International Education Professional Development

Russia and Eastern Europe Seminars

Session Information

  • Deadline to register: Wednesday, March 23, 2022
  • Sessions are 3 hours in length, 2-5 PM on Wednesdays; March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13, and April 20.
  • Sessions are offered in-person in CETLA, E321 on the Oglesby Campus and via Zoom, livestream.
  • Compensation: 2 credit hours of salary advancement or $250 stipend. Appropriate forms will be provided when compensation type is selected.
  • Participants should attend all 5 sessions but may make up one session by viewing the recording. 
  • Contact Amanda Cook Fesperman ( (815-224-0203) for more information.

Session Dates and Topics

Wednesday, March 23: Focus on Central Europe

Historical Perspectives
Culture and Society
International Relations in the Twenty-First Century


Wednesday, March 30: Literature, Sport, and Wine

Literature of Dissent in Russia and Poland
Sport in Russia and Eastern Europe during and after the Cold War
Globalization and the Wine Industry in North Macedonia


Wednesday, April 6: A Survey of Regions on the Periphery

Southeastern Europe
The Baltic Countries
The Caucasus


Wednesday, April 13: Contemporary Challenges

Cyber Warfare and Cybersecurity
Energy Security
Environmental Issues and Climate Change
  • Motria Caudill
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Health/University of Illinois at Chicago


Wednesday, April 20: The Eastern Slavic Countries—Past, Present, and Future

The Russian Federation