Workshops & Lab Programs

*More 2022 SRL Workshop & Lab Program information coming soon!*


The Summer Research Lab (SRL) provides scholars access to the resources of the University of Illinois Library, the largest Slavic collection west of Washington, DC, and an opportunity for individual consultation with the Slavic Reference Service (SRS). In cooperation with our colleagues at the SRS, we have been able to organize remote research support in the summer months through the SRL. This support will include both enhanced virtual and in-person bibliographical assistance and collection services to be provided by SRS, and also workshops and social activities hosted by REEEC (more information coming soon). Please contact REEEC at for more information. 

2022 Summer Research Laboratory Orientation Guide (Coming in June 2022)

2022 SRL Events Calendar (Coming in late Spring 2022)

Featured SRL Workshops

Teaching the South Caucasus: A Workshop for Educators

Co-moderators: Dr. Eteri Tsintsadze-Maass, Dr. Aimee Dobbs, and ARISC Executive Director Talin Lindsay

Hosted on-campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) in conjunction with the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center’s (REEEC) Summer Research Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications for the 2022 Teaching the South Caucasus workshop, a five-day forum focusing on curricular development for post-secondary educators, with a priority given to community college and minority serving institutions (CC/MSI).

Often overlooked in Western education, the region of the South Caucasus is not only a current hotspot for adventure tourism and historically a fault zone for international geopolitics, it is also home to unique cultures and diverse geographies. This year’s workshop focuses on the themes of sustainability and internationalization and considers three subtopics: civic and political institutions, climate action, and culture/music/art. The workshop aims to assist educators in integrating the South Caucasus into their coursework through the development of teaching modules with South Caucasus experts.

In a five-day workshop hosted at the University of Illinois participants will engage with topics on the history, societies, politics, environment, and culture of the South Caucasus; participate in pedagogical activities; conduct research at the University of Illinois’ world-renowned library; and workshop individual and group projects. Prior to the workshop participants will propose a module that they would like to develop during the workshop. Participants will work with scholars specializing in the South Caucasus who will give lectures, lead discussions, and provide feedback on participants’ projects. The workshop will also include a session with a UIUC librarian, three nightly films, one from each South Caucasian country, as well as a presentation from a regional film scholar over Zoom.

Please apply to the workshop separately at, but you can apply to both the workshop and the SRL, and combine both programs during your visit.

This workshop is made possible by funding from the Department of Education Title VI AORC and NRC programs and the Ralph and Ruth Fisher endowment at REEEC.


Other Summer 2022 Programs

International Studies Research Lab 

  • Current faculty or instructors at community colleges or minority-serving institutions
  • Program will run during Summer 2022