Monthly Archives: December 2010

CEERES Fall 2010 Newsletter and Season’s Greetings

Dear CEERES friends!

CEERES Fall 2010 Newsletter is finally here!

Check our our updated website and the newsletter in a PDF format.

As our weekly e-bulletin will have a hiatus until after the new year, please allow us to wish each and every one of you a safe and pleasant holiday season. Our best wishes go with you as we complete a productive 2010 and look toward the vast and exciting possibilities of 2011.

All best wishes from:
Victor, Meredith, Andy, Owen, Sasha, Brian, and Jordan

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Master’s Program in Regional Studies, Davis Center, Harvard University, Application Deadline December 31

Master’s Degree in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia (REECA)

We believe that when we integrate various academic disciplines, we gain insights into society and culture that are not possible within a single discipline. Our Master’s Program in Regional Studies was established in 1948 to embody this belief. Since that time, over 550 alumni have pursued careers in government, academia, business, and non-governmental organizations. Between 16 and 20 students are enrolled in the program at any one time. Students take courses with our Faculty Associates, tap into our network of scholars and alumni, use our library, and attend our seminars and other activities.We offer financial aid awards are based on academic merit and financial need.

A limited enrollment in the program (~10 students per program year) facilitates individual guidance and personal attention. Each student works individually with the Academic Coordinator to develop a program of study, taking into account his or her career goals, previous training, experience, and academic qualifications.

16 half-courses (semester courses) are required for graduation; typical course load is 4 courses per semester. The 16 half-courses are distributed as follows:

• Two half-courses in four of the following six disciplines:

• Economics

• Government (Political Science)

• History

• Upper-level Russian

• Any level non-Russian language of the region

• Linguistics

• Literature

Note: at least two of the four disciplines must be in the social sciences.

• One half-course addressing questions of national identity and state structure of the region (this course may also count toward a discipline requirement, where appropriate)

• Approved electives to bring total credits to 16 half-courses

Master’s Thesis
The thesis is intended as the capstone of the two-year program. It is supervised by a Harvard faculty member and is based to a significant extent on sources in one or more languages of the region. Many students conduct in-country thesis research between program years with the help of a research travel grant from the Davis Center. The thesis carries a letter grade and counts as two half-courses.

Russian Language Qualifying Exam
Before graduating from the program, all REECA students must pass a 3-hour exam translating excerpts from the Russian press and scholarly journals into English using a dictionary. The Russian Language Qualifying Exam is offered three times each year, and students may take it more than once.

Download printer-friendly REECA program overview with all topics from menu at left. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Contact: Donna Griesenbeck,, 617.495.1194.

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Educator Workshop: Ukrainian Art, History, and Cultures around the World, January 28

Educator Workshop: Ukrainian History, Art, and Cultures around the World

Presented by the Ukrainian National Museum and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W. Superior
Chicago, IL 60612

Free with pre-registration; 6 CPDUs Offered!

Chicago hosts a wide-range of cultural institutions, many of whose resources are rarely tapped into by K-12 teachers. Through internationalizing curricula, students obtain a global perspective and think more critically about their surrounding world. In this workshop, the Ukrainian National Museum and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art will serve as models for how you and your teachers might utilize the (more than 25) cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area to help further internationalize your school’s curricula.

This workshop will include a presentation of K-12 lessons on Ukrainian history, art, and culture, as well as tours of the two museums. The professional development day is applicable to teachers interested in thinking about new ways to incorporate world cultures into their curriculum. While the focus of the workshop will be on Ukraine, themes addressed can be integrated into general lesson plans to add cultural content.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for International Studies (CIS) and Center for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), the Ukrainian National Museum, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and the Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA). For more information, contact Jamie Bender at

Register on the website.

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Educator Workshop: “Играем и учимся: Communicating Learning and Fun,” Franke Institute for Humanities, January 22

Играем и учимся: Communicating Learning and Fun

A Teacher Professional Development Workshop with Dr. Mara E. Sukholutskaya

Saturday, January 22, 2010

9:30am – 1pm

The University of Chicago

Franke Institute for the Humanites

This workshop will examine strategies to keep Russian language students consistently motivated and language active in the classroom. The presenter will discuss and demonstrate how to prepare and implement dynamic activities like educational games, role-play, elements of immersion techniques, etc. for the development and mastery of a variety of Russian language skills. These activities will be combined in thematic units based on standards-oriented and student- centered models. A sample lesson fragment that will include a variety of interactive techniques (including TPR and TPRS) will be offered with participants acting as students. It will be followed by a detailed analysis of the sample and a question/answer exchange. In addition, participants will be introduced to the language and culture learning game “Quartet- Faces of Russia”. The game is a fun way of teaching culture along with strengthening essential skills of speaking, listening comprehension, and reading.

Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya is Professor of Languages, Director of Russian Studies, and Global Education Director at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.  She is also the founder and President of CARTA (Central Association of Russian Teachers of America).

Sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies and Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Language and Cultural Education.

Registration for this event is required.

Pre-registration is required by January 19. To register, visit CPS University, keyword “OLCE-WL ,” and find the workshop title. If you are a charter school or non-CPS teacher, please register through Amy Hammerand by e-mailing your name, school name, and levels of Russian taught to Participants will receive 3.5 CPDU.

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Lecture: Prof. Sabrina Ramet “Dead Kings and National Myths,” February 8

February 8th

Prof. Sabrina Ramet

“Dead Kings and National Myths.”

Franke Institute for the Humanities


Dr. Ramet is Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology in Trondheim, a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Civil War at PRIO, Oslo, and currently a Visiting Scholar at Northwestern University.


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Concert: Russian Duo Performance, International House, February 23

Russian Duo

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23Oleg Kruglyakov (left) and Terry Boyarsky (right)
Global Voices Performing Arts Series
Russian Duo (Piano/Balalaika Concert)

Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika virtuoso, and Terry Boyarsky, masterful pianist, give a concert of soulful, passionate music. Their collaboration highlights the mysterious sounds of the balalaika underscored by the vast expressive range of the piano. Featuring vocals and Russian percussion, their extensive repertoire draws from Russian folk music, romances, dances, classical music, gypsy melodies and Russian songs.
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Assembly Hall

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Concert: University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra, International House, February 26

February 26th

University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra at International House

International House Assembly Hall



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Conference: Historical Poetics: Past, Present and Future, May 20-21

May 20-21st

Historical Poetics: Past, Present and Future


This spring CEERES will co-sponsor the conference “Historical Poetics: Past, Present and Future.” Organized by Profs. Boris Maslov (UofC), Lina Steiner (UofC) and Michael Kunichika (NYU), the conference is intended as a forum in which to reflect upon the methodological potential of Historical Poetics in the wake of New Historicism.

Since the mid-1980s, the intersections of history and the arts have provided a focal point for much exciting work in the Humanities, often identified with New Historicism. At a time of the sustained deployment of historical approaches to the study of the arts, our conference will seek to supplement the new-historicist emphasis on the proximate sociocultural and political context with attention to phenomena that belong to the longue durée of literary history and history of art, such as the formation and evolution of devices, genres, styles, artistic systems and literary fields.

These issues lie at the center of Historical Poetics – an approach to literary history and the history of culture pioneered by Alexander Veselovsky (1838-1906) that has supplied the theoretical basis for the work of major 20th c. Russian literary theorists and historians, including Viktor Shklovsky, Mikhail Bakhtin, Olga Freidenberg, and Mikhail  L. Gasparov.

In particular, the symposium will consider several theoretical hypotheses: that literary form is often central to maintaining and disseminating cultural meaning in space and time; that literary-historical inquiry contains a possible synthesis for contextualist approaches and those which are predicated on the immanence of literary phenomena; and lastly, that a historically grounded theoretical approach to literary praxis may productively engage with a set of questions which other methods (such as aesthetics, Marxism, and psychoanalysis) have sought to answer in universalist terms.

The conference will take place at the University of Chicago, from May 20-21, 2011. For more details please see the conference website:

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Call for Papers: The Late Antiquity and Byzantium Workshop, UChicago, Winter and Spring Quarters

The Late Antiquity and Byzantium Workshop is calling for papers for Winter and Spring Quarter. Submissions from graduate students with dissertation chapters or proposals are especially encouraged.

The workshop has as its focus the Eastern Mediterranean World from 330 – 1453 CE, as approached from a variety of viewpoints, including Late Rome, Byzantium, Early Islam, Slavic Studies, Crusader Periods, and Eastern Church Studies.  The workshop will usually meet Tuesday afternoons in Cochrane-Woods Art Center (5540 S. Greenwood Ave., just north of the Regenstein Library), Room 156, at 4:30 p.m.  Meetings on other days of the week are possible by request.  Sessions typically run for approximately 90 minutes (including the presentation of the paper and a questions and answer session), followed by more informal conversation.

Those who would like to present or would like some additional information should contact Nathan Leidholm by e-mail ( or by phone (701-436-6052).

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Lecture: Professor Zsuzsa Gille (Sociology, University of Illinois), “World Beyond the Headlines” Lecture Series, February 3

February 3rd

Prof. Zsuzsa Gille (Sociology, University of Illinois)

Dr. Gille will be talking about the causes and consequences of the recent sludge spill in Hungary as part of the “World Beyond the Headlines” Lecture Series.

Hinds Hall

6 – 7:30pm

Co-Sponsored by the Center for International Studies


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