day (Monday-Friday, 8:50-10:45 and 12:05-2:10). After completing this class students are eligible to enroll in
Slavic 321: Fourth Year Russian I. Students with prior experience in Russian from outside of post-secondary educational settings should contact Dr. Anna Tumarkin in advance for a placement test.
The National Theatre of London's
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
On July 16th and 18th Sundance Cinemas broadcasted a production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard performed by the National Theatre of London.
Following both presentations, Manon van de Water, theatre professor at UW-Madison, led a question-and-answer discussion session.
For more information about this event, please visit The Cherry Orchard page.
MA Workshop Photo Gallery
Day in the Baltics 2011 Photo Gallery
CREECA’s 2011 Wisconsin Film Festival Guide
March 9, 2011 -
The Wisconsin Film Festival began in 1999, and has grown into the largest campus-based film festival in the United States, averaging 200 films and 34,000 attendees each spring. It is a project of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arts Institute, with dozens of campus and community partners. The Wisconsin Film Festival is a public outreach program of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Arts Institute.
CESSI Application Available
January 24, 2011 - The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are proud to announce the inaugural session of the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI).
Instruction in intensive first- and second-year Kazakh and Uyghur, intensive first-year Uzbek, and intensive second-year Tajik will be offered this year. CESSI 2011 will also feature lectures (in English) on Central Eurasian history and culture and a rich program of cultural events and field trips related to the countries of Central Eurasia. CESSI 2011 will run from June 13-August 5.
Information and application materials are available on the CESSI Web site: www.creeca.wisc.edu/cessi
The priority deadline for admission and the fee remission grant is March 15, 2011. The application deadline for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships at UW-Madison is February 15, 2011, www.flas.wisc.edu
CESSI is a joint initiative of 22 U.S. Department of Education-funded National Resource Centers at 12 U.S. universities, along with Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan).
For further information about CESSI 2011, please contact Nancy Heingartner, CESSI program coordinator, email@example.com, 608-262-3379.
Please follow the link to apply:
Russian Film Series
January 24, 2011
Фестиваль русского кинофильма/
Russian Film Series
254 Van Hise Hall
Итальянец/The Italian (2005) 4:00-6:00pm, среда, 26 января/Wednesday, January 26
Адмирал/Admiral (2008)4:00-6:00pm, среда, 9 марта/Wednesday, March 9
Баллада о солдате/Ballad of a Soldier (1959) 4:00-6:00, среда, 27 апреля/Wednesday, April 27
Все фильмы показываются с английскими субтитрами и вступительным словом Желтоуховой Снежаны. Показ всех фильмов состоится в аудитории 254, Van Hise Hall. All films are shown with English subtitles and with an introduction by Snezhana Zheltoukhova.
Sponsored by the Russian Flagship Center. All are welcome!
Russian Language Floor
January 05, 2011 - The new Russian House/Русский дом, a Russian-language floor in the International Learning Community in Adams Hall, is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 academic year from incoming UW-Madison students only. (The application deadline for current UW-Madison students was December 17, 2010.)
Students who will be entering UW-Madison in fall 2011 have until April 8, 2011 to apply to live in Russkii dom. Please visit the following site for more information: Russian House/Русский дом
CREECA LAUNCHES FUNDING, JOBS SITE
January 03, 2011 - CREECA is pleased to announce the launch of our Jobs and Funding site! This site, will serve as a resource for students, alumni, community members, and others who are seeking jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, scholarships and fellowships, as well as professional development resources relating to Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, and Central Asia.
The site is intended to complement CREECA's main funding page, which offers an annotated list of funding resources both at the UW-Madison campus and beyond.
In contrast to our main funding page, the CREECA Jobs and Funding Resources Blog is where timely announcements with upcoming deadlines are posted, categorized, and archived.
Andrei Codrescu Photo Gallery
Poet, Novelist, Essayist, and Lecturer Andrei Codrescu Speaks at UW-Madison
October 5, 2010 - UW-Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) welcomed popular NPR essayist, commentator, poet, and lecturer, Andrei Codrescu, on Monday October 4. Mr. Codrescu gave a free, public lecture at the Wisconsin Union Theater about the value of language and the complicated nature of translation.
BALSSI students create Lithuanian-language blog
July 7, 2010 - BALSSI students in intensive intermediate Lithuanian, taught by Aurelija Tamosiunaite, are creating a Lithuanian blog that features recipes, short poems, and the students' thoughts on studying this challenging and rewarding language. Check out their entries at http://balssi.blogas.lt/.
WIOC K-12 Teacher Course on International Folk & Fairy Tales
February 3, 2011 - The Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium, WIOC, is pleased to be offering a ten-hour professional development course entitled, "Folk and Fairy Tales from around the World" in spring 2011. The course will meet for two hours each on five consecutive Tuesdays starting on February 15th and ending on March 15th. The first meeting will provide an overview of international folk and fairy tales by a librarian with extensive experience in international folk literature. Each of the following weeks will be dedicated to the folk and fairy tales of East Asia, Europe, India, or Russia. UW-Madison faculty, graduate students, and staff will provide lectures and lead discussions. A final project, consisting of a class-ready lesson plan, will be due at the end of the course. Participants will earn one UW-Madison graduate credit for successful completion of this course. For an event flier click here. For a registration form click here. With questions, please contact Nancy Heingartner, CREECA Outreach Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, (608) 262-3379.
November 24, 2010 - The competition for summer 2011 and academic year 2011-2012 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships is now open. Application deadline: February 15, 2011. Please visit flas.wisc.edu and read the FLAS flier for more information.
BALSSI students create Lithuanian-language blog
July 7, 2010 - BALSSI students in intensive intermediate Lithuanian, taught by Aurelija Tamosiunaite, are creating a Lithuanian blog that features recipes, short poems, and the students' thoughts on studying this challenging and rewarding language. Check out their entries at http://balssi.blogas.lt/.
Summer program offers intensive study of Baltic area languages
June 10, 2010 (UW-Madison News) - This summer, students from across the United States will come to Madison for eight weeks of intensive study of the languages of the Baltic countries: Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian ... Read the full press release at UW-Madison News.
Spring/summer newsletter now available
June 8, 2010 - The CREECA spring/summer 2010 newsletter is now available in print and web versions. Read the newsletter online in the CREECA newsletter archive.
"After Chernobyl" photo exhibit available online
June 8, 2010 - Former UW-Madison staff photographer Michael Forster Rothbart spent a year in Chernobyl photographing and interviewing Ukrainians who still live in the villages near the 1986 nuclear disaster. A link to the Web site presenting his photos and commentary is now included on CREECA's Web Resources page.
CREECA funds purchase of English-language digest of Soviet and Russian press
May 18, 2010 - Through financial support from CREECA, the UW-Madison Libraries have purchased access to the complete backfile of The Current Digest of the (Post-)Soviet Press, an English-language collection of Soviet/Russian news digests from 1949 to 2006. Access to these new primary source materials is available only to UW-Madison students, staff, and faculty, as well as guest users working on UW-Madison Libraries computer terminals.
Graduate and undergraduate REECAS approved classes are posted
April 6, 2010 - Click on Courses within the Students menu to see which courses will be offered in fall 2010.
UW-Madison receives grant to create Russian Flagship Center
March 22, 2010 - UW-Madison has received nearly $1 million to increase Russian language-learning opportunities. To find out more about the new center and CREECA's participation in this effort, please see coverage by UW-Madison News and The Badger Herald. For more information about participating in the program, please see the Russian Flagship Center Web site at http://www.russianflagship.wisc.edu/.