A fresh international chat show from the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies meant to share research, ideas, and culture in digestible episodes within and between academic institutions globally. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate) from the University of Texas at Austin, and speakers of note from other institutions around the world. The Slavic Connexion is a student-driven production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT. Diplomacy Starts Here.
August 14th, 2019 | Season 1 | 42 mins 45 secs
american professors studying russian, language learning, russia, serendipity, soviet union, vampires
Legendary Texas professor Dr. Thomas Garza brings his experience in the Soviet Union to the studio, reminiscing with Tom and Matt about why he became so invested in Russia and (yes!) vampires. The key concept of this episode is serendipity, and Dr. Garza brings real meaning to this SAT vocabulary word.
August 2nd, 2019 | Season 1 | 39 mins 56 secs
diplomacy, history of international relations, liberal internationalism, state department, wilsonian internationalism
John Gleb is back on the Tom & Matt Show to discuss his favorite topic: U.S. diplomacy. It's slightly less than Slavic, sure, but still relevant to understanding modern international relations and foreign policy.
July 6th, 2019 | Season 1 | 40 mins 4 secs
arkan, balkan pop culture, ceca raznatovic, lepa brena, reggaeton, sasa kovacevic, severina, turbofolk, turboton, yugo nostalgia
Turbofolk is back with a vengeance! Dr. Vladislav Beronja joins Milena in the studio again but with reinforcements: students from his Spring 2019 class on popular music in the Balkans. These undergraduate scholars discuss the turbofolk artists, history, and songs that grabbed them!
June 13th, 2019 | Season 1 | 25 mins 35 secs
facebook political ad campaigns, information wars, propaganda, social media, texas
Author, journalist, and TV producer Peter Pomerantsev chats with host Tom about his impressions of Texas, his research into information wars, and his forthcoming book entitled "This is Not Propaganda".
June 7th, 2019 | Season 1 | 45 mins 54 secs
african american anthropologists, albania, albanian football, balkans, cultural exchange, journeying to foreign countries, racism, sexism
In this entertaining interview, host Tom sits down with cultural anthropologist Dr. West Ohueri to discuss all things Albania with special focus on her journey as an African-American woman into a white environment. We're sure you'll enjoy!
May 31st, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 3 mins
academics, latin america, mass protests, politics, presidential elections, russian-latin america relations, ukraine, venezuela
Hosts Lauren and Milena sit down with Ukrainian professor Olga Onuch (University of Manchester) and PhD candidate Emma Mateo (Oxford) to talk about their choice to study Ukraine and the marvels of mass protest - in the words of Milena "four fabulous females" together in the studio.
May 24th, 2019 | Season 1 | 33 mins 15 secs
We know almost everybody is disappointed with the Game of Thrones ending, and we feel your pain, but maybe this will cheer you up. Hosts Tom, Matt, Milena, and Lauren get together to reflect on our first season before they each went their separate ways for the summer.
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 5: "Annexation Agenda" and Protests in Russia and Belarus (Speaker - Aliaksandr Herasimenka)
May 15th, 2019 | 19 mins 42 secs
Dr. Aliaksandr Herasimenka from the University of Westminster in London speaks on political information and disinformation on messaging platforms. Follow him on Twitter @alesherasimenka.
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 4: The World According to the Truthseekers (Speaker - Ilya Yablokov)
May 15th, 2019 | 20 mins 58 secs
Dr. Ilya Yablokov of the University of Leeds in London presents his research on conspiracy theory and RT (Russia Today). Follow him on Twitter @ilya_yablokov .
May 4th, 2019 | Season 1 | 21 mins 38 secs
fun and engaging language course, learning languages, online education, russian online course
Dr. Heather Rice, one of the nicest professors at the University of Texas, talks about the difficulties and successes of her now-famous (relatively-speaking) Russian online course that's taking the language instruction world by storm. Our very own Tom R. hosts as a former student of this very same class.
April 30th, 2019 | Season 1 | 55 mins 30 secs
communism's shadow, communist regimes, democracy, elections, gender equity, information wars, nonpartisan blogs, political science
Tom and Matt host a special guest of the Information Wars symposium: Dr. Joshua Tucker, director of NYU's Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia, and co-editor of the Washington Post independent political science newsletter "The Monkey Cage".
April 29th, 2019 | Season 1 | 41 mins 31 secs
alexander lukashenko, belarus, belarusian language, dictators, lukashenka, social media activism, youtube rap
Matt and Milena chat with native Belarusian Dr. Aliaksandr Herasimenka, a professor at University of Westminster in London and a Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 3: "The Most Dangerous Element of Information War is the Idea of Information War Itself" (Speaker - Peter Pomerantsev)
April 28th, 2019 | 19 mins 21 secs
british journalist, information war, peter pomerantsev
Famed British journalist and filmmaker Peter Pomerantsev gives a talk on his work at the London School of Economics as a senior fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs. Recorded April 25th, 2019. Follow Peter on Twitter: @peterpomeranzev
April 28th, 2019 | 11 mins 6 secs
anti-government protests, corruption, eastern europe, online information, russia, trust me, twitter
Dr. Denis Stukal of NYU speaks at the Info Wars symposium on Twitter bots and the SMaPP Lab project at NYU. https://smappnyu.org/
April 25th, 2019 | 20 mins 7 secs
Dr. Joshua Tucker of NYU presents his most recent research at the 2019 Trust Me: Information Wars symposium. Follow Dr. Tucker on Twitter: @j_a_tucker
April 25th, 2019 | Season 1 | 53 mins
conspiracy theory researchers, intelligence studies project, russia, ukraine
As a kickoff to the Information Wars Social Media Conference here at the University of Texas today, we are releasing this episode featuring one of UT's own speakers, Dr. Kiril Avramov, who is not only brilliant but one of the most caring and engaging educators on these Forty Acres! Listen to find out why he is easily one of students' favorite professors.