World View Spring Seminar
Understanding Russia and Its Neighbors
March 23-24, 2011
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies

The Friday Center for Continuing Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In our post-Cold War era of globalization, Russia has reemerged as an influential state actor in the global arena.  But how do you define post-Cold War Russia, and what is the United States’ role and relationship in the former Soviet-held region? Directly following the Latin America and North Carolina Seminar, the Understanding Russia and Its Neighbors Seminar on March 23-24 will examine social, economic, and political institutions in Russia as well as its influence in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Keynote presentations will include Russia in the 21st century, Russia’s demographic dilemma, youth in the region, and more. Concurrent sessions will feature topics in human rights, religion, as well as strategies for integrating Russian studies in the classroom.  A special thank you to UNC’s Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies for co-sponsoring the seminar.

1.5 CEUs or Professional Development Contact Hours offered for completion of the seminar.

- Featured Speakers -

Jeff Jones. Jeff Jones is associate professor in Russian/Soviet and world history at UNC Greensboro. He is a native North Carolinian (born in the mountains in Jefferson; grew up in Liberty; attended Eastern Randolph High in Ramseur) and did his undergraduate and graduate work at UNC at Chapel Hill. Jones has published widely and is author of Everyday Life and the ‘Reconstruction’ of Soviet Russia During and After the Great Patriotic War, 1943-1948 . He is currently working on a book on the Soviet-Afghan War.



Robert Kravchuk. Robert Kravchuk is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at UNC Charlotte. His recent research focuses on U.S. domestic public finance and budgeting, and the political economy of reform in former Soviet republics, with a special emphasis on Ukraine. Kravchuk has been a member of numerous U.S. Treasury Department expert missions to former Soviet and Eastern European countries. He has lived in Ukraine, and travelled substantially throughout the Russian Federation. In 1993-94, he was the U.S. Treasury's Resident Budget Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Ukraine. Kravchuk holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Syracuse University and an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia University.

Jacqueline Olich. Jacqueline Olich is the Associate Director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at UNC at Chapel Hill. She teaches in the Curriculum in Russian and East European Studies, administers the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, coordinates community and campus outreach activities, and serves as adjunct assistant professor in UNC’s Department of History. Olich researches, writes and teaches on the comparative history of childhood and children’s culture. She is the author of Competing Ideologies and Children's Literature in Russia, 1918-1935.  Having taught 10th grade social studies and grown up as the daughter of an elementary school teacher, Olich never passes up an opportunity to work with inspiring North Carolina educators and media and technology specialists. 

Thomas Tiemann. Thomas Tiemann is Jefferson Pilot Professor of Economics at Elon University, where he has taught for over 25 years. Tiemann teaches courses on principles of economics, statistics, and emerging economies. He also has taught travel courses in Eastern Europe to both undergraduate and MBA students. Tiemann has served as guest faculty at the Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie in Poland. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University.



Jonathan Weiler. Jonathan Weiler is Director of Undergraduate Studies and a lecturer in Global Studies at UNC at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Human Rights in Russia and Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics , co-authored with Marc Hetherington. He has taught courses on global issues, economic development, human rights, and Russian politics, and has been an election monitor in Russia, Ukraine, and Bosnia.




Oleh Wolowyna. Oleh Wolowyna is the founder and Director of the Center for Demographic and Socio-economic Research on Ukrainians in the United States, at the Shevchenko Scientific Society-America in New York. He recently completed a Fulbright research scholar grant in Ukraine, doing research on the demography of the Holodomor at the Institute for Demography and Social Studies of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences. Wolowyna is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies at UNC at Chapel Hill. He is also President of the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina. Wolowyna has a degree in mathematics, a master’s in sociology and statistics, and a Ph.D. in demography from Brown University.



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Wednesday, March 23
Thursday, March 24
1:00 Check In and Registration 8:00 Coffee, Tea, and Pastries
1:30 Welcome
Robert Jenkins
Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
UNC at Chapel Hill
8:30 Human Rights: Past, Present, Future
Jonathan Weiler
International and Area Studies
UNC at Chapel Hill
1:45 Russia in the 21st Century
Jeff Jones
Department of History
UNC Greensboro
9:30 The "R" in BRIC: Russia in the Global Economy
Thomas Tiemann
Department of Economics, Elon University
2:45 Break 10:45 Break



Russia's Demographic Dilemma
Oleh Wolowyna
Ukranian Association of North Carolina
Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studes
UNC at Chapel Hill

Panel: Globalization and Youth in Russia
Jacqueline Olich
Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
UNC at Chapel Hill


Concurrent Sessions I: Understanding Russia and Its Neighbors

All Levels

1. Russia and the European Union
Holger Moroff
Center for European Studies
UNC at Chapel Hill









UNC students:
Kate Althaus, Russian and East European Studies
Social Networking and the #NewRussianYouth

Cassandra Hartblay, Anthropology

Gleb Tsiprusky, History
Russian Youth and "Western" Cultural Influence:
1945 to the Present

Reception for Participants and Faculty


2. Why Russians Don't Smile: Russian Culture at Home, School, and on the Streets
Zhenya Arutyunyan
Charlotte Country Day School

3. Muslims in the Post-Soviet Era
Charles Kurzman
Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations
UNC at Chapel Hill

Muslims in the Post-Soviet Era Resources

4. Posters, Propaganda, and Perestroika
Pamela Kachurin
Art, Art History, and Visual Studies Department
Duke University
Russian Posters Collection, 1919-1989 and undated



Russia Study Visit participants meet for orientation and lunch in Redbud A



Concurrent Session II: Teaching Russia Across the Curriculum

Grades K-12

1. From Russia with Music
Vitaliy Bezrodnov, Dima Busov, Sergey Pudov
Moscow Nights Ensemble

2. Why Study Russian?
Richard Uzzell
Enloe High School
Wake County Public Schools
Links to Russian Resources

3. Technology Strategies for Teaching Russia and Its Neighbors
Kate Althaus
Russian and East European Studies
UNC at Chapel Hill

Grades 9- Community College

4. Teaching Russia and Eastern Europe through Literature and Film
Elena Clark
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
UNC at Chapel Hill
Handout: Teaching Eastern Europe through Literature and Film

5. Russia: Geography, Mapping, Images
Amanda Henley
UNC Libraries






Russia as an Energy Superpower
Robert Kravchuk
Department of Political Science
UNC Charlotte

Closing Remarks and Adjourn
Robert Phay
World View