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. Click on the link for information 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.

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.




Apr 9th, 6:30 pm - Iva Bittova: Czechoslovak Avant-Gardes and the Prague Spring at 50

Iva Bittová, a folk-inspired avant-garde violinist, vocalist, composer, and improviser, gives a moderated pre-concert discussion of her music, career, and perspectives on Czech music since the Prague Spring of 1968. Fairchild Chapel, Bosworth Hall

Apr. 9th, 7:00 pm - Violinist, Vocalist, and Improviser Iva Bittova in Concert

Iva Bittová is a gifted avant-garde violinist, vocalist, composer, and improviser who draws upon influences from East European folk music and increasingly from her family's Romani heritage. Fairchild Chapel, Bosworth Hall

Apr. 25th, 4:30 pm - From Tigers to Owls: Endangered Species Conservation in the Russian Far East

Jonathan C. Slaght will present the talk, "From Tigers to Owls: Endangered Species Conservation in the Russian Far East." He is the Russia and Northeast Asia Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Hallock Auditorium, Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, 120 122 Elm Street, Oberlin, OH 44074