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...

40th Outreach Educator Conference: "Ukraine after Maidan"

Come join us on Saturday, April 30, 2016, to learn more about the situation in Ukraine in the wake of the Maidan uprising. The conference starts at 10:00am and concludes at 5:00pm. It is free and open to the public. All talks will take place in the Goldman Theater at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley - 2150 Allston Way.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
John Connelly, Director, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

Morning Session
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Chair: John Connelly

"Ukraine, plus ça change...?"
Lucan Way, Professor of Political Science; Co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, University of Toronto

"Reforming Post-Maidan Ukraine"
Gérard Roland, E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

LUNCH BREAK
12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Session pt. 1
1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Chair: Edward Walker, Executive Director, Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies; Associate Adjunct Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

"Economic Developments in Post-Maidan Ukraine"
Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Associate Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

"The Human and Social Costs of the War in Ukraine"
Sarah D. Phillips, Professor of Anthropology; Director of the Russian and East European Institute, Indiana University

COFFEE BREAK
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session pt. 2
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Chair: Jeffrey Pennington, Executive Director, Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

"Sovereignty and the Donbas Conflict"
Edward Walker, Executive Director, Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies; Associate Adjunct Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

"The US/EU Response to the Crisis: Where Do Western Policymakers Stand Today?"
Alina Polyakova, Deputy Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Concluding Panel Discussion
4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley rated top program in Russian studies

In a recent report commissioned by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), UC Berkeley was named the top institution in the United States in terms of the quality of its overall graduate training in Russia-related studies and ranks as one of the top three programs, followed by Harvard and Columbia. The report goes on to show that Berkeley's programs in Slavic and Russian-language studies and in Russian history are considered the top in the country, and its program in Russia-related social sciences is second, only after Harvard.

Click here to read the full report.

"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.