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CREECA Monthly

April 2016
REECAS M.A. student Brian Kilgour went to Almaty, Kazakhstan in March 2016 to conduct research for his master's thesis on Kazakh film. Here Brian (center) visits a market, accompanied by the mother (right) and grandfather (left) of Nazarbayev University senior Nazerke Moldakyn, who studied at UW-Madison in summer 2015. 
Remembering Al Senn

Following the passing of Alfred Senn on March 8, 2016, several members of the CREECA community who knew Professor Senn wanted to share their thoughts about their colleague, teacher, and friend. We have compiled some of these thoughts here
Introducing First-Year Students to Russian Studies Through FIGs
When Quin Stack arrived at UW-Madison’s Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) the summer before his freshman year, he knew he wanted to enroll in a language course. He just didn’t know which language. But a listing for a First Year Interest Group—called a FIG for short—helped him choose Russian. 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.

Spaces are still available in first- and second-year Kazakh, first-year Tajik, and first-year Uyghur.

The deadline for applications has been extended. The application form and details about tuition, financial aid, and housing are found here.

Please contact Nancy Heingartner 

(, CESSI program coordinator, with any questions about the program. 
Community Updates
Manon van de Water, the Vilas-Phipps Distinguished Achievement Professor in Slavic Languages and Literature and Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, has received a Wisconsin Without Borders 2016 Recognition Award for Achievement in Globally Engaged Service Learning for her project Multicultural Theater for Rural Schools at Taliesin.

Graduate Students
Steven Wilson (PhD candidate, Political Science), has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship offer at the Varieties of Democracy Project at the University of Gothenburg. He will begin the fellowship after defending his dissertation in summer 2016. 

Friends of CREECA
The University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra will perform in Appleton at Lawrence University on Sunday, April 17. 

Congratulations to CREECA off-campus affiliate Andy Bruno (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Northern Illinois University). His bookThe Nature of Soviet Power: An Arctic Environmental History, has just been published by Cambridge University Press.
Prozhektery: Administrative Entrepreneurs and Education in Russia from Peter I to Putin
Thursday, April 21, 2016
4:00 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall

This talk will explore the role of administrative entrepreneurs, or “projectors,” in building new organizational forms in Russian schooling under Peter I and his immediate successors. The new forms of schooling were neither the fruit of forceful efforts by the omnipresent reforming monarch himself, nor were they somehow automatically brought into existence by the needs of modernization and the pressures of war and technological change. Instead, the introduction of new institutions and organizational forms was driven by the efforts of individuals and groups to implement their personal initiatives: projects driven by career, material, or ideational considerations, or, usually, by a mixture of these. It is the competition between such projectors and their agendas that defined the institutional landscape of education in the early modern era. 

See the full event calendar here.

Compensation: A Liturgy of Fact 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
7:00 p.m., Fredric March Play Circle, Memorial Union

On the thirtieth anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy, this staged reading of Sergei Kurginian's play will explore the immediate aftermath of the event that had devastating consequences across Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. This production is directed by UW-Madison professor Manon van de Water and features the students of Slavic 900/Theatre 911 "Contemporary Russian Theatre."

The event is co-sponsored by CREECA, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, and Friends of Chernobyl Centers, U.S. (FOCCUS). 

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