To celebrate its 60th anniversary, in 2019-20, CREES has 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. Among the distinguished speakers during the winter term are Yevgenia Albats, radio host for Ekho Moskvy and current Distinguished Fellow at the U-M International Institute, MIT professor Kate Brown, and Russian artist Gluklya.

In addition to 60th Anniversary events, our series on environmental issues facing the region continues. This  includes a talk by Yuson Jung on ecological stewardship in the Bulgarian wine industry, and a lecture on the logging industry in the Russian Far East by U-M professors Kathleen Bergen and Joshua Newell.

See below for the full schedule or visit our Events Calendar for details.

Wed, Jan 15, 4-5:30 PM
Ford/CREES Panel. 
“Media, Information, and the U.S.-Russia Relationship: A Conversation with Yevgenia Albats and Amb. Susan Elliott.” Yevgenia Albats, radio host, Ekho Moskvy, and International Institute/WCEE Distinguished Fellow, U-M; Ambassador Susan Elliott, president and CEO, National Committee on American Foreign Policy. Moderator: Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky, professor of international policy and practice, U-M. Sponsors: IPC, CREES, II, Weiser Diplomacy Center. Annenberg Auditorium, Weill Hall, 735 S. State.

Wed, Jan 22, 12-1:20 PM
CREES Noon Lecture. 
“Lethal Provocations: Anti-Jewish Violence in French Algeria and Ukraine.” Joshua Cole, professor of history, U-M; Jeffrey Veidlinger, Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies, U-M. Sponsors: CREES, CES. 1010 Weiser Hall.

Mon, Jan 275:30-7 PM
WCEE Distinguished Fellow Lecture.
 “The Russian Media: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall.” Yevgenia Albats, radio host, Ekho Moskvy, and International Institute/WCEE Distinguished Fellow, U-M. Sponsors: WCEE, CREES, II. 1010 Weiser Hall.

Wed, Feb 12, 12-1:20 PM

CREES Noon Lecture. “Terroir, Ecological Stewardship, and Heritage Politics in the Bulgarian Wine Industry.” Yuson Jung, associate professor of anthropology, Wayne State University. Sponsor: CREES. 1010 Weiser Hall.

Mon, Feb 17, 11:30-1 PM
 “Determinants of Giving and Taking Bribes in Eastern Europe: Norms, Personal Affluence, and Security of Corrupt Transactions.” Aram Simonyan, associate professor of economics, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. Sponsors: IPC, CREES. 3240 Weill Hall, 735 S. State.


Wed, Feb 26, 12-1:20 PM
CREES Noon Lecture. 
“The Environmental Impacts of Mass Housing in Post-Socialist Europe.” Oksana Chabanyuk, associate professor of architecture, Kharkiv National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Fulbright Visiting Scholar, U-M. Sponsor: CREES. 555 Weiser Hall.


Wed, Mar 11, 12-1:20 PM
CREES Noon Lecture. 
Landscapes and Logging in the Russian Far East.” Kathleen Bergen, associate research scientist of environment and sustainability, U-M; Joshua Newell, associate professor of environment and sustainability, U-M. Sponsor: CREES. 1010 Weiser Hall.

Tue, Mar 24, 4-5:30 PM
WCED Book Discussion.
 “Putin v. the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia.” Authors: Samuel A. Greene, reader of Russian politics, King’s College London; Graeme B. Robertson, professor of political science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Discussants: Natalia Forrat, WCED Postdoctoral Fellow, U-M; Ronald G. Suny, William H. Sewell Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History, U-M;. Sponsors: WCED, CREES. 1010 Weiser Hall.

Wed, Mar 25, 12-1:20 PM
CREES Noon Lecture. 
Epic Proportions: Translating Poland’s National Epic for the 21st Century.” Bill Johnston, professor of comparative literature, Indiana University. Sponsors: CREES, CCPS. 1010 Weiser Hall.

Thu, Apr 2, 5:10-7 PM
 “‘The Place of the Artist Is on the Side of the Weak’: A Manifesto for the 21st Century.” Gluklya, artist. Sponsors: CREES, Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty.

Wed, Apr 1-Fri, Apr 3, 8 AM-5 PM
CREES Pop-up Exhibit.
 Brodsky on the Horizon. Gluklya, artist. Sponsor: CREES. International Institute Gallery, 547 Weiser Hall.

Thu, Apr 23, 5:30-7 PM
CREES 60th Anniversary Keynote Lecture.
 “The Great Chernobyl Acceleration: A Humanist’s Encounter with the Science of Disasters.” Kate Brown, professor of science, technology, and society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sponsor: CREES. Stern Auditorium, University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Fri, Apr 24, 10 AM-12 PM
CREES 60th Anniversary Panel.
 “2020 Vision on CREES: Viewing the Field through Directors’ Eyes.” Michael D. Kennedy, professor of sociology and international and public affairs, Brown University; Douglas Northrop, professor of history and Middle East studies, U-M; William G. Rosenberg, professor emeritus of history, U-M; Katherine Verdery, Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York. Sponsor: CREES. 1010 Weiser Hall.