International Studies & Programs

Brown Bag Schedule

Several times each semester, at least monthly, the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies hosts luncheon discussions of important topics and emerging research by CERES core faculty members and visiting scholars.

Dr. Emine Evered

Thursday, March 30, noon

International Center, Room 302

Yeşilay and Turkey’s Past and Present Politics of Temperance, Prohibition, and Alcohol Regulation


Michael Alberts

Friday, March 24, noon

International Center, Room 302

Reflections of an MSU Russian Studies Alumnus on His 1967 Visit to the Soviet Union

Dr. Elizabeth Mittman

Associate Professor of German

Wednesday, February 22, noon

International Center, Room 302

Drawing Towards Autobiography

Dr. Joseph Francese

Professor of  Romance And Classical Studies

Friday, January 27, noon

International Center, Room 302

The Death Penalty in a novel by Leonardo Sciascia


Dr. Kyle Evered & Dr. Emine Ö. Evered

Associate Professor of Geography

Friday, January 13, noon

International Center, Room 302

Ideology & the Therapeutic Landscape: Public Health & the Curative Waters of Kemalism


Russia vs. the West: Concepts of Controversy in the Russian Public Sphere

Tuesday, November 15th, 4:00 PM
International Center, Room 303

Dr. Julia Balashova, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia

Current relations with the West have a historical basis in the ideology, and stereotypes, of the Cold War. The relationship between Russia and the Western World is one of the fundamental ques-tions of Russian social thought. The Russian pub-lic sphere presents different ideological positions on cooperation with the West, and primarily the United States. Professor Balashova will be un-packing these ideologies using a historical ap-proach.

Reflections on Russia as a "Lonely Power"

Tuesday, October 4, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Lilia Shevtsova, Moscow
James Madison College Library, Third Floor of Case Hall

Dr. Shevtsova received her BA and MA from Moscow State Institute of International Relations and her PhD in political science in 1976 from the Academy of Social Sciences of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. She has served in various academic and public intellectual posts, including a long and influential position as Senior Associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her publications include: "Lonely Power: Why Russia has Failed to Become the West and the West is Weary of Russia" (2010).