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CREECA Monthly

February 2015
Vladimir Kara-Murza on the Soviet Dissident Movement & Russia Today

We sit down with filmmaker, political activist, historian, and journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza to discuss his documentary They Chose Freedom. Kara-Murza visited the UW-Madison campus in December 2014. He participated in discussions with students in a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) seminar, with the Russian Flagship program, and with the greater UW-Madison community. Read the full story here.

(Vladimir Kara-Murza discusses Russian civil society with students, staff, and faculty in the Russian Flagship program. Photo credit: Ainsley McNerney/CREECA)
Student Spotlight:
Brian Pikaard,
Boren Fellowship 

Brian Pikaard is a student in his final semester of the REECAS MA program. In 2014, Brian received a Boren Fellowship to study in Russia for six months. We learn a little more about Brian, his academic interests, his developing master’s thesis, and his thoughts on the value of studying abroad. Full article here.

(Brian Pikaard in St. Petersburg, Russia. Courtesy photo.)
Register Now for CESSI 2015!
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.

Registration is open until April 24, 2015. The application form and details about tuition, financial aid, and housing are found here.

This year, intensive courses in beginning and intermediate Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek will be offered. With sufficient enrollment, other Central Eurasian Turkic languages could be taught. Please contact Nancy Heingartner (, CESSI program coordinator, if you are interested in a language not listed above.
Community Updates
Halina Filipowicz's (Slavic) new book, Taking Liberties: Gender, Transgressive Patriotism, and Polish Drama, 1786-1989, is out from Ohio University Press.

Scott Gehlbach (Political Science), together with Alberto Simpser, recently published "Electoral Manipulation as Bureaucratic Control" in the American Journal of Political Science

Ted Gerber's (Sociology) article, "Beyond Putin? Nationalism and Xenophobia in Russian Public Opinion," appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of the Washington Quarterly

Yoshiko Herrera and Andrew Kydd (both Political Science) are currently on sabbatical at Oxford (Nuffield College) They are working together on a project focusing on formal models of identity, including a paper on US-Russian relations. In addition, Prof. Herrera is working on a study of Russian nationalism.

Graduate Students
Cecilia Leugers (REECAS MA) spent the fall semester as a student intern at the U.S. Department of State's Office of Russian Affairs. At the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs' year-end awards ceremony, she was honored as a part of the Russia Office's 'Group Superior Honor Award.'
Keely Stauter-Halsted is a professor of history and Hejna Family Chair in Polish studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her teaching and research examine issues of identity, ethnicity, gender, and class in modern Poland.

In this presentation, Stauter-Halsted will consider the contradictions of Victorian-era East European society, as philandering husbands and poor country girls contaminated the bourgeois home with deadly venereal diseases, and sexual debauchery co-existed with middle class morality. Meanwhile, Polish charity workers were constrained in their efforts to remedy the prostitution problem by the politics of the foreign powers ruling Polish territory.

This lecture is drawn from the speaker's forthcoming book, "The Devil's Chain" on prostitution and social control in partitioned Poland.

Davids and Goliaths: Military Propaganda in Orthodox Russia, 1700-1856
Thursday, February 19, 2015
4 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall

Andrey Ivanov (a native of Zaporizhzhia and Crimea, Ukraine) is currently an assistant professor of Russian history at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and is an off-campus program associate of CREECA. His past and present research interests focused on studying theology, politics and culture of the Orthodox Church in Imperial Russia and Soviet Union.

This lecture will examine the use and content of the military sermons in imperial Russia preached during the campaigns of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century— the Northern War, Ottoman War, Napoleonic War, and up to the Crimean War.
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