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A fresh international chat show from the University of Texas at Austin meant to share research, ideas, and culture from the Slavic world and beyond in digestible episodes. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate), and speakers of note from other institutions and countries. The Slavic Connexion is a graduate student production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin... It's not typical Texas.

The Slavic Connexion The University of Texas at Austin

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A fresh international chat show from the University of Texas at Austin meant to share research, ideas, and culture from the Slavic world and beyond in digestible episodes. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate), and speakers of note from other institutions and countries. The Slavic Connexion is a graduate student production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin... It's not typical Texas.

    A Little Bit Cosmopolitan (with Graham Reblitz)

    A Little Bit Cosmopolitan (with Graham Reblitz)

    On this episode, we have the pleasure of getting to know the president of UT's International Affairs Society, Graham Reblitz, who brings his broad, cosmopolitan perspective to our studio and discussing everything from geopolitics in Europe to sports on the international plane.


    ABOUT THE GUEST:
    Graham Reblitz

    Graham is a senior from Lakewood Ranch, Florida currently studying Economics and Government at UT, while also pursuing an undergraduate Certificate in Security Studies from the Clements Center. Academically, his interests include foreign affairs, diplomacy, and national security. Personally, his interests include sports, playing the guitar, movies, traveling, and doing anything outdoors. After graduation, he intends pursue a career that ties together both foreign policy and business in addition to eventually attending graduate school. On campus, he is the President of the International Affairs Society. Graham has one brother, Ethan, who is fifteen months younger and attends the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He also has a yellow lab at home named Callie. Additionally, he speaks fluent Spanish as his mother is from Madrid, Spain.


    Check out the International Affairs Society at UT on the web: https://utexasias.squarespace.com/


    NOTE: This episode was recorded on February 19, 2020 at the University of Texas at Austin. Special thanks to the Clements Center for their additional support.


    Thanks for listening and if you like us and support open academic programming, please take a second to rate the show on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, or on our Facebook page. We so appreciate your support!!


    CREDITS
    Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist)
    Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrrmatthew)
    Logistics/Assistant Producer: Milena D-K
    Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
    Associate Producer: Samantha Farmer
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
    Supervising Producer: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
    Production Assistant: Luis Camarena


    Executive Editor/Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic www.charlieharpermusic.com) (Additional background music by Blue Dot Sessions)


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) www.msdaniel.com


    DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on this episode do not necessarily reflect those of the show or the University of Texas at Austin.

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    Timeless Secrets of Ancient Romania

    Timeless Secrets of Ancient Romania

    On this episode, we have the privilege of speaking with a modern-day archaeologist Dr. Adam Rabinowitz and archaeology grad student Susan Crane. Both take us into the ancient world of Romania through their exciting (and sometimes not-so-exciting) archaeological expeditions and unbelievable discoveries.


    ABOUT THE GUESTS
    Adam T. Rabinowitz

    Adam Rabinowitz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Assistant Director of the Institute of Classical Archaeology at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds his PhD (2004) from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan, where he wrote a dissertation on the role of communal wine-drinking in political and social interactions in the colonial Greek world. He is a 2002 Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a field archaeologist with twenty-five years of archaeological field experience at Greek, Roman, and Byzantine sites in Italy, England, Israel, Tunisia, and Ukraine. His archaeological research focuses on daily life, domestic architecture, commensal practices and the lived experience of culture contact. Read more here: www.slavxradio.com/rabinowitz


    Susan Crane

    Susan is an assistant instructor in the Department of Classics within the University of Texas at Austin and is currently taking Romanian language with Professor Jason Roberts at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.


    NOTE: This episode was recorded on February 19, 2020 at the University of Texas at Austin.


    Thanks for listening and if you like us and support open academic programming, please take a second to rate the show on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, or on our Facebook page. We so appreciate your support!!


    CREDITS
    Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist)
    Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrrmatthew)
    Logistics/Assistant Producer: Milena D-K
    Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
    Associate Producer: Samantha Farmer
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
    Supervising Producer: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
    Production Assistant: Luis Camarena


    Executive Editor/Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic www.charlieharpermusic.com) (Additional background music by Blue Dot Sessions)


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) www.msdaniel.com


    DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on this episode do not necessarily reflect those of the show or the University of Texas at Austin.
    Special Guest: Adam T. Rabinowitz.

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    Shades of Red, White, and Blue: Politics and Foreign Policy Today (with Dr. Mark Pomar)

    Shades of Red, White, and Blue: Politics and Foreign Policy Today (with Dr. Mark Pomar)

    Dr. Mark Pomar, Russia expert and senior fellow at the Clements Center for National Security, revisits the studio to speak with us about modern-day politics and foreign policy in the US. Drawing on his extensive experience and service to the US government, Dr. Pomar gives us a deeper look into US-Russia relations and the future of the international landscape.


    NOTE: This episode was recorded on February 7, 2020 at the University of Texas at Austin.


    Thanks for listening and if you like us and support open academic programming, please take a second to rate the show on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, or on our Facebook page. We so appreciate your support!!


    CREDITS
    Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist)
    Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrrmatthew)
    Associate Producer: Tracy Heim
    Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
    Associate Producer: Samantha Farmer
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig


    Supervising Producer: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate


    Executive Editor/Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic www.charlieharpermusic.com)
    (Additional background music by Blue Dot Sessions, John Bartmann)


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) www.msdaniel.com


    DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on this episode do not necessarily reflect those of the show or the University of Texas at Austin.
    Special Guest: Mark G. Pomar.

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    The Quintessential S. Ansky // The Sprit of Sakha (ASEEES)

    The Quintessential S. Ansky // The Sprit of Sakha (ASEEES)

    At the 2019 ASEEES Conference, PhD student Raya Shapiro shares with SlavX host Samantha about their research on the Jewish émigré playwright and author S. Ansky. And then, anthropoligist Jenanne Ferguson from the University of Nevada talks about the language of Sakha (Yakut) and the intrinsic spirit of all languages.


    ABOUT THE GUESTS:
    Raya Shapiro is a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Illinois Chicago. They are interested in how late 19th/early 20th century Eastern European Jewish writers used different languages - for politics, for publication, for practicality - and how their multilingualism creatively shaped the languages they chose to write in (Polish, Russian, Yiddish, German). They have managed to write at least one paper about S. An-sky for every seminar this year.


    Jenanne K. Ferguson of the University of Nevada currently researches the maintenance and transmission of the Sakha (Yakut) language in northeastern Siberia, Russia, through the lens of mobility by and through language. Her dissertation works dealt with ways of speaking Sakha among Sakha-Russian bilinguals living in urban and rural regions and the language ideologies shaping their language choices and practices. Ongoing and future work deals with the revitalization and transformation of Sakha oral literary genres and the local creation of new online spaces (e.g. social networking, SMS, Wikipedia) for Sakha language transmission and usage, as well as a project comparing the politics and aesthetics of indigenous storytelling in Canada and Russia. She also has worked on questions and themes with Canadian indigenous languages. A native Canadian, she earned her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen in 2013.


    EDITOR'S NOTE: Episode recorded during the 2019 ASEEES Conference in San Francisco, California.
    Thanks for listening and if you like this show and support open academic programming, please take a second to rate the show on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, or on our Facebook page. We so appreciate your support!!


    CREDITS
    Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist)
    Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrrmatthew)
    Associate Producer: Samantha Farmer
    Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
    Associate Producer: Tracy Heim
    Associate Producer: Milena D.K.


    Supervising Producer/Recording Engineer: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate


    Executive Editor/Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic, www.charlieharpermusic.com)


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86, www.msdaniel.com)


    Follow The Slavic Connexion on Instagram: @slavxradio, Twitter: @SlavXRadio, and on Facebook: facebook.com/slavxradio . Visit www.slavxradio.com for more episodes and information.


    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER'S NOTE: A special thanks to the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies for the financial support necessary to take the SlavX team to San Francisco for the multi-day convention. In just a few days, four hosts completed an amazing 18 interviews with unique guests from all over the world. Most of these will be made available on the podcast. Thank you also to the conference directors and staff at ASEEES for being so accommodating and helping SlavX staff find rooms to use as recording spaces. Additional thanks to Professor Craig Campbell at UT for inspiring our supervising producer with the idea to attend the conference and to SlavX team members Katya and Samantha for taking the trouble to apply for travel funds during the busiest time of the semester for grad students. Their initiative is nothing short of amazing to me, and hopefully everybody appreciates their efforts as much as I do. We hope you all enjoy these exclusive interviews!!


    Disclaimer: The Slavic Connexion is no

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    "The Russia Factor": From Japan to the Crimea Consensus (ASEEES)

    "The Russia Factor": From Japan to the Crimea Consensus (ASEEES)

    Russia and Japan have yet to reconcile when it comes to the islands in the Pacific. Professor Akaha gives us his take on the relations between these two nations in the aftermath of the Cold War. Then, in the second half of the episode, Dr. Smeltz from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs explains her findings from surveys that reveal Russians still approve of Putin's foreign policy and also the increased negativity of Americans towards Russians post-Crimean annexation.


    ABOUT THE GUESTS
    Tsuneo Akaha
    Professor Akaha currently teaches at Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). He is a native of Japan and first came to the U.S. as a high school exchange student. After graduating from Waseda University in Tokyo, he returned to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies at the University of Southern California (USC) and received his PhD in International Relations in 1981. Before joining the Institute in 1989 he had taught at USC, Kansas State University, and Bowling Green State University (Ohio). He teaches courses on human security, international migration, multiculturalism, East Asia, and Russia-East Asia Relations. He has authored or edited 11 books and authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters on topics ranging from human security and migration in East Asia to Japan’s relations with the U.S., Russia, China, and Korea. His co-edited book The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Balancing Soft and Hard Power in East Asia received an Ohira Memorial Award Special Prize.


    Dina Smeltz
    With 25 years of experience designing and fielding international social and political surveys, Dina Smeltz joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow on public opinion and foreign policy in 2012. She oversees the Council’s well-known annual survey of American attitudes toward foreign policy and has authored and coauthored many of the analyses based on that work. She also directs the Council’s collaboration with Russian, Mexican, Canadian, Australian, and East Asian research organizations. Smeltz has published commentary on public opinion and international issues in The Washington Post, RealClearWorld, Foreign Policy, and the Council’s survey blog (Running Numbers). Smeltz has an MA from the University of Michigan and a BS from Pennsylvania State University.


    EDITOR'S NOTE: Episode recorded during the 2019 ASEEES Conference in San Francisco, California.


    Thanks for listening and if you like this show and support open academic programming, please take a second to rate the show on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, or on our Facebook page. We so appreciate your support!!


    CREDITS
    Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist)
    Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrrmatthew)
    Associate Producer: Samantha Farmer
    Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig


    Supervising Producer: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate


    Executive Editor/Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic, www.charlieharpermusic.com)


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86, www.msdaniel.com)


    Follow The Slavic Connexion on Instagram: @slavxradio, Twitter: @SlavXRadio, and on Facebook: facebook.com/slavxradio . Visit www.slavxradio.com for more episodes and information.


    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER'S NOTE: A special thanks to the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies for the financial support necessary to take the SlavX team to San Francisco for the multi-day convention. In just a few days, four hosts completed an amazing 18 interviews with unique guests from all over the world. Most of these will be made available on the podcast. Thank you also to the conference directors and staff at ASEEES for being so accommodating and helping SlavX staff find rooms to use as recording space

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