UW-Madison Russian Flagship students during their 2019-20 capstone year abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Photo courtesy: UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program).

The UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program received a $1.3 million grant renewal!
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Hats off and a round of applause to the Class of 2020! The 2020 graduates in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS) have been undergoing interdisciplinary areas studies training to become future leaders and experts in the ever-evolving international landscape. Click here to read an interview with two of our outstanding grads!
On April 27, pre-doctoral and postdoctoral scholars of the Wisconsin Russia Project (WRP) gathered virtually for the final “Salon” of the year. These research forums are one of many platforms where WRP visiting scholars generate and expand knowledge of Russia’s economy, society, politics, culture, and institutions. Click here to read reflections on their year here in Madison - both on campus and online.
The program allows undergraduate students of any major to achieve professional-level proficiency in Russian, a language designated by the Department of Defense as critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. Click here to read more about the program's successes that resulted in the grant renewal.
New Remote Resources
A free, professional development webinar for educators on digital identity and intellectual property.  The lecture is led by Wisconsin Russia Project visiting scholar Ekaterina Libova (LL.M. in Intellectual Property). Follow this link to stream the webinar.
This spring, we've been sharing some of the most memorable talks from the CREECA Lecture Series on social media.  Our selection of hand-picked favorites is now available to stream! Follow this link to see the list and enjoy the encore presentations!
Andy Spencer, Distinguished Bibliographer for Slavic, East European, Central Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, has updated CREECA on the acquisition of several new electronic resources and databases related to the CREECA region that may be of interested to UW-Madison researchers. Click here to see the list of new materials!
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Dmitrii Kofanov (PhD candidate, Department of Political Science) received a postdoctoral position as Fellow Researcher at the Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (IPErG) in Barcelona, Spain. He has also received a Summer Initiative Grant from the Department of Political Science.

Anton Shirikov (PhD candidate, Department of Political Science) received a CREECA graduate student short-term research award to study partisanship and perceptions of media in Russia.

Congratulations to graduating seniors Alyson Long and Tori Paige who received 2020 Area and International Studies Undergraduate Paper Awards from CREECA for their senior theses in the Department of History. Long’s thesis, “Diaspora Politics: How the Lithuanian-American Community Sought American Support for an Independent Lithuania 1890-1950” was advised by Professor Kathryn Ciancia. Paige’s thesis, “The Rouged Army: Soviet Women Soldiers’ Counter Narratives of the Great Patriotic War" was advised by Professor Francine Hirsch.

Victor Gorodinsky (
Sr. Academic Librarian & Director of Russian Folk Orchestra) reports that the UW Russian Folk Orchestra has a new and updated website! Check it out hereGorodinsky acknowledges CREECA staffer Suzy Mihalyi for helping with the design.

Francine Hirsch (Department of History) has published a new book, Soviet Judgement at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal After World War II, Oxford University Press. The book is currently available in Kindle format, and physical copies of the book will be available in June.

Yoshiko Herrera (Department of Political Science) published a new collaborative paper,
“Eurasia and Postcommunism: Weasel Words?”
(with Political Science PhD candidates Anton Shirikov and Dmitrii Kofanov) in “Weasel Words and the Analysis of “Postcommunist Politics: A Symposium,” East European Politics and Societies, 2020, 34:2, pp. 283-325.

Congratulations to Kate Vieira, one of thirteen faculty members to receive a
Distinguished Teaching Award in April 2020. Vieira was honored with the Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award.

Roberto Carmack (PhD in History) gave a talk on May 7 via Facebook livestream by invitation from the US Consulate in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He presented on the research he conducted as a UW-Madison graduate student and his book, Kazakhstan in World War II:
Mobilization and Ethnicity in the Soviet Empire. The talk was in honor of the 75th anniversary of Allied victory in World War II.

Paul Goode (MA  in Political Science) has published a new article,
Becoming banal: incentivizing and monopolizing the nation in post-Soviet Russia" in Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Classical music composer Mark Abel owes a lot to Alyssa Gillespie (PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature). His new album, The Cave of Wondrous Voice, is a collection of chamber music recordings, featuring a song cycle based on four poems by 20th-century Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, translated into English by Gillespie. Gillespie is Associate Professor of Russian and Chair of the Russian Department at Bowdoin College.

Scott Levi (PhD in History) has published a book, The Bukharan Crisis: A Connected History of 18th-Century Central Asia, with the University of Pittsburgh Press. Levi also has added a new administrative appointment: in addition to serving as chair of the Department of History at Ohio State, he is also serving as interim chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.

Melissa Miller (PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature) is assistant teaching professor in Russian at the University of Notre Dame. This spring, Miller received two awards at the University of Notre Dame: the Ursula Williams Faculty Fellowship and a Reilly Center Course Development Grant for a new course on Russian Literature and Narrative Medicine.

Mark Schrad (PhD in Political Science) was recently a featured expert on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) for the piece,
"The Role of Trust in the Fight against Coronavirus."

Ben Whisenhunt (Professor of History, College of DuPage) is co-managing editor of Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS).  He just published a new issue v. 4, no. 1 (May 2020), which is available here. Whisenhunt is also the co-editing the series Americans in Revolutionary Russia from Slavica Publishers.

Wisconsin Russia Project alumnus Dmitri Trifonov (National Research University Higher School of Economics) announced a new publication based on research he conducted while he was a WRP pre-doctoral fellow: "Political Connections of Russian Corporations: Blessing or Curse?"
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