International Studies

Russian and East European Studies Concentration

"The most difficult questions, the great unknowns, lie in the eastern rather the western half of the old continent."

Timothy Garton Ash, The Spectator, January 6, 1990

May Term travel course: Tale of Three Cities.

Russian and East European Studies Concentration (REES) is offering IWU students an opportunity to explore various issues related to literary and cultural history, economic and political development of the region. Study on campus, travel courses, and study abroad, invites students to examine how the yearning for national independence changed both spiritual and physical geography of Eastern Europe today. The interdisciplinary nature of REES courses enables students to better understand the difficult past and often controversial present of the region.

A diverse group of REES faculty represent different schools and departments of the university: History Department, Modern and Classical languages and Literatures Department, Political Science Department, School of Music. Every academic year the REES team sponsors various cultural events, guest lectures, and film viewings.



Requirements for the major or minor sequence in Russian and East European Studies.

Team Members

Professor Scott Sheridan Director of International Studies (309) 556-3238
Professor Marina Balina, Team Leader German, Russian & Asian Languages (309 )556-3082
Professor Scott Ferguson Music (309) 556-3073
Professor Gordon Horwitz History (309) 556-3007
Professor Edgar Lehr Biology (309) 556-3399
Professor Vadim Mazo Music (309) 556-3028
Professor Elisabeth Pana Business (309) 556-3130
Wendy West Office Coordinator (309) 556-3374