Russian Flagship Program students participating in UW-Madison's "Russian Winter Extravaganza"
(Photo credit: University Housing)
A hallmark of CREECA’s mission is to serve as a resource on Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, and Central Asia for educators and the broader community. One way we achieve this goal is by igniting an interest and appreciation for CREECA languages and cultures among Wisconsin students (K-12) at key outreach events in the community. In the spirit of November’s International Education Week, members of CREECA volunteered their time to represent the region at two key advocacy events: Kennedy Elementary School International Celebration Night and IRIS World Appreciation Day.
Read the full article here.

(Photo credit: Laura Marshall)
UW-Madison's Russian Winter Extravaganza on December 4, 2019 was a celebration of Russian language and culture for Russianists and the larger Badger community. Successful execution of event was the result of cross-unit collaboration between CREECA, Department of German, Nordic, & Slavic, International Learning Community (Russian House), Russian Flagship Program, Russian Student Association, and Slavic Graduate Student Organization - a reflection of our strong campus network and collective willingness to educate the broader community about the Russian-speaking world.

Read the full article here.
(Photo credit: University Housing)
Welcome to CREECA!
In fall, we welcomed new assistant director, Sarah Linkert, who serves as outreach coordinator, FLAS coordinator, undergraduate advisor, and CESSI program coordinator. Sarah is a UW-Madison alumna; she majored in Russian Language and Literature and completed the Russian Flagship program. Sarah recently earned a master’s degree in Literary Translation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For the past five years, Sarah worked at Shopbop, first as a Russian translator for the customer service department and then as Senior Transportation Specialist facilitating international shipments.
Łukasz Wodzyński joined GNS in fall as assistant professor. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. His research interests include: adventure in literature; culture and society; Polish and Russian modernism; post-communism; enchantment, disenchantment, re-enchantment; sociology of literature; and genre theory. He is currently finishing a monograph on strategies of re-enchantment in the Polish and Russian modernist novel and researching his forthcoming book-length project on the concept of adventure in East-Central European post-communist literature.
Click here to listen to Professor Wodzyński’s February 6 CREECA lecture, “Restoring Scorched Maps: Adventure, Memory, and History in Tomasz Różycki's Twelve Stations
Community Updates
Halina Filipowicz (Professor Emerita, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic) has been appointed editor-in-chief of The Polish Review, a multidisciplinary scholarly journal published by the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in New York, the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (Polska Akademia Umiejętności) in Kraków, Poland, and the University of Illinois Press. In addition, her article "Mickiewicz, Adam, Dziady, part 4 (1823)" was recently published in The Literary Encyclopedia online. Part of her larger project titled Mickiewicz's Fun, the article offers a new reading of Mickiewicz's canonical drama and demythologizes its production history, including decisions by various censorship offices.

Leonora Neville (Professor, Department of History) published Byzantine Gender, part of the Past Imperfect Series by Arc Medieval Press: Amsterdam. Her chapter "Anna Komnene, a Monastic Intellectual?” also appeared in Women and Monasticism in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean: Decoding a Cultural Map (National Hellenic Research Foundation: Athens), edited by Eleanora Koutoura Galake and Ekaterini Mitsiou. Professor Neville has also contributed to two podcasts: The History of Byzantium (about Anna Komnene) and Byzantium and Friends by Anthony Kaldellis, Department of Classics, Ohio State University.

Madina Djuraeva (PhD Candidate, Curriculum & Instruction) has published “Habitus and Imagined Ideals: Attending to (Un)consciousness in Discourses of (Non)nativeness” in the International Multilingual Research Journal.

Ryan Goble (PhD Candidate, Second Language Acquisition) has joined the CREECA team as the communications and NSLI-Y project assistant. He previously served as project coordinator for The Wisconsin Language Roadmap Initiative. His dissertation research focuses on the relationship between language learning and professionalization among language learners in the career advising setting.

Paul Goode (MA in Political Science, 1999), associate professor and convener of the Research Group on Nationalism, Populism, and Radicalism at the University of Bath, is the newly appointed editor-in-chief of Communist and Post-Communist Studies published by the University of California Press. His appointment begins in July 2020.

Colleen Lucey (PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature, 2016), assistant professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona, was awarded the 2019 Fisher Fellowship to participate in the Summer Research Lab at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Lucey also received the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) Honorable Mention for best article in Slavic women's and gender studies for her recent publication, "Fallen but Charming Creatures: The Demimondaine in Russian Literature and Visual Culture of the 1860s," in The Russian Review.

Ryan Tvedt (PhD in Theatre and Drama, 2010) has published “From Moscow to Simferopol:  How the Russian Cubo-Futurists Accessed the Provinces” in Theatre History Studies.
Elise Ahn (Director of the International Projects Office) has published “Examining Education Change in Urban Kazakhstan: A Short and Spatial Story” in Globalization on the Margins. Education and Post-socialist Transformations in Central Asia (Information Age Publishing: Charlotte, NC), edited by Iveta Silova and Sarfaroz Niyozov.

Anya Nesterchouk (Pushkin Summer Institute Program Coordinator) has been accepted as a fellow to the University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy. Fellowship in the Teaching Academy is an honor bestowed on individuals who are recognized by their peers for teaching excellence.

Winson Chu (Associate Professor of History, UW-Milwaukee) has received a fellowship for experienced researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He will be based at the Center for Holocaust Studies in Munich, Germany, for the 2020-21 academic year, where he will pursue his monograph project on the German criminal police.

Ben Whisenhunt (Professor of History, College of DuPage) is involved in two ongoing projects. First, he is the co-managing editor of Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS), a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of Russian-American relations from the 18th century to current times. He is now editing the first issue of the journal's fourth volume and is always looking for articles and reviewers (those interested are invited to contact the journal).  He is also the co-series editor of Americans in Revolutionary Russia from Slavica Publishers.

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Policy vs. Practice: Anti-Corruption Efforts in Kazakhstan

Thursday, February 27, 4:00 - 5:15 pm
206 Ingraham Hall

A CREECA Lecture with Margaret Hanson, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Arizona State University.
Both President Tokayev and his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, have for years publicly emphasized the need to reduce corruption and introduced multiple initiatives to crack down on officials’ malfeasance. Yet levels of corruption in Kazakhstan remain stubbornly high. In personalist dictatorships like Kazakhstan, corruption is integral to governance, which means that the dictator cannot eliminate it without also unraveling his control over the entire system. Why, then, do we see high-profile anti-corruption rhetoric and policies in Kazakhstan? Read the full presentation abstract here.
K-14 Teacher Workshop: Teaching Cyber-Warfare and Accelerating Global Change

Saturday, March 14, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
Educators will have the opportunity to examine the transforming face of international conflict on the macro and micro level through this teacher professional development workshop.
The content of this workshop is appropriate for teachers of 6th-12th grade History, Social Sciences, Ethics, Computer Literacy, and Journalism, among others but all Wisconsin K-14 teachers are welcome.
Deadline to register is Friday, February 28. Additional details and the registration link are available here.
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