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From the Director

September 5, 2019

Dear colleagues and students,

Welcome back! I hope you had a refreshing summer and are ready for an exciting academic year ahead.

I have important news and information to share:

After nearly a half-century of cutting-edge programming and dedicated instruction, the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies has been elevated by the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts to the Copernicus Center for Polish Studies (CCPS)! In the years to come, the Copernicus Center will continue to strengthen its relationships with Polish institutions and develop new ones. In keeping with the “nesting doll” model that characterizes the WCEE centers, CCPS’s relationship with CREES will remain unaffected by this change of status.

CREES is celebrating its 60th anniversary this academic year, and to mark the occasion we have organized a series of signature events by prominent scholars, artists, and public figures that will feature the region and highlight important topics in the field. Check out our 60th Anniversary event lineup here, and read our commemorative booklet about six decades at CREES here.

In addition to the 60th Anniversary events, we are presenting a lecture series on environmental issues facing the region along with our WCEE partner centers. We will host lectures this Fall by Zsuzsa Gille (Sociology, U. Illinois) on changing patterns of consumption and the increasing production of waste in postcommunist Eastern Europe, and by Laura Henry (Government, Bowdoin) on the relationship of indigenous communities in Russia with oil companies. We have also planned events on upcoming elections in Poland, a musical performance of Yiddish songs by Daniel Kahn, a conference on architecture in Moscow and Detroit, and lectures of Kafka and Stalin. I invite you to consult our list of upcoming events here, and to browse the CREES annual report for the previous academic year as well. The report outlines last year’s accomplishments, including our students’ recent achievements and faculty publications.

Last but not least, CREES welcomes Dr. Yevgenia Albats, a Russian political scientist, investigative journalist and radio host, who will spend the 2019-20 year at U-M as the inaugural International Institute Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Distinguished Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia Fellow. As part of her year-long residence, Dr. Albats will teach a graduate course in the fall and an undergraduate course in the winter. A lecture, “The Russian Media: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall,” is also scheduled for January 27, 2020 as part of the CREES 60th Anniversary celebration.

We look forward to seeing you at our events.

Best wishes,

Geneviève Zubrzycki
Professor of Sociology
Director, CREES