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CREECA Monthly

May 2016
Professor Emeritus Kemal Karpat speaks at the "Synergies Along the Silk Road for Agenda 2030" symposium in the United Nations Economic and Social Council's chamber. Professor Karpat was officially recognized at the event by the International Turkic Academy for his outstanding work for the Turkic world. Photo by Uli Schamiloglu. 
Zolotoj Plyos Return to Wisconsin for Two Days of Russian Folk Music

In April 2016, Russian folk ensemble Zolotoj Plyos visited Wisconsin for a series of student-centered performances and workshops. The group held a free concert on April 3 at the Sett in Union South, performed at Bartles Middle School in Portage in the morning of April 4, and held a master class for the UW-Madison Russian Folk Orchestra that evening. Read the full article here
Jenny Otting Talks with CREECA about Ed Policy and Working in Kosovo 
Jennifer Otting is a doctoral student in Education Policy Studies with a concentration in Comparative & International Education. Her work examines education policy in "fragile states," a topic that has led her to conduct research in Kosovo and will take her to Myanmar (Burma) in summer 2016 to begin her dissertation field work. Read the full article here

Keep an eye on the CESSI website for summer 2016 lectures and other events! 

Please contact Nancy Heingartner 
(, CESSI program coordinator, with any questions about the program. 
Community Updates
Faculty and Staff
Kemal Karpat, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, received an award at the "Synergies Along the Silk Road for Agenda 2030" symposium at the United Nations for his outstanding work for the Turkic world. 

Uli Schamiloglu, Professor in the Department of Languages & Cultures of Asia, presented his paper "Reflections on Turkic State Traditions: On the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Independence of the Turkic-Speaking Republics" at the International Turkic Academy's "Synergies Along the Silk Road for Agenda 2030" conference at the United Nations.

Anna Tumarkin, Russian Language Program Director, has been promoted to Faculty Associate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature

Wendy Johnson, Assistant Director of the UW-Madison Language Institute, is the recipient of the 2016 Robert and Carroll Heideman Award for Excellence in Public Service and Outreach

Brian Porter-Szucs (PhD History, 1994) has received a 2016 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies in support of his research on the origins of neoliberal economics in Poland. 

David Nordstrom (PhD Epidemiology, 1996) has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Kyiv, Ukraine at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, School of Public Health. 

Several students who studied abroad in CREECA regions were acknowledged by the International DivisionKylie Nordstrom (Croatia) won a Great People -- International Studies Scholarship; Eden Armstrong (Poland) won an IIP Travel Grant; Lora Daskalska (Bulgaria) won a Worldwide Internship Program Grant; and Ryan Berthiaume (Russia), Nora Herzog (Russia), Ashlyn King (Russia), Cole Kirchenwitz (Kazakhstan), Tiara Luckiesh (China & Kazakhstan), John McGovern (Kazakhstan), Denise Mohrbacher (Croatia), Savanna Rutas (Kazakhstan), Yuka Shiotani (Kazakhstan), Vera Swanson (Kazakhstan), and Emma Voss (Russia) have been recognized as Study Abroad Scholars. 

Megan Perry and Ariela Rivkin have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships to study Russian in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. 

Two UW-Madison undergraduate students presented papers at the 19th Annual UCLA Research Conference on Slavic and East/Central European Studies in Los Angeles on April 30, 2016. Henry Misa presented his paper "The Soviet Historiography on Central Asia: Khorasan, Transoxania, and the Inner Asian Steppe 800-1000 AD," and Alex Steiner presented her paper "Finnish Nonalignment in Response to Cold War Soviet Aggression: Historical Analysis and Contemporary Perspectives." 

Friends of CREECA
CREECA Honorary Fellow Elise Ahn's book Language Change in Central Asia has been published by  De Gruyter Mouton. 

Over 250 high school students and teachers from around Wisconsin gathered at the Barrymore Theater on April 20th for World Cinema Day 2016. The event was jointly sponsored by the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium and the Wisconsin Film Festival. UW-Madison Cinematheque's Jim Healy delivered opening remarks, followed by a screening of the film Celestial Camel (2015, Russian and Kalmyk).  
3rd Annual South Madison International Community Night 
Thursday, June 2, 2016
5:00-8:00 p.m., Villager Shopping Center, 2234 S. Park Street

Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium, in collaboration with the Urban League of Greater Madison and the UW-Madison South Madison Partnership office, will host a family-friendly, internationally focused community event. The event will highlight four performances, community-sponsored activities tables, and a variety of information booths. Madison's own Let's Eat Out will arrange international food carts (food vouchers will be provided).

For more information, visit the Urban League of Greater Madison's website


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