Fall 2020 Select Courses in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

REEEC COVID-19 Resource Page
We have compiled a list of resources on the COVID-19 pandemic in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and links to articles from current events/news websites on the region. To add a resource to the list, please contact us at reec@illinois.edu. For more information, please see https://reeec.illinois.edu/covid-19-resource-page/

Following University of Illinois guidance on COVID-19, REEEC will be suspending all our in-person public programming and events for Summer 2020. It thus will not be possible to host the Summer Research Lab in person this year. However, in cooperation with our colleagues at the Slavic Reference Service (SRS), we have been able to organize remote research support for scholars in the coming months through the Virtual Summer Research Lab (VSRL). This support includes both enhanced virtual bibliographical support and collection services to be provided by SRS, and virtual workshop and social activities hosted by REEEC. Our goal, as always, remains to provide scholars with the most effective support in advancing their research on the REEES region. For more information and resources on the University’s response to COVID-19, please see https://covid19.illinois.edu/ and http://mckinley.illinois.edu/covid-19

Publicly Available Online Curriculum from REEEC
Looking for activities for children who are home from school? Learn about Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia! REEEC has publicly available curriculum on our region for students ranging from pre-school age to high school: https://reeec.illinois.edu/resources/k-16-educators/curricula-and-lesson-plans/

COVID-19 Updates and Summer Language Programs
We are currently monitoring the status of the institutions that we partner with for summer foreign language study and will provide updates as soon as they are available. For more information on specific language programs, please see https://reeec.illinois.edu/academics/flas-fellowships/ 

POSTPONED TO FALL 2020: Illinois Global Institute Career Day
Register at https://igi.illinois.edu/career-day

Current and recent graduate students are invited to a career diversity day focusing on using foreign language, area studies, and thematic studies in the job market. Come learn how to identify and better communicate your skills, hear former graduate students discuss their current positions and paths from graduate study to employment, connect with alumni through informational interviews, and engage with peers, colleagues, alumni, and staff at the networking reception!

New Curriculum and Resources

For K-16 Educators, check out our online materials – we are constantly adding new resources!

Additional  Announcements



Professor Morgan Liu (Ohio State University) giving the REEEC New Directions Lecture, “An Uzbek Elite’s City within a City: Reflections on What Eurasian Power Can Do”
Sasha Velour at a discussion panel for “The Universal Language of Drag”
Professor Anna Muller (University of Michigan-Dearborn) giving the REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture, “Negotiating Motherhood and Communism: Tonia Lechtman and the World of Letters, 1937-1945”
Professor Christina Maranci (Tufts University) giving the REEEC New Directions Lecture, “The Wall Paintings of Medieval Armenia: New Discoveries, New Problems, and New Possibilities”
Diana Sacilowski (PhD Candidate, Slavic Languages and Literatures) giving the REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture, “Eliding Jewishness: (Un)Marking Jewish Identity in Late/Post Communist Polish Literature”
Liridona Veliu (PhD Student, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University) giving the REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture, “#Balkanization: A Critical Study of Otherness through Twitter”
REEEC GA Danielle Sekel at Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Free Library
Members of Eastern European Illini teaching the kolo (a Balkan folk dance) at the Champaign Public Library’s International Music and Art Interactive Family Program
Russian poet Liliya Gazizova giving a reading of her poetry
Making matryoshka dolls at Leal Elementary’s After School Child Care Program