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CREECA Monthly

September 2016
UW & NU students on Lake Mendota
Nazarbayev University and UW students enjoy Lake Mendota
(Photo credit: Daniyar Zhurgenov)
WisKaz-BRIDGE participants
The Wisconsin-Kazakhstan Bridge

In summer 2016, the University of Wisconsin-Madison once again hosted undergraduate students from Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan as part of the ongoing partnership between the two universities. This year a program called WisKaz-BRIDGE helped both Madison and NU students overcome cultural gaps and build new relationships.

WisKaz-BRIDGE is a collaboration  between two programs... Read the full article

(Photo credit: Daniyar Zhurgenov)
PSI students on Madison pier
PSI Launches Pushkin Scholars Program

The Pushkin Summer Institute (PSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison announces the inaugural “Pushkin Scholars” program for prospective first-year students. This represents an expansion of PSI, which partners with high schools in Chicago, Illinois and Anchorage, Alaska to improve students’ Russian language abilities.

Through the intensive study of Russian language, culture, and civilization, the Pushkin Summer Institute aims to improve students’ Russian language abilities and cultural competence... Read the full article

(Photo credit: Elisia Cintron)
CREECA/UW-Madison Reception at ASEEES 2016! 
Heading to DC in November for ASEEES? CREECA at UW-Madison invites all UW-Madison alumni to gather with current and former faculty, students, and affiliates on Friday, November 18 from 7:30-9:30 pm in the Cedar Room of Lebanese Taverna. Join us for delicious appetizers, cocktails, and "global conversations." Any questions? Please contact Jennifer Tishler, CREECA Associate Director (

Lebanese Taverna is located at 2641 Connecticut Ave NW, a short walk from the ASEEES conference hotel.

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Community Updates
While we were finalizing this issue of CREECA Monthly, notification arrived that UW-Madison has received two major grants in support of Russian and Eurasian studies. The Carnegie Corporation of New York announced that it has awarded Wisconsin one of three competitive $1 million grants to strengthen the study of Russia at U.S. universities. Additionally, the U.S. Department of State has granted the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute—CESSI—funding from the Title VIII Program to provide fellowships in summer 2017 for graduate students, scholars, and professionals who are U.S. citizens studying a Central Eurasian language at CESSI.

Halina Filipowicz, professor of Slavic languages and literature, presented an invited lecture titled "Touching Circles of Flame: The 'Lost' Plays on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising" at Columbia University's Harriman Institute.

Scott Gehlbach, professor of political science, published, with Konstantin Sonin (U. of Chicago) and Milan Svolik (Yale), "Formal Models of Nondemocratic Politics" in the Annual Review of Political Science. Additionally, Gehlbach and John Earle (George Mason) have been awarded a $430,000 NSF grant for their project "Collaborative Research: Political Connections and Firm Behavior." The project examines the effect of political connections on firm behavior in Ukraine.

Ted Gerber, professor of sociology and CREECA director, co-authored,  with Jane Zavisca (U. of Arizona), "The Kremlin Blamed Our Work When It Declared Russia's Most Respected Polling Firm a 'Foreign Agent'" in the popular political science blog "The Monkey Cage" (sponsored by The Washington Post)

David Morgan, professor emeritus of history and religious studies, was the subject of "An Introduction to David Morgan," an article by Timothy May (UW Ph.D. in History, 2004), published in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Uli Schamiloglu, professor of Turkic and Central Eurasian studies, is currently serving as Visiting Professor in the Department of World Languages and Literature at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Karen Hess (former CREECA Project Assistant, M.A. 2015) accepted a position as International Communications and Marketing Coordinator with Marquette University's Office of International Education.

CREECA extends its congratulations to former outreach coordinator Nancy Heingartner, who is now serving as Assistant Director for Outreach for the UW-Madison Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS). In summer 2016, Heingartner developed and taught a "major" in Russian Studies for the popular Wisconsin Alumni Association event Grandparents University.

Melissa Miller (Ph.D. 2016) successfully defended her dissertation, "Anton Chekhov and the Modernization of Sexuality in Late Imperial Russia," in June 2016, earning her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literature. She has accepted an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist of Russian at the University of Notre Dame for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Info Management Poster
Thursday, September 29, 2016
4 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall
Edward Schatz is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His Ph.D. dissertation from UW-Madison became his first book, Modern Clan Politics: the Power of “Blood” in Kazakhstan and Beyond (U. Washington Press 2004). He is completing a book manuscript on how shifts in the symbolic power of the United States affect social mobilization in post-Soviet Central Asia.

This lecture considers information management under authoritarianism in Central Asia. While Soviet legacies of propaganda continue to matter, today’s authoritarians face a fundamentally porous information environment. Using an original survey experiment conducted in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan in 2014, the lecture shows that both authoritarian regimes and citizens relate to information in ways that represent a signal departure from what we saw during the Soviet era. See more
Protest & Stability Poster
Thursday, October 6, 2016
4 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall
Regina Smyth is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. Her research explores political participation in contemporary autocracies with a focus on protest, voting, volunteerism, and other types of activism and complaint. Smyth is currently completing a book-length study of political protest in Russia.  Her ongoing project compares the effect of protest participation on civic activism in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Hong Kong.

This lecture examines the legacies of the 2011-2012 For Fair Elections protests. Although many analysts see the movement as a minor challenge to the Putin regime, the transfer of resources and public appeals from the movement to the electoral arena provoked a dramatic renovation of the regime’s efforts to ensure victory for state-sponsored candidates and parties. This case provides important insights into the nature of contemporary autocracy and the ways in which autocrats can extend the life of the regime. See more

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