Gaming Russian and Soviet History

Several years ago, I transformed my instruction through RTTP pedagogy....RTTP games employ role play, writing, speaking, and debate and encourage students to take leadership roles, cooperate, compete, and innovate.

Finland Forgotten: A Historical Case of (Unconscious) Cognitive Bias?

There is a meme that began circulating among certain internet circles a few years ago. At its centre is the claim that Finland – that small Nordic state sandwiched between Sweden and Russia – doesn’t actually exist.

The 2020 Professor Purges in Retrospect: ASEEES Concerns and Advocacy Plans 2020, COVID-19 hit. From July 16 to 27, Canisius College [leadership] used the pandemic as a shock doctrine to “lay off” 23 tenure-track and tenured professors in the Humanities...and across the curriculum...alongside 71 staff members. After a decade of mismanagement in which its deficit quadrupled, the college used COVID-19 as an immediate pretext to double down on “profitable” business and STEM fields as well as sports at the expense of its own claimed values.

Beyond Diversity: Integrating Racial Justice into REECA Studies

It has been almost two years since I began my foray into diversity advocacy in the REECA (Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia) field. During this short span of time, I have been extremely lucky to make meaningful connections with people such as Howard University’s Amarilis Lugo de Fabritz, who dedicate an extraordinary amount of time and energy to advancing dialogue on the issue.

Is There Room for Early Modern Slavic Studies in the US and Canada?

Thirty years ago, the question of whether there is room for early modern Slavic studies would have seemed absurd. The field was booming. Path-breaking studies emerged on a regular basis.

An Interview with Oleh Kotsyuba about HURI's New Books Website

The new HURI Books website is unique in that it was created specifically to respond to these emerging challenges and to expand the tent of Ukrainian studies...

Operation ASEEES and The Slavic Connexion’s Other Adventures

This article originally appeared in the October 2020 NewsNet. 

A Philosopher on the Streets of Belarus

Belarusian philosopher, Tatiana Shchyttsova on the events in Belarus.

What’s in a Name? Are We Slavic, East European, Eurasian, or All of the Above?

This article was initially published in the August 2020 edition of NewsNet.

Collective Zoom Guilt and the Russian Studies Classroom

Written at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, this essay remains relevant as many colleges and universities continue to operate within the online environment for the fall 2020 semester.

Originally published in the August 2020 NewsNet. To view endnotes, please visit the link.