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 were begun. 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. In addition to its robust language offerings, CEERES supports curricula which are particularly strong at present in Russian/Soviet history; Slavic, Balkan, and Baltic linguistics; nationalities studies of the former USSR; Slavic literatures (Russian, Polish, Czech); Russian and East European cultural anthropology; comparative literature; archaeology of the Caucasus; Russian and East European film and art history, and business administration. CEERES faculty have expertise also in political science, international relations, economics, sociology, and Central and East European, Byzantine, and Ottoman history.
The faculty members that teach and do research in our area are supported by one of the best libraries for that purpose in the country, with CEERES area holdings of more than 613,500 volumes. The Center strives to be a resource for our campus and extended local communities by providing support for the instruction and improved pedagogy in CEERES area languages and disciplines as well as for faculty travel, workshops, speakers, and conferences, and outreach activities. Also crucial to our multidisciplinary programs is to award FLAS academic year and summer fellowships to graduate students whose academic and career goals require foreign language and area studies expertise.