Spring 2020 – Select Courses in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Open Research Laboratory Application Now Open!
REEEC is now accepting applications from regional specialists (including advanced graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, and library science or other professionals with appropriate qualifications) to conduct short-term research concerning all aspects of Russian, eastern European, and Eurasian studies in conjunction with the spring Open Research Laboratory (January 21 – May 1, 2020). Click the link above to apply, deadline December 1, 2019.

The Adventures of Little Sharp-Ears
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801)
November 15, 7:30 PM
November 16, 5:00 PM
November 17, 3:00 PM

Music and lyrics by Leoš Janáček
Andrew Megill, conductor
Sarah Wigley, director

Join Sharp-Ears the fox and her friends grasshopper, mosquito, and frog as they wind their way from the farmyard through the ever-changing forest. This enchanting children’s story, filled with beautiful music and the sounds of nature from the pen of Czech composer Leoš Janáček, portrays a family-friendly, fantastic journey, exploring the relationship between humans and animals and the renewal that the natural world offers.

Sung in English.
Recommended for ages 6 and up.

For more information and to buy tickets, please click this link.

Exhibit Opening Reception: National Treasure: The Art of Joža Uprka
November 15, 2019, 1:30-3:30 PM, Spurlock Museum (600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL 61801)

The work of Czech artist Joža Uprka (1861–1940) documents the folk life of Southern Moravia (now in the eastern half of the Czech Republic). This selection of paintings, on loan from American collector George Drost, accompanies the production of Leoš Janáček’s opera “The Adventures of Little Sharp Ears” at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, which also uses Moravian folk costumes and settings. Drost, who lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois, was born in Brno in the Czech Republic and has been collecting Uprka artwork since the 1990s and has amassed a significant collection in the United States.

Join us for a public opening reception on Saturday, November 16, 1:30–3:30 pm. At 2:00, the collector George Drost and David Cooper, Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, will speak.

FLAS Fellowship Information Sessions
November 18, 2019, 12:00-1:00 PM, 1090 Lincoln Hall
November 19, 2019, 4:00-5:00 PM, 100 Gregory Hall

Summer 2020 & Academic Year 2020-2021 Fellowships

  • Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
  • Center for Global Studies
  • European Union Center
  • Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

Summer Amounts

  • Graduate and Undergraduate: Up to $5000 towards Tuition/Fees; $2500 Stipend

Academic Year Amounts

  • Graduate: Up to $18,000 toward Tuition/Fees; $15,000 Stipend
  • Undergraduate: Up to $10,000 towards Tuition/Fees; $5,000 Stipend

Application Opens: November 18, 2019

For more information and to access the application, please visit https://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM

New Curriculum and Resources

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

Additional  Announcements



REEEC 2019 Spring Reception
REEEC 2019 Spring Reception
REEEC 2019 Spring Reception
REEEC 2019 Spring Reception. Carol Leff presenting the winner of the Yaro Skalnik Prize, Sydney Lazarus
REEEC 2019 Spring Reception
Brooklyn-Babylon 2.23.2019
Julia Alekseyeva presenting her book at Youth Literature Festival
Youth Literature Festival
OzdinART: A New Form of EBRU (Turkish Art of Marbling)
OzdinART: A New Form of EBRU (Turkish Art of Marbling)
Slavic Story Time at the Urbana Free Library
Slavic Story Time
Slavic Story Time
Thornton Miller. Noontime Scholars Lecture “Agency and Access: The Soviet Performance of British Contemporary Music during the Early Cold War”
Gabrielle Cornish. Noontime Scholars Lecture “Sounds Like Lenin: Noise and the Problems of Socialist Modernity”
Rosina Neginsky. Noontime Scholars Lecture Philosophy of Birth of Images in Mikhail Vrubel’s Works”
Matthew Klopfenstein. Noontime Scholars Lecture “Public Life through Public Death: Civic Activism, Media Spectacle, and Contested Spaces in the Funeral of Vera Komissarzhevskaia”
Stefan Paychev. Noontime Scholars Lecture “The Nature of the Ottoman City: Water, Space, and Place in Sofia, 1380s-1910s”
Alexander Markovic. Noontime Scholars Lecture “Performing Power: Romani Music and Affective Labor in Postsocialist Vranje, Serbia”
Robert Orttung. New Directions Lecture Lecture “Promoting Sustainability in Russia’s Arctic Circles”
Anna Ohanyan. New Directions Lecture “Lenin’s Revenge: Regional Fracture and Security (Dis)Order in Post-Communist Eurasia”
Lyudmila Parts. New Directions Lecture “‘Geography of the Russian Soul’: The Provinces and Post-Soviet Nationalism”
Jessie Labov. Joint Area Centers Lecture “The Politicization of Discipline in Central and Southeastern Europe: Humanities under Siege”