Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

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The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies serves as the focal point at the University of California at Berkeley for students and faculty who conduct research and teaching on the geographic region of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Currently the Institute has 45 core UCB faculty members and over 150 affiliated graduate students. Read more...

Do you read Russian? Want to improve your Russian? Consider this course:

MWF 3-4, 189 Dwinelle.
Instructor: Anna Muza.
Units: 4.
Satisfies L&S Arts & Literature breadth requirement.
Instructor’s email:

The course is devoted to major works of Russian drama, which have become part of the literary canon, as well as of the national cultural tradition, and which have informed everyday Russian speech with aphorisms, idioms, and proverbs. The particular connection of dramatic writing with the spoken language and oral communication will be at the center of our close reading and analysis of several seminal texts. We’ll read plays by Griboedov, Gogol, Ostrovsky, Chekhov, as well as one or two representative works of soviet and contemporary Russian drama. The class will also engage and advance the students’ ability to articulate, enunciate, deliver, and appreciate Russian dialogue. Reading and discussion in Russian, with some critical commentary in English.
Texts: Reader

Prerequisites: Four semesters of Russian or the instructor’s consent.
The course is open to Slavic majors, heritage speakers of Russian, and to all who want to improve their Russian.

ISEEES Fall 2014 Newsletter Available Online

We are pleased to present our Fall 2014 issue of the ISEEES newsletter, including an article by Edward W. Walker, Executive Director of the Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies.

If you are interested in joining the ISEEES email listserv and receiving announcements about upcoming events and conferences, as well as notification of new podcasts and newsletters, send an email to: iseees [at] berkeley [dot] edu

30th Annual Colin Miller Lecture

Thirty Years on the Front Lines: a Diplomatic Career

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 5:15pm
Morrison Library, 101 Doe Library
UC Berkeley Campus
Cameron Munter, Pomona College

If you were not able to join us for the 30th Annual Colin Miller lecture, do not fret! You can now download the podcast of Ambassador Munter's talk here (hosted by the UC Berkeley channel on iTunes). ISEEES is very proud to have hosted Ambassador Munter, and his talk was definitely an interesting addition to our fall line-up. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Professor Gregory Grossman (1921-2014)

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Professor Gregory Grossman (Economics), considered a towering figure in the study of the Soviet economy who shaped the thinking of generations of scholars, died on August 14, 2014, at the age of 93. He was an active member of the ISEEES community during his tenure at UC Berkeley and will be greatly missed by all those who came in contact with him. A full obituary can be found at the UC Berkeley News Center.

ISEEES Spring 2014 Newsletter Available Online

We are pleased to present our Spring 2014 issue of the ISEEES newsletter, including short pieces by Joy Neumeyer, Ph.D. student in the Department of History; Mark Keck-Szajbel, Ph.D. from the Department of History; and Bathsheba Demuth, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History.

If you are interested in joining the ISEEES email listserv and receiving announcements about upcoming events and conferences, as well as notification of new podcasts and newsletters, send an email to: iseees [at] berkeley [dot] edu

39th Educator Outreach Conference
"Liberalism & Its Discontents in Eastern Europe & Eurasia"

Click here to see the program.

You can now listen to the talks given at this year's Educator Outreach Conference: "Liberalism & Its Discontents in Eastern Europe & Eurasia." The conference is split into three parts: the morning session, the afternoon session, and the roundtable discussion. You will need iTunes in order to access the audio content. Please download it here if necessary.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Heyns Room, Faculty Club
UC Berkeley Campus

Morning Panel
“The Far Right in Russia and Ukraine," Andrei Tsygankov
Professor of Political Science and International Relations
San Francisco State University

“From Liberal to Illiberal Nationalism: the Case of Russia,” Gail Lapidus
Senior Fellow Emerita, Institute for International Studies
Stanford University

“Putin’s Transformation and What’s Behind It,” M. Steven Fish
Professor of Political Science
UC Berkeley

Afternoon Panel
“Liberalism in Post-Communist Romania: Parties and Public,” Paul Sum
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science and Public Administration
University of North Dakota

“Liberalism and Democracy in Hungary,” Jason Wittenberg
Associate Professor of Political Science, Acting Director of ISEEES
UC Berkeley

Roundtable Discussion
“What is the Future of Liberalism in Eastern Europe and Eurasia?”

"Eurasian Geopolitics" Blog by Edward W. Walker

ISEEES' own Edward W. Walker has started his own blog to keep up with the affairs happening throughout Eurasia. Current entries have been focusing on the events in Ukraine. If you would like to read about Ukraine at greater depth, please click here to see what Professor Walker has to say about the situation.

Press Related to the Events in Ukraine and Russia

The following list is comprised of recent write-ups from faculty and in regards to faculty presentations regarding the recent events in Ukraine and Russia.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - from The Washington Post (M. Steven Fish):
The end of the Putin mystique
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - from The Huffington Post (Edward W. Walker):
A Strategic Response to the Ukraine Crisis
Monday, March 31, 2014 - from Anthropoliteia (Alexei Yurchak):
Little green men: Russia, Ukraine and post-Soviet sovereignty
Friday, March 14, 2014 - from The Daily Californian (Kathleen Tierney):
Amid escalating tensions, professors discuss Ukraine's next steps
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - from The Daily Californian (Taryn Smith):
From more than 6,000 miles away, Ukrainian students, professors reflect on their home country

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - from Los Angeles Times (Edward W. Walker):
What's behind Russia's moves in Ukraine? Fear of NATO
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - from The Daily Californian (Somin Park):
Sochi Olympics will be a ‘disappointment' at best, UC Berkeley professor Edward Walker argues