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CREECA Monthly

May 2015
A Moscow street scene (Hotel Metropol) captured last month by CREECA's own Aparna Vidyasagar.
(Courtesy photo)
A Summer with the Pushkin Summer Institute
Catching up with an alumna of the summer Russian language program.

When Juana Granados thinks back to summer 2013, she remembers the dozens of tiny frogs that hopped around her feet as she walked toward Picnic Point. She had never seen anything like it near her home in Chicago. With a group of her classmates, Granados found a spot to build a bonfire. Later, they made their way to a dock to sit and watch the Fourth of July fireworks glow over Lake Mendota.
“It somehow felt like we were actually in college,” said Granados. “But we were all just juniors about to be seniors in high school.”
Granados and 17 other students spent six weeks learning Russian at the Pushkin Summer Institute at UW-Madison. Designed to serve students from under-represented, low-income, and minority communities, the program began in 2012 and is now entering its fourth year. Read the full story here.

(Granados at far left. Courtesy photo)
Madina Djuraeva
Q&A with Madina Djuraeva
Djuraeva is a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction/World Language Education.

Can you tell us about your background? You grew up in Uzbekistan. Can you tell us about your time there?
I was born and raised in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Bukhara is a city with its own unique culture due to the city’s long history. Every Bukharian is proud to be from Bukhara, because of its cultural and historical significance. If you visit my hometown, I am sure that you too will fall in love with it. It’s truly an amazing and beautiful city.
Growing up in a multiethnic and a multilingual community influenced my current research interests. Speaking and hearing languages like Russian, Uzbek and Tajik is a daily practice for someone living in Bukhara. I went to a bilingual school, where I received education in both Russian and Uzbek. Unfortunately, I don’t have a formal education in Tajik, but it’s a language I speak at home and among friends.
 Full article here.

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Community Updates
David Danaher (Slavic) has published a new book titled Reading Václav Havel with the University of Toronto Press. A Czech edition will be published later this year.

Halina Filipowicz (Slavic) has accepted an invitation to serve on the Editorial Board of the newly established Polish Theatre Journal, to be published by the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences in Warsaw.

Kemal Karpat (History, Emeritus) was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. The honorary degree was presented by the Rector and President of the Babes-Bolyai University Senate (Cluj-Napoca) with the Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of History and Philosophy. 

David Burrow (Ph.D. ’05) received the 2015 Monsignor James Doyle Humanities Teaching Award, presented by the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Dakota.

Geraldine Kelley (Ph.D. ‘76) has published a translation of  Brides of Christ, Martyrs for Russia: Mother Catherine Abrikosova and the Eastern Rite Dominican Sisters by Irina Osipova. The book is a collection of materials from state and personal archives concerning a community of Dominican Sisters founded in Moscow just prior to the Bolshevik revolution. 

Piotr Puchalski (Ph.D. candidate in History) was awarded the Lapinski Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year and also the 2015 Barbara Godlewski College Achievement Award from the Polanki Polish Women's Association of Wisconsin.

Jose Vergara (Ph.D. candidate in Slavic) published an article "Kavalerov and Dedalus as Rebellious Sons and Artists: Yury Olesha's Dialogue with Ulysses in Envy” in the Winter 2014 edition of the Slavic and East European Journal.

CREECA Affiliates
Gary Kirking (University of Wisconsin-Extension Community Resource Development Agent) was named World Services Citizen Diplomat of the Year by World Services of La Crosse, Inc.

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