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Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies is home to undergraduate and graduate programs in all fields connected to Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia at the University of Oregon. Our faculty members are active scholars in both the humanities and social sciences, and we regularly sponsor lectures, conferences, and cultural events, which are free and open to the public. We invite you to browse our website, and encourage you to contact us with questions.

Principles of Global Thinking

A Lecture by Choi Chatterjee, Professor of History, California State University, Los Angeles:

“Leo Tolstoy and Rabindranath Tagore: Principles of Global Thinking”

Thursday, October 5, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Knight Library Browsing Room

Leo Tolstoy and Rabindranath Tagore’s political ideas are considered to be embarrassing episodes that distract us from their otherwise brilliant literary careers. But Tolstoy and Tagore’s life practices and unorthodox approach to nationalism, imperialism, and modernity are not simply marks of their eccentricity. To the contrary, their counter-modern


REEES Introduces a New Major and Minor

As of fall, 2017 students can pursue a new, streamlined REEES major and minor with concentrations in Russian language, literature, and culture and Russian and Eastern European history, culture, and society. Guidelines for the new major and minor can be found at the following link:

Anyone declaring a REEES major or minor this fall will be expected to go by these new guidelines. Students who declared a REEES major or minor prior to fall, 2017 have the option of sticking with the old guidelines or switching to the new ones.

If you have questions about


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