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CREECA Monthly

November & December 2014
Hundreds of Wisconsin Middle-Schoolers Experience 'World Appreciation Day'

Nearly 400 students, teachers, and chaperones from nine Wisconsin middle schools participated in 'World Appreciation Day' on November 17, 2014. Students took a tour of the world through a series of sessions on the traditions, music, dance, and food of various countries. The event was organized by the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC) and International Reach during 'International Education Week.' See photo-essay here.

(Middle school students watch a performance of the Brazilian martial-arts dance, Capoeira, at World Appreciation Day. Photo credit: Aparna Vidyasagar/CREECA)
Don't miss the closing weekend of the Polish Film Festival! Two films will be screened on Saturday, December 6. More information at

1:00 p.m JACK STRONG (2014, dir. Wladyslaw Pasikowski) – a fascinating spy film based on real events. Colonel Kuklinski, deputy chief of operations of the Polish Armed Forces, party to all secrets of the Warsaw Pact, became a CIA informant and thus the key player in the Cold War.

3:00 p.m LIFE FEELS GOOD (2013, dir. Maciej Pieprzyca) - a heartbreaking and humorous movie whose main character, a romantic, good-natured man with cerebral palsy, yearns to be understood by his family and friends. Based on a true story, this award-winning film is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit.

Sponsored by Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, Associated Students of Madison (ASM), Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and Polish Heritage Club.
Community Updates
Kathryn Ciancia (History) was recognized by the Center for the Humanities with the First Book AwardShe will hold a seminar about the manuscript in spring 2015.

Graduate Students
Research conducted by Kathleen Conti (History) on the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia was included in a recent study undertaken by the National Park Service to explore whether the Memorial should be incorporated as a national park. Conti’s research examined the controversies surrounding the installation of a bust of Josef Stalin as part of the Memorial's allied leaders exhibit.

Cătălina Munteanu (Forest and Wildlife Ecology) was recently awarded the NASA Earth and Space Science (NESSF) Fellowship for her project: “Long-Term Forest Dynamics in Mountain Regions Accounting for Topography, Land Use History and Management Regimes to Identify High Conservation-Value Ecosystems.”
She also participated in the International NASA Land Cover Land Use Change (LCLUC) Regional Science Meeting in Sopron, Hungary in October, 2014. Her presentation was titled "LCLUC in Carpathians during the last 200 years."

Delgerjargal (Degi) Uvsh (Political Science) received the Civil Society Scholar Award from the Open Society Foundation for field research in Russia.

Jeanne Grant (BA'96)  published her book For the Common Good: The Bohemian Land Law and the Beginning of the Hussite Revolution (Brill 2014).  Grant is an associate professor of European History at Metropolitan State University.
Lands in Limbo
Thursday, December 4, 2014
4 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall

Narayan Mahon is a Madison-based, award-winning photographer. He holds a Master’s degree in Photojournalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Mahon will discuss and show images from "Lands in Limbo," a five-part photographic series. The photos capture unrecognized countries and disputed territories, isolated from the international community and waiting for their sovereignty and national identity to be recognized by the global community. The exhibition includes images from Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Transnistria.

The photography exhibition "Lands in Limbo" will be shown at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art from December 6, 2014 through March 15, 2015.

UW-Russian Folk Orchestra
(Please note the date and location)
Sunday December 7, 2014
2 p.m., Olbrich Botanical Gardens

The UW-Russian Folk Orchestra will perform Russian and East-European folk music at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. The orchestra uses authentic Russian instruments such as balalaikas, domras, and bayans.

The performance features Anna Gubenkova (alto), soloists from Madison’s Russian Children’s Choir, and Kavkaz Russian Dancers of Milwaukee. 

For more information please contact music director, Victor Gorodinsky. 

Email:, or phone: 259-9440

Pictured above: Victor Gorodinsky leads the UW-Russian Folk Orchestra. Courtesy, Victor Gorodinsky.
CREECA Lecture Series
A Preview of the Spring 2015 Speakers
Joshua A. Tucker
Professor of Politics and (by courtesy) Russian and Slavic Studies at NYU. 

Thursday, February 5
"Communism's Shadow: Communist Legacies and Attitudes Towards Social Welfare"

Keely Stauter-Halstead
Professor of History and Hejna Family Chair in Polish Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Thursday, February 12
"Sex in the Bourgeois Family: Prostitution in the Middle Class"

Robin Hessman
Documentary filmmaker; Bio:

Thursday, April 30
"My Perestroika: The Last Generation of Soviet Children and Their Lives in Today's Russia"

The lecture series returns Thursday, January 29, 2015. All lectures are held in 206 Ingraham Hall and begin at 4 p.m. unless otherwise specified.

(Check events calendar for updated schedules)
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