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Slavic Center awarded $300,000 grant

Angela Brintlinger headshotThe Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) has been awarded a $300,000 university partnership grant from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade. CSEES will work with the University of Belgrade, the largest state university in Serbia, to enhance linkages between Ohio State and Serbian faculty and students, enriching the academic environment of both campuses, increasing collaborative research, and strengthening academic programs and opportunities for students. This is the largest grant awarded to CSEES from the U.S. Department of State. Angela Brintlinger, professor and director of CSEES, is the principal investigator and will serve as the primary liaison between Ohio State and the University of Belgrade. Eileen Kunkler, assistant director of CSEES, and center staff will provide coordination and support for grant activities. 

“Ohio has strong ties with Serbia which date from the Dayton Peace Accords. With increased opportunities made possible by this Serbian Educational Alliance, we plan to strengthen those ties among faculty and students on our two campuses," Brintlinger said.

Activities for the two-year grant will begin in January 2020 and will include: 1) connecting classes in Serbia and at Ohio State through a series of virtual classroom exchanges each semester; 2) hosting three faculty per year from the University of Belgrade at Ohio State to give lectures and develop collaborative relationships and research partnerships; 3) sending Ohio State faculty to Serbia to lead workshops, one focused on media and identity and a second on pedagogical practices; 4) bringing a cohort of faculty and students from Belgrade each spring for a week to attend the annual Midwest Slavic Conference hosted by CSEES and to participate in a workshop/simulation with Ohio State students; and 5) supporting research projects, including one focused on Serbian domestic and foreign policy attitudes, and another on cognitive processing in speakers of Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.

For additional background and details of grant activities, visit slaviccenter.osu.edu.