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SZABOLCS LÁSZLÓ WINS ASEEES GRADUATE STUDENT ESSAY PRIZE

Szabolcs 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 ALUMNUS

During 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 CEU

On 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.


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REEI HOSTS FIRST ANNUAL MCCLOSKEY FORUM

On 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