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CREECA Monthly

March 2016
UW-Madison History Department Professor Emeritus Alfred Senn in February 2010 
Forging Connections from Bayfield to Baikal

“As we left the home of our host that evening, the scene was saturated with long hugs and moist eyes – a definite indication this project successfully linked students from these two cultures.” In his blog, Bayfield High School science teacher Rick Erickson fondly documents a July 2014 trip with his students to Irkutsk. The trip was the culmination of Erickson’s work on what has become known as the Superior-Baikal Project. Read the full article here
Exploring Summer Internship Opportunities in Central Europe
“Going abroad is an amazing opportunity,” says University of Wisconsin-Madison student Scout Inman. “I think it’s something that impacts you for the rest of your life.” Inman, a senior in the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, reflects positively on her summer 2015 internship in the Czech Republic working as an editorial assistant at the Prague Post. The summer positions at the Czech Republic’s only English-language newspaper are one internship opportunity in Central Europe offered through the UW-Madison International Internship Program (IIP). IIP also connects UW-Madison undergraduates with summer and fall internships in Warsaw, Poland working for the nonprofit charity CARITAS for ChildrenRead the full article here
Apply for CESSI 2016!
Spend the summer learning a Central Eurasian language! 
At CESSI—the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institutestudents complete a full year of college language instruction in an eight-week summer session.

Applications are due April 1, 2016. The application form and details about tuition, financial aid, and housing are found here.

This year, courses in intensive 
Kazakh, Tajik,  Uyghur, and Uzbek will be offered.

Please contact Nancy Heingartner 

(, CESSI program coordinator, with any questions about the program. 
Community Updates
Alfred Erich Senn, Professor Emeritus in the UW-Madison History Department, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Professor Senn was a leading scholar on the history of Lithuania who published many works over the course of his long and distinguished career. 

Alyssa Dinega Gillespie (PhD 1998, Slavic Languages and Literature), will be taking up the position of Associate Professor and Chair of the Russian Department at Bowdoin College. Dr. Gillespie is currently Associate Professor of Russian at the University of Notre Dame. 

Graduate Students
Nalan Erbil Erkan (Languages and Cultures of Asia), a teaching assistant for Turkish, has won the Innovation in Teaching Award, administered by the Graduate School with funding support from the College of L&S. 
Aiday Sikhova (Economics), formerly a project assistant with the UW-Madison Partnership with Nazarbayev University, has won the Early Excellence in Teaching Award, administered by the Graduate School with funding support from the College of L&S. 

Friends of CREECA
The University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra will perform in Mineral Point at the Mineral Point Opera House on Saturday, April 9, in Madison at the East Side Club on Sunday, April 10, and in Appleton at Lawrence University on Sunday, April 17. 
Trafficking Justice: How Russian Police Enforce New Laws, from Crime to Courtroom
Thursday, March 17, 2016
4:00 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall

UW-Madison Political Science alum Lauren A. McCarthy is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. McCarthy will outline the various forms of human trafficking found in Russia today and the laws intended to prevent it. Drawing on research conducted over a ten year span, she will explain why it has been so difficult for Russian law enforcement agencies to use trafficking laws and what they have done instead to make sure that traffickers are held accountable for their crimes. The Facebook event can be found here

Zolotoj Plyos in Concert
Sunday, April 3, 2016
7:00 p.m., The Sett, Union South 

Founded in 1994, Zolotoj Plyos performs traditional Russian folk music in costume, both a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment. The group’s repertoire includes folk songs and instrumental pieces from various parts of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Georgia and also features Gypsy music, Russian popular music, and Jewish music. 
This free event is sponsored by CREECA, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, and the Slavic Graduate Student Organization, with generous financial  support from the Associated Students of Madison.

See the full event calendar here.

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Contribute to CREECA
The CREECA Community Fund, which is supported solely through the generosity of faculty and staff, allows CREECA to put together a variety of social events that strengthen our intellectual community.

Contribute to the CREECA Community Fund

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