Dear REEI-affiliated colleagues, students, and friends,
Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to interfere with our ability to gather in person as a community, we are grateful for the myriad opportunities, connections, and collaborations that all of you have made possible this past semester. In this issue of REEIfication you can read about the many accomplishments of REEI’s current faculty, students, and staff; the impressive activities of REEI alumni; the lives and legacies of colleagues we have lost, and much more. Energetic new students have joined the REE Studies fold at IU, bringing with them exciting ideas and diverse passions for study across disciplines. This fall, IU alumni Donald Raleigh and Eve Levin received prestigious recognition from ASEEES and the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, respectively. REEI continues to benefit from the generous financial support of notable donors and foundations, and we are especially excited toannounce the creation of a new endowment, the Stephen F. Cohen and Katrina vanden Heuvel fund. None of this would be possible without the energy, expertise, and support that REEI affiliates contribute to the work we do, and we are grateful for the REEI community.
Along with other area studies centers at IU, REEI is gearing up to apply for the next round of US Department of Education Title VI funding to support language fellowships, outreach to the K-16 community, critical programming on the REE area in partnership with colleagues around the US and in the region, and much more. We look forward to building on the successes of ongoing REEI-supported programs to continue to innovate in REE studies and outreach. We will continue to facilitate cutting-edge initiatives with the goal of promoting excellence in Russian and East European Studies for generations to come.
We hope you will enjoy this issue of REEIfication, and if you have suggestions or requests for future newsletter features, we would love to hear from you!
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Sarah Phillips, Director