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May 7, 2019

Delving into the Art of Translation and Creation

Lyn Coffin, Honorary PhD, granted by World Academy of Arts and Culture for “writing excellence and efforts on behalf of world peace,” gives us the pleasure of sharing her recollections of Joseph Brodsky, her thoughts and experiences as translator of Akhmatova, Orten, and other poets, as well as her own creative work.

Thursday May 30, 2019


Mills International Center

Erb Memorial Union
1395 University Street
Eugene, OR 97403-2572

Sponsored by University of Oregon’s Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Mills International Center, and UO Libraries

Free and open to the public

January 30, 2019

Take the Million – FREE Russian/English Theater


Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 10 at 2:30 PM
UO Global Scholars Hall 123
Free and Open to the Public

Ancient Greeks, modern Russian swindlers, secret service agents looking to improve Russia’s international reputation, and the world math community conspire in an intricate scheme to make a Russian genius accept a million-dollar prize.

Presented by Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Oregon, in collaboration with University Housing, UO Libraries, Department of Theatre Arts, School of Music and Dance, Department of International Studies, GEO Study Abroad, Clark Honors College, and School of Art +Design.Take the Million is a bilingual show, based on a 2010 comedy by Igor I rtenev.


January 3, 2019

Charisma, Camp, or Kitsch? Gender Performativity in Putin’s Russia

Monday, January 28, 2019 at 4 p.m.
175 Lillis Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Since his rise to power in 1999, Vladimir Putin has crafted a public persona whose appeal relies on a clearly constructed larger-than-life masculinity. Perceived by some as the return of charismatic leadership to post-Soviet Russia and by others as pure camp, Putin’s masculinity functions as the cornerstone of a gender order that paradoxically seeks to naturalize the binary opposition between male and female through artifice and exaggeration. This talk investigates the modes of gender performance that have become available due to Putin’s own performance of hypermasculinity and been propagated in Russia’s popular culture. Once we understand the relationship among the different modes of gender performativity circulating in the Russian media—from the seemingly universal charisma, camp, and kitsch, to Russia’s own stiob, poshlost’, glamur, and travesti—we can recognize the biopolitical stakes of Putinism’s preference for style over substance.

Julie A. Cassiday is the Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian at Williams College, where she is a member of the Department of German and Russian and the Program in Comparative Literature. She is author of The Enemy on Trial: Early Soviet Courts on Stage and Screen (Northern Illinois University Press, 2000) and co-edited Russian Performances: Word, Object, Action (Wisconsin University Press, 2018) with Julie Buckler and Boris Wolfson. Her research explores a wide variety of performance in Russian culture, and she is currently writing a monograph provisionally titled Russian Style! Performing Gender in Putin’s Russia.

November 7, 2018

Russian Poetry Night – Вечер русской поэзии 20-го века

Please join us on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Mezzanine Room (Room 102) of the Erb Memorial Union for an evening of twentieth-century Russian poetry. This event is free and open to the public.


For more information, contact Dr. Yelaina Kripkov at

October 2, 2018

Lecture on Eastern European Exiles in Postwar America

Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Martin Nekola on “For the Freedom of Captive European Nations: Eastern European Exiles in Postwar America” at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018 in EMU 231(Cedar Room). This event is free and open to the public.
August 29, 2018

Fall REEES Reception

Please join us for our annual fall reception, which will be held on Friday, September 21, 2018 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in 353 PLC.  There you will have the opportunity to meet our new undergraduate and graduate students, as well to reconnect with faculty, students, administrators, and friends of REEES. Friends, partners, and children are most welcome.

May 22, 2018

REEES Spring Reception

REEES is holding its annual spring reception on Tuesday, June 5th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Excelsior Restaurant on 13th St. Please help us celebrate the upcoming retirement of Prof. Cynthia Vakareliyska and the graduation of our B.A. and M.A. students. Children, friends, and partners are welcome.

December 18, 2017

Russians in the Pacific Northwest

On Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, 2018, REEES is holding an international conference on “Russians in the Pacific Northwest: From Fort Ross to the Aleutian Islands” in the Gerlinger Alumni Lounge. The event is free and open to the public. For the full conference program, click here.
October 2, 2017

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 ideas have enormous emancipatory potential in the face of accelerating climate change, intensifying national and racial competition, and the dilemma of modern selfhood that defines itself only through accumulation and violence.

The novelist and the poet argued that the world needed a new model of elite behavior, or what I call intentional selflessness. Intentional selflessness links the needs of the self, the community, and ecology in a seamless continuum, and expands our contemporary understanding of selfhood. Finally, their powerful vision of a shared humanity is based on an intimate and profound understanding of the natural world. Tolstoy and Tagore’s principles of global thinking have the power to move us beyond contemporary debates between the Right and the Left, economic development and environmentalism, and the nation and the world.

Free and open to the public.

August 7, 2017

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Fall 2017 Reception

Mark your calendars! The Russian East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) Fall Reception will be on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 3:00pm. to 5:00 p.m in 353 Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, University of Oregon. All REEES students, faculty, friends, and families are welcome! We hope to see you there!