IU bridges language barrier between US military and Ukraine
August 3, 2023
The Language Training Center at Indiana University answered the call when the United States military contacted them for communications assistance during the war in Ukraine.
Within a month of the Russian invasion in February 2022, about one-quarter of Ukraine’s population had fled the country. They were displaced throughout the world, with the majority relocating to eastern and western Europe. Bridging the language barrier between members of the U.S. military and Ukrainian military partners and refugees became increasingly important, driving the military’s request for IU to create a Ukrainian phrase book.
IU-Ukraine Nonresidential Scholars Program supporting second cohort
An Indiana University program that supports Ukrainian scholars and their research has been so successful that IU has agreed to support a second cohort of scholars for the next academic year.
The IU-Ukraine Nonresidential Scholars Program started with an agreement in June 2022 to support up to 20 scholars after Russia invaded Ukraine in early 2022. Support was so strong that eventually 33 scholars were assisted by stipends and access to IU resources and faculty members. Most importantly, the program built a sense of community through monthly research seminars and meetings, and partnerships between the Ukrainian scholars and their IU faculty partners, said Sarah Phillips, director of the IU Robert F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute, which administers the program at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.
A History of Resilient Partnerships: IU and Ukraine
Indiana Public Media recently posted an article by Kayan Tara with extensive commentary by REEI-affiliated faculty Russell Valentino (Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures) and Robert Kravchuk (O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs) about IU’s longstanding institutional engagement with Ukraine.
In Memoriam: Roman Zlotin
The Department of Geography and the R. F. Byrnes Russian and East European Institute (REEI) are saddened by the death of Lecturer Emeritus Roman Zlotin, our beloved faculty colleague, at his residence on February 26, 2023. The Geography and REEI communities extend heartfelt condolences to Roman’s wife, Sonya, as well as to their son, Alexey, and his family
Read more about Roman here.
New Books by REEI Affiliate Faculty
Recent faculty publications include books by Maria Bucur (History), Jacob Emery (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures), Halina Goldberg (Jacobs School of Music), Scott Shackelford (Kelley School of Business), and Bronislava Volková (Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures).