CREECA Community Updates – December 2021


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.