Area Studies Resources

CERES' mission is to increase understanding and appreciation of the cultures and challenges of the region stretching from Central Europe to the Pacific and from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas.

Throughout the year, CERES hosts events designed to increase awareness and knowledge of the region. CERES also houses the Ion Ratiu library's holdings on the countries of the region.

Georgetown Resources

Resources for Research
Georgetown's main Lauinger Library holds materials on Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies (REES), including 30,000 volumes, of which about 15,000 are in the region's languages. More than 500 periodicals on and from the region in print and electronic format are part of the collection. Lauinger Library subscribes to two main databases that are crucial for research in REES - EastView and the American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (ABSEES) - and over 50 other electronic international affairs and area studies databases. The Media Center holds 300 documentary films, CDs, audiotapes of ethnic and classical music and slides on the region as well as over 400 regional feature films. The library has also compiled lists of Russian, Central Asian, Caucasian and East European music and films. In addition, a searchable database of Russian and East European literature translated into English is available. Both Russian and English titles are listed when possible.

The CERES Office Suite in Georgetown University's Intercultural Center houses the CERES Library. Established through a generous gift from the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation, the library provides a home for students on campus to meet and study between classes or to share lunch with friends. In addition to the resources offered at Lauinger, the CERES Library's collections include over 2,250 books on the history, politics, economics and cultures of the region as well as language study and reference materials. The Center maintains online subscriptions to over 100 regional newspapers and journals, as well as an array of reports, press clippings and current events databases that canvas the region. The library also provides reserve services for CERES courses during the academic year.

Audio-Visual Collections
CERES' video collection of  feature films and documentaries from and about the region for research, teaching, language practice and personal enrichment purposes is available to borrowers through the New Gelardin Media Center in Lauinger library.

DC-Area Resources

Cultural Resources: 
The American Turkish Association of Washington, DC (ATA-DC)
Armenian Assembly of America
Czech Events in DC
Estonian Cultural Events Calendar for DC and Elsewhere
Hungarian American Cultural Association
Russian Cultural Centre
Silk Road Dance Company
Synetic Theater
U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce
The Washington Balalaika Society
The Hillwood Museum

Think Tanks: 

American Enterprise Institute
Brookings Institution
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Cato Institute
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Silk Road Studies Program
Eurasia Foundation
Heritage Foundation
Center for the National Interest
United States Institute of Peace
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Additional Links: 
Embassies Located in Washington, DC
National Gallery of Art
Smithsonian Institution

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Resources on the Region

The following are websites that provide information and additional resources on the region:

ALA-LC Romanization Tables
Central Asia- Caucasus Analyst
Central Asia and the Caucasus Resource Page
Cold War International History Project
Council for European Studies
EastWest Institute
EastView Information Services
GU Library's Guide to Research: Russian and East European Studies
Eurasia Daily Monitor
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
Johnson's Russia List
MultiTran System for Translators
Hoover Institution
The National Library of Russia
Outreach World, A Resource for Teaching Kids about the World
Ponars Eurasia
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
Transitions Online
Tajikistan Research Resources
University of Texas Maps Collection

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K-12 Resources

CERES Resources:
Countries in a Box (for loan for classroom use)
Past K-12 Educators' Workshop Materials (Classroom Exercises, resource lists)
Curriculum Development Grant Application

Other Web Resources:
Travel for Educators: professional development credits, grants and scholarship subsidies from GEEO
American Councils for International Education
American University Links for Russian Teachers
Bucknell University Russian Studies Resource Links
Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives
National Geographic Education Resources
Peace Corps Resources for Educators

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