In Fall 2017, CREES is sponsoring a robust series of events, focused on themes of populism and regionalism.

Populism Series
What fuels the rise of populism in various parts of Europe, Eurasia, and beyond? Speakers in this series will discuss genealogies and varieties of populism, and ponder how 21st-century populisms are related to other key phenomena of our times—globalization, neoliberalism, and pluralism.

Regionalism Series
What is the meaning of regionalism at the twin age of nationalism and European Unionism? Speakers will discuss the political and academic formation and transformation of regions like “Europe,” “Eastern Europe,” or “the Balkans,” and reflect on the implications of reframing regional boundaries for our understanding of various European societies.

See below for the overview of events. Those that fit into the Populism or Regionalism series are denoted with the corresponding icon. For full details, visit our Events page.

Thu, Sep 14, 12-1 pm
Michigan Law Book Panel.
Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism.” Barbara Havelková, Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law at Lincoln College and Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. Sponsors: U-M Law School, Donia Human Rights Center, CREES. 218 Hutchins Hall.

Wed, Sep 20, 12-1 pm
CREES Noon Lecture. Problematizing Populism: The Polish Radical Right and the Return of National Communism.” Brian Porter-Szűcs, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, U-M. Sponsors: CREES, CPPS. 110 Weiser Hall.

Thu, Sep 28, 4-5:30 pm
Lecture. Regime vs. Opposition under Electoral Authoritarianism in Russia.” Vladimir Gelman, professor of political science, European University at St. Petersburg and University of Helsinki. Sponsors: PS, CREES, WCED. Eldersveld Room, 5670 Haven Hall.

Tue, Oct 3, 6-7:30 pm
Annual Distinguished Lecture on Europe.
What’s the Problem with Populism?” Jan-Werner Müller, professor of politics, Princeton University. In honor of Kathleen Canning, Sonya O. Rose Collegiate Professor of History; Chair, Department of History; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, German, & Women’s Studies, U-M. Sponsors: CES, CREES, WCED. Stern Auditorium, UMMA, 525 S. State.

Wed, Oct 4, 12-1:30 pm
CREES Noon Lecture.
The Singing Turk: Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon.” Larry Wolff, Julius Silver Professor of History; director, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies; executive director, Remarque Institute, New York University. Sponsors: CREES, CES. 110 Weiser Hall.

Thu, Oct 5, 5-6:30 pm
Christo: The Floating Piers and Work in Progress.” Christo, visual artist. Sponsors: STAMPS, WCED, CREES. Michigan Theater.

Mon, Oct 16, 10 am-4 pm
The Feuilleton and Modern Jewish Cultures Symposium.
Below the Line?” This symposium convenes a group of scholars to investigate the feuilleton and its connections to modern Jewish cultures. Sponsors: FCJS, NES, CREES, SLL. 2022 202 S. Thayer.

Wed, Oct 25, 7:30-9 pm
A Historian in the Ghetto: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive.” Samuel Kassow, professor of history, Trinity College. Sponsors: FCJS, CPPS, CREES. Stern Auditorium, UMMA, 525 S. State.

Fri, Oct 27, 4-5:30 pm
Between Russia and China: Central Asia’s Relevance.” David Abramson, senior analyst on Russian foreign policy, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State. Sponsors: CMENAS, CREES. 110 Weiser Hall.

Wed, Nov 1, 12-1 pm
CREES Noon Lecture.
From Land to Sea: Reconceptualizing Southeastern Europe as a Region.” Pamela Ballinger, Fred Cuny Chair in the History of Human Rights, U-M. Sponsors: CREES, CES. 110 Weiser Hall.

Wed, Nov 8, 12-1 pm
CREES Noon Lecture.
The Red Web Comes to the United States.” Andrei Soldatov, investigative journalist. Sponsor: CREES. 110 Weiser Hall.

Thu, Nov 9, 5-6:30 pm
Comics is the Yiddish of Art.” Art Spiegelman, comic artist. Sponsors: Conflict & Peace Initiative, CREES, FCJS, STAMPS. Michigan Theater.

Mon, Dec 4, 3-6 pm
Reflecting on Politics, History, and Half a Century at Michigan.Zvi Gitelman, professor of political science and Judaic studies, U-M. Followed by a panel discussion. Sponsors: FCJS, CREES, PS. Rackham Assembly Hall, 915 E. Washington.

Tue, Dec 5, 4-5:30 pm
WCED Lecture. “Civil Courts and Authoritarian Stability.” Margaret Hanson, Weiser Emerging Democracies Postdoctoral Fellow, U-M. Sponsors: WCED, CREES. 110 Weiser Hall.