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I Balkan Ensemble
pounding beat of the bass drum-like tupan, the dance-like syncopation of the
hour glass-shaped darabukha drum, the agile run of the reeds, underneath the
soaring vocal melodies, create a unique mass of sound that causes the heart to
pound, the foot to tap, and the pulse to liven.
The power of music is understood in all cultures and all nationalities.
One of the greatest facets of musical expression is its easily
translated significance across the social and political boundaries people so
As the visiting performers from Bulgaria (Bulgari), played through the
night at the cosmopolitan house here on campus last March, men, women, and
children of many different backgrounds locked arms and danced a traditional
Bulgarian circle dance (horo).
Everyone linked together at the elbows in that particular horo had no
trouble casting away their trepidation, and simply allowed the music to work
its magic. Perhaps
only music could have convinced twenty-five strangers to link arms and dance
in a circle of laughter for hours into the night.
It is moments such as this that bring people together to celebrate and
reaffirm the time-honored idea that we, as members of a global society, can
celebrate the universal qualities that make us who we are without worrying
about where we are from.
Certainly, this was music and people at their best.
Magical evenings such as this are not isolated instances of cultural
exchange here at the University of Illinois.
Underneath the daily commotion of lectures, tests, and term papers,
there are groups of students and faculty willing to learn and perform music
from other parts of the world in order to enrich the cultural tapestry of
Champaign-Urbana. These dedicated musicians do this because nights such as the
one mentioned above should be experienced by all who have ever found their
pulse quickening at the sound of a well-played song.
One such group, the U of I Balkan Ensemble Balkanalia, affords U of I
students and community members the opportunity to explore a richly diversified
Eastern European musical tradition.
Founded by ethnomusicology professor Donna Buchanan in the fall of
1998, this ensemble attempts to bring life to a wide array of musical
traditions stretching from Turkey and the Near East to Bulgaria, Macedonia,
Albania, and Serbia.
By presenting music from so many different cultures of the Balkans,
Balkanalia seeks to celebrate cultural diversity and enhance global community
here in Central Illinois.
Much like the Balkans themselves, the repertory of Balkanalia is
multi-dimensional, crossing many cultural, linguistic, and ethnic boundaries.
A typical performance might include a traditional Bulgarian horo,
Albanian popular songs, and a Turkish longa. The musicians in Balkanalia
perform on both traditional and modern instruments, including kaval (Bulgarian
end-blown flute) and tambura (Bulgarian long necked strummed lute) alongside
clarinet, saxophone, tuba, accordion, and electric keyboard.
These instruments, coupled with a wide collection of various drums,
give the ensemble a brilliant sound.
Balkanalia also performs various styles of traditional and modern
provides an accurate sense of how the music might sound in its native land,
both in the country and in the city.
Additionally, Balkanalia strives to represent the many different
musical cultures available in the Balkans today.
It is this very commitment to representing all the musical colors of
this region that makes Balkanalia one of the most exciting musical ensembles
music possesses many unique characteristics.
One of its most distinctive is its great rhythmic complexity.
In addition to the symmetrical meters we encounter in the majority of
Western music (4/4, 3/4, 2/4), Balkan music also includes asymmetrical or
irregular rhythms and beat patterns (5/8, 7/8, 11/16).
These complex rhythmic patterns, so often played at very fast tempos,
are perfect for dancing.
The use of drone with narrow, intense, harmonies are also
characteristic of Balkan melodies.
These distinctive melodies exhibit a combination of local Slavic idioms
with Turkish influences.
Add to this very difficult ornamentation and one gets an idea of how
complex this repertory can be.
striking about this ensemble, aside from its musical diversity, is the wide
variety of backgrounds its members represent both educationally and
includes undergraduate and graduate students from several different Colleges
within the University.
The musicians in the group represent different majors and
Members of Balkanalia range from professional musicians to daring music
lovers willing to learn and have fun.
The only prerequisite for joining Balkanalia is a love for music and an
open mind. For
example, a flute player has the chance to learn kaval, a vocalist may also be
involved in the percussion section, guitar players learn tambura, and everyone
has the opportunity to sing.
This gives experienced musicians the chance to expand their performance
training and beginners the opportunity to learn how to play the region’s
extraordinary music on traditional instruments.
Through rehearsals, as well as private lessons, students are then able
to broaden their musical horizons and bring a unique sound quality to the
listening to music from other cultures we can experience the world from a new
Through music we see the world’s peoples in their unique diversity as
well as their universal community.
Because of this, I sincerely invite anyone who enjoys music to see
Balkanalia perform and experience another culture one song at a time.
McDonald is a MM student in Musicology, specializing in Middle Eastern music.
A full and, we hope, stimulating
collection of activities is planned for this turn-of-the-millennium (by one
calculation) academic year 1999-2000. This fall, the colloquium on
“Directions in Russian and East European Studies” features talks by
Valerie Kivelson (History, Michigan) on witchcraft and gender in the 17th
century, Boris Kolonitskii (Institute of History, St. Petersburg) on the
“semiotics of shoulder boards,” Gail Kligman (Sociology, UCLA) on
reproduction, representation, and resistance in Ceauçescu’s Romania, and
Clare Cavanagh (Slavic, Northwestern) on Eastern European poetry, theory, and
history. Other visits are being planned for the spring. As always, these talks
are aimed at exploring leading trends in the field but also at provoking
cross-disciplinary conversations among us. The visit to campus by the
well-known conceptual artist Vitaly Komar, during which he interacted with
hundreds of students and faculty in a variety of events, provoked many such
conversations and arguments (including quite a few about “the meaning of
art”). Upcoming events include films and poetry readings, bag-lunch talks,
meetings (including with visiting scholars) of the Russian Studies Circle, and
three conferences in the spring: a major symposium on “Russia after
Yeltsin,” a conference (planned with the four other area studies centers,
the program on Women in International Development, and Women’s Studies) on
“Gender and Globalization,” and the annual meeting of the Midwest Slavic
Conference (which we are hosting).
One particular project in which the Center is
actively involved deserves special mention: the new Ford Foundation program at
the University of Illinois on “Area Studies, Identity and the Arts.”
Building upon a pilot-year program on diaspora cultures, the university
has won a large three-year grant to mount a major program of activities in
response to the Ford Foundation initiative, “Revitalizing Area Studies:
Crossing Borders.” Generously supported by the colleges of Liberal Arts and
Sciences and Fine and Applied Arts, by International Programs and Studies, and
by the Provost, many on this campus, including faculty and students associated
with the Russian and East European Center, will be involved in an innovative
program of comparative cultural study that explores the complex interactions
of the global and the local, of disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods,
and of theoretical, comparative, and area-based knowledges. The program (which
I have been actively involved in planning on behalf of the Center) features a
campus-wide, multidisciplinary faculty/graduate student seminar, an
undergraduate seminar, resident scholars and artists, thematic field
experiences abroad, and an outreach program to the schools. Within this
general design, each year has a unifying theme: gender, culture industries,
and religion and the sacred. Studies of Russia and Eastern Europe will be a
part of the entire program and a central focus in the final year (which will
include a summer seminar in Moscow).
I wish you a good year and hope to see you at
many of these events.
Komar Visits University of Illinois
The Russian and East European Center was
pleased to host a visit by renowned artist Vitaly Komar in September. Founders of the Sots Art movement, Komar and his collaborator
Alexander Melamid were among the best known post-war Soviet dissident artists
when they emigrated to Israel in 1977 and New York the following year.
During the last two decades in America, their international acclaim has
grown as they have continued to explore and challenge the conventional
boundaries and definitions of art and our perception of national mythologies
and political iconography.
lecture, “Revolutionary Icons: Washington and Lenin in American and Soviet
Art,” on the evening of September 23 treated the audience of over 250 people
to an entertaining and thought-provoking slide presentation.
Komar discussed his and Melamid’s approach to the two figures whose
images have transcended their political identities towards a mythological
status. Komar and Melamid’s
paintings generally place Lenin, Washington, and other leaders like Stalin in
unusual settings, playing on popular images of these figures.
For example, Lenin with outstretched hand hails a taxi in front of
McDonald’s in downtown New York; Washington as “father of the nation”
coddles a bare-bottomed, bald eagle-headed baby.
The audience’s reactions attested to the artists’ ability to
provoke both laughter and thought through their works, as he demonstrated some
surprising correlations between the representations of political messages and
historical figures in American and Soviet art.
following afternoon, Komar led an IPRH seminar entitled “Komar and Melamid:
From Sots Art to Eco-Collaboration with Animals,” in which he discussed
several projects that he and Melamid have produced over the years.
First, he traced the development of “Sots Art,” a sort of hybrid of
Soviet Socialist Realism and American Pop Art, and its reception in Soviet
Russia. Next, Komar described their “soul business” in New York
and told an anecdote about buying and re-selling Andy Warhol’s soul.
Komar then gave an account of a staged “archaeological dig” on the
island of Crete that unearthed the mythical minotaur.
He also explained the process behind their series of “Most Wanted”
and “Least Wanted” paintings, for which Komar and Melamid used the results
of polls designed to determine the tastes of the people of various nations.
Finally, Komar discussed their latest project--collaborations with
elephants in Thailand and a chimpanzee in Moscow’s Red Square.
visit was co-sponsored by CAS/MillerComm, IPRH, Krannert Art Museum, FAA
Lorado Taft Fund, and many other units on campus.
Faculty Profile BORIS
are fortunate this semester to have Boris Kolonitskii from the Institute of
Russian History at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Russian Academy of
Sciences (RAN), who is a visiting faculty in the Department of History.
Prof. Kolonitskii is a leading historian of the 1917 Russian
Revolution, who has produced innovative work on political culture, language
and symbols of the Revolution.
His book, Interpreting the
Russian Revolution, which he co-authored with Orlando Figes, was published
by Yale University Press this fall.
asked why he decided to work on the 1917 Revolution, he admits that it was
part Soviet mentality which saw the Revolution as ground zero. He also
recounts his school years when John Reed’s Ten
Days that Shook the World made a deep impression on him.
He, of course, read the 1957 edition with all portrayals of Trotsky
deleted from the text.
When he was working on his dissertation on the “Bourgeois Printed
Propaganda in Petrograd, March-October 1917” at the Institute of Russian
History, RAN, in the 1980s, he says he did not face many obstacles or
opposition to his work, but was, nonetheless, well aware of the state
censorship particularly regarding Trotsky.
(The first time he saw a reference to Trotsky in a newly published book
was in 1987.)
Even with state censorship, he had access to western scholarship on the
Revolution through the private collections of other scholars or in the spetskhran
(a restricted special collection) of the library, where they kept the
works of “bourgeois” scholars.
So, he says, the books by
Diane Koenker and Richard Pipes would be in the same collection as works of
Also in the spetskhran one
found the forbidden edition of Ten Days
that Shook the World from the 1920s.
asked about the changes in his profession in the last ten years, he states
that things have changed for both good and bad.
While there is greater access to information now, he notes that it is
much more difficult to devote oneself to academic work full-time because of
the economic conditions and the quality of work is not necessarily higher now.
During the Soviet period, works on the Revolution were often full of
ideology, but recent works on the Revolution are still full of ideology but of
He stresses that it is important to keep in mind that many scholars in
the late Soviet period did excellent academic work, even with the ideological
just has to learn to read between the quotes of Lenin.
at the U of I, Prof. Kolonitskii is teaching two courses: “Colloquium in
History: The Russian Revolution” and “History of Russia since 1917.”
In October, he delivered a REEEC colloquium lecture, “Symbolic
Revolution of 1917: The Semiotics of Shoulder Boards.”
In December, he will return to St. Petersburg, where he works as a
resident research scholar at the Institute of Russian History, RAN, and
teaches part-time at the St. Petersburg Institute of Cultural Studies and the
Ardishvili is a new Assistant
Professor of Human Resource Education. His
research interests are international human resource development and
entrepreneurship. He holds a
PhD in Human Resource Education and an MBA from the University of
Minnesota and a PhD in Management from the University of Moscow.
Cannon is a new Visiting
Research Associate in the Slavic and East European Library. She is a PhD
candidate in Slavic Linguistics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill and holds an MLS from Rutgers University.
Charles is the Director of the
Police Training Institute and a Professor of Human Resource Education.
He recently received a PhD in Law from St. Petersburg University MVD in
Russia. He also holds a PhD in
Social Sciences from Michigan State University.
Since 1990, he has been charge of a police exchange program between PTI
and the Russian militia, the only such program in the US.
Gille is a new Assistant
Professor of Sociology. Her
research interest is environmental and economic sociology in Hungary.
She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California,
Santa Cruz. She will begin
teaching in the spring semester. She
position was seeded by REEEC.
L. Jaehne is the Director of the Fire
Service Institute since 1997. Previously
he was the commandant of NATO’s Operational School in Germany. His area expertise is on NATO and the Balkans.
Additionally, FSI will begin a new exchange program with its
counterparts in Russia.
an Assistant Professor of Art History. While
her primary field is contemporary Spanish art,
she has a research and teaching interest in modern Russian/Soviet art. She received her PhD in Art History from Yale University.
V. Bobyshev presented a paper
and read poetry at the International Congress of Poets, dedicated to the
celebration of Pushkin’s 200th birthday anniversary, in St.
Petersburg, Russia in June 1999. He
also published two poems in Zvezda,
no.7 (July 1999) and a poem in
Znamia, no. 8 (Aug. 1999) and did an interview on "Radio Russia"
in June 1999.
A. Buchanan published “Democracy or ‘Crazyocracy’? Pirin Folk Music
and Sociocultural Change in Bulgaria” in New
Countries, Old Sounds? Cultural Identity and Social Change in Southeastern
Europe (Munich: Verlag Südostdeutsches Kulturwerk, 1999) and presented an
invited paper in the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia colloquium
in April 1999 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
She continues to direct and perform with “Balkanalia,” the
newly-established UIUC Balkan Music Ensemble (see main story).
Michael Charles received a Ph.D. in Law from St. Petersburg
University MVD, Russia in June 1999. He
also received the medal of celebration of the 40th anniversary of the
victory in the great patriotic war for outstanding service to Russia and the
medal of excellence for service in the internal troops of the MVD of Russia
during this time. In addition he
published, both in English and Russian, a number of articles on police training
in Russian law enforcement journals in 1998-99
published “Conceptions of Waste and the Production of Wastelands: Hungary
since 1948” in Environmental Issues and
World-System Analysis, eds. W. Goldfrank et al. (Westport: Greenwood Press,
Hitchins published A Nation Discovered:
Romanian Intellectuals in Transylvania and the Idea of a Nation (Bucharest:
Editura Enciclopedica, 1999).
P. Koenker continues to serve as the Editor of the Slavic
Review. She was also invited to
give a lecture, “Class and Class Consciousness: Socialism in Russia,” at
Carleton College in May 1999.
Kolonitskii published Interpreting the
Russian Revolution, with Orlando G. Figes (Yale University Press, 1999).
Leff was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 1999.
Ludwig presented “Woland: Preservation of the Human” at the Canadian
Association of Slavists meeting in June 1999 and published “New
Textbooks for New Curricula: Teaching Russian in the 1990s,” Canadian-American Slavic Studies (September 1999).
Lupu published two CDs in 1998, “George Enescu, Violin Music” and “T.
Grigoriu, Violin Music”.
Maggs delivered a week of lectures at the Constitutional and Legal Policy
Institute in Budapest in May 1999. He
also translated (with A. Tarassova and A.
Zhiltsov) and edited (with V. Nazaryan and A. Tarassova)
Civil Code of the Republic of Armenia (Yerevan: Iris, 1999).
He is currently preparing a draft civil code for Moldova.
Nedovic-Budic received the Urban
and Regional Information Systems Association 1999 Service Award.
Pachmuss published D. S. Merezhkovsky:
Reformers (Tomsk, 1999) and “Z. Huppius and D. Filosofov’s
correspondence,” “Boris Savinkov in the life of Znaida Hippius,” and
“Two Baltic-Russian poets: Vera Bulich and Karl Hoershelman” in Pamiatniki
mirovoi kul’tury (Moscow, 1999).
Schoeps was the recipient of the LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in
Undergraduate Teaching in 1999. This
academic year, he is an associate in the Center for Advanced Study with a
project on Nazi Writers after the collapse of the Third Reich in 1945.
In October 1999, he delivered an invited paper at Dickinson College,
Carlisle, PA, “From Tallhover to Hoftaller or the Eternal Informer” on the
novel Tallhover by the former East
German author Hans Joachim Schaedlich.
Mobin Shorish delivered the following papers at the Center for the Study of
International Cooperation in Education at Hiroshima University, where he was a
visiting faculty, January-March 1999: “Globalization and Culture,”
“Perspective on Women’s Education in Developing Countries,” “Colonial
Legacy and Reform.”
Soffer was honored with the title of Doctor of Historical Sciences Honoris Causa, Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of the History
of Material Culture (IIMK), April l999. She also published the following articles in 1999: (with J.
M. Adovasio, D. C. Hyland, B. Klima, and J. Svoboda), “Textil, Kosakarstvi a
Site v Mladém Paleolitu Moravy,” Archeologické
rozhledy LI:58-94; “Dynamic Landscapes and Late Pleistocene Social
Geography: Clovis and Kostenki Compared,” in
The Human Tide. Pleistocene Range Expansions, Colonizations, and the Paleolithic
Archaeological Record, edited by O. Soffer and A. A. Velichko. Anthropologie
(Brno) XXXVII/2: 155-162; “Why Archaeology Needs Anthropology - A Personal
Perspective,” Anthropology Newsletter,
40:5, pp. 43-44.
Sroka published “The University of Cracow Library under Nazi
Occupation: 1939-1945,” Libraries &
Culture 34:1(1999): 1-17.
Steinberg, still director of the Russian and East European Center, published
an essay on “Reforming the Area Studies Curriculum” in NewsNet
in September 1999, and an article, “The Injured and Insurgent Self: The Moral
Imagination of Russia’s Lower-Class Writers,” in Rethinking Russia’s Social Crisis: Workers and Intelligentsia in the
Late Imperial Russia (Berkeley, 1999). He presented a paper, “The Language
of Popular Revolution, 1917,” at the Midwest Russian History Workshop in Ann
Arbor in October 1999. Recent honors include an Arnold O. Beckman Research Award
for 1999-2000 and being named a mentor in the LAS Teaching Academy.
compiled and edited The American
Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies for 1994, with M. G. Nowak
(M.E. Sharpe, 1999).
Scholars Fall 1999
St. Petersburg, Russia (see faculty profile); Eva Grunstein-Neuman, Berlin, Germany (visiting faculty in Political
Science); Mikhail Loukianov, Perm,
Russia (USIA Regional Scholar Exchange Program).
Mortenson Associates: Marina Danilova, Russia; Aliya
Sarsembinova, Kazakhstan; Irina
Shubina, Kazakhstan; Shemshat
Soltanova, Turkmenistan. Police
Training Institute Exchange Scholars: Col. Volodya Sergevnin,
Vladimir, Russia; Lt. Diana Zadorskaya,
St. Petersburg, Russia.
Report From the Field:
in Vladimir, which is three hours by bus to the northeast of Moscow, is a
challenging and rewarding experience.
The challenge stems from the difficulties of everyday life in a time of
transition, and the rewards come from rapid personal and professional growth.
During my stay in the city in 1998-99, I discovered a vibrant circle of local
historians who quickly welcomed me into their midst. My interactions with them
immeasurably enriched my research experience.
Everyday life in Vladimir is difficult for most Russians.
One can find food at the market (mostly root vegetables, coffee, tea and
a few other staples), but the prices have been rising.
The price of bread rose noticeably while I was there. The great majority
of people depend on the produce of their private garden plots and gathering of
mushrooms and berries to get them through the winter.
Housing is still subsidized, so there are few homeless people, but having
enough money for food, let alone for new clothes, is a concern for many.
Despite these problems, I found a lively intellectual life in Vladimir
centered around local history.
The first week I was there, I was invited to attend a conference on local
were several subsequent conferences, one at which I presented a paper,
“Tikhonravov kak arkheolog [Tikhonravov as an archaeologist],” later
published in Rozhdestvenskii sbornik 6
article, “K istorii arkheologicheskogo izucheniia Vladimirskogo kraia [Toward
a history of archaeology in the Vladimir region],” is forthcoming. Each year
more books on local history are published. Indeed, the reading room of the
archive, which seats sixteen, often filled up by mid-morning. There has been an
explosion of interest in the history of the region since 1991.
Several organizations dedicated to local history have been formed in
Vladimir, as well as in smaller towns in the province.
This community of local historians helped me in my research tremendously.
Researching my dissertation, “Knowledge, Civil Society and the State in
Mid-nineteenth Century Russia: Vladimir Province, 1837-1861,” required an
in-depth study of materials in the regional archive in Vladimir (GAVO).
I found that working in the archive, rather than being a solitary
experience, was the time to exchange ideas with the local archivists and
knowledge and dedication were an irreplaceable part of my research experience.
Smith is a PhD candidate in history.
She conducted her research on IREX and Fulbright-Hays research grants.
Michael Elavsky (communications research) presented “Ahoj, jsem Radek:
Radek Pastrnak, Buty, and the New Face of the Czech Republic” at the 1999
National Meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular
Music, United States Branch at Middle Tennessee State University in October
Grammenos (geography) is a tenure-track assistant
professor of geography at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago starting
Kolchinsky (Slavic) published “The Last Futurists: ‘Nebyvalists’ and
their Leader Nikolai Glazkov,” Slavic
and East European Journal, 43:1(1999).
Sahadeo (history) presented “Symbols
and Rituals of Russian Empire in Tashkent, 1865-1881” at the Canadian
Association of Slavists annual meeting in June 1999.
For the current academic year, he was awarded the Graduate College
Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
Slivkin (Slavic) published “Last Stop of the Death
Machine: An Attempt at a Rational Reading of ‘The Runaway Streetcar’ by N.
Gumilev,” Slavic and East European Journal, 43:1(1999).
Smith (history) presented “Tikhonravov kak arkheolog” at the conference
“Provintsial'noe obshchestvo i kul'tura (k 200-letiiu so dnia rozhdeniia A.S.
Pushkina)” in Kovrov (Vladimir province) in January 1999.
The paper was published in the proceedings, Rozhdestvenskii
sbornik 6 (1999). She was conducting her dissertation research in Russia on
IREX and Fulbright-Hays grants.
Stansell (Slavic) presented a paper called “Varying Levels of R^
Aspiration in Czech: An Analogical Modeling Project” at the Deseret Language
and Linguistics Symposium in Provo, Utah in February 1999.
It will be published in the conference’s report. Also in February, he
presented a paper entitled “Communities of Dissent in Tubthumping and the
Playboy of the Western World” at the BYU “Community and Text” conference.
In addition, his poem, entitled “Transubstantiation,” was accepted
into the 1999 issue “The Sounds of Poetry” published by the National Archive
Tolstikova (advertising) presented “MMM as a
phenomenon of the Russian consumer culture” at the Association for Consumer
Research 1999 European Conference in Jouy-en-Josas, France.
G. Varga-Harris (history) published “Green is the
Colour of Hope?: The Crumbling Facade of Postwar Byt
Through the Public Eyes of Vecherniaia
Moskva,” Canadian Journal of History
Cosner (Slavic) assistant professor at Depauw University; Sascha
Goluboff (anthropology) assistant professor at Washington and Lee
University; Jonathan Heuner (history)
assistant professor at the University of Vermont; H.
Glenn Penny (history) assistant professor at the University of Missouri,
Kansas City; Kirsten Rutsala (Slavic); Randi
Storch (history) assistant professor at SUNY, Cortland; Russell
BAs in REES
William Dickey, Jeremy Pickell, Philipp
Summer 1999: C.
Michael Elavsky (communications) –
Czech; Krista Mantsch (LIS) –
Czech; Beth Admiraal-Reitsma
(political science) – Russian; Dmitry
Tartakovsky (history) - Yiddish
Academic Year 1999-2000: C. Michael Elavsky
(communications) – Czech; Romana
Klymkowych (law) – Czech; Krista
Mantsch (LIS) – Polish; Kendra
Millis (Slavic) – Polish; Vladka
Shikova (REES) – Russian; Gregory
Stroud (history) – Russian; Dmitry
Tartakovsky (history) - Yiddish
Editorial Assistants 1999-2000
Admiraal-Reitsma (political science); Matt
Rosenstein (Slavic); Dmitry
of the 1998-99 Student Essay Contest
winner: Alin Ceobanu (sociology),
“A Romanian Tale: Corruption Between Perverse Effect and Deliberate Action”
winner: Jennifer Conter (history),
“Gender, Morality, and the Individual: Russian Middlebrow Literature Before
ADDITIONS TO REEEC FAMILY
have four new babies in our midst this year.
It must be something in the water!
Herzog (history) and his wife AJ had a boy, Jonah Michael, on June 30.
Jeff Sahadeo (history) and Petra
Alince (LIS) had a girl, Caroline Elizabeth, on July 9. Rebecca Barnes
Weitzenhoffer (Slavic) and her husband Scott had a girl, Salem Kathryn, on
Sept. 1. Vicki Retzolk (REEEC staff) and her husband Mark had a boy, Dylan
Trey, on Sept. 22.
Graber (MA’86, German) covers business news of
Central and Eastern Europe for BNA International, Inc. (a legal publisher) in
Moore (MLS’99, LIS) works for Data Research
Associates, a company that deals with library automation.
Tittle (MA’96, Slavic) has been appointed the Assistant Director for
International Affairs of the Campus Honors Program at U of I. He is also completing his Ph.D. dissertation in the
Educational Psychology Department and Program in Second Language Acquisition
& Teacher Education at U of I.
(PhD’94, history) is an equity analyst for Argus Research Corporation, an
independent research company that sells its research on stock portfolios to
investment brokers throughout the country.
Series on “Directions in Russian and East European Studies” for Fall 1999
Witches and Gendered Categories in Seventeenth-Century Russia”
(History, University of Michigan)
Revolution of 1917: The Semiotics of Shoulder Boards”
Kolonitskii (Institute of Russian History, St. Petersburg Branch of the
Russian Academy of Sciences, and History, U of I)
Demography: Reproduction, Representation, and Resistance in Ceauçescu’s
Kligman (Sociology, UCLA)
and History: Western Theory and Eastern European Practice”
Cavanagh (Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University)
Brown Bag Lecture Series for Fall 1999
Rule of Law and Russian Culture--Are They Compatible?”
Pope (Political Science, Illinois State University)
an International Perspective on Economic Efficiency in Polish Peasant Farming”
Munroe (Geography, U of I)
Nation of Students--The Role of Education in Hungary in the 1920s and Today”
Herzog (History, U of I)
Wall Crumbles--Now What? Germany 10 Years After the Collapse of East Germany”
Grunstein-Neuman (Political Science, U of I)
in Performance: How Folklore Ensembles Present Russian Culture to Russians in
Olson (Germanic and Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of
ischezaiut bibliotechnye knigi: ‘Spisanie’, ‘iz”iatie’, ‘prodazha’
i ‘obmen’ v sovetskikh bibliotekakh”
Afanas’ev (Director, State Public Historical Library, Moscow, Russia)
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