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CREECA Monthly

October 2015
Korbu Waterfall
Korbu Waterfall, Teletskoye Lake, Altai Republic, Russia
(Photo credit: Milan Simic, Ph.D. candidate in Languages and Cultures of Asia)
Nazarbayev University Students
UW VISP Hosts 60 Students from Kazakhstan

In summer 2015 the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted 60 students from Nazarbayev University (NU) in Kazakhstan for an eight-week academic and cultural program that blended rigorous coursework with opportunities to expand horizons. The students, thirty from NU’s School of Science and Technology (SST) and thirty from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), came to Madison through the Visiting International Student Program, or VISP. 

These 60 visiting students are one part of a larger University of Wisconsin-Madison Partnership with Nazarbayev University... Read the full article here.

(Photo credit: Laura Weigel)
Peter Bloch Memorial Workshop
Celebrating the Life and Work of Peter Bloch

Peter C. Bloch, who died on May 27, 2015, is remembered by his friends and colleagues for his commitment to international research and consulting on land reform. Bloch was a UW-Madison Senior Research Scientist and a CREECA Faculty Associate. Bloch came to UW-Madison in 1983 as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Economics and worked with a range of UW departments until his retirement in 2010. 

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bloch taught in the Department of Economics and the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology but did his most significant work through UW-Madison’s Land Tenure Center (LTC), which promotes equitable and sustainable land stewardship around the world... Read the full article here.

(Photo: courtesy UW African Studies Program)
CREECA/UW-Madison Reception at ASEEES 2015! 
Heading to Philadelphia in November for ASEEES? CREECA at UW-Madison invites all UW alumni to gather with current and former faculty, students, and affiliates on Friday, November 20 from 7:30-9:00 pm in the Palumbo South Room of Maggiano's Little Italy. Join us for delicious appetizers, cocktails, and conversation. Any questions? Please contact Jennifer Tishler, CREECA Associate Director (

Maggiano's is located at 1201 Filbert Street (12th and Filbert), a short walk from the ASEEES conference hotel.

Community Updates
Scott Gehlbach (Political Science) published an article with John S. Earle, titled "The Productivity Consequences of Political Turnover: Firm-Level Evidence from Ukraine's Orange Revolution", in the American Journal of Political Science.

Nancy Heingartner (CREECA Outreach Coordinator) has been appointed to the board of Madison Vilnius Sister Cities, Madison's Lithuanian heritage group.

John Lyell (B.A. 2015) was accepted to the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia), where he is pursuing a master's degree in Linguistic Theory and Computational Linguistics.

Lauren A. McCarthy (Ph.D. 2011) published the book Trafficking Justice: How Russian Police Enforce New Laws, from Crime to Courtroom with Cornell University Press.

Heather S. Sonntag (Ph.D. 2011) presented a paper titled "Orden, One Photographer of Many: Appropriation & the Archive of Russian Colonial Central Eurasia" at the conference Photographing Asia: Images of Russia's Orient in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Julianna Stohs (B.A. 2015) was accepted to the UW-Madison Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, where she is pursuing a Master of International Public Affairs.

Anne Zollman H. Woods (B.A. 1976) is Acting Head of Cataloging at Na
zarbayev University Library.

Azeem Zaman (B. A. 2015) was accepted to Duke University, where he is pursuing a Master of Science in Statistical & Economic Modeling (MSEM).

Madina Djuraeva (Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction) published "Language Policy in Uzbekistan: Formation of Uzbek National Identity" in the edited volume Language Education Policy Unlimited: Global Perspectives and Local Practices. Djuraeva presented a paper with the same title at the 16th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society.

Melissa Miller (Ph.D. candidate in Slavic Languages and Literature) is visiting instructor of Russian at Gustavus Adolphus College during fall 2015. Miller will be visiting assistant professor of Russian at Macalester College during spring 2016.
Justice in Moscow Poster
Thursday, October 29, 2015
4 p.m., 206 Ingraham Hall
Kathryn Hendley is the William Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Political Science at UW-Madison. Her research focuses on legal and economic reform in the former Soviet Union. She has received multiple research grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Council on Eurasian and East European Research to study the Russian legal system. Hendley previously served as the Director of CREECA.

This lecture explores Russians' satisfaction with their experiences in court and with the legal system more generally. The analysis draws on a nationally representative survey of Russians, conducted by the Levada Center in 2010. The results highlight the difficulties of building confidence in the legal system in post-Soviet Russia.  See more here.
The Yellow Ticket Poster
Friday, November 6, 2015
7 p.m., 4070 Vilas Hall
A young Jewish woman (silent superstar Negri) living in a Polish shtetl fights the odds while trying to fulfill her ambition to study medicine in Russia. Shot on actual locations in the former Jewish quarter of Warsaw, this silent film rarity will be presented with live music performed by Grammy-winning violinist and vocalist Alicia Svigals and virtuoso pianist Marilyn Lerner. See more here.

See the full event calendar here.

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