Letter from the Director — Thank you for a successful semester!

Dear colleagues-

As the semester draws to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for another active and successful term together. We really have a great, supportive, and active community at REEEC. We have been pleased at the really good attendance at our events this fall semester—thank you for coming and supporting our programming, which, after all, we do for you. If you missed an event, please visit the archives on our REEEC blog.

Among our highlights in fall 2013 was the visit from the Chairman of the Bosnian Presidency, His Excellency Zejlko Komsic in October. This event brought together the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, the International and Area Studies Library, the European Union Center, and REEEC to coordinate his visit and introduce new plans for further development in the area of Bosnian studies on campus. Professor Michael Kennedy also came to campus this semester, and engaged students and faculty alike to think about the ways in which area studies in higher education impact the ways in which we form both policy and scholarship. Additionally, Professor Keely Stauter-Halsted gave a thought-provoking lecture discussing the issue of prostitution and the formation of a modern nation in the Polish lands during the late 1800s. Professor Charles King eloquently spoke about the Ukrainian city of Odessa and how, throughout its brief history, it was a flourishing cultural center of diverse inhabitants.

There is still much to look forward to in the semester to come. Mark your calendars for our spring 2014 kickoff event on Thursday, January 30, at 4 pm, featuring a New Directions in REEES lecture by Professor Cynthia Buckley. Our speaker schedule is nearly complete, and we will have further details for you on the entire semester’s lineup before long, so please stay tuned to our blog and website.

Finally, I would also like to thank again those of you who have already contributed to our community fundraising drive this year. Our federal grants have restrictions that mean they cannot pay for everything we do. Hence, we very much appreciate your support, which allows us to offer graduate student conference travel grants, among other things. When you consider your end-of-year giving plans this year, please do think of REEEC and the important work we cannot do without your support. REEEC will be facing some challenging financial issues in the year ahead, and we would appreciate any support that you can lend as we begin to plan our programming for 2014.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!  I look forward to seeing you in 2014!

With best wishes,

David Cooper

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