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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!