December 2021
José Vergara '16 with All Future Plunges to the Past: James Joyce in Russian Literature,

It's beginning to look a lot like winter break, which means members of the CREECA community will likely catch up on their reading and may be shopping for discerning readers in their lives. Fortunately, CREECA has just the list of recommendations for you, thanks to several talented UW-Madison alumni scholars. 

Congratulations to five REECAS alumni who have published new books in fall 2021: Molly Thomasy Blasing '14, Colleen Lucey '16, Melissa Miller '16, Mark Schrad '07, and José Vergara '16! Continue reading to see the rich texts these authors have come up with (along with some coupon codes!).
Wisconsin Russia Project Meeting

In fall 2020, the Wisconsin Russia Project received a 24-month grant renewal of $700,000 from Carnegie Corporation of New York to promote social science research and training on contemporary Russia. UW-Madison was one of three U.S. universities awarded this competitive grant as part of Carnegie Corporation's continued commitment to expand and enrich Russia area studies. 

As one activity in this third round of generous support, CREECA is hosting three outstanding postdoctoral researchers for the current academic year. Meet this new cohort of postdoctoral social scientists and read about their research trajectories here.

Yoshiko Herrera was a featured expert on Wisconsin Public Radio's Central Time to discuss the December 7 meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin amid escalating tensions along the Russian-Ukrainian border. Herrera gave her view on how the alarming situation may unfold and how U.S.-Ukraine relations impact the United States. Follow this link to listen to the 17-minute conversation with UW-Madison political science professor Yoshiko Herrera.
2021 UW-Madison Diversity Forum

Assel Almuratova, PhD Candidate in Slavic Languages and Literature, was a panelist on "The APIDA Community in Wisconsin: Our Lived Experiences on Campus and Beyond" as part of the November 2021 UW–Madison Diversity Forum.

In the session, APIDA-identifying faculty, staff, and students at UW-Madison shed light on the varied backgrounds and shared experiences of the Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) community on campus. They discussed the need for stronger community among APIDA colleagues and addressed how the university community can create a more inclusive environment.

Almuratova earned a BA in World Languages and Literatures from Nazarbayev University and has taught a range of Russian-language courses at UW-Madison. Her dissertation examines the representation of the Asiatic space in contemporary Russian novels and explores how this representation is connected to the negotiation of Russian identity.

Stream the panel discussion on YouTube here. The conference program and other recorded sessions are located here.
Community Updates
In addition to a co-edited book out this fall, The Russian Medical Humanities: Past, Present, and Future, Melissa Miller (PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature) has started a new appointment this October as Affiliated Faculty in the Health, Humanities, and Society Program at the University of Notre Dame.

Dan Singleton (MA in REECAS) has finished a 3.5-year tour as the Army Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is now the Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia.

In addition to publishing a new book this fall titled All Future Plunges to the Past: James Joyce in Russian Literature, José Vergara (PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature) has co-edited a special double issue of Canadian-American Slavic Studies devoted to Sasha Sokolov's Between Dog and Wolf. In the issue, he contributed the article "Flap Your Wings for Goodbye: Avian Imagery in Sasha Sokolov's Between Dog and Wolf."

Faculty and Academic Staff
Jacob Aehl has joined the UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program team as Program Coordinator! Aehl is a 2021 alum of the MA REECAS program at UW-Madison and has worked with CREECA as a student assistant on the Wisconsin Russia Project.

Congratulations to Ewa Miernowska (GNS+) who was honored this November at the 2021 Polish Film Festival in Chicago for her outstanding, decades-long work promoting Polish film in the U.S.  Read more about this prestigious distinction from the Chicago Society for Arts here.

Professor Emerita Halina Filipowicz (GNS+) has recently published an article titled "Nowak, Alina. Oratorium oświęcimskie" in The Literary Encyclopedia. The article recovers Nowak's Oratorium oświęcimskie (Auschwitz Oratorio, 1970) from cultural amnesia and outlines a comparison of this play with Die Ermittlung: Oratorium in 11 Gesängen (The Investigation: Oratorio in Eleven Cantos,1965), an Auschwitz oratorio by Peter Weiss.   
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UW Russian Folk Orchestra Holiday Concert
UW Russian Folk Orchestra
The UW Russian Folk Orchestra will perform its annual free Holiday Concert on December 18, 2021, from 12-1:00 pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 W. Washington Ave in Madison. COVID-19 safety protocols can be found here.

The orchestra is directed by Victor Gorodinsky and accompanied by the Madison Flute Club (directed by Berlinda Lopez), with vocalist Mila Vinogradova.
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