This semester at CREES, we will be hosting lectures that shed light on current events in the region, in some cases by looking at the past. From Poland to Uzbekistan, the lectures have been curated on two themes: “Migrations and Multiculturalism” and “Europe, Old and New.”

Speakers and events in the Migrations and Multiculturalism series will focus on migration flows and explore the different meanings and challenges of cultural diversity—from the multiculturalism of the Austro-Hungarian empire to guest workers in socialist Yugoslavia, to anti-immigrant populist movements throughout contemporary Europe.
As 2018 marks the centennial of the end of the First World War, the collapse of empires, and the redrawing of Europe’s map, the series Europe, Old and New will explore those themes and critically examine where we are now, at a time of democratic crisis and rising populism throughout Europe.

We are also pleased to be presenting the CREES Distinguished Lecture, given by University of Michigan alumna and former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief Jill Dougherty (BA Russian ’70). She will speak on Tuesday, March 19 on the topic: “The Truth about Lies in International Relations: Reflections on the Media in Russia and Beyond.”

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

Wed, Jan 23, 12-1:20 PM
CREES Noon Lecture/Conversations on Europe. National Minorities as a Legal Category in the Czech Republic (and Beyond) at the Time of Rising Nationalism.” Helena Hofmannová, associate professor of constitutional law, Charles University; Michigan Grotius Senior Research Scholar, U-M. Sponsors: CREES, CES, Law School. 555 Weiser Hall.

Wed, Feb 6, 12-1:20 PM
CREES Noon Lecture.
“The Polish Athens: Zakopane as a Center of Polish Culture.” Maciej Krupa, journalist and mountain guide. Sponsors: CREES, CPPS, Adam Mickiewicz Institute. 555 Weiser Hall.

Tue, Feb 19, 4-5:30 PM
Conversations on Europe/CREES Lecture. “Making a New Europe: A Transnational Ethnography of Far-right Activism.” Agnieszka Pasieka, Elise Richter Research Fellow, University of Vienna. Sponsors: CES, CREES, Department of Anthropology. 110 Weiser Hall.

Wed, Feb 27, 12-1:20 PM
CREES Noon Lecture.
“The Worlding of Eastern Europe: Architects from Socialist Countries in Cold War West Africa.” Łukasz Stanek, visiting associate professor of architecture, U-M. Sponsors: CREES, ASC, Department of History of Art, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning. 1010 Weiser Hall.

Wed, Mar 13, 12-1:20 PM
CREES Noon Lecture.
The Language Politics of Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema: From Unreflective Confusion to Strategic Multilingualism.” Vitaly Chernetsky, associate professor of Slavic languages and literature, University of Kansas. Sponsors: CREES, SLL. 555 Weiser Hall.

Tue, Mar 19, 5:30-7 PM
CREES Distinguished Lecture.
“The Truth about Lies in International Relations: Reflections on the Media in Russia and Beyond.” Jill Dougherty (BA Russian ’70), former foreign affairs correspondent, CNN. Sponsors: CREES, SLL, WCEE. 1010 Weiser Hall.

Wed, Mar 20, 12-1:20 PM
CREES Roundtable.
“Ukraine Now: What’s at Stake?” Moderator: Geneviève Zubrzycki, CREES director. Presenters: Oksana Malanchuk, senior social science research associate (retired), U-M; Greta Uehling, lecturer of international and comparative studies, U-M; Yuri M. Zhukov, assistant professor of political science, U-M. 555 Weiser Hall.  

Wed, Mar 27, 12-1:20 PM
CREES Noon Lecture.
They Treat Us Like Animals Here’: Romani and Egyptian Belonging in Albania.” Chelsi West Ohueri, postdoctoral fellow for population health, University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. Sponsors: CREES, ANTH. 1010 Weiser Hall.

Wed, Apr 10, 12-1:20 PM
CREES Noon Lecture. “How the West Corrupts the East: Swedish Bribes and Uzbek Dictators.” Fredrik Laurin, Knight-Wallace Fellow. Sponsors: CREES, CES, Scandinavian Program, WCED. 1010 Weiser Hall.