Assistant Professor of History, Kenyon College. In the summer
of 2005 Ablovatski spent two weeks in archives and museums in Budapest
to gather material about the visual culture of Hungary during WWI and
the 1919 revolutionary period. She gathered photographs and films to
use in her classes on Central European history, and in her book manuscript
on the 1919 revolution and counterrevolution in Hungary.
Professor of Russian, Grinnell College. In
May 2005 Armstrong and a student will attend a conference in Krakow
on women and the Holocaust, to support a large collaborative project
on Polish literary and cultural responses to the Holocaust. Together
they will compile a comprehensive bibliography of literary works, a
filmography, compilations of journalistic writings, textbooks, and various
popular cultural materials.
Assistant Professor of Education, Millsaps College. Bahbahani
visited Kyrgyzstan in the summer of 2005 to investigate and help expand
a civic education curriculum in that country. She visited nine schools
and interviewed thirteen teachers and numerous students about the curriculum's
ability to a. encourage participation rather than passivity, change
the culture of control, incorporate the diverse cultures of Kyrgyzstan,
and foster global citizenship. She also gave a presentation to to Kyrgyz
teachers about citizenship education in the United States.
Professor of Mathematics, Hendrix College. During
a fall 2005 Barel visited Moscow to learn about the ways undergraduate
mathematics has been taught there during the post-Soviet times, particularly
their experiences in problem-solving activities.He worked with several
colleague at with the Independent University of Moscow (IUM) and the
Moscow Center for Continuous Mathematical Education (MCCME), and learned
about IUM's "Mathematics Semester in Moscow" program. He also met with
a few colleagues at Tbilisi State University in Georgia.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, St. Olaf College. Brooks
visited the Czech Republic in July 2005 to look at the status of the
Roma under the advent of Western institutions, attitudes, and behaviors.
He met with some members of the sitting government to garner their assessment
of the Roma situation, met with a pair of Roma activists in Prague,
collected documents, news clippings, and other printed materials related
to the plight of the Roma, and traveled to Olomouc to meet with Political
Scientist Jakub Durr of Palacky University. He discovered that "despite
the fact that the Roma are marginalized systematically as a group, their
socio-political structure is fragmented and fraught with so much political
infighting and clan-based competition that the idea of mobilizing as
a unified social movement is simply not a consideration at this time.
None of this is to say, however, that oppression, discrimination, and
violence against the Roma has ceased to exist; on the contrary, it may
be the case that the inability of the Roma to organize under a single
banner to fight for their democratic and human rights enables those
who would harm them."
plans to produce a scholarly article that engages the topic employing
theoretical frameworks drawn from the social movement literature, possibly
in collaboration with Durr. He also made arrangements for an interim
2006 course, Post-Communist Democracy in the Czech Republic, that will
be conducted on site during the month of January.
Instructor of Music, Davidson College. In August 2005 Vila participated
in the International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.
She conducted the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia in a variety of Russian
works, under the instruction of experienced condutors. The culmination
of the workshop was conducting the orchestra in a public performance
of "Romeo and Juliet Before Parting" from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.
It was Chamra's first experience with much of this repertoire; inspired
by the workshop, she is planning an all-Russian concert at Davidson.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Grinnell College. In
spring 2005 Ellison will visit Budapest to analyze the potential impact
on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe of adopting EU environmental
policy regulations. He will interview representatives from a wide variety
of environmental organizations and experts in policy. The results of
this research, he writes, will be of broad significance to our understanding
of the impact of membership in the European Union and the ability of
international organizations to assist in the management environmental
Professor of English, Davidson College. During the 2001
Global Partners seminar in Central Europe Flanagan became interested
in the work of female Czech surrealist writers; with a previous travel
grant she returned to Prague to interview several. Surrealism, she argues,
was a particularly useful strategy for writers living under repressive
regimes; she is testing that hypothesis through analyses of certain
novels and chapbooks produced when the country was under communist rule.
In the summer of 2005 Flanagan returned to continue those interviews.
She talked with Eva Svankmajerova and Katerina Pinosova, as well as
Josef Janda, a male surrealist who is writing a history of the movement.
She attended an exhibit and two book launches related to the movement.
Flanagan is currently transcribing the interviews.
of History, Cornell College. Givens and two colleagues from Cornell
visited St. Petersburg in June 2005. Building on Givens' previous connections
with the School of International Relations, they developed a preliminary
agreement for exchange between Cornell and the School. The current plan
is for a group of Cornell students to visit St. Petersburg in September,
2006, for a stay of three and a half weeks (one Cornell term). This
will be followed by a two month visit by a graduate student or young
faculty member of the School of International Relations to Cornell in
the spring of 2007.
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Colorado College. Over
six weeks Gould did research on the political economy of Slovakia's
economic reforms, including doing numerous interviews
in Bratislava. He also talked with a number of academic colleagues in
Central Europe to recreate a course on Central European politics, including
a focus shifted from the 1989 transition to the second generation of
post-communist problems: EU accession, democratic renewal in countries
that missed the first wave of liberalization in 1989, and the relationship
between markets and partial democracies that dominate the political
economy of Ukraine, Belarus, Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo. While in the
area Gould also did some research into the development of privatization
in Kosovo, and had a chance to meet with two Serbian student activists
involved in the resistance to the Milosevic regime. He hopes to bring
the activists to Colorado in spring 2006.
Assistant Professor of Russian, Macalester College (now at the State
University of New York at Albany). Hoogenboom spent several weeks
in July 2005 in Moscow, doing archival research on of nineteenth-century
editions, fictionalizations, and dramatizations of several women's memoirs.
She also purchased numerous books for the project, and a collection
of movies unavailable in the United States. After her time in Moscow
Hoogenboom gave a paper at the International Council for Central and
Eastern European Studies in Berlin on her research. She is also preparing
a paper for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.
Associate Professor of Russian, University of Richmond. In 1971
Russian dissident scientist Vladimir Pavlovich Efroimson published an
article, "The Genealogy of Altruism: ethics from the perspective
of evolutionary genetics," in the journal Novyi Mir. The article
challenged official Soviet scientific and cultural policy by promoting
an evolutionary approach to understanding human behavior. In June 2005
Howell visited St. Petersburg to interview two of Efromson's colleagues
about the debates generated by the article. She talked with Inge Bechtomov,
chair of the genetics department at St. Petersburg State University,
and Elena Romanovna Gaginskaia, director of the Cytology Institute in
Peterhof. She also interviewed Victor Rafailovich Dol'nik, an ornithologist
and ethologist. During the 1970s and 1980s Dol'nik published a series
of popular science articles in which he systematically developed a conception
of human behavior based on our biological inheritance as a species.
Professor of Mathematics, Kalamazoo College. In fall 2005 Intermont
went to Warsaw, Poland, to begin collaboration on a research project
with Dr. Jan Spalinski of the Warsaw University of Technology. Together
they began working on a problem involving algebraic topology. Intermont
also gave a lecture at Warsaw University and participated in a colloquium
at the University of Lodz.
Professor of Sociology, Washington and Lee University. In 2005
there will be two elections in Poland-a parliamentary election (at the
earliest in June, at the latest in September), as well as a presidential
one in October. This long electoral season happens at the time of a
major realignment in Polish politics, which makes it only more exciting
and worthy of a thorough investigation. Jasiewicz will go to Warsaw
to study the elections and collect polling data.
Instructor of Russian, Rhodes College. The Russian faculty at
Rhodes would like to be able to offer its students regular summer (4-6
week long) internships in Russia. Building on a previous visit, Kostina
went to Novogorod in July 2005 to meet with government leaders and officials
at the Novgorod Pedagogocal Lycee about establishing an internship program
there. They have agreed to start a partnership effective summer 2006
at a variety of sites. She also met with the President of the Novgorod
Women Artists Association, to discuss plans to add classes in traditional
folk painting on wood to the academic program of the Rhodes Maymester
Associate Professor of Art, Lake Forest College. Lebergott spent
two months in East Berlin in the summer of 2005 working on an exhibition
to be shown in November. She met with Berlin artists and the curator.
Her trip laid the groundwork for the visit of four East Berlin artists
to Lake Forest in 2006. The visitors will produce collaborative work
with Lebergott and a colleague, as well as work with students at Lake
Forest and the ACM Chicago Arts Program. "The artists are looking
forward to the interactions with our college students and to discussing
their own roles within their culture," she writes. "Our students
will gain insights into a very different culture and its relationship
to artmaking which is completely different from the American model."
Lbergott met with another German artist and invited her to create an
installation in a Lake Forest gallery, and was herself invited to participate
in an exhibition in Berlin.
Assistant Professor of Economics, Lake Forest College. In June
2005 Lemke visited Budapest to investigat three sources of opportunities
for students and faculty. The most beneficial was contacts with officials
of Central European University. He also investigated the work of the
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics, which is both relatively inexpensive
and nurtures prospective graduate students in mathematics and related
fields. He did not succeed in making contacts at the Hungarian Central
Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, Knox College. Knox's
course "Russia Then and Now" includes a visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Mills wants to make the course more welcoming for First years and Sophomores
with no prior knowledge of Russian. He will visit Russia in the summer
of 2005 to design a new itinerary and create a guidebook that would
be site-specific to the course's itinerary, keyed to the trip. He will
also investigate new meal and lodging possibilities.
Assistant Professor of International Studies, Macalester College.
In the fall of 2005 Nedelsky spend two months in the Czech Republic,
looking at how it has dealt with transitional justice. How should democratic
regimes emerging from a history of unjust and oppressive authoritarian
rule respond to their past? Should the agents of that oppression be
held to account? Should they be ignored, their injustices best forgotten?
Or should some sort of reconciliation be sought? She interviewed members
of Parliament, former dissients, and current civil societiy leaders
about the goals and outcomes of Czech transitional justice in the post-Communist
period. Her research will help with some writing projects and inform
courses on Eastern Europe and human rights at Macalester.
of Sociology, Hope College. Nemeth,
a colleague, and three Hope students spent two weeks in Romania researching
non-governmental organizations providing child welfare services in Romania.
They interviewied twenty child welfare NGOs and governmental ministers
about child welfare policy. The group also met with faculty and administrators
at three Romanian schools of social work about possible future connections
with Hope students interested in the non-profit sector. Nemeth and his
colleague will prepare a grant proposal for the National Science Foundation
to support at REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program in
Associate Professor of Russian, Kenyon College. In summer 2005
Olshanskaya l visited Ukraine to research how Russian writers have understood
the process and politics of translation. Her project will not only provide
additional information on the importance of literary translation as
a social and cultural phenomenon in the Russian tradition, but also
reiterate its innovative, cross-cultural influence on the development
and maintenance of literary canons in world culture. She also met with
officials at Odessa University to develop an exchange relationship with
Kenyon, as well as some students interested in American liberal arts
education. She spent 10 days in Odessa and 5 days in Kiev.
Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Richmond. In
August 2005 Pevny will go to Ukraine to meet with contemporary Ukrainian
artists, as well as gallery and museum curators. She is interested in
trends in independent art in Ukraine since the fall of the Soviet Union.
She also hopes to develop an exhibition of art by young Ukrainian painters
for a gallery in Richmond.
Assistant Professor of Dance, Beloit College. In 2004 Rennerfeldt
and a colleague took students to a dance festival in Moscow, where they
won a prize. A group of dancers from Moscow in turn visited Beloit.
In May 2005 Rennerfeldt continued her collaboration with the Russian
dancers. She worked with a Beloit student already in Russia and taught
modern and jazz dance to Russian students. She met a number of other
Russian dancers and laid the groundwork for the visit of another Russian
troupe to Beloit.
Assistant Professor of Russian, St. Olaf College. In fall 2005
Robinson spent six weeks in Russia attending plays and meeting with
theatre people. He participated in the New Drama Festival in Moscow,
including attending plays and readings, going to conferences, and meeting
with playwrights and directors. He also attended plays in Novgorod and
St. Petersburg. In Novgorod Robinson visited St. Olaf's study abroad
program, meeting faculty and host families. He laid the groundwork for
a January term course to be offered in 2007 on Theatre in Russia.
writes: "My time in Russia was all that I could have wished for.
I can not imagine having greater access to the number of people active
in Russian contemporary theatre. I returned home with the texts of approximately
seventy new plays from Russia as well as many interviews with directors,
playwrights, and actors." He has already started translating some
of the plays and writing an article.
Professor of Biology, Coe College. In November 2005 Sandford
traveled to Russia and the Czech Republic to collaborate with two scientific
colleagues: Boris Sirenko, a chiton expert at the Russian Academy of
Sciences and the Zoological Institute at the University of St. Petersburg
and Zdenek Duris, a crustacean specialist at the University of Ostrava
in Ostrava, Czech Republic. This continues work Sandford did last year,
building on connections he developed on the 2003 Global Partners faculty
development seminar in Central Europe. In St. Petersburg Sandford and
Sirenko analyzed and compared their collections of chitons; Sandford
also lectured at the University of St. Petersburg. In Prague he and
Duris documented the presence of new species of shrimps that live in
sponges in the western Caribbean; they will continue that research when
they take Coe and Knox College students to Belize in June 2006. Sandford
lectured in Ostrava as well.
Professor of History, Earlham College. Southard is working on
the history and memory in the former Pale of Settlement which before
World War II housed the world's largest and most culturally productivity
Jewish community. In summer 2005 he and his wife visited Lithuania and
Latvia to look at the presentation of past Jewish life in places where
Jews used to live. They photographed sites and interviewed local guides.
anticipated museums targeted at Jewish tourists, but found that "Jewish
sites and institutions struggle to exist and to reach local people in
an effort to prevent further anti-semitic violence. . . .We found a
duel between Jewish memory and Lithuanian minimization (or, sometimes,
condoning) of anti-Jewish violence. This is striking since in 1941 mass
killing of Jews began in Lithuania and Latvia, frequently with willing
collaboration of the Jews' neighbors." The Southard will publish
their findings on history and memory in two journals, and he will include
material in his courses on Russian and Holocaust history.
Professor of Music, Davidson College. In June 2005 Sprague attended
the Varna International Conductor's Workshop in Varna, Bulgaria. He
pursued intensive supervised score study and conducted rehearsals with
the Orchestra Symphonietta and Morski Zvutsi Choir, both of Varna. Sprague
writes: "I received critiques on both my conducting technique and
intepretation of the required pieces that I found both beneficial and
challenging. The perspective of the Bulgarian conductors/master teachers
was markedly different from that of the American. Upon reflection this
pointed not only to differences in informed personal opinions but also
to cultural expectations. In any case it opened my eyes to other ways
of viewing the scores and their potential and I feel that I grew as
Associate Professor of Physics, Beloit College. In the summer
of 2005 Stanley will visit Prague in the Czech Republic and St. Petersburg
in Russia in order to study historical references to the development
of physics and astronomy. He will study original documents from Kepler,
Brahe and Euler at the Archives of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
and see the facilities at Charles University where Einstein worked at
from 1911 to 1912. He hopes to take some students along.
Associate Professor of English, Cornell College. In June 2005
Stavreva returned to her native Bulgaria to research, on site, of adaptations
of Shakespeare in Bulgarian theatre and fiction during the transition
from totalitarianism to democracy (1989 to the present). She attended
several productions of The Tempest in Varna and Sofia, as well at attending
a conference in Varna, "The Stage Arts: European Horizons,"
giving Stavreva "a comparative sense of the problems facing the
Bulgarian theatre during this pivotal economic and cultural transition."
Troncale and Elizabeth Schlatter
Associate Professor of Russian, Assistant Director of the Art Museum,
University of Richmond. Troncale and Schlatter visited St. Petersburg
to develop a traveling exhibition of Russian paintings for the fall
of 2006 called "The Apartment Exhibitions." During Soviet years non-compliant
artists would risk punishment by exhibiting paintings in their own apartments.
The traveling exhibition will recreate this environment in a portable
form within the museums that would house the exhibition. Troncale gathered
a wealth of archival materials not only from the archives of the Museum
of Nonconformist Art, but also from the invaluable, personal samizdat
archive of one of the leading artists who participated in the original
exhibitions. He also interviewed artists who were among the organizers
of the apartment exhibitions. He finds the idea compelling, he writes,
because the "apartment exhibitions were bold acts of freedom of
expression that led to deep changes in Russian society and in Russia's
relations with the rest of the world."
Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, Centre College. In summer
2005 Warner visited Skopje, Macedonia, and Sofia, Bulgaria, to do first-hand
research on contemporary Balkan drama. She interviewed playwrights,
saw new plays, and worked in archives. She also finalized plans for
a planned visit of Centre College students to Bulgaria and Greece in