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CREECA Monthly

February 2016
George A's Sleeping Beauty, from the upcoming exhibition Artists in Absentia
Catching up with PhD Candidate Jose Vergara

Jose Vergara is a PhD candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at UW-Madison. CREECA sat down with Jose in January 2016 and learned something about his experience studying Russian and Czech, his dissertation research, and his public service work with the Oakhill Prison Humanities Project. Jose helped organize the exhibition Artists in Absentia, which opens March 3 at the Madison Public Library’s Central Branch. Read the full article here
CREECA Faculty in the News
Members of the CREECA faculty are often called upon to comment on breaking news, ongoing developments, and trends in their areas of expertise, and their research is regularly cited in news coverage. 2015 was a year of high media visibility for several CREECA professors representing many disciplines at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read the full article here
Apply for CESSI 2016!
Spend the summer learning a central Eurasian language! 
At CESSI—the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institutestudents complete a full year of college language instruction in an eight-week summer session.

Applications are due April 1, 2016. The application form and details about tuition, financial aid, and housing are found here.

This year, courses in intensive 
Kazakh, Tajik,  Uyghur, and Uzbek will be offered.

Please contact Nancy Heingartner 

(, CESSI program coordinator, with any questions about the program. 
Community Updates
Lauren Leighton (B.A. 1960, PhD 1968) died on January 15, 2016 at the age of 81. Dr. Leighton taught Russian language and literature for thirty-five years at several universities, retiring as professor from the University of Illinois in 1997. 

Julia Friedman (B.A. 1994) has compiled and edited two new books published by PCP Press: Wasted Words and Dust Bunnies

Graduate Students
Kathleen Conti (History) was awarded the Design Excellence Award from the University of Texas at Austin's School of Architecture for her work re-designing the Visitor Center at Badlands National Park.

Friends of CREECA
Lou Kindschi, a social studies teacher at Oregon High School,has been named Global Educator of the Year. 

The University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra will perform in Mineral Point at the Mineral Point Opera House on Saturday, April 9, in Madison at the East Side Club on Sunday, April 10, and in Appleton at Lawrence University on Sunday, April 17. 
Thursday, February 18, 2016
4 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall

This talk describes the design, implementation, and results of the four-year “MIST” (Bridge) research project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The project’s unique design combines insights from anthropology and public health to empower HIV service providers in Ukraine to develop and implement their own evidence-based HIV prevention interventions as an alternative to pre-packaged interventions that are not sensitive to local conditions and may not adequately address the needs of clients. More broadly, the research has investigated the “landscapes” of injecting drug use and health behavior in eight Ukrainian cities to examine how dynamics of class, gender, globalization, and others shape decision-making and health outcomes among HIV prevention activists and people who use drugs.

See the full event calendar here.
Thursday,  March 3, 2016
6 p.m., Madison Public Library Central Branch 
“Artists in Absentia” features the writing, art, music, and dramatic work of inmates from Oakhill Correctional Institution, bringing the art of these men out from the prison and into dialogue with the community. The project addresses the importance of engaging inmates’ voices in Dane County, where we experience the most racially disproportionate incarceration rates per capita in the US.
The exhibition is an initiative of the Oakhill Prison Humanities Project, a UW-based organization which facilitates classes for inmates at Oakhill Correctional Institution. Several graduate students from UW-Madison’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literature have volunteered with Oakhill, and Professor Manon van de Water from the department serves as OPHP’s Faculty Director. 

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