Bascom Hill, UW-Madison, December 12, 2020 after the first significant snowfall of the season
Photograph by Ryan Goble, CREECA Communications Project Assistant
Fall Headlines

While 2020 has been the year of social distancing, mask-wearing, and remote meetings, the necessity of moving lectures and seminars online has also opened up opportunities to reach new audiences.

One of several CREECA faculty members taking the virtual stage this fall is Yoshiko M. Herrera, professor of political science. From the local CREECA community, to REECAS scholars and government officials, to K-14 educators, Herrera has been engaging diverse audiences on timely and important issues, such as racialized identities in Russia and U.S.-Russian relations during the U.S. presidential election. Continue reading this featured story here.

Gulnara Glowacki, a UW-Madison senior lecturer in Kazakh Language and Culture, was recently featured in a College of Letters & Science story about teaching Kazakh language, literature, and culture. Read the full article here.

The Wisconsin Russia Project received a 24-month grant renewal of $700,000 this fall from Carnegie Corporation of New York. UW-Madison was one of three U.S. universities awarded this competitive grant as part of Carnegie Corporation’s continued commitment to expand and enrich Russia area studies. Click here to read the press release, "Carnegie Corporation of New York Board Approves 46 Grants Totaling $28,869,000."
The initiative will continue to promote social science research and training on contemporary Russia by sponsoring pre/post-doctoral fellowships, graduate assistantships, and faculty and graduate student collaborations. Stay tuned for several exciting opportunities! First up is the Young Scholars Online Conference on January 28-29, 2021. REECAS graduate student
Jacob Aehl currently serves as project assistant.
Community Updates
PhD student Özlem Eren (Art History) published a detailed case study of the St. Demetrios (St. Dmitry) Cathedral in Vladimir, Russia as part of the “Mapping Eastern Europe” project. The project is focused on the history, art, and culture of Eastern Europe between the 13th and 17th centuries.
Moldir Oskenbay (UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program) has co-authored Crossroads of Cuisine: The Eurasian Heartland, the Silk Roads and Food (Brill), an ethnographic photo essay that provides a history of foods and foodways in terms of exchanges taking place in Central Asia and surrounding areas during the last 5,000 years. It provides a discussion of geographical foundations and an interlocking historical and cultural overview leading to the present day, with a comparative country-by-country survey of foods and recipes.
Winter Break Novel Recommendation

Rumor occupies a central place in The Mountain and the Wall, the first Dagestani novel to be translated into English. Set primarily in Makhachkala, Dagestan, Ganieva’s first novel begins with the premise that Russia is walling off the republics of the North Caucasus. Phones and the internet are inoperable; media coverage is unreliable and untrustworthy. “The most widespread and effective news medium was word of mouth” (p. 185). The leading characters change, but hearsay is always present. Read Sarah's full book review here.
Consider CREECA in Your Year-End Giving
With a new year and new opportunities ahead, please consider making a year-end gift to CREECA! Private gifts ensure that CREECA maintains its excellence as one of the leading centers for the study of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. Donations support research grants for graduate students, training in critical languages, lectures, and cultural events that impact the wider community. Gifts of any size are gratefully appreciated. Follow this link to read about the giving options you might consider.
Best wishes from CREECA for a healthy and happy holiday season and New Year!
2021 Language Learning Opportunities
The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI is a unique, 8-week summer program at UW-Madison that offers courses in Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Language courses are supplemented by a rich program of cultural events, films, and lectures. Join us this summer! Click here for details on the application process, financial support, upcoming info sessions, and more! Potential applicants are also invited to check out these additional resources. The application deadline is February 1, 2021.
Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW-Madison National Resource Centers to assist UW-Madison students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies.

Learn more at info sessions on January 19 and February 1, or listen to a recorded info session. Details on these sessions, application process, and more can be found here. The application deadline is February 15, 2021.

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