Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Siberian Brown Bag Series: Dr. Mary Neuburger - "Siberian Voices: A CREEES Odyssey"

Mon, September 16, 2013 | Burdine 231

12:00 PM

Kongar-ool Ondar in parade for official opening ceremony of the Tuvan Throat Singing Symposium
Kongar-ool Ondar in parade for official opening ceremony of the Tuvan Throat Singing Symposium

This semester the CREEES Brown Bag Series will have a Siberia theme, inspired by the “Siberian Voices” travel-study seminar that took place this summer.

Talks are held at noon on the first Monday of each month in Burdine 231 (except for the first one on Sept 16th).

September 16 – Dr. Mary Neuburger,  “Siberian Voices: A CREEES Odyssey"  

Mary Neuburger designed and led the "Siberian Voices" group project abroad, which took a team of UT students, faculty, and Texas K-12 teachers on a month-long journey into Southern Siberia. Together they journeyed through Tuva, to Lake Baikal and along the Trans-Siberian Railway. The focus of the travel-seminar was to learn about Siberian cultures, history, and religions with the goal of curriculum development for current and future U.S. educators. Her talk, "Siberian Voices: A CREEES Odyssey," will give insight into their exciting journey.

For a glimpse into the "Siberian Voices" program, see the feature story on

Mary Neuburger received her PhD in history at the University of Washington in 1997, with a specialty in Southeastern Europe.  She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of History here at the University of Texas, as well as Director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. She is the author of two books The Orient Within: Muslim Minorities and the Negotiation of Nationhood in Modern Bulgaria and Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria 1856-1989. She is co-editor, with Paulina Bren, of Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe.


Upcoming Siberia Brown Bag Speakers:

October 7 – Bella Jordan
November 4 – Craig Campbell
December 2 – Jason Roberts



"Siberian Voices" was a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad funded by the Department of Education. For more information on the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program, please visit

Sponsored by: Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

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