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We are located in the FedEx Global Education Center (GEC) at 301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516; suites 3106-3111.

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    About

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    Background

    Student Support and Instruction

    Research Support

    Community Support

    Diversity Statement

    Background

    Since 1991 the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES) has promoted understand­ing of and engagement with East European and Eurasian countries and worked to enhance capacity to meet strategic U.S. needs through a variety of projects and activities: teacher training, public outreach, course development, instruction in area and language studies, conferences and workshops, and faculty and student exchanges. The CSEEES draws upon a broad base of support, with 27 core faculty and nearly 30 associated faculty members who regularly teach courses and engage in research focused on Eastern Europe, Russia, or Eurasia. In consortium with Duke University's Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, the CSEEES is recognized by the International Education Programs Service office of the US Department of Edu­cation as one of sixteen National Resource Centers (NRC) in Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.

    The Center serves as a resource for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in diverse disciplines and promotes interdisciplinary knowledge. In addition to directly supporting teaching, research, and public out­reach activities, the Center is home to the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Concentration in Global Studies MA Program. The CSEEES regularly contributes to international understanding and scholarship by hosting distinguished scholars and administrators and meeting with foreign delegations from our region of the world.

    Student Support and Instruction

    The newly created Russian, East European and Eurasian Concentration in Global Studies MA Program receives vital support from CSEEES activities. The MA degree stresses multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches to the study of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia in an era of globalization and internationalization. Students work closely with the Director, Associate Director of the Center and affiliated faculty members in constructing their programs. The MA degree is unique within the University, combining learning of a Slavic or East European languages (Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Serbian-Croatian) with a substantial number of courses that focus upon the Russian, Eurasian, and East European geo-cultural area. Graduates find em­ployment in the U.S. military and government, national and international nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector or choose to continue their education.

    Through the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Program of the US Department of Edu­cation, the CSEEES provides fellowship support for language training of graduate students. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. The Center has an excellent track record of awarding high numbers of FLAS fellowships.

    The CSEEES works closely with the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, the Curriculum in Global Studies, the Carolina Institute of the Environment, and the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense, as well as other campus departments and programs to provide innovative learning experiences. The CSEEES Director leads a summer Burch Field Research Semi­nar program in Austria, Croatia, and Bosnia entitled, “International Organizations and the Balkans: Focus on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.” In conjunction with the UNC Study Abroad Of­fice, the CSEEES helped to develop study abroad opportunities such as the Jerome College of Prague, the UNC Summer in Moscow at the Russian State University of the Humanities (RGGU), and the Institute for the Environment Summer Field Program in Siberia. Other study abroad programs are available in Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Russia.

    Research Support

    The CSEEES stimulates study and research on Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe by funding travel, pro­viding course development grants, and underwriting small-scale projects for UNC faculty. For example, the Center co-sponsors the “Gender, Politics, and Culture in Europe and Beyond” workshop and the related international “Gender, War, and Politics: The Wars of Revolution and Liberation, Transatlantic Compari­sons” conference. The CSEEES also supports interdisciplinary working groups on important topics such as Collective Violence and Conflict Resolution (CVCR). An interdisciplinary team from the CVCR working group was recently award a National Science Foundation grant for the study of political violence. CSEEES is working with the UNC Office of Research Development to develop a comprehensive, strategic research plan, which will include innovative working groups.

    The Center also enables research by providing a significant portion of its NRC grant to the Davis Library for materials acquisition. The library's Slavic and East Europe Collection is a national leader, with over one-half million volumes. The André Savine collection was acquired in 2002 and when cataloging and processing of the materials are completed, it will provide a unique opportunity for scholarship on revolutionary and post­-revolutionary émigré Russians.

    Community Support

    Community outreach activities and teacher training are integral to the CSEEES mission. The Center collabo­rated with the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina to host “The Ukrainian Famine-Genocide: Reflec­tions After 75 Years” Conference at the UNC FedEx Global Education Center. CSEEES collaborates with World View and North Carolina in the World to provide training and resources to North Carolina K-12 and community college instructors seeking to internationalize classrooms. As part of the Kyrgyz Connect project, CSEEES-affiliated visiting scholars from Kyrgyzstan met with students from Clayton Middle School’s Global Connection class and helped link classrooms in North Carolina and Kyrgyzstan. In addition, the Center funds teacher scholarships for UNC's Program in the Humanities and Human Values seminars. As part of the UNC Area Studies Collaborative, our Center provides content for the UNC Global Music and UNC Global TV initiatives. CSEEES staff and affiliated faculty regularly provide timely and valuable information to local media outlets. We sponsor speakers, musical and theatrical programming for the broader com­munity. More than 700 individuals subscribe to Connections, our Center's quarterly publication; over 300 individuals receive announcements on our Center's events listserv.

    Diversity Statement

    The MA Program understands that diversity is a critical element of Carolina's pursuit of academic excellence and is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive community.

    We strive to enhance US national security and global competitiveness by promoting international service and awareness among a broader, more representative cross-section of the American citizenry.

    The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DMA)

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