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Panel Discussion with CREECA Faculty
Francine Hirsch (Dept. of History), David Danaher (Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literature), Ted Gerber (Dept. of Sociology), Yoshiko Herrera (Dept. of Political Science)

 

When: Thursday, September 3, 2015, 4:00 PM
Where: 206 Ingraham Hall
Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia

 

About the Panel: Please join us for a gathering to welcome the start of a new semester. This event will feature an informal roundtable presentation by members of the CREECA faculty, including Francine Hirsch (Professor, Department of History), David Danaher (Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature), and Ted Gerber (Professor of Sociology and CREECA Director). Moderated by Jennifer Tishler (CREECA Associate Director). We will also welcome our two new MA students in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS): Danielle and Megan.

 

Refreshments will be served starting at 3:45; the discussion will begin at 4:00.

 

 


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Panel Discussion with CREECA Graduate Students: Summer 2015 Field Research

 

When: Thursday, September 10, 2015, 4:00 PM
Where: 206 Ingraham Hall
Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia

 

About the Panel: In summer 2015, several graduate students in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies (REECAS) received CREECA Research Travel Awards to conduct field research in the regions. In this panel discussion, graduate students will talk about the research they carried out in Kosova, the Altai region of the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan: their challenges, successes, and next steps. Please join us to learn more about the research of these emerging scholars--and about the CREECA Research Travel Award program.

 

The Speakers: Danielle Delaney (Dept. of Political Science), Madina Djuraeva (Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction), Jennifer Otting (Dept. of Educational Policy Studies), Fatima Sartbay (Dept. of Anthropology), Milan Simic (Dept. of Languages and Cultures of Asia), Hannah Chapman (Dept. of Political Science)

 

Moderator: Jennifer Tishler, CREECA Associate Director

 

 

 

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“From Minneapolis to Moscow and Back: Chatwood Hall and the International Politics of Race”
Athan Biss, PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

When: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 4:00 PM
Where:  206 Ingraham Hall
Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, the Department of History

 

About the Lecture: In 1932, Homer Smith, an aspiring African American journalist living in Minneapolis, traveled five thousand miles to Moscow.  Like many other visitors to the “Red Mecca,” Smith wanted to observe the Soviet “experiment” with his own eyes. Writing under the penname Chatwood Hall, Smith became the only African American member of the foreign press corps in Moscow, later, the first African American hired by the Associated Press. Smith, however, was not an ordinary journalist. As FBI surveillance records suspected and Soviet archival records have confirmed, Smith worked as a propagandist for the Comintern. This talk explores Smith’s incredible journey from Minneapolis to Moscow and back in the context of American and Soviet political debates concerning race. Was Chatwood Hall a pioneer or a propagandist, or both?


Research for the talk was funded in part by a CREECA Research Grant and the travel grant from the UW Department of History.

 

About the Speaker: Athan Biss is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History. He grew up in upstate NY and attended  Princeton University where he earned a B.A. in American History. At UW, he received a graduate certificate from CREECA in conjunction with a distributive minor in Slavic Studies. Central Asian Affairs recently published Biss’s article, “Unexpected Frontiers of Black Internationalism: African Americans in Soviet Central Asia, 1930-1976.”

 


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"The Zhivago Affair: Facts and Fables"
Petra Couvee, Author

 

When: Thursday, September 24, 2015, 4:00 PM
Where: 206 Ingraham Hall
Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature

 

About the Lecture: Coming soon!

 

About the Speaker: Coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 


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