February 2022
 

In May 2021, the UW Russian Folk Orchestra (RFO) came out of quarantine to resume rehearsals physically distanced on the driveway of one of its musicians. And in August, after an 18-month hiatus, the orchestra restarted weekly rehearsals indoors on campus (following UW guidelines) and began to recruit new members.

Flash forward to December 2021: the orchestra performed its first concert since 2019 at Grace Episcopal Church with the Madison Flute Club (directed by Berlinda Lopez) and vocalist Mila Vinogradova.

Through a gallery of photographs, courtesy of RFO director Victor Gorodinsky (left), take a moment to appreciate the orchestra's journey from quarantine to showtime and then enjoy the 2021 concert in its entirety. Check out the photo essay and stream the live show here!
 
Wisconsin Russia Project Meeting

An exciting new project, Multilingualism and Education in Wisconsin, features over 100 podcast interviews with students, educators, and community members throughout Wisconsin, including Russianists from around the UW-Madison campus and the wider community. 

The collection of interviews includes CREECA's Karen Evans-Romaine who describes her multilingual upbringing and walks us through half a century of language education. Also, UW-Madison Russian Flagship student Aaron Greenberg talks about what it's like to study more than one language at once and teach a language as a non-native speaker of that language. In addition, UW-Madison student Maya Reinfeldt shares what it was like growing up in a Russian-speaking family and her experience teaching at the Madison Russian School. Finally, Catherine Wilson tells us how her experience in the Peace Corps resulted in her learning Russian and encouraged her to become a teacher. Find these fascinating interviews—and many more—at this link.
 
 Kino and Russian Rock

A piece by UW-Madison Russian Flagship co-directors Dianna Murphy and Karen Evans-Romaine (with Molly Godwin-Jones) is in The FLTMAG - a free magazine on technology integration in language teaching and learning.

"The widespread shift to remote instruction and adoption of video conferencing tools such as Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in new opportunities for educators at various institutions to collaborate on shared co-curricular programming for students. This article describes one such opportunity: Kino and Russian Rock, a multi-institutional, co-curricular learning experience in spring 2021 for students in Russian Flagship programs."

Read more about this dynamic, co-curricular learning experience.
 
Community Updates
Students
Özlem Eren, Wisconsin Russia Project graduate assistant and art history PhD student, has been elected as the SHERA (Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture) Graduate Student Communications Fellow for 2022–2024.

Megan Feeley has joined the CREECA team as the new CESSI project assistant (cessi@creeca.wisc.edu). She is a Wisconsin native and earned her bachelor's degree in International Studies and Russian here at UW-Madison. She is pursuing a master's degree in International Public Affairs at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Welcome, Megan!

Alumni
As a consultant for a piece in The New York Times, Larissa Doroshenko (PhD in Communication Science) discussed the tactics and goals of the Russian disinformation campaign alongside other American researchers and intelligence officials in "Russia Steps Up Propaganda War Amid Tensions With Ukraine." Doroshenko is a Postdoctoral Associate at Northeastern University's Department of Communication Studies.

Haunted Dreams: Fantasies of Adolescence in Post-Soviet Culture by Jenny Kaminer  (BA in Russian and Theater) will be published in March 2022 by Cornell University Press. Kaminer is Associate Professor of Russian and Chair of the Department of German and Russian at the University of California-Davis. 

Starting in fall 2022, Melissa Miller (PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature) will begin a new appointment as Assistant Professor of Russian at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Faculty
Theodore Gerber (Sociology) weighed in on the crisis in Ukraine on Wisconsin Public Radio's The Ideas Network with host Kate Archer Kent. The January 25 episode is available to stream here.

Yoshiko Herrera (Political Science) spoke to Newsradio 620 WTMJ on January 20 about the alarming tensions along the Russian-Ukrainian border. Listen to the podcast episode, "'The stakes are very high' in Russia" here

Professor Emerita Judith Kornblatt (German, Nordic, Slavic+) has been teaching a course on "What Are the Humanities?" at Tel Aviv University. Her students from around the world include several UW graduates affiliated with CREECA over the years. In addition, Professor Kornblatt will deliver a lecture titled "How to Write Wisdom: Divine Sophia in Russia" as part of the series "The Divine Feminine and Her Discontents" at the Harvard Divinity School. Those interested in attending the lecture on March 10 at 12:30 EST are invited to write jkornbla@wisc.edu for the Zoom link.

Manon van de Water (German, Nordic, Slavic+) was awarded emerita status last year and has recently published "Russia: Social Theatre" in International Perspectives on Drama and Citizenship Education: Acting Globally, edited by Nicholas McGuinn, Norio Ikeno, and Edda Sant and published by Routledge.

Affiliates
A book by Andrey V. Ivanov (UW-Platteville, Department of History), A Spiritual Revolution: The Impact of Reformation and Enlightenment in Orthodox Russia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2020), has won two awards at the 2021 ASEEES Convention: the Marc Raeff Prize in Eighteenth Century Russian Studies and the Early Slavic Studies Prize. Learn more about these distinctions here.
News to share? Write to us at communications@creeca.wisc.edu.
Events
The CREECA Lecture Series
February 3 | 4:00 - 5:15 pm | Ingraham Hall 206

with Yulia Khalikova. Wisconsin Russia Project postdoctoral fellow at CREECA.
Intersectionality in Focus Series

February 4 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm CST | Zoom

with panelists Carina Karapetian Georgi (Antelope Valley College), Joseph Lenkart (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Pawel Lewicki (Europa University, Viadrina), Olga Povoroznyuk (University of Vienna); Moderated by Sibelan Forrester (Swarthmore College).
 
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