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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.)