REEI KICKS OFF "AMERICANISTS" LECTURE SERIES WITH A TALK FROM DR. IVAN KURILLAOn March 6, Professor of History and International Relations from European University (St. Petersburg) Ivan Kurilla opened a new lecture series at REEI that takes a deeper look at Russian-US relations. From a historical perspective, he details how Russia and the US have always had an...interesting relationship. Watch his English-language lecture called, "Frenemies: US-Russian Relations from a Historical Perspective." Read more about it here, and watch the video below:
ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALIST ANGELINA DAVYDOVA GIVES TALK AT REEIOn February 15, environmental journalist Angelina Davydova gave a talk at REEI titled, "Environmental Challenges, Policies, and Grass-Roots Campaigns in Today's Russia." Davydova is currently based at UC Davis as a Humphrey Fellow. See more information about her talk here, and watch the video below:
GLOBAL LITERACY WORKSHOP BRINGS TOGETHER AREA TEACHERSIn Fall 2018, Indiana teachers were invited to participate in the Global Literacy Invitation Project at Indiana University. The workshop leader, Leana McClain, has found children’s books to be a powerful way to connect children with global phenomenon and to promote an understanding of our interconnectedness. A team of three MCCSC teachers who participated in the first GLI Workshops served as teacher leaders for the 2018/2019 workshops. Read more about it here.
APPLY FOR COURSE DEVELOPMENT STIPENDS FOR RUSSIA, EASTERN EUROPE, AND EURASIA!With funding from the US Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Centers (NRCs) around the country will jointly award stipends to faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions to develop and incorporate greater content about Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia into the curricula of the institutions at which they teach. Faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions throughout the US are invited to apply for a course development stipend of $1000-3000.
More details on eligibility, application procedures, and administration of the awards can be found at: Call for Applications 2019
The application can be accessed at: https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8quhv30t36KG6j3
Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST on March 4, 2019.
GREGORY AIMARO FEATURED IN PRYLUKY CITY NEWSPAPERGregory Aimaro, a Master's student in REEI, has been working and volunteering in the Ukrainian town of Pryluky for years. He not only taught English in Pryluky over the summer, but it is also featured extensively in his research as well as being the ancestral home of his great-grandfather. In December, his interview with with Pryluky City Newspaper ran on the front page. Read it here.
SZABOLCS LÁSZLÓ WINS ASEEES GRADUATE STUDENT ESSAY PRIZESzabolcs László, a PhD student in History at IU, was awarded the ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize at the 2018 ASEEES Annual Convention that took place in early December in Boston, MA. His essay, “’Performing for the Capitalists’: Cold War Diplomacy Experienced by Hungarian and Romanian Writers at the Iowa International Writing Program,” was written for History H-575 Graduate Readings in History, taught by Professor Maria Bucur in Spring 2017. The award committee cited László’s work as an “engaging and highly original essay” that draws upon “a rich primary source base – including the archives of the IWP, the accounts of literary participants, and the personal papers of the program’s founder” to provide “a unique perspective on the political calculations that underpinned the cultural and intellectual life of the Cold War period.” László follows Jolanta Mickute (PhD History, 2011) and Colleen Moore (PhD History, 2013) as the third IU winner of the ASEEES Graduate Student Essay Prize since its establishment in 2006.
PAUL RICHARDSON RECOGNIZED AS REEI DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUSDuring the IU Alumni Reception at the ASEEES Annual Convention in Boston, Paul Richardson was presented with the REEI Distinguished Alumnus Award, an honor that celebrates alumni of the Institute who have made exceptional contributions to academia, public service, education, outreach, and other fields by drawing on their expertise in the Russian and East European region. The award recognizes Richardson’s achievements in providing English readers with nuanced, multifaceted, and engaging perspectives on Russian life; his example as an IU Russian and East European Institute alumnus who has drawn upon his training in Russian area studies to pursue a stimulating and successful career in the business and publishing worlds; and his exceptional contributions to educational and cultural diplomacy. Read more here.
REEI PUBLISHES LETTER OF SOLIDARITY WITH CEUOn December 7th, 2018, REEI published a letter of solidarity with our colleagues at Central European University signed by Indiana University faculty and staff. Download the full PDF here.
REEI HOSTS FIRST ANNUAL MCCLOSKEY FORUMOn October 23, former colleagues of the late Frank McCloskey (1939-2003), celebrated his contributions to peace in the Balkans at the First Annual McCloskey Forum. An IU alumnus (A.B. 1968, J.D. 1971) who represented Indiana’s 8th District in Congress from 1983 to 1995 after serving as mayor of Bloomington from 1972 to 1982, Congressman took a passionate interest in the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, withstanding the resistance of his party and the White House by persistently advocating for US action to stop the genocide in former Yugoslavia—efforts which eventually spurred US involvement in the diplomatic process that eventually led to the Dayton Accords of 1995. See the flyer here