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Ongoing Events

Currently any language tables, conversation hours, or other types of language practice sessions are all online. Please contact those listed below for information regarding when and how to participate. Thank you!

  • Czech Language Table: Contact Craig Cravens for more information.
  • Russian Language Table: Contact Maria Shardakova for more details.
  • Ukrainian Language Table: Contact Svitlana Melnyk for more details.
  • BCS Language Table: Conact Teuta Özçelik for more information.
  • "Przekładańce": translation practice sessions led by Lukasz Sicinski. These sessions are organized with students of Polish in mind, but everybody is welcome. Students choose texts which they translate from Polish into English. If you have any questions, please contact Lukasz Sicinski.
  • Georgian Conversation Club: Contact Katharine Khamhaerngwong for more information.
  • Romanian Coffee Hour:Contact Leah Valtin-Erwin for more information.

Upcoming Events

  • October 23 -24, 2020, 11:30 AM EST, 12th Annual Romanian Studies Conference, RSVP here
  • Monday, October, 26, 2020, 12:15 PM, EST.The REEI Russian-language Colloquium Presents: Natasha Rubanova: "Writing Memory in Contemporary Russian Literature: The Work of Polina Barskova and Maria Stepanova". Lecture in Russian. For more information.
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 12 PM, EST. Ukrainian Studies Organization invites you to attnd "Holodomor Commemoration Lectures", this will include both Hiroaki Kuromiya's "The Holodomor and Democracies" and Tetiana Sopruniuk's "Public History at The Holodomor Museum". Register here.
  • Friday, October 30, 2020, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM. Patrick Domico, "The Pollitics of Russian Music Abroad: Resisting Modernism in Medtner and Ilyin" Musicology Colloquium Series. Online registration is required to participate: you only need to register once for the whole series! Email musical@indiana.edu for registration information or with questions.https://blogs.iu.edu/jsommusicology/colloquium/
  • November 5, 2020 2:00 PM ESTUniversity of Illinois, Russian, E. European, and Eurasian Center presents Maria Sonevytsky: "Musican Evolution and the Other: State-Sponsored Musical Evolutions in the USSR and the Conundrum of Post-Soviet Crimean Tatar Indgenous Music". Livestream available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZvb1NcNKjM&feature=youtu.be
  • Monday, November 9, 2020, 6:00 PM13th Annual UChicago International Education Conference (Part 4): The 'Urban Revolution' in Today's Belarus and Why Women are Leading w/ Elena Gapova. Register here.

Past Events

  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 12pm (EST)Dr. Oksana Yurkova, “Academic Januses: GPU-NKVD Secret Informants at the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (1920s–1930s).” Register here.
  • Monday, October 19, 2020 Noon- 1 PM EST Insa Theesfeld, Explaining the Existence of Pseudo-Commons in Post-Communist Countries<Register here/li>
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:00 PM, EST.Regional Diversity, Decentralization, and Conflict: The Case of Ukraine Register here.
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2:00 PM, EST.University of Michigan presents: Jessica Robbins: "Aging Nationally in Contemporary Poland: Memory, Kinship, and Personhood" - Area Studies Showcase Lecture SeriesRegister here.
  • Friday, October 9, 12;00 PM, EST.Michael de Groot: "the Twin Energy Crises Behind the Iron Curtain: The Soviet Bloc and the 1973 Oil Crises" - European History Workshop. To register email marrosem@indiana.edu
  • О России по-русски! On Russia in Russian! The REEI Russian-language Colloquium Presents: «Новые роли и статусы грузинок и абхазок» [New Roles and Statuses for Georgian and Abkhazian Women] RITA KUZNETSOVA Kuban State University Monday, February 24, 12:15pm in GA 4067 Lecture in Russian
  • Raise the Roof film screening with guest Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett for an introduction and question and answer session, Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 PM, Wells Library Screening Room 048.
  • ""Servant of the Nation" by Volodymyr Zelensky: between TV shows and show politics."", lecture is in English given by Oleksander Mykhed, PhD (Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine.) A Question and Answer time and discussion will follow, Tuesday, March 3, 12:15 - 1:30 PM, GA 4067.
  • "Brave new world: the formation of institutions, social initiatives, the legalization of Ukraine in Ukraine." Lecture is in English given by Oleksander Mykhed, Phd (Taras Shevchenko Institute of Literature, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine.) Discussion following, thursday, March 5, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, GA 4067.
  • Taras Shevchenko Conference, March 6-7 9:30am–9:45am, IU Faculty Club, Opening remarks: Russell Scott Valentino, Associate Dean (Indiana U), 10:00am–11:30am, IU Faculty Club, Keynote Speakers : Vitaly Chernetsky (U of Kansas), “Changing Ukrainian Studies, Changing Ukraine: The Promise and Challenge of the Glocal” and Oleksandr Mykhed (National Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine), “Taras Shevchenko in Modern Popular Culture: The Quantum Leap of a Superhero” Panel Sessions: 1pm-7pm, GISB 2067 Saturday, March 7 9:00am-10:30am, GISB 2067, Keynote Speakers: Sergei Zhuk (Ball State U), “The KGB and Taras Shevchenko in Cold War’s Ukraine” and Nick Kupensky (US Air Force Academy), “Patriotism and Parody: Remaking Soviet Space in Post-Maidan Ukraine” 2:30pm-3:00pm Roundtable Discussion with Hiroaki Kuromiya (Indiana U), “The Importance of the Donbas to Ukraine” Panel Sessions: 8am-7pm, GISB 2067 4) Tetiana Kostiuchenko, PhD (Kyiv Mohyla National Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine), lecture in English, “Ukrainian political elite networks before and after Euromaidan: circulation and continuity” (March 26, 4-6pm GISB 4067) 5) Tetiana Kostiuchenko, PhD (Kyiv Mohyla National Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine), lecture in English, "Social capital and resistance to fake news: the results of the pilot network study of students" (this is in co-authorship with Dr. Tymofii Brik) (April 16, 4-6pm, GISB 2067) S
  • The Ukrainian Studies Organization at Indiana University has the honor to convene the first Taras Shevchenko Conference, which will take place at Indiana University, March 6-7, 2020. This conference aims to bring scholars from all disciplines to explore the ways in which Ukrainian studies is presented and shaped in the current political and cultural contexts. Submissions from any academic discipline are welcome, including but not limited to: history, literature, memory studies, linguistics, translation, music, film, religious studies, political science, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, mass media. Graduate students are welcome to submit proposals. Please direct inquiries about the conference to Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed and Ani Abrahamyan.
  • Polish Studies Center Annual Holiday Party, Thursday, December 12, 2019, 6:30 P.M., The President's Room at the Indiana Memorial Union.
  • “When Your Subject Goes Underground. Methodological Challenges in Writing About Jews in Hiding During the Holocaust in Eastern Europe”, Friday, December 6, 2019, 12:00 P.M., GA 4067.
  • Russian Games Night, sponsored by the Russian and East European Institute, Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 P.M., GA 4067.
  • Student Chamber Music Recital – “Intimate Soundscapes of Poland”, Monday, November 18, 2019, 8:00 P.M., Auer Hall.
  • Kiborgy. Heroyi ne vmyrayut (Cyborgs: Heros Never Die), Ukrainian Homelands, Saturday, November 16, 2019, 7:00 - 8:52 p.m. IU Cinema, free but ticketed.
  • Human Rights in Russia—Past, Present and Future: The Life and Legacy of Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Thursday, November 14-16, 2019. See times and locations by clicking link.
  • Craft Night, hosted by the Russian and Eastern European Institute, November 12, 2019, 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M., GA 4067.
  • Writings on the Wall: The End of the Eastern Bloc in Cultural Memory. (1989-2019), November 11, 2019, 4:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M., Reception to Follow, IMU Faculty Club.
  • Everything is Illuminated, Ukrainian Homelands, Sunday, November 3, 2019, 1:00 - 2:46 p.m., IU Cinema, free but ticketed.
  • IU Themester: Remembering and Forgetting - Resilience (2017), Hosted by the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive/Screening Room and free and open to the public, but ticketed, Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., the Moving Image Archive, Wells Library.
  • Donbass, Ukrainian Homelands, Sunday, October 27, 4:00 - 6:01 pm, IU Cinema, free but ticketed.
  • Nina Perlina Memorial Sunday, October 20, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Global and International Studies Building Atrium.
  • Defining the Russian Opposition: Alexey Navalny’s Presidential Campaign of 2017/18, a Russian Studies Workshop Fall 2019 Lecture given by Jan Matti Dollbaum, PhD Student at the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany. Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 4:00 p.m., GA 1060.
  • Ottomanisation as Europeanisation: Poland-Lithuania and the Search for a Shared Past, given by Tomasz Grusiecki, Assistant Professor of Art History, Boise State University. Sponsored by the Polish Studies Center. Thursday, October 17, 2019, 4:00 p.m., GA 1060.
  • Ottomanisation as Europeanisation: Poland-Lithuania and the Search for a Shared Past, given by Tomasz Grusiecki, Assistant Professor of Art History, Boise State University. Sponsored by the Polish Studies Center. Thursday, October 17, 2019, 4:00 p.m., GA 1060.
  • "Between Large Scale Infrastructures and Local Communities: Informal Roads as Agents of Change" a Russian Studies Workshop Fall 2019 Lecture, given by Dr. Vera Kuklina, Research Professor, Department of Geography, George Washington University, Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:00 p.m., GA 1060?
  • Being Queer in Putin's Russia and Beyond, a Russian Studies Workshop Fall 2019 Lecture, given by Lyosha Gorshokov and Steve Sanders, Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Maurer School of Law, Room 123 (Moot Court Room).
  • Tuesday, October 8, 12-1:30 p.m., "Through the Wilds: Industrialism and River Life in the Siberian North", A Russian Studies Workshop Fall 2019 Lecture given by Craig Campbell, Assoociate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UT Austin,
  • Friday, October 4, 5:00 p.m., "Between Theory and Lived Experience: Olga Freidenberg Chronicles Her Life and Times" lecture given by Irina Paperno, from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Thursday, October 3, 2019, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., "Surviving, Remembering, and Forgetting the Siege of Leningrad" a Themester event, Woodburn Hall, room 200.
  • Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.,"Four Generations of American Scholarship on Russian Music," Auer Hall.
  • Friday, September 27, 2019, 4:00-5:00 p.m., "Archaeology in the Twilight of Utopia: Soviet Debates on the Origins of Art" Burke Lecture Series, GA 0001.
  • Sunday, September 22, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Polish Studies Center & Institute for European Studies Picnic, Woodlawn Picnic Shelter Bryan Park
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.,Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda - film screening, IMU Maple Room.
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 4:00 p.m.,It Gives You Shivers: Translating Polish Holocaust Testimonies into Brazilian Portuguese, a talk by Gabriel Borowski, GA 4067.
  • Saturday, September 14, 2019, 2:00 p.m., Ukrainian Independence Day Picnic, at the Shelter House at Winslow Woods Park, 2120 South Highland Avenue.
  • Friday, September 13, 2019, 12 p.m., GISB 4067, European History Workshop presents War and welfare citizenship: Democracy and populism in Romania after 1918, by Maria Bucur, History and Gender Studies.
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m. A Conversation With Dariusz Stola. Please join the graduate students of the Department of Slavic Languages & Cultures for an engaging conversation with Professor Stola. He has served as the director of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw since 2014, and has authored and co-authored several influential books and numerous articles on Polish-Jewish relations, the history of international migrations, and the history of the communist regime and resistance in the People’s Republic of Poland. We will discuss approaches to and challenges of facilitating, preserving, and stimulating institutional memory. The talk will take place at GA-3134. Refreshments provided.
  • Friday, March 29, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 PM. Graduate Symposium in Memory Studies. Sponsored by the Slavic Department, the Polish Studies Center, and Russian and East European Institute. The symposium will take place at GA-3134. Light breakfast provided.
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Join the members and volunteers of the Russian Language Cultural Association at IU for the Maslenitsa Celebration.
  • Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:00 p.m. "The Pedagogy of Perspective: How Aleksei Venetsianov Learned To Paint the Russian Countryside" by Prof. Molly Brunson (Yale University).
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019, 4:30 p.m. "The Soviet Industrial Sublime: The Agony and Ecstasy of the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station" by Dr. Nick Kupensky (Bowdoin College).
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m. "Karma: What Goes Around Comes Around" by Prof. Elizabeth Geballe (Indiana University).
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019, 4:30 p.m. "Plagiarism in Contemporary Russian Fiction: The Case of Mikhail Shishkin" by Prof. Jose Vergara (Swarthmore College).
  • Friday, January 11, 2019, 12:00 p.m. "Semelfactives and Tense in Russian" preview AATSEEL talk by Van Holthenrichs.
  • Friday, November 9, 2018, 4:00 p.m. "The Colonial World Through Russian Eyes: Africa and Asia in Goncharov's The Frigate Pallada" by Prof. Edyta Bojanowska (Yale University).
  • Saturday, November 10, 2018, 6:30-10:00 p.m. Polish Studies Center Independence Eve Party. Food and drinks will be provided. Polish national colors are welcome.
  • Monday, November 5, 2018, 3:30-5:30 p.m. 1918! Show & Tell! A fun participatory celebration of the 100th anniversary of the trailblazing year 1918, showcasing objects and their stories as time capsules. Organized by the Polish Studies Center, the Institute for European Studies, and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Friday, October 26, 2018, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Rebecca Baumgartner Presents her Prospectus on Time Travel titled “В разных плоскостях времени/In various planes of time”: Exploring Connections Between Time Travel and Metalepsis in Soviet Modernism. The presentation will take place at GA-2134. There will be light snacks and discussion of time travel. 
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Ukrainian Independence Day Picnic at Shelter House at Winslow Woods Park, 2120 South Highland Avenue.
  • Saturday, September15, 2018, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Polish Studies Center Picnic at Woodlawn Picnic Shelter at Bryan Park.
  • Friday, April 4, 2018, 5:30 p.m. "Coping with Uncertainty: Petty Traders in Post-Soviet Russia" by Kamil Wielecki GISB 1106.
  • Friday, April 6, 2018, 4:30-6:00 p.m. "Chekhov's Medical Aesthetics", Woodburn Hall 009, talk given by Matthew Mangold, Post-doc at HSE, Moscow.
  • Friday, April 13, 9:00-11:30 a.m. IMU Stateroom. China Russia and the World: Focus on the Middle East, This symposium will address Chines and Russian involvements in the Middle East, exploring their consequences for the region and tracing the motivations that have shaped the nature of relations between the Middle Eastern states, Russia, and China, from the Cold War into the present.
  • Friday, April 13, 2018, 4:30-6:30 p.m. "Double Exposures: Translating Dostoevsky's Corpses", Woodburn Hall 009, talk given by Elizabeth Geballe, Indiana University.
  • Friday, March 30, 2018, 4:30-6:00 p.m. “Karma in ‘The Forged Coupon’: A Case Study in Tolstoyan Ideology as Narrative”, Woodburn Hall 009, talk given by Laurel Schmuck, University of Southern California.
  • Monday, March 26, 2018, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Slavic Talent Show, Rawles Hall 100. Join us for a fun celebration of Slavic and East European languages and cultures at the annual Slavic Talent Show! There will be student performances and light refreshments. All are welcome!
  • Friday, March 23, 2018, 1:00 p.m. The Unkrainian Studies Organization presents "Geographical Attachment and Imaginative Freedom: Mikhail Bulgakov and Kyiv", GISB 3134. A talk by Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed. Born in Kyiv, Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940) spent years in the city that significantly shaped his artistic imagination. What is Bulgakov’s Kyiv? Why does this city have such a gripping effect? This presentation offers a brief journey into the Kyiv that Bulgakov seems to have never left.
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. "From Selma to Moscow: How Human Rights Activists Transformed U.S. Foreign Policy", Psychology Building 101. A talk by historian Sara Snyder, Associate Professor of History at American University.