This month:
  • Registration for the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is Now Open! 
  • Updates from the CREECA Community
  • Upcoming CREECA lectures and some exciting events
  • How to connect with CREECA

                                     February 17, 2014

Join the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)!

Our longstanding language and cultural enhancement program will be offered again this summer; June 16-August 8, 2014.
Applications are now being accepted! The last date to apply is April 21, 2014.

Explore the languages and cultures of Central Eurasia this summer! From June 16-August 8, 2014 CESSI will offer courses in first and second-year Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Students will also have the opportunity to attend talks and cultural events, as well as interact with resident and visiting faculty. Register early as the scheduling of classes is contingent upon enrollment.

If the Central Eurasian language you would like to take, or the level you would like to take is not listed, please contact the CESSI program coordinator, Nancy Heingartner.

The application form and information about fees and financial aid can be found here.

Please visit the CESSI Web site for further information about the program and events. Updates will be made regularly.

(Photo above: Students at the CESSI 2013 closing ceremony)

The CESSI Consortium is comprised of international and area studies centers at major U.S. universities working together to provide high-quality instruction in the languages and cultures of Central Eurasia.
Updates from the CREECA Community

Manon van de Water (professor of Theater and Drama) published an article in Incite/Insight, titled "12 days, 41 Teenagers, and the Pressure of СПЕКТАКЛЬ: Devising Theater Practice in Papa Rostov."
Hannah Chapman (Political Science), was awarded funding to participate in the Advanced Research Fellowship's 2014-2015 American Councils Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program. The program is under the purview of the U.S. Department of State.
Colleen Lucey (Slavic) received a 2013 campus-wide Teaching Assistant Award for Exceptional Service. A reception to honor Colleen will be held on Tuesday, 25 February, from 3-4 pm in 911 Van Vleck Hall.
Mark Lawrence Schrad (Political Science) published a new book Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy and the Secret History of the Russian Stat(Oxford University Press, 2014).

(Photo above: Melissa Miller (L) and Colleen Lucey (R) at ASEEES 2013 in Boston)

Be sure to check our blog, 'CREECA Jobs and Funding Resources', where we post, and regularly update, a variety of opportunities. 

Political Machines at Work: Voter Mobilization and Electoral Subversion in the Russian Workplace

Thursday, February 20, 2014 
4pm, 214 Ingraham Hall (Please note room change)

John Reuter is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. His research focuses on elections, political parties, democratization, political economy and Russian politics.

More from the CREECA Lecture Series:
(All lectures are held at 4pm in 206 Ingraham Hall, unless otherwise noted)
Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Democracy, Inequality and Foreign Investment in Eastern Europe:
Does the EU Matter?"

Nina Bandelj, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Evolution of U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan: Shaping Prospects for Afghanistan's Future

Christopher D. Kolenda, Senior Advisor, Department of Defense

Thursday, February 27, 2014 
4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall

Marina Zaloznaya is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Iowa. In her work, 
Dr. Zaloznaya applies ethnographic and comparative-historical methodologies to the topics of corruption, white-collar crime, and economic deviance.
Upcoming Events:
(A complete list of events can be found at

February 22, 2014International Festival 2014.
February 27, 2014. "Marching into Darkness: The German Army and the Holocaust in Belarus."

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