The University of Chicago has been providing instruction in disciplines of the CEERES region continuously since 1903, when courses in Russian language and area studies first began. The center now known as CEERES has been in existence since 1965, and it continues to coordinate instruction and facilitate research about Russia/Eurasia and Eastern/Central Europe, including the Baltic States, Balkans, Caucasus, and Central Asia.
A travelogue by Ian Bateson on a visit to Abkhazia,"located spitting distance from the site of the multi-billion dollar Sochi Olympics though none of its athletes will be allowed to compete there and the border will essentially be closed during the games."
Congratutlations to Matthew Jesse Jackson (Departments of Visual Art and Art History), who has been named a recipient of The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts 2013 Grant to Individuals. The grant will fund a collaborative project entitled "Our Literal Speed." For more about this project please visit the following link:
Eugene Raikhel (Assistant Professor, Comparative Human Development) was honored this year with a faculty award for excellence in graduate teaching and mentoring. Raikhel will be recognized, along with other recipients of this year's teaching awards, at a ceremony on June 15.
Assistant Professor William Nickell (Slavic) was recently interviewed for a Washington Post article on the history and contemporary state of sanatoriums in Sochi, Russia—site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The article highlights one of Nickell's current projects, a digital map of Sochi sanatoriums.