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CREECA Monthly

October 2014
CREECA Receives Federal Funding to Continue Area Studies Programming and Language Instruction

CREECA was among seven area-studies centers within the International Institute to collectively receive over $3.4 million in annual Title VI federal funding. Full story here.
A Conversation with Patty Gray
We sit down to chat with Patty Gray, social anthropologist and UW-Madison alumna, who returns to Madison for her sabbatical year.

Centered on fieldwork in Russia, the questions Gray asks and the people she studies are diverse; ranging from indigenous activism to the Russian opposition movement and its influence through social media. Read on, as Gray talks about her work and being back in Madison.

(Patty Gray in her office at UW-Madison. Photo Credit: Aparna Vidyasagar/CREECA)

CREECA/UW-Madison Reception at ASEEES 2014!

Heading to San Antonio in November for ASEEES or ACTFL? CREECA at UW-Madison invites all UW alumni to gather with current and former faculty, students, and affiliates on Friday, November 21 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Rio Room of the Casa Rio restaurant. Join us for delicious San Antonio-style Mexican food, cocktails, and conversation. 

Any questions? Please contact Jennifer Tishler, CREECA Associate Director (

The restaurant is located at 430 E. Commerce Street, on the lovely River Walk, with easy access from both the ASEEES and ACTFL conference hotels.
Community Updates
Scott Gehlbach (Political Science), with Konstantin Sonin, recently published an article titled "Government Control of the Media," in the Journal of Public Economics.

Manon van de Water (Slavic) holds a full appointment with Slavic Languages and Literature as of August 2014. She is currently serving on the executive committee of ASSITEJ, the International Association of Theatre for Children and Youth. The committee represents national ASSITEJ centers  and networks in over 90 countries worldwide. She also recently authored a book chapter, titled "Raising the
Soviet Citizen: Natalia Sats's Revolutionary Theatre for Children and Youth in Soviet  Russia, 1917-1932" in Nationalism and Youth in Theatre and Performance (Victoria Pettersen-Lantz and Angie Sweigart-Gallagher, eds. Routledge, 2014).

Kathleen Conti (History) published an article in the newsletter of the American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL). "Well, Of Course, The Soviets!" details her experience conducting research in Russia this past summer. 
Adrienne Edgar is an associate professor of  Russian and Central Asian history at UC Santa Barbara. She has published numerous articles on ethnicity and gender in Soviet Central Asia and is currently completing a book about ethnic intermarriage in the Soviet Union.
In her lecture, Edgar will use archival and published materials as well as oral history testimony from three post-Soviet states to examine both the official Soviet approach to ethnic mixing and the subjective experiences of mixed individuals and families.

Russia as a Recruited Development Donor
Thursday, November 6, 2014
4 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall

Patty Gray researches a variety of phenomena in Russia, within a broader European context, from an anthropological perspective. She is currently on sabbatical from her position as lecturer at the National University of Ireland Maynooth and is spending the 2014-15 academic year at UW-Madison. Gray is a UW-Madison alumna, having received her post-graduate certificate from CREECA along with her Ph.D. in  Anthropology (1998).
In her lecture, Gray will explore Russia’s evolving international development assistance apparatus. She will trace the recent historical development of Russia’s donorship, by focusing on tensions between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the fitful attempts to create a dedicated Russian aid agency. 
Explore Spring 2015 Courses!

Poli Sci 659 - 'Politics and Society: Contemporary Eastern Europe'
Taught by Boriana Nikolova
Spring 2015; Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Open to Freshmen and Sophomores with instructor consent. Pre-reqs Poli Sci 106 or Poli Sci 186. 
For more information, contact Boriana Nikolova
After the fall of communism in 1989, Eastern Europe seemed to be the one region in the world where new democracies were most likely to take hold and prosper. This course will address the main characteristics of the political and economic systems of the countries in the region during communism and how they affected their post-communist transitions. 
Why were some countries more successful than others in dealing with the legacies of communism? 

What were the main challenges they faced in building well-functioning democracies? 
Václav Havel Film Series Continues!
Tuesdays, 4 p.m. 206 Ingraham Hall
(Check events calendar for schedule)

CREECA is hosting a Czech language film series about the places and people key to Václav Havel (1936-2011), the dissident dramatist who went on to become a world renowned statesman as the first president of the Czech Republic. He is credited with having changed the course of twentieth-century history by mixing theater with politics and peacefully ending communism in his country.

The series, "The Play's the Thing," is built largely off of the collection of films organized by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C. and curated by Margaret Parsons, head of the film program at the National Gallery of Art. Additional films selected by David S. Danaher. 
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