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Thursday, November 3, REEES will host a screening of the Stage Russiathe-cherry-10-20_2 and Moscow Art Theater production of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”. This is the last play Chekhov wrote, and considered to be one of the three or four of his finest plays.

The film is in Russian with English subtitles.

The free screening begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov 3 in Knight Library 36 (Studio A). Please join us!

From Novel in Verse to Opera: Pushkin, Tchaikovsky, and Eugene Onegin

Exhibit in Knight Library, February 1 – March 31, 2016pushkin_poster_small_0

In conjunction with Eugene Opera’s 2016 production of Eugene Onegin, this exhibition at Knight Library explores Russian intellectual and cultural life of the nineteenth century, when Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837) and Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) flourished. Visit the Library’s event page here!

Pushkin, Russia’s greatest poet and prose writer, wrote his novel in verse, Eugene Onegin, between 1823-1831. It became a revered national masterpiece, recited by actors on the Russian stage since the early 1840s. As an act of sincere tribute to a poet of unsurpassed genius, Tchaikovsky composed an opera based on Eugene Onegin, which premiered in Moscow in 1879.



Art Exhibition: Pushkin through the Eyes of a Child – original artwork by students (age 7-10) of the Little Owl School of Arts
February 1 – March 31, University of Oregon: Global Scholars Hall (1710 E. 15th Ave., Eugene)

This exhibit by t_DSC2174he University of Oregon Libraries explores Russian intellectual and _DSC2175cultural life when Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837) and Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) flourished. Pushkin, Russia’s greatest poet and writer, wrote Eugene Onegin in 1823-1831. It became a national masterpiece, and Tchaikovsky’s opera based on the novel premiered in Moscow in 1879.

This exhibit features materials pertaining to this classic work: Pushkin’s illustrations to his novel, Tchaikovsky’s comments in letters and diaries, recordings of the opera, and programs published by opera companies.

Click for more information on concurrent events at Eugene Opera.

More Upcoming REEES Events:

“Give War and Peace a Chance” – Jan 13

Renowned Tolstoy scholar and public intellectual Andrew Kaufman will be giving a public lecture, entitled “Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times,” on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. in 182 Lillis Hall at the University of Oregon.

GiveWarandPeaceaChance-cvr-thumb“War and Peace” is many things. It is a love story, a family saga, a war novel. But at its core, it’s a novel about human beings attempting to create a meaningful life for themselves in a country torn apart by war, social change, political intrigue, and spiritual confusion. The novel is, above all, a mirror of all times, even ours.

In this keynote, internationally recognized Tolstoy expert Andrew Kaufman will guide us through “Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times,” his critically acclaimed companion to Tolstoy’s mammoth novel. He will take his audience on a journey through War and Peace that reframes their very understanding of what it means to live in troubled times and survive them. Touching on a broad range of topics, from courage to romance, success to idealism, Kaufman will show how Tolstoy’s greatest work applies to the spiritual and social discord of our own time, and how reading Tolstoy can help us live fuller, more meaningful lives. The ideal companion to War and Peace, Kaufman’s lecture will be enjoyable to those who have never read a word of Tolstoy, making that masterpiece more approachable, relevant, and fun.

The lecture is sponsored by the Robert D. Clark Honors College, the Office of the President, the Oregon Humanities Center, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Division of Equity and Inclusion, the Center on Diversity and Community, the Comparative Literature Department, and the UNESCO Crossings Institute, as well as REEES. The event is free and open to the public.

Link with more on the book, and to hear Tolstoy reading from his work.



Russian Club: Sailing through the sea of opportunities in the Slavic World: Cultural exchanges, trips, grants, and many more!

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Come hang out with the Russian Club of the University of Oregon. We will be listening to short presentations from our new graduate students and language instructors about traveling and living in Eastern Europe. If you are considering travel, study abroad, or working in Eastern Europe, this is a great chance to hear from students who have been there, and ask your questions! Tea and cookies are provided, and we will also be doing a surprise Russian-American craft activity!

Please join us Tuesday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m. in the Knight Library Room 267B


Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

Award-winning author and humorist Elif Bautman will read from her hilarious book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them.

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Wednesday October 14, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Knight Library Browsing Room

Free and Open to the Public

A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Batuman’s book, The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them has been reviewed by the New York Times, which wrote, “Perhaps Ms. Batuman’s best quality as a writer, though — beyond her calm, lapidary prose — is the winsome and infectious delight she feels in the presence of literary genius and beauty. She’s the kind of reader who sends you back to your bookshelves with a sublime buzz in your head. You want to feel what she’s feeling.”

Batuman has been a staff writer for The New Yorker, and has written for Harper’s, n+1, the Sunday Review and The London Review of Books on various topics: Thai kickboxing, literary theory, racism in literature, a hit Turkish TV show, and much more. She is a prizewinning author, of awards such as a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a Terry Southern Prize for Humor from The Paris Review.

REEES is a co-sponsor of this event, with The Oregon Humanities Center, Department of Comparative Literature, Creative Writing Program, Department of English, and UO Libraries.

The Biennial REEES Graduate Symposium

Grad Symposium
Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies presents the Biennial REEES Graduate Symposium on Friday, May 1 in the Knight Library Browsing Room from 8:45 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., with a public reception afterwards.

Morning Schedule
8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. Panel 1: Nation, Identity, World
(featuring Anna Kovalchuk, Iryna Zogoruyko, Daria Smirnova and Elena Rodina)
10:30 a.m. Panel 2: Trope, Language, Style
(featuring Eric Spreat, Anastasia Savenko-Moore, Iida Pöllänen and Marina Tsylina)
12-1 p.m. Lunch – on your own

Afternoon Schedule
1:00 p.m. Panel 3: Time, Energy, Entropy
(featuring Anthony Topoleski, Amy Leggette, Christopher Pike and Maya Larson)
2:30 p.m. Panel 4: Comparative Contexts
(featuring Ramona Tougas, Rachel Branson, Zachary Hicks and Baran Germen)
4:00 p.m. Keynote Lecture
(featuring Professor Nina Gourianova)

The keynote lecture will be presented by Professor Nina Gourianova from Northwestern University, “Wars on Utopias of the Russian Avant-Garde,” which begins at 4 p.m.

Click here for the event poster.

This event is co-sponsored by the Comparative Literature Department.


Skiing in Russia and the Significance of Soviet Biathlon

REEES Lecture 4.2015 Poster Final
Dr. William D. Frank will give a lecture on Friday, April 17 at 4 p.m., titled, “Skiing in Russia and the Significance of Soviet Biathlon,” in the Knight Library Browsing Room on the UO campus. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

Dr. Frank is a lecturer in history and the humanities at Central Washington University. His book, “Everyone to Skis! Skiing in Russia and the Rise of Soviet Biathlon,” was published by Northern Illinois University Press in 2013 and was just awarded the International Skiing History Association’s Ullr Award for a “single outstanding contribution”
to the history of skiing.

Please click here for a poster describing “Skiing in Russia and the Significance of Soviet Biathlon.”

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

UO Russian Theater presents:

A bilingual Russian-English play based on Aleksandr Pushkin’s 1835 novella,

The Queen of Spades


Two Shows:
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

Global Scholars Hall, Room 123
Free and open to public

Click here for the UO Library web page for this Russian event!

UO Russian Club meets Friday, February 20th

Friday, February 20th, 2015 * 4:00-6:00 p.m. * Global Scholars Hall Demo Kitchen

The UO Russian Club invites you to celebrate Russian Mardi Gras -Maslenitsa- by joining them in making blini and engaging in traditional folk games!

Russian Club Feb 20th

UO Russian Club meets Tuesday, November 11th

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 * 4:00-5:30 p.m. * Knight Library Room 122

The UO Russian Club invites you to play bingo “russkoe loto”! While trying your luck, hot tea will be served with delicious “pryanikis” (cookies).

Also, you can hear about a recent visit to Ukraine accompanied with photos.

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“Skiing in Russia and the Significance of Soviet Biathlon”

REEES is pleased to announce a public lecture on “Skiing in Russia and Soviet Biathlon” by W.D. Frank this Friday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m. in 175 Lillis Hall. W.D. Frank is a lecturer in history and the humanities at Central Washington University and the author of “Everyone to Skis! Skiing in Russia and the Rise of Soviet Biathlon” (Northern Illinois UP, 2013).


REEES Lecture 11 2014 Poster

Click here for full-sized poster

An invitation from: Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Please click on poster below for full-sized invitation.

REEES’s Fall 2014 Welcome Reception on Friday, September 26 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, Room 348

UO Library Event: Two Russian Writers Speak on Literature in Totalitarian Society

Three discussions will take place at 4:00 p.m on the following days-Friday, October 3; Wednesday, October 8th; Friday, October 10th
Two leading voices in Russian literature will make public presentations in October on topics related to Russia’s literary landscape, past and present.

On Friday, October 3, at 4 p.m. in Knight Library Browsing Room, Ivan Akhmetev, a renowned Russian poet and laureate of the Andrei Bely Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Russian Literature, will present a lecture on government suppression of Soviet-era literature. In his talk, entitled “Russian Poetry at the End of the Soviet Empire,” Akhmetev will explore the phenomenon of the “deep underground,”the authors who were suppressed by the government because of the non-traditional nature of the form and ideas of their verses.

On Wednesday, October 8, at 4 p.m. in Knight Library Browsing Room, Tatiana Neshumova, a poet and literary critic who has devoted most of her research to Russian Silver Age literature, will discuss “‘Inner’ Emigration: Emigrating without Crossing Borders.” Her talk will focus on the life and works of Russian writers V. Malakhieva-Mirovich, D. Usov, and E. Arkhippov.

On Friday, October 10, at 4 p.m. in Knight Library Browsing Room, Akhmetev and Neshumova will make a joint presentation entitled “The Life and Work of the Russian Poets of the 21st Century.” The two will present a poetry reading following the talk, and a reception will close the event.

All lectures are free and open to the public. The talks are sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries, Oregon Humanities Center, Office of International Affairs Global Studies Institute, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Library event website:

Event Poster: Russian Library Event October 2014

James L Rice Symposium on Russian and Comparative Literature

A Symposium on Russian and Comparative Literature in Memory of James L. Rice on Friday, May 16 in the Gerlinger Lounge at the University of Oregon.

Please click on here for the full conference schedule.

Reception to follow. This symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact:

Conference sponsors: Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Comparative Literature Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Oregon Humanities Center and the Robert D. Clark Honors College.

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the University of Oregon Libraries, University Housing, Global Scholars Hall, Theater Arts, and School of Music and Dance present:

The Dragon, a parable devoted to Putin and Putin’s Russia based on Evgenii Shvarts’s cult drama.

Put-in, a three-headed, oil-drinking dragon, is venerated by the city because he protects it from other dragons. Each year, a girl is sent to his palace, and afterward no one hears from her again. The event is marked by a celebration involving the girl, her family, and the general populace. One day, a knight-errant Lancelot arrives in the city. A descendant of King Arthur’s knight and a distant relative of St. George, Lancelot falls in love with the “celebrated” girl, a teenage gymnast, and challenges the dragon…

In this bilingual Russian and English play, Lancelot and one of the Dragon Heads speak English so the audience can understand the events unfolding on stage.

2 Performances only!

March 8, 2014 at 7:30pm and

March 9th at 2:30pm

Global Scholar’s Hall, Room 123

The show is free and open to public.

The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies presents:
The Jewish Family in Eastern Europe

A Public Lecture by
Shaul Stampfer
Hebrew University

February 11, 2014 at 7:00pm
Knight Library Browsing Room
University of Oregon
East 15th and Kincaid Street

Free and open to the public

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Please click here for a full-sized invitation.

GSI Reception for Russian Education Leaders

The Office of International Affairs’ Global Studies Institute and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies are co-sponsoring a special reception to welcome a delegation of distinguished educators from five prominent Russian universities.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Lundquist College of Business, Lillis Atrium

Beverages and light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP:

Please click here for a full-sized invitation.

Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Hosts a Fall Welcome Reception

Fall 2013 Reception for Students, Faculty and Friends of REEES
The REEES Program will host a Fall Welcome Reception on Friday, September 27 at 3:30 p.m. in 348 PLC (Prince Lucien Campbell Hall). Students, faculty and friends of REEES, please join us!

Please click here for a full-sized poster.

REES and Russian courses Summer Term 2013

Plan your summer around these four REES and Russian courses! Click on the course number to see a detailed course description of each course.

July 22 to August 14

  • RUSS 240 Russian Culture (CRN 41914) 4 credits 1400-1550 MTWRF Instructor: A. Nekrasova Exploration of the phenomenon of the Soviet Union and the Soviet Person archetype, which still has an impact on contemporary life in Russia. Comparative aesthetics and development of art, film, architecture, music and literature in context of Russian intellectual history. Course conducted in English.

August 19 to September 8

  • REES 399 Sp St Central Asian Literature (CRN 42400) 4 credits 1400-1550 MTWRF Instructor, A. Bird Today’s Central Asia is heir of rich literary and artistic traditions influenced by imperial powers, including Greek, Persian, Chinese, Soghdian, Turkic and Russian. Course investigates works of Central Asian biographers and memoirists from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.

China and Japan in the Russian Imagination, 1685-1922: To the Ends of the Orient

Clark Honors College and REEES faculty member Prof. Susanna Soojung Lim’s book has just appeared! Published by Routledge, it is called China and Japan in the Russian Imagination, 1685-1922: To the Ends of the Orient.
Here is a description:
Throughout the centuries, as Russia strove to build itself into an imperial power equal to those in the West, China and Japan came to occupy a special place in Russians’ view of the orient. Never colonised by Russia or the West, China and Japan were linked not only to the greatest of Russian imperial fantasies, but also, conversely, to a deep sense of insecurity regarding Russia’s place in the world, a sense of insecurity which deepened as China and Japan began to modernise in the later nineteenth century. Drawing on a wide range of works by Russian writers and thinkers, Lim sets out how Russian perceptions of China and Japan were formed from Muscovy’s first contacts with China in the late seventeenth century, through to the aftermath of Russia’s defeat by Japan in the early twentieth century.

Congratulations, Professor Lim!!

REEES Program Newsletter

Check out the REEES Fall 2012 newsletter. REEES Newsletter

UO Anthropologist Details Love/Hate Status of Europe’s Roma

Carol Silverman, a UO Anthropologist, has completed work on her book which is featured in a May 30 Daily Emerald article.

Years of research went into Silverman’s book, which was featured in a recent book signing and author’s reception.

The book, Silverman said, aims to “de-exoticize Roma, both from the point of view as their being a persecuted minority or genetically musical,” both stereotypes that have intrigued her. “Roma are also doctors, lawyers, activists and teachers — no different than any other people,” she said.

Those who buy the book will receive access to a password-protected companion website with videos, audio segments, photographs and other supplementary materials.

Russian and East European Arts, World Stage

The Russian, East European and Eurasian Conference, “Russian and East European Arts, World Stage,” which was held May 18 and 19, 2012 at the University of Oregon, received coverage from the Oregon Daily Emerald. According to the Emerald, “The conference consisted of live music and dance, a drama performance, five scholarly panels and two keynote addresses. It explored many different arts, including visual arts like painting and cinema, as well as literature and poetry.” To read more of the article, click here.

REEES Graduate Student Symposium April 26

REEES presents four panels of graduate student presentations, beginning at 1 p.m. followed by a keynote lecture at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at the Knight Library Browsing Room

Click here for poster of REEES Grad Symposium April 2013

1-1:45 p.m. Nationality in Context: Ukraine in Literature and Folk Art

  • Anna Kovalchuk, Ph.D. Student in Comparative Literature, “Ivan Dziuba and the Ukrainian Nationality Question in the 1960s: A Crisis of Reading”
  • Abby Grewatz, M.A. Student in Folklore, Graduate Certificate in REEES, “Folk Arts in Context: Ukrainian Cultural Promotion in a Kyiv Souvenir Market”

1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Interrogating Soviet Mythologies in Literature and Film

  • Alena Nekrasova, M.A. Student in REEES (Literature), “Representation of the Soviet Past by Contemporary Russian Women Writers”
  • Mona Tougas, Ph.D. Student in Comparative Literature, “Subversive Labor in A. Proshkin’s Cold Summer of 1953 and V. Shalamov’s ‘Dry Rations’”

2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Literary and Linguistic Innovations: Neologisms and New Features

  • Qiang (Vasya) Wang, MA Student in REEES (Linguistics), “Towards Analyticity: New Features of Russian Nouns”
  • Rick Moore, M.A. Student in REEES (Literature), “Time, Texture, “Novoslovi” in Russian Futurist Poetry and Manifestoes (Kruchenykh, Khlebnikov, Mayakovsky)”

3:15 to 4 p.m. Self and Other in Russian Modernism

  • Amy Leggette, Ph.D. Student in Comparative Literature, “The ‘Я’ Occupation: Mayakovsky’s Revolution in the Spaces of the Lyric Subject”
  • Maya Larson, M.A. Student in REEES (Literature), “Why Does the Rusalka Have to Die? The Call of the Other in Zinaida Gippius’s Sacred Blood

4 to 6 p.m. Keynote Lecture

  • Michael Kunichika, Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University: “The Landmarks of Time: Eurasian Necropoles, Scythian Burial Mounds, and the Aesthetics of Russian Modernism”


This original bilingual Russian-English play is based on the 1906 Symbolist masterpiece, the “Puppet Show” by Alexander Blok, features Mystics expecting the end of the world, the comic love triangle of Pierrot, Harlequin and Colombina, the Dancing Dolls, three Symbolist love stories demystified by a 21st century shrink, a masquerade ball ending in a global revolution, the Devil, the Shrink and more!!!
WHEN:Saturday March 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday March 10 at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: UO Global Scholars Hall Theater (room 123), on the 15th next to Natural and Cultural History Museum.

The play is free and open to the public. It is directed and adapted by Julia Nemirovskaya.
Click here for a view of the Balaganchik Poster

Balaganchik Poster

Bulgarian Studies Award for Cynthia Vakareliyska

UO Linguistics Professor Cynthia Vakareliyska has been given an award from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences “for contributions to Bulgarian studies, specifically contributions to the study of the Church Slavonic language and Church Slavonic manuscripts.”

The award was presented on June 1, 2012 in Eugene at the Ninth Joint Meeting of North American and Bulgarian Scholars. This is only the second time the honor was bestowed on an American, the first being several decades ago.

Clark Honors College Faculty Brown Bag Talk

Professor Susanna Lim
Thursday, February 14, 12 pm
Chapman Hall, first floor, conference room

This work-in-progress talk will focus on Susanna Lim’s plans for a second book project: a comparative study of Russian writer Lev Tolstoy’s War and Peace and South Korean writer Pak Kyoung-Ni’s Land.

Bring your lunch!

Free Guest Lecture: Wednesday, January 16th, 4pm

Knight Library Browsing Room

The Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Program, along with the Department of German and Scandinavian Studies, present Tatiana Osipovich of Lewis and Clark College, who will be giving a lecture titled A Fish Out of Water: Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Mermaid” and Zinaida Gippius’ “Sacred Blood” on Wednesday, January 16th at 4pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room. This event is free and open to the public. Questions may be directed to Jenifer Presto
Guest Lecture Tatiana Osipovich

“Siberian Rock” Free Concert Oct 11

Siberian Rock/folk/soul duo “White Fort” play at UO on Thursday, October 11 at 4 p.m. on EMU’s East Lawn. Come out to see the unique hybrid of rock, folk, and classical music, propelled by a Russian
ethnic pulse and rocket fuel.

REES 410/510 Post-Cold War Eastern Europe (CRN 18065/18066)

This new course offering will explore developments in Russia, the new states of the former Soviet Union, and the ex-Warsaw Pact countries since 1989, as they have pursued both their own unique national interests and exhibiting certain common regional traits. The course will also consider how each state has experience varying degrees of ‘democracy fatigue’ over the past decade, manifested in societal corruption and organized crime, nationalism, racism (particularly against the Roma), restrictions on media freedoms, the emergence of monopolies and oligarchs, and even yearnings — among some — for the ‘stability’ communism once provided.

We will also explore how institutions such as NATO and the European Union used the leverage of potential membership to secure rapid political and economic reform, but failed to establish any real safeguards to prevent backsliding once membership was achieved. Moreover, despite high expectations that association with these institutions would improve daily life for everyone, ‘joining the European club’ has not necessarily proved the panacea that either governments or the citizenry expected.

A retired American diplomat, Keith Eddins, who served in the region and specialized on these issues, is teaching the course. In addition to drawing on academic and journalistic sources, Eddins will assign readings from U.S. diplomatic telegrams found in the so-called WikiLeaks archives.

Post-Cold War Eastern Europe Poster

Post-Cold War Eastern Europe
REES 410/510, Fall 2012
MW 1730-1850
Condon 360
Keith Eddins, Instructor

Alternative Visions: An Introduction to Russian and East European Film, REES 399

Great course offered this summer in REEES! See message from instructor below. CRN is 42291, contact the instructor for more information.

The cinema, 20th century’s dominant cultural expression, provides a crucial filter for the study of how social and political identities were constructed across Eastern Europe. Film industries in Warsaw, Budapest, Belgrade, and Moscow, among others, produced politically charged identities as well as visions of the cultural past that resonated in the popular consciousness. The production of screen images is derived from unique cultural foundations as well as a loosely connected “alternative vision” to film industries constructed in the West, a unique social imaginary of contending nationalisms, tensions over capitalism, and contested memories of the socialist past. This class considers some of the key film movements and aesthetic developments in the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Serbia, and Macedonia with a dual emphasis on both film texts and the political and cultural aspects of these film industries.

Please join us for an in-depth look at some of the key film texts from this region. 7 films will be screened in their entirety, and an additional 15 films will be watched in part. An emphasis will be on movies from the 1990s to today. We will focus in depth on the Czech, Hungarian, Polish, and Romanian film industries.

Hope to see you there!

Alternative Visions, Imagined Screens:
A History of Russian and East European Cinema
REES 399, Summer 2012, 7/23-8/15
M-T-W-R-F, from 12:00PM to 1:50PM
Pacific Hall 12
Jay Steinmetz, Instructor

Bulgarian Studies Conference at UO May 31-June 1

The Ninth Joint Meeting of North American and Bulgarian Scholars will be held for the first time at UO on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1 at the EMU.

This international conference has been held quadrennially since the 1960s in alternating venues in Bulgaria and the U.S. This will be the first time the conference will be held on the West Coast. Participants in the conference come from six countries: across the U.S., from Canada, Bulgaria, Norway, Sweden, and Spain.

Click here for a conference program.

Click here to register. More information about the conference can be found on the conference website.

REEES is one of the co-sponsors of the conference.


Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies proudly announces an upcoming interdisciplinary conference. Russian and East European Arts, World Stage will be held from May 17-19, and will examine Russian and East European arts and letters in an international context. The conference will include live music and dance, a drama performance, two keynote presentations, and five scholarly panels.

See below for more information on the conference, including Conference Registration.

Conference Specifics

Talks will be given on a wide range of subjects: Eisenstein’s films, Karel Čapek, Yugoslav literature, Russian art, literary translations, the globalization of Balkan gypsy music, and Russian fiction, poetry and drama ranging from the nineteenth century to the present.

Keynote lectures will be given by Helena Goscilo of the Ohio State University on “Two-Way Traffic: The East-West Cultural Exchange” and by Eliot Borenstein on “Catastrophe of the Week: Entertaining the Apocalypse in Postsocialist Russia.”

A theatrical presentation, “To Hell With Meyerhold: History and Unforgetting,” and an evening of Balkan folk music and dance will be further highlights of the conference.

For more information please download the Conference Program Click here for the Conference Poster.

If you plan to attend the conference (all events are free and open to the public), please click here to register. When you have finished filling out the short form, click “Submit Form” (upper right corner), then enter your email address, and name, and click the SEND button at the bottom of the page. Registration helps us in our planning – thanks!

Russian Theater from Winter 2012

The Russian, East European and Eurasian Program presents a bilingual Russian play, directed and adapted by Julia Nemirovskaya, based on “Ruslan and Lyudmila,” а Romantic poem by Russia’s venerated poet, Aleksander Pushkin.Click to view poster

Playful and exotic, this fairy tale delighted the Russian public. After the poem was published in 1820, Pushkin became the most popular Russian author. He often called his readers “friends of Lyudmila and Ruslan.” An evil magician steals Prince Vladimir of Kiev’s daughter on her wedding night, and several knights leave on a quest to bring back the maiden. Whoever succeeds gets the maiden and the kingdom. The production features medieval Russian history and folklore as well as two modern leaders, Yeltsin and Putin. American Muppets will befriend Slavic folk creatures like mermaids, Baba Yaga, the Learned Cat and Leshii the Forest Spirit. They will then dance and sing their favorite songs including the scary Russian lullaby about the Little Grey Wolf.

March 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. in 101 LLC (Living and Learning Center, on UO campus eastward from EMU). The show is open to all and free, donations welcome; however because of limited seating, please make reservations for one of the two show days. To make reservations, write Julia Nemirovskaya at

More information can be found on the RUSS 309/609 Russian Through Theater website.

To view the poster, please visit:Ruslan & Lyudmila