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 Curriculum in Russian and East European Studies (RUES). 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.
The Curriculum in Russian and East European Studies (RUES) receives vital support from CSEEES activities. The Curriculum offers a M.A. degree and Graduate Certificate in RUES, which 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 and Associate Director of the Center and other faculty members in constructing their programs. The degrees offered by the Curriculum are unique within the University, combining learning of a Slavic or East European language (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 for graduate students. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. For the 2011-2012 academic year, the Center awarded nine Academic Year FLAS Fellowships and thirteen Summer Awards.
The CSEEES works closely with 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/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.
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 postrevolutionary émigré Russians.
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 and 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.
The Curriculum in RUES 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.