Additional Announcements

“From Russia with Love”: John Harvey’s Russian Folk Orchestra (Runs October 12, 2017 – September 3, 2018)
Sousa and Tsar Nicholas II’s Birthday (An Unexpected Tour Adventure) (Runs August 21, 2018  – August 6, 2018)
Sousa Archives and Center for World Music
Harding Band Building (1103 S. 6th St., Champaign, IL 61820)

In sound and on stage, one of the most enduring legacies of the 1917 Russian Revolution was the development and dissemination of folk orchestras—literally, orchestral ensembles modeled on the western European symphony but comprised of modified traditional instruments.  These orchestras and their choral analogues became emblematic of musical socialism: new, modern but culturally distinctive performance vehicles for the new socialist states. Drawing upon the University of Illinois’s unique archival resources, this exhibit demonstrates the history, dispersal, and overall legacy of the Soviet folk orchestra in Russia and other parts of eastern Europe and Eurasia through displays of representative instruments, photographs, scores, and recordings. Central to the exhibit are instruments and ephemera associated with UI’s own Russian Folk Orchestra, established in the 1970s by the late professor emeritus of jazz John Garvey (1921-2006). The Illinois RFO is one of a handful founded at midwestern institutions during the late twentieth century; its presence on this campus is an indirect outgrowth of the cultural policies and exchanges triggered by the October Revolution, and an exclusive aspect the University’s history and longtime, internationally renowned, scholarly and artistic engagement with the Russian, eastern European, and Eurasian region.

Co-Sponsored by: REEEC; Department of Theatre; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; School of Music; School of Art + Design; Center for Advanced Study; Center for African Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; College of Fine and Applied Arts; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Program in Comparative and World Literature; Department of French and Italian; Department of History; European Union Center; Illinois International Programs; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; International and Area Studies Library; Krannert Art Museum; Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies; MillerComm; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Program in Jewish Culture and Society; Sesquicentennial Committe; Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; University Library; Women’s Resource Center


Serhiy Kvit, “Media Context of Ukrainian Revolutions as a Key to Understanding the Post-Soviet World”
Nov. 13, 5:30 PM
2090B Foreign Languages Building (707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801)

Born in 1965 in Uzhgorod, Professor Kvit teaches at the Kyiv-Mohyla School of Journalism. He was rector (president) of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy from 2007 to 2014. In 2014-2016, he headed the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and facilitated the adoption of a new, progressive Law on Higher Education. From 2002 to 2007, he served as dean of the university’s social studies faculty. In 2001, he also founded the Kyiv-Mohyla School of Journalism and became president of the Media Reform Centre, established to initiate open debate and promote more transparent media and government. In 2005-2011, Professor Kvit served as chairman of the Consortium of University Autonomy. His research interests and numerous publications focus on educational and media reforms, mass communications, and philosophical hermeneutics. He holds a PhD from the Ukrainian Free University in Munich and another doctorate in philology. He is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship at Ohio University, a Kennan Institute scholarship at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre in Washington DC, and a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship at the University of Cologne. Currently, Professor Serhiy Kvit is a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University.

Co-Sponsored by: Ukrainian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dmytro Shtohryn Endowment in Ukrainian Studies, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center


Roundtable: “Survey Data and Soft Power: The Place of Quantitative Analysis in Global Governance”
Nov. 14, 4:30-6:00 PM
100 Gregory Hall

Survey data has become an essential tool for formulating policy and assessing its impact in foreign relations and international programs.  This panel brings together three perspectives from the world of government, political science, and sociology on the uses of quantitative approaches in global governance and on the calibration and deployment of soft power.  The participants will reflect on methodological questions involved in the architecture of opinion surveys in global contexts and on the range of policy questions that can be resolved and refined through better quantitative analyses.


Regina Faranda is the Director of the Office of Opinion Research in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Throughout her 17-year tenure at State, she has been dedicated to informing U.S. policymaking by providing a seat at the U.S. policy table for people around the world. To further this goal, Gina has cultivated a team of more than two dozen international pollsters who are experts on the countries they cover and on social science research methods. The office conducts more than 250 surveys and research projects in more than 100 countries every year. Gina’s own research with the office has focused on Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia.

Matthew S. Winters is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His research interests include the allocation and effectiveness of foreign aid, the political-economy of governance, and voter attitudes toward corruption. He has conducted research in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Uganda about how citizens understand and view foreign aid, and he currently is planning research in collaboration with Equal Access International on the effectiveness of countering-violent- extremism radio programming in Niger.

Cynthia Buckley is Professor of Sociology at UIUC whose work centers on how cultural and institutional contexts influence individual demographic decision making. Her research employs qualitative as well as quantitative methods and centers on issues of migration, health, and fertility. She is a frequent consultant on data collection issues for governmental and non-governmental organizations in the Eurasia region. She has served as the initial scientific consultant for the CRRC Data Initiative (now known as the Caucasus Barometer), as a census and survey advisor, and as a monitoring and evaluation advisor and researcher across the region.

Sponsored by: Center for Global Studies
Co-sponsored by: REEEC, Department of Sociology


REEEC New Directions Lecture: Emilia Zankina, “Theorizing Populism East and West”
Nov. 16, 4:00 PM
101 International Studies Building (910 S. Fifth St., Champaign, IL 61820)

The growing success of populist parties from across the political spectrum in Europe calls for an examination of the populist phenomenon in a comparative perspective. Despite different contexts and underlying causes, populism and populist parties appear to be equally successful in the East and West. Prof. Zankina offers a new theoretical approach to the study of populism that views the phenomenon as a political strategy that reduces the transaction costs of politics by increasing the use of informal political institutions, which have an association with “direct” and “immediate” action, and decreasing the use of formal political institutions, which have connotations of slowness or non-action. This “transaction-cost framework” has several advantages: 1) it takes into account informal institutions (including the media and social media mobilization, quasi-political entities and actors with stakes in political outcomes, 2) it allows for better understanding of voter behavior and voter support for populist parties, avoiding the leader and party bias in research, and, 3) introduces a dynamics-based component which helps understand the rise and evolution of populist parties and changes in their voter support.

Emilia Zankina is an Associate Professor in Political Science and Provost of the American University in Bulgaria. She holds a Ph.D. in International Affairs and a Certificate in Advanced East European Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research examines democratization and elite transformation in Eastern Europe, populism, civil service reform, and gender political representation. She has published in reputable journals and presses such as West European PoliticsEast European PoliticsProblems of Post-communismRepresentation, ECPR Press, Indiana Press, and more. In the past, Zankina has served as Associate Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Managing Editor of East European Politics and Societies, and Editor-in-Chief of the Newsletter of the Bulgarian Studies Association. She is the recipient of a number of U.S. national grants from IREX, ACLS, American Councils, Wilson Center, and more. Her research spans topics such as populism in Europe, gender and politics, and civil service reform in Eastern Europe.

Co-Sponsored by: Department of Anthropology, Department of History, European, Union Center, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory