Letter from the Director

I begin by inviting and encouraging you to read this Center E-News newsletter, which comes to your inbox once a month and represents REEEC’s primary communication with you, our community. The articles link to the REEEC blog and many can be downloaded in pdf format so you can save them to read later, printed out or on your favorite device. You can also bookmark our blog and check in when you have a free moment during the month as new articles are posted regularly.

Prof. David L. Cooper

Prof. David L. Cooper

We enjoyed a busy summer at REEEC. The Summer Research Lab brought over 80 scholars to campus to make use of the library’s extraordinary collections on our region and the unique expertise of the Slavic Reference Service staff. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Summer Research Lab, and we will carry the celebration of this landmark year and the successful summer into the fall with a reception at the ASEEES Annual Convention in Boston in November, to which you are all invited. The REEEC community also will not want to miss the Presidential Address at ASEEES, to be given by our own Diane Koenker.

There is much else to look forward to in the year ahead. We will kick off our fall lecture series with a reception and lecture by Harriet Murav, entitled “Marking Time: Modernism and Belatedness in the Writing of David Bergelson,” on September 12. The rich September schedule will continue the following two weeks with lectures by Michael Kennedy and Keely Stauter-Halsted—both speakers who were suggested by REEEC affiliates. If you have a suggestion for a speaker, please contact Katrina Chester at krchest@illinois.edu . And please check our calendar of events and reserve the dates for other upcoming lectures and events of interest.

A major project for the year ahead will be writing the grant application for Title VI National Resource Center and FLAS funding for the next four years. REEEC staff will attend the technical meeting in Washington to learn what the Department of Education’s priorities will be for this round of applications. We will share that with you and invite your input at a REEEC Faculty Assembly on October 24 at 4pm (mark your calendars!). I look forward to working with you to set priorities and plan programming for the years to come, to make our application once again successful.

Let me end by reporting on the progress toward our fundraising goal. In the Spring I announced a campaign to raise $5000 from our campus community for the Friends of REEEC and Graduate Student support funding by the end of the year. At the moment we have raised 40% of that total. Many thanks to those who have donated so generously. Donations of any size are welcome. If you have not yet made a contribution, please consider doing so by clicking here. While grant and university funding provides the fundamental support for our programming, we are able to enhance our activities with the help of our general fund. Think of REEEC as you plan your end-of-year charitable giving.

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