Russian and East European Studies
Department Chair:
Arlene Forman

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8650
Fax: (440) 775-6355

Peters Hall 222
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074




The Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies (OCREECAS) is designed to strengthen the study and teaching of Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at Oberlin, by expanding summer and post-graduation internship, community service, study abroad, and employment opportunities for students; fostering the development of new curricula; and offering a broad range of cultural activities focusing on the region. The center will provide the administrative support and resources essential to develop innovative programming for Oberlin students and graduates, while assuring participant safety and program quality within the rapidly changing conditions of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.


OCREECAS Internships

OCREECAS internships fund student work in Russia during the summer and/or after graduation, providing unique opportunities to experience and learn Russian language, culture, and professional life in situ. Read the stories of past interns and learn more about how you can apply!

Russian House

Russian House (Allencroft) is a coeducational residence that supports students' study of Russian language through programming with faculty, opportunities for language immersion among fellow students, and regular interaction and speaking experience with two native speakers: Faculty-in-Residence Dr. Maia Solovieva and this year's visiting Fulbright Teaching Assistant, Anya Solovieva. See the Russian House Facebook page for up-to-date information on events. Also, Now Showing at Russian House: Russian satellite TV so you can come by and see what's on the news in Russia!

Short Courses

In addition to the regular full-term courses offered each year by faculty affiliated with the center, OCREECAS regularly sponsors shorter but intensive credit-bearing courses taught by both Oberlin faculty and visiting specialists in the field of Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies. 

OCREECAS Newsletter

The annual OCREECAS newsletter is the best way to learn about recent events, courses, internships, and student and faculty achievements. You can download a copy of the current edition or access archived newsletters from years past.


Information on upcoming and past events, including concerts, film screenings, lecturers, and artist residencies.

 The People of OCREECAS

Find out about the students and faculty who organize and participate in OCREECAS's programs.

Study Abroad

Oberlin offers several opportunities for study abroad in Russia and Eastern Europe. Learn more about the programs, prerequisites, and application procedures.

External Resources for Study and Travel

Helpful resources for culture, art, literature, language, and travel in post-Soviet countries.




Sept. 30th, 2014 - Faculty Talk: OCREECAS Postdoctoral Fellow Ian MacMillen

A talk by Ian MacMillen entitled "Ethnic Territoriality, Affective Relation, and the Racialization of Tambura Music among Croatia's Roma, Serbs, and Croats." Based on fieldwork in Croatia and Serbia, the presentation examined music's role in interethnic conflict and reconciliation since the wars of Yugoslavia's dissolution.

Oct. 11th, 2013 - Concert: Violinist George Batyi and Gypsy Stringz

A performance by violinist George Batyi with his band Gypsy Stringz, featuring a special appearance by cimbalom player Alex Udvary. As part of Batyi's visit as the OCREECAS 2013-2014 artist in residence, this phenomenal band performed music drawn from throughout the repertoires of Eastern Europe’s virtuosic Romani music traditions as well as genres such as Gypsy Jazz.

Apr. 5th, 2013 - Concert: The Šarena Tamburitza Orchestra

The Šarena Tamburitza Orchestra comes to Oberlin as OCREECAS's Third Annual Artists in Residence. Šarena, known as one of the top tambura ensembles performing today and one of very few professional female bands, will perform a concert of traditional and popular music from Croatia, Serbia, and other parts of Southeastern Europe. The concert will include sets for both listening and dancing (OCREECAS Postdoctoral Fellow Ian MacMillen will teach and lead traditional circular Southeast European line dances). A discussion over pizza dinner with the members of the ensemble will precede the concert and will address the music's place in Southeastern Europe and among the diaspora in North America (the dinner discussion is free and open to the Oberlin community: 6 to 7:30 pm in the Conservatory's McGregor Skybar, located between the Kohl Building and the Central Unit).

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music: Central Unit room 25

77 W. College St.

8 to 9:30 PM

Spring 2013 - Exhibition: Illuminating Faith in the Russian Old Believer Tradition

Opening on February 4th at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, the exhibition presents late-18th- and early-19th-century illuminated manuscript leaves of the Russian Old Believers, a radical Christian faction that split off from the Russian Orthodox Church in the middle of the 17th century. A walk-through with curator Liliana Milkova is offered on February 7th at 5:45 pm during the museum's First Thursday hours (5 to 8 pm).