October 2021
Featured Stories
 

UW-Madison alumna Becca Onken ’13 learned how vital it was to balance her students’ emotional and social needs with academic skills and engaging content during the unpredictable school year that was 2020-21.

“My students were anxious, sad, on edge, and lonely. We needed to find the joy,” said the Baraboo High School teacher. “They needed something fun; they needed a win. There’s not much we could control, but I could control my content.” Read the full story here .

Meet CREECA’s new cohort of graduate students and read about their connection to the region and what led them to UW-Madison. A warm welcome to them all! Their introductions are available here.

The Pushkin Summer Institute was awarded a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Russia Foundation, and the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute received a Title VIII Grant from the Department of State! Learn about these 2022 programs here.

An alumna of CREECA's 2021 virtual NSLI-Y program reflects on her time studying Russian and shares plans to continue with Russian with the Russian Flagship program at the University of Georgia! Read this NSLI-Y interactive story here.

Victor Gorodinsky, Founder and Music Director, reports that the Russian Folk Orchestra resumed weekly rehearsals in August and is recruiting new musicians. The orchestra is scheduled to perform its traditional holiday concert live in December, and a 25th anniversary is also planned for 2023!
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Community Updates
Alumni
Congratulations to former Mosse Fellow Chad Gibbs (PhD, History), who defended his dissertation, Against that Darkness: Perseverance, Resistance, and Revolt at Treblinka , and accepted an appointment at the College of Charleston as assistant professor of Jewish Studies and director of the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies. 

Colleen Lucey (PhD, Slavic Languages and Literature) has published  Love for Sale: Representing Prostitution in Imperial Russia  (Cornell University Press). 

Mark Lawrence Schrad (PhD, Political Science) has published a new book, Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition, available from Oxford University Press. Schrad also penned an opinion piece this summer in TIME based on this book: "Tsar Nicolas II Thought Vodka Was Hurting Russians—But Banning It Helped Destroy His Empire."   

After ten months of full-time Kazakh language training, Caroline Savage (MA, Political Science and REECAS) started work on August 20 as the U.S. Consul General in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Shannon Donnally Quinn (PhD, Slavic Languages & Literature) received the 2021 President’s Award at this summer’s conference of the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT). 

Congratulations to Alexandra Steiner (BA, International Studies and Russian Language & Civilization) who was awarded a 2021 ASEEES Internship Grant. Steiner is currently in the MA program for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford.  

Faculty
David Danaher (GNS+) was quoted in this Washington Post piece,  “Czech women have had to use gendered last names for centuries. A law might change that.” 

Professor Emerita Halina Filipowicz (GNS+) has contributed the chapter “Is Simply Saying ‘We’ Enough? Feminism, Transgression, and the Challenge of the Transnational Turn” to Wheels of Change: Feminist Transgressions in Polish Culture and Society, edited by Jolanta Wróbel-Best (Warsaw: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego).
Francine Hirsch (History) interviewed with Wisconsin Public Radio for the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials. Listen to her University of the Air interview, "Soviet Judgement at Nuremberg," here!  Meanwhile, Hirsch has won the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) prize for best book by a woman-identifying scholar in any area of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War II (Oxford University Press, 2020). Hirsch's book also received the 2021 ASEEES Barbara Jelavich Book Prize! Congratulations!
Ted Gerber (Sociology) has published “Sino-phobia in Russia and Kyrgyzstan” in the Journal of Contemporary China with co-author Qian He. The director of CREECA has also published “Ties That Remind: Known Family Connections to Past Events as Salience Cues and Collective Memory of Stalin’s Repressions of the 1930s in Contemporary Russia” in the American Sociological Review with Michael E. van Landingham. 

David McDonald (History) was a guest expert on a July 2021 episode of Wisconsin Public Radio’s University of the Air “How Serious a Threat is Russia?” 

Affiliates
Michael J. Mikoś (UW-Milwaukee, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature) has published Jan Kochanowski. Trifles (II), Apothegms, and Chess (John Paul II Catholic University Press). 

Ben Whisenhunt (College of DuPage, Department of History) served as editor for James Cracraft’s Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World: From Peter the Great to Karl Marx (Peter Lang Publishers).

News to share? Write to us at communications@creeca.wisc.edu.
Events
October 21 | 4:00 - 5:15 pm CDT | Zoom

with Brigid O’Keeffe, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
October 22 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm CDT | Zoom

with Dan Healey, St Antony's College, University of Oxford; Anita Kurimay, Bryn Mawr College; Renee Perelmutter, University of Kansas
 
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