Support for Central European University. Directors of Regional Centers and CEERES Faculty speak out



April 24, 2017


Dear European Parliament, European Commission and Government of Hungary:


We write to you as the Directors of Centers for East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies across the United States, in Germany and in the United Kingdom.  As scholars and experts on the region, we forcefully protest the recent amendments to the Hungarian National Higher Education Act that pose an existential threat to the Central European University in Budapest. These actions threaten academic freedom across the region and in Europe as a whole.

Welcome to the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

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.

2018-19 FLAS Fellowships: Deadline & Information Sessions

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships 2018-19
Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018 at 5pm CT
Apply online now!


Upcoming Information Sessions:

There is a writing workshop being offered by UChicago GRAD.
Register for the workshop via GRAD Gargoyle (click on Events>Workshops)


CEERES of Voices Returns this Fall


New Book Series edited by CEERES Associate, William Benton Whisenhunt

Americans in Revolutionary Russia is focused on bringing back into print the observations and experiences of Americans who were witnesses to war and revolution in Russia between 1914 and 1921. There were numerous accounts by Americans from a variety of perspectives. These men and women offer a rich perspective on the tumultuous events that gripped Russia during this time. Most of these books have not been republished since they were first issued a hundred years ago.

CEERES Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses in
East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies


Check out the following list for some exciting courses being offered in the East European, Russian, and Eurasian regions in Spring 2017. The course list will be updated as needed throughout the registration period. 


Announcing Garden Conversations – A brownbag lunch series on Czech Culture

One of the founding aims of The Masaryk Club was to bring different aspects of Czechoslovak culture to the University of Chicago community. It is in this spirit that The Masaryk Club, in cooperation with The Center for East European and Russian Eurasian Studies, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, and the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, is pleased to announce the launch of Garden Conversations – a monthly brownbag lunch series on Czech Culture.  These events will take place from 12:00-1:00pm in Classics 110.

Announcing the CEERES of Voices Event Series

CEERES, pronounced /ˈsirēz/, is the acronym for the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies. Together with the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, we are delighted to announce the launch of the CEERES of Voices Event Series, an author-centered series of readings and conversations on books from or about Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Eurasia, and the Caucasus. The books being discussed are identified in a various ways: through publishers’ contacts with the bookstore or through faculty requests to CEERES to host the author.

New Book from Eugene Raikhel, CEERES Affiliated Faculty Member

Eugene Raikhel's (Comparative Human Development) new book, Governing Habits: Treating Alcoholism in the Post-Soviet Clinic, has just been released by Cornell University Press. 


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