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UI history professor receives more than $800,000 for new Russian center
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has received a three-year, $825,000
grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a new National Resource
Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian studies.
The new Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REES) National Resource
Center will focus on training students in law, medicine, business and journalism
about the languages, culture, politics and economics of the more than 24 new
nations that have developed so far since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
"Suddenly, these states have re-established their own politics and are
reasserting their own histories, languages and cultures," said UI History
Professor Steven Hoch, the project director who will head the new center.
"Training in their languages and analysis of these societies, as well
as their impact on international finance, marketing and business in general
is critical right now. Removed from the framework of the Cold War, legal issues
such as democratization, welfare and privatization need to be examined."
Some 15 UI courses will be developed or revised, a clinical training project
in the UI College of Medicine will be launched, and additional faculty from
Russian, East European and Eurasian universities will be invited to teach
at the UI. In addition, two new languages will become part of the permanent
language courses taught at the UI, and the Center will create a pilot program
in distance language learning.
(EDITORS NOTE: Professor Steven Hoch can be reached at (319)335-4034.)