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Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) is home to undergraduate and graduate programs in all fields connected to Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia at the University of Oregon. REEES faculty members are active scholars and regularly sponsor lectures, conferences, and cultural events, which are free and open to the public.

We here in REEES are committed to diversity and inclusion. Our program strives to illuminate the complex ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, and linguistic diversity of a vast geographical region, spanning from Eastern Europe to the Russian Far East. Gender, class, race, ethnicity, religion, and the environment are just some of the many issues addressed by our faculty in their teaching and research. Located in the only U.S. state in which Russian is the third most commonly spoken language after English and Spanish, REEES is also involved in outreach to the local Russian-speaking community through the sponsorship of an annual Russian play. For more detailed information about our Diversity Action Plan, click here.

REEES welcomes all students to participate in its classes, academic events, and extracurricular activities.  We invite you to browse our website, and encourage you to contact us with questions.  If you wish to join our email listserv to learn about our events, please contact Kaley McCarty at

Russians in the Pacific Northwest

REEES is holding an international conference on “Russians in the Pacific Northwest: From Fort Ross to the Aleutian Islands” on Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, 2018 in the Gerlinger Alumni Lounge. Please stay tuned for more details about the event, which is free and open to the public.

Dr. Nemirovskaya Publishes a New Novel

REEES Senior Instructor Julia Nemirovskaya publishes a new novel, Lis, about a Soviet agent in Ethiopia and the Moscow intelligentsia in the 1980s. To order a copy of the book, visit here.

Participating REEES Faculty Member Steven Shankman Publishes Turned Inside Out: Reading the Russian Novel in Prison

In Turned Inside Out: Reading the Russian Novel in Prison (Northwestern UP, 2017), Steven Shankman reflects on his remarkable experience teaching texts by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Vasily Grossman, and Emmanuel Levinas in prison to a mix of university students and inmates. These persecuted writers—Shankman argues that Dostoevsky’s and Levinas’s experiences of incarceration were formative—describe ethical obligation as an experience of being turned inside out by the face-to-face encounter. Shankman relates this experience of being turned inside out to the very significance of the word