Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center News

International Human Rights Law - Spring 2015 Course

Published Date:October 9, 2014

Prof. Francis Boyle will teach a course on International Human Rights Law (LAW 657) for the spring 2015 semester. It will be open to graduate students affiliated with REEEC. The course studies established and developing legal rules and procedures governing the protection of international human rights, including Marxist and Third World, as well as Western, conceptions of those rights. 4 graduate hours. 3 professional hours.

Published Date: October 9, 2014

Strange World of Ritual Murder Conference Oct. 13-14

Published Date:September 30, 2014

Strange World of Ritual Murder: Culture, Politics, and Belief in Eastern Europe and Beyond

October 13-14, 2014

Alice Campbell Alumni Center

Organized by The Program in Jewish Culture and Society, University of Illinois

For more information and the full conference program, please see here.

Published Date: September 30, 2014

A Minute with Mark Steinberg, Expert on Russian History

Published Date:August 22, 2014

Mark Steinberg, Professor of History at Illinois, was interviewed by the University of Illinois Public Affairs News Bureau. To read the original interview, please see

Published Date: August 22, 2014

SAVE THE DATE - REEEC Kick-Off Reception

Published Date:June 25, 2014

September 4, 2014
5:00 PM
210 General Lounge, Illini Union (1401 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801)

Come celebrate the start of the new academic year following Prof. Carol Leff's New Directions Lecture! Refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Published Date: June 25, 2014

Fall 2014 Courses!

Published Date:March 12, 2014

Linda Herrera will teach Social Media in Global Context (EPS 390). Social media is a new frontier of politics, commerce, religion, courtship, and education. It has altered an array of social relations from statecraft to sex. The course draws on case studies from across the globe to explore the wide-ranging transformation taking place, from how people organize campaigns and mass uprisings, to ways they manage the most intimate details of their lives. Examples will be taken from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the U.S., and Europe. 3 hours.

Bruce Bertram will teach Social Media and Global Change (REES 496) ONLINE. This course covers the impact of global and national computer networks on politics, culture, and social relations overseas during a time of upheaval and revolutionary change. Guest lectures will be given by informatics practitioners and scholars with expertise on specific world regions. Topics may include the new social media, the politics and culture of the internet, hacktivism, cyber warfare, and mobile telephony and their role in the formation, dissemination, manipulation, and suppression of public opinion in Russia/Eurasia, the China/Pacific region, Central/South America, as well as Africa, Iran, and the Middle East. This is an on-campus class delivered online with a REQUIRED face-to-face session on Sunday, October 12. 4 graduate hours.

Richard Tempest will teach Introduction to Russian Culture (REES 116). Introduction to the culture of Russia and the USSR. The course addresses two central themes. First, the very distinctiveness of Russian culture, and the functions of that notion within Russia and for outsiders. Second, Russia as a cultural space between East and West. 3 hours.

Cynthia Buckley will teach Introduction to Central Asia (SOC 196). The course is designed for students interested in international politics, energy policy, conflicts in the region (Afghanistan), postcommunism, gender studies, and human rights. There are no prerequisites.

Francis Boyle will teach International Law (LAW 656), which will examine the nature, sources, and subjects of international law, and its place in the control of international society. 3 professional hours. 4 graduate hours.

Published Date: March 12, 2014