Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

Founded and named a National Resource Center (NRC) in 1959, the University of Illinois Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) has long fostered the highest quality undergraduate and graduate training and national service to the profession, individual scholars, schools, and the public. We provided the AAASS's first home, and have hosted its journal, Slavic Review, from 1975-1985 and now again since 1996. The Slavic and East European Library (SEEL), one of the largest in the country, also houses the Slavic Reference Service (SRS), which together with the Summer Research Laboratory (SRL), furnishes research assistance to national and international scholarly communities, both in and outside the Academy. Our instructional and enhancement activities advance deep interdisciplinary knowledge of the area, disciplinary rigor and innovation, and new, critical perspectives in area and international studies. Teacher training at all levels, as well as outreach to the public and to the business and professional sectors, is also integral to our tradition and mission.

Instructional Program: 1) Faculty: 60 core and associated faculty; 53 teaching faculty; 467 REEES courses in 23 humanities and social science departments and in 24 disciplines within nine professional schools
2) Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Associate in Central Asia and Caucasus Studies
3) Visiting Scholars: Eight-10 visiting foreign/domestic scholars and faculty per year expand and enhance the curriculum
4) Languages: Proficiency-based language instruction at three or more levels in Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Yiddish
5) Degree Programs: Bachelor of Arts (BA), minor, Master of Arts (MA), and graduate minors in REEES and graduate minor in Balkan studies
6) Curricular Depth: in Balkan studies, Cultural studies, History, Music, Russian studies, REEE-Jewish studies, Socialist and Postsocialist studies; escalating depth in Central European studies and Islamic studies across the region

Slavic and East European Library: 1) Holdings: Largest Slavic collection west of Washington, DC; 673,000 regional titles; 112,000 in the vernacular
2) Slavic Reference Service: internationally renowned assistance with research queries online or in person
3) Data Bases and Digital Initiatives: ABSEES, CEEOL, Guide to Slavic Information Resources, Russian National Library Database

Enhancement Activities: 1) Distinguished Scholar Colloquium Series: New Directions in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
2) Noontime Scholars Lecture Series: a venue for faculty and graduate students to present works-in-progress
3) Artists and Authors Series: Musical performances, art exhibits, poetry readings, films, book signings
4) Current Affairs Forum: on pressing issues of broad appeal to campus and local community
5) Annual International Conference: organized by REEEC faculty on state-of-the-art topics
6) Joint Area Centers Symposium: on contemporary topics of mutual interest to all campus NRCs
7) International Careers Workshops: for graduate and undergraduate students
8) Turkish Studies Symposium: annual collaboration with the Program for South Asian and Middle Eastern studies

Outreach: 1) Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia (Title VIII support)
2) Jr. Scholars Training Workshops: annual thematic focus
3) Fisher Forum and Summer Symposium: public conferences featuring prominent guest speakers
4) K-12 Curriculum Development Workshops on Russia and the Balkans
5) International Summer Institute for Precollegiate Educators: jointly with other campus NRCs
6) Update and Illinois International Review: a national outreach newsletter and journal for teachers and the public
7) Lending Library: of curricular and media resources for K-12 educators and REEEC faculty

Future Goals: 1) Thematic programming to facilitate interdisciplinary and cross-college collaboration and strengthen curriculum:
a) Confronting the New Eurasia (2006-2007)
b) Blurring Boundaries, Shifting States: The Balkans in the New Europe (2007-2008)
c) Individuals and Identities in Transit (2008-2009)
d) Resurgent Religions and Emergent Ecumenes: Spirituality & Change in REEE (2009-2010)
e) Festive States: The Art(s) of Celebration in REEE (2006-2010)
2) Collaborative arts outreach activities thru music ensembles, the Krannert Art Museum and Performing Arts Center
3) New MA degree tracks: Balkan studies, Professions and Public Policy, Socialist and Postsocialist studies
4) New faculty: Anthropology, Linguistics (Turkish), REEES, Slavic (SEE languages)
5) New less commonly taught languages (LCTL) offerings: Romanian (first-year), Business Russian (third-yr)
6) Collaborative and Center-driven LCTL pedagogy and proficiency training