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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 over the course of the academic year with a series of signature events by prominent scholars, artists, and public figures that will showcase the region and highlight important topics in the field.

*As in the past few years, WCEE centers have collaborated to put together a lecture series on a specific theme. In 2019-20, we will focus on environmental issues facing the region, including changing patterns of consumption and the increasing production of waste in postcommunist Eastern Europe, eco-mafias in Italy, the politics of ecological disasters, and the effects of climate change on indigenous populations of Northern Europe. CES has also organized events on important current affairs in the region, including a roundtable discussion on Brexit, as well as a lecture on France’s Yellow Vest movement.

Please check out the Weiser Centers Fall Events Calendar (PDF) or visit our website calendar for the full schedule of events. I also invite you to browse the Weiser Centers Annual Report for the previous academic year. The report outlines last year’s accomplishments, including our students’ recent achievements and faculty publications.

Last but not least, WCEE is proud to co-host Dr. Yevgenia Albats, a Russian political scientist, investigative journalist and radio host, as the inaugural International Institute Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Distinguished Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia Fellow in 2019-20. 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, WCEE