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CREECA Monthly

December 2015
Sayakbai Karalayev statue
Statue honoring Sayakbai Karalayev in Balykchy, Kyrgyzstan
(Photo credit: Fatima Sartbay, Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature & Folklore Studies)
PSI's last day in Latvia
Pushkin Summer Institute Goes to Latvia

Reflecting on a summer studying Russian, living with a Russian-speaking host family, and hanging out with Russian-speaking peers, one student admitted, “This is the program that budded my love of the Russian language! Russian was an ‘all-right’ language until I went on the Pushkin Summer Institute to Latvia!” In summer 2015, 14 U.S. high school students spent six weeks in Daugavpils, Latvia as part of the Pushkin Summer Institute Abroad.

Designed for students from underserved, low-income, and minority communities, PSI partners with three American high schools: Noble Street College Prep and Pritzker College Prep in Chicago, Illinois and Anchorage West High School in Anchorage, Alaska... Read the full article

(Photo credit: Michele Whaley)
Teachers attending WIOC workshop
UW Outreach Celebrates the Global Heritages of Wisconsin

On June 27, 2015 the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC) hosted Exploring Global Stories Locally in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC). The workshop took place in Fall River, Wisconsin and included several lectures focused around the most prominent immigrant groups in western Wisconsin. The goal of the workshop was to provide educators with information about the Polish, Norwegian, Hmong, Mexican and Central American heritages that are common in the area.

WIOC is a support network that promotes international and global awareness throughout Wisconsin communities
... Read the full article here.

(Photo credit: Rachel Weiss)
Winter Greetings from CREECA
Bucky's Holiday Greeting

All of us at CREECA would like to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!
Community Updates
New research by Scott Gehlbach (Political Science), Timothy Frye (Columbia University), Kyle Marquardt (UW Ph.D. 2015) and John Reuter (UW-Milwaukee) was featured in the popular political science blog "The Monkey Cage" (sponsored by The Washington Post). The scholars presented their co-authored article "Is Putin's Popularity Real?" at the November 2015 ASEEES Annual Convention.


Adeeb Khalid (Ph.D. 1993), the Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies and History at Carleton College, published Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR with Cornell University Press.

Gerald Mikkelson (B.S. 1959, M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1971), professor emeritus at the University of Kansas, published an article titled "Валентин Распутин: пророк и его драма" (Valentin Rasputin: A Prophet and His Drama) in the edited volume Творческая личность Валентина Распутина: живопись, чувство, мысль, воображение, откровение (The Creative Personality of Valentin Rasputin: Portrait, Feeling, Thought, Image, Discovery).
Thursday, February 11, 2016
4 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall
Sharо́n Clark is a jazz vocalist from Washington, D.C. who has garnered praise from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She frequently tours in Russia and Eurasia, where she has developed a major following. Her most recent album is Do It Again: My Tribute to Shirley Horn.

For this installment of the CREECA lecture series, Clark and UW-Madison professor of political science Yoshiko Herrera will give an interactive performance-presentation on the intersection of jazz and race in Russia today. Find future updates
Sharon Clark Picture
Friday,  February 12, 2016
8 p.m., Music Hall
Among her many accolades, jazz vocalist Sharón Clark has won first place at the Billie Holliday Vocal Competition. Clark appears regularly in at Blues Alley and Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. A featured soloist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony, Clark has headlined the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, the Cape May Jazz Festival and the Savannah Music Festival. Both the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Ludacris Foundation chose Clark to perform for their separate tributes to Quincy Jones.

The UW Jazz Orchestra welcomes Clark as their special guest for this concert. See more here.

See the full event calendar here.

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