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The Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies is the home of undergraduate and graduate programs in all fields connected to Russia, Eastern Europe, and former Soviet Eurasia at the University of Oregon. Together with its sister programs in the Oregon Consortium of International and Area Studies Programs (OCIAS), the Center is located in Prince Lucien Campbell Hall (PLC) on the University of Oregon campus.

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Norma Comrada and the works of Czech writer Karel Capek

Norma Comrada translates Czech treasures

Norma Comrada translates Czech treasures

REEES Courtesy Faculty Norma Comrada was featured in the Eugene Register Guard recently for her translations of the works of Czech writer Karel Capek. His many works in journalism, theatre, philosophy, literature, art and science fiction live on because of Norma Comrada’s commitment to translating his works. US writer, Kurt Vonnegut called Capek’s play, “Rossum’s Universal Robots,” one of the great plays of the 20th century “by a great writer of the past who speaks to the present in a voice brilliant, clear, honorable, blackly funny and prophetic.” Click here to read the article.


Past REEES Events and Articles

Congratulations to all our REEES faculty and students who presented an original bilingual Russian-English play based on Aleksandr Pushkin’s 1835 novella, The Queen of Spades on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at the Global Scholars Hall, Room 123




UO’s Silverman wins accolade from American Folklore SocietySilverman

UO cultural anthropologist Carol T. Silverman, elected as a Guggenheim fellow in 2010, has scored again. She is now a member of the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.

The designation goes to members of the American Folklore Society who have made outstanding contributions to folklore studies. The society, founded in 1888 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an association of people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world.

“My election to the Fellows of the American Folklore Society provides tangible recognition of the impact of my research in the discipline,” Silverman said. “Knowing that senior scholars from varied fields of folklore are reading and using my work is validation of its theoretical importance. When esteemed peers honor you, it is a tremendous boost to future research.”

She was one of five folklore researchers chosen in 2014. She was formally recognized at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in November.

Silverman’s long-running research on Balkan music and culture led to her selection as a Guggenheim fellow, a prestigious recognition of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Silverman has spent more 20 years researching Balkan Gypsy music, also known as Romani or Roma music. Since the fall of communism, this music form has become a global phenomenon. Much of her research is detailed in her book “Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora.”

She came to the UO in 1980 as a visiting professor and officially joined the faculty in 1987. Silverman holds a bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.


—By Jim Barlow, Public Affairs Communications