Fall 2020 book publications from the CREECA community: A Spiritual Revolution: The Impact of Reformation and Enlightenment in Orthodox Russia (Andrey Ivanov, UW-Platteville); On Civilization’s Edge: A Polish Borderland in the Interwar World (Kathryn Ciancia, UW-Madison) Details on these and other community updates below.
Alumni Spotlight

Since REECAS alumna Caroline Savage joined the Foreign Service 16 years ago, she has done work in DC and overseas in four of the five specialties of the Foreign Service within the State Department: Consular, Political, Economic, and Public Diplomacy. Most recently, Savage wrapped up an assignment as Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Press Center, and she is now enrolled in a full-time Kazakh language training program for a new appointment as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Almaty, Kazakhstan – a regional hub of roughly 260 employees of the many U.S. agencies in Central Asia. Catch up with Caroline Savage in the full story here.

Welcome to CREECA!

Three new CREECA associates, Krzysztof Borowski, Melissa Sheedy, and Liina-Ly Roos, have joined the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic (GNS+) this fall and have settled into new academic appointments at the start of this historic academic year at UW-Madison.  

Krzysztof Borowski is the latest addition to the Slavic unit in GNS+. Borowski received a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures in 2020 from the University of Kansas where he taught Polish for five years prior to coming to UW-Madison. Borowski’s languages of study and research are Polish, Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian, Russian, Italian, and Spanish; he is currently teaching first-semester Polish and will continue to teach first-year and advanced Polish in spring as well. Get to know the newest members of the CREECA community in the full introduction here.
Upcoming Virtual Lectures
The CREECA Lecture Series presents
Toxic Crimes Project: Legal Activism Against Environmental Destruction in the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine
with Freek van der Vet, Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights University of Helsinki Finland
Thursday, November 12 ∙ 4-5:15 pm (CST)
Abstract and registration link here.
The NRC Areas Studies Showcase Lecture Series presents
 Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg:
Revisiting the International Military Tribunal on its 75th Anniversary

with Francine Hirsch, UW-Madison
Thursday, November 19 ∙ 4-5:15 pm (CST)
Abstract and more details here.
Share Your Favorite CESSI Resources!
CESSI is building an online database of resources for students of Central Eurasian languages such as Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. And we would love to include your favorite resources for culture and language learning. Please consider sharing your recommendations via this brief form. Thank you for your help!
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Chad Gibbs (PhD candidate, History) recently gave a talk for the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research. The synopsis and a recording of the talk, Locating Women in the Revolt: Gender and Spaces of Resistance at Treblinka, are available here. 


Congratulations to Eliot Borenstein (PhD, Slavic) who was awarded the Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize from ASEEES for Plots against Russia: Conspiracy and Fantasy after Socialism (Cornell University Press). Read more about this distinction here. 

Eric Lohr (BA in History and BS in Economics) was recently named Dr. James H. Billington Chair of Russian History and Culture at American University. His review article “The Bolshevik Revolution is Over” appeared in the September issue of the Journal of Modern History. 

Check in with 20+ REECAS alumni on our newly designed REECAS Alumni Page. CREECA invites all alumni to add their own information to the page.

Faculty and Academic Staff

Get to know Slavic lecturer Krzysztof Borowski (GNS+) in a new podcast interview he gave Ameryka i ja (America and Me) in which he discusses his journey from Poland to Wisconsin, teaching online, his new topics course, “Migrant Nation: The Polish-American Cultural Experience,” and much more.  

Kathryn Ciancia (History) was recently promoted to associate professor and is currently a resident fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities. Her first book, On Civilization’s Edge: A Polish Borderland in the Interwar World, is now available for pre-order and will ship in December. She is now working on her next book project—a global history of Polish consulates between 1918 and 1950. In 2020-21, she will work with Alyssa Hamrick on her undergraduate thesis about the Katyn massacre and with Alexandra Paradowski, a PhD student who is interested in Polish nationalism and memory politics. 

Professor Emerita Judith Deutsch Kornblatt (Slavic Languages and Literature) is currently teaching a course called “What Are the Humanities?” at Tel Aviv University.

UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program assistant director Laura Marshall just published
“Embrace the Engagement Experiment: Keys to Co-curricular Success During the Pandemic” in FLTMAG, a free magazine on technology integration in language teaching and learning.


Andrey V. Ivanov (UW-Platteville, Department of History) published a new book, A Spiritual Revolution: The Impact of Reformation and Enlightenment in Orthodox Russia (University of Wisconsin Press).  

Michael J. Mikoś (UW-Milwaukee, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature) published “The Presence and Reception of the Polish Nineteenth-Century Novel in the United States and Britain” in Another Canon: The Polish Nineteenth-Century Novel in World Context (edited by G. Borkowska and L. Wiśniewska. Zűrich: LIT Verlag, pp. 175-190). 

Ben Whisenhunt (Professor of History, College of DuPage) is co-managing editor of the Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS) and reports that  latest issue is now available here. Whisenhunt invites colleagues to submit articles, book reviews, and manuscript reviews to JRAS.

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