Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Christian Hilchey


LecturerPh.D., University of Chicago

Christian Hilchey

Contact

  • Office: BUR 472
  • Office Hours: Fall 2017: Monday 1-2pm; Tuesday 3-4pm; by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: F3600

Interests


Language pedagogy, Czech instructional material development, Texas Czech communities, food culture, Czech linguistics, verbal prefixes, Czech dialects

Biography


Christian Hilchey is a lecturer in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian studies and teaches primarily courses related to Czech language and culture. He received his PhD in Slavic Languages and Linguistics from the University of Chicago in Spring 2014 and began his position at the University of Texas in the Fall of 2014. His dissertation focused on distributivity in a select class of Czech verbs.

He has taught Czech language classes at UT From the beginning to the Advanced level (1st-5th year Czech). He has also taught a course on Texas Czechs. His interests include language teaching pedagogy and is currently writing an online open textbook Reality Czech along with the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL).

He also has a deep interest in gastronomy and frequently teaches a course Cuisine and Culture of Central and Eastern Europe, typically during spring semester. In this course, students explore the gastronomic history, culture, techniques, and practices of the region.

Courses


CZ 507 • First-Year Czech II

44260 • Spring 2018
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:00AM CMA 3.134

The course is the second semester of an introduction to the Czech language with an emphasis on speaking, listening, and reading. In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

Attendance and active participation, while important to any course, are vital to foreign language study. Students are thus urged and expected to ask questions and contact the instructor in cases of uncertainty—whether regarding course content, assignments or any other aspect of the class. The instructor, in turn, will make every effort to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to student questions or concerns.

Grading: Short tests: 35%, Final exam: 15%, Homework: 15%, Quizzes: 10%, Attendance/participation: 15%, Portfolio: 10%

CZ 412L • Second-Year Czech II

44265 • Spring 2018
Meets MTWTH 11:00AM-12:00PM CMA 3.134

Second Year Czech continues in developing communicative, reading, and writing skills.

Prerequisites: First Year Czech.

Readings: Susan Kresin, Czech for Fun (Cestina hrou).

Grading: Midterm 20%, Final Exam 20%, Participation, Quizzes, Presentations, Short Essays 60%.

CZ 506 • First-Year Czech I

44696 • Fall 2017
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:00AM CMA 3.134

Description:

The course is an introduction to Czech language and culture. Students will learn the fundamentals of Czech grammar and a wide range of everyday vocabulary with an emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Videos, music, film, and literature will be used in class to practice language skills, as well as expose students to Czech culture.

 

Textbook and Materials will be distributed through the course website.

 

Grading:

Attendance/Participation                                            10%

Homework                                                                  15%

Weekly vocabulary/grammar quizzes                         15%

Tests (4 tests, 10% each)                                           40%

Final                                                                            20%

 

Total                                                                           100%

CZ 412K • Second-Year Czech I

44700 • Fall 2017
Meets MTWTH 11:00AM-12:00PM CMA 3.134

This course is the continuation of First-Year Czech.  The primary goal of the course is to increase students’ confidence in spoken Czech, and to strengthen proficiency in listening and reading modern Czech.  In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

Attendance and active participation, while important to any course, are vital to foreign language study.  Students are thus urged and expected to ask questions and contact the instructor in cases of uncertainty—whether regarding course content, assignments or any other aspect of the class. The instructor, in turn, will make every effort to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to student questions or concerns.

 

Grading:  Short tests:  40%, Final exam:  20%, Homework:  15%, Quizzes:  10%, Attendance:  15%

 

Textbook:  Susan Kresin, ?eština hrou and ?eština hrou pracovní sešit (workbook) 

CZ 412L • Second-Year Czech II

44780 • Spring 2017
Meets MTWTH 11:00AM-12:00PM MEZ 1.104

Second Year Czech continues in developing communicative, reading, and writing skills.

Prerequisites: First Year Czech.

Readings: Susan Kresin, Czech for Fun (Cestina hrou).

Grading: Midterm 20%, Final Exam 20%, Participation, Quizzes, Presentations, Short Essays 60%.

REE 302 • Cuisine/Culture Centrl/E Euro

44600 • Spring 2017
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 214
(also listed as EUS 307)

Cuisine is an integral component of culture. This course is an in-depth survey of the cultures of Central and Eastern Europe through the lens of food consumption. In our exploration of culture through cuisine, we will focus on certain common features: traditional techniques such as fermenting vegetables, culturing dairy, and smoking meats; production and consumption of various alcoholic beverages; and popular activities such as mushroom collecting and the gathering of medicinal herbs. Additionally, we will consider the role of food in shaping regional identities, and more broadly, the notion of a national cuisine. This survey will take us from the early days of recorded food culture to the present day, as we analyze the consumptive practices of the upper and lower classes, fasting and celebratory meals, the effect of communism on culinary traditions, and the role of globalization in changing national cuisine. Finally, we will examine recent developments in food culture: the popularity of celebrity chefs and cooking competitions, the revival of older traditions alongside more modernist techniques, and the organic and local food movements in contrast with conventional agriculture or the use of GMOs.

 

TEXT:

Everyone Eats: Understanding Food and Culture, by E. N. Anderson

Food is Culture, by Massimo Montanari

 

Additional course readings from food journals (such as Gastronomica) and other publications will be distributed on the course website.

     

GRADING:

Attendance/participation                      10%

Map quiz                                             5%

Midterm exam                                     25%

Final exam                                           25%

Response paper (5 pages)                   15%

Report (6-8 pages) and presentation    20%

CZ 412K • Second-Year Czech I

44690 • Fall 2016
Meets MTWTH 11:00AM-12:00PM PAR 305

This course is the continuation of First-Year Czech.  The primary goal of the course is to increase students’ confidence in spoken Czech, and to strengthen proficiency in listening and reading modern Czech.  In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

Attendance and active participation, while important to any course, are vital to foreign language study.  Students are thus urged and expected to ask questions and contact the instructor in cases of uncertainty—whether regarding course content, assignments or any other aspect of the class. The instructor, in turn, will make every effort to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to student questions or concerns.

Grading:  Short tests:  40%, Final exam:  20%, Homework:  15%, Quizzes:  10%, Attendance:  15%

Textbook:  Susan Kresin, ?eština hrou and ?eština hrou pracovní sešit (workbook) 

REE 301 • Intro Rus/E Eur/Eurasn Stds

44505 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM UTC 3.102
(also listed as HIS 306N)

Description:

Why did communism collapse? Are we in another Cold War? Is Putin the next Stalin? This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to these and other key issues, topics, and events that are central to the field of Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies.  It features frequent UT faculty guest speakers from across the university with diverse disciplinary specialities including History, Slavic languages and literature, Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, and Ethnomusicology. The course format consists of lectures, discussion, and frequent interactive, student-driven exercises and projects. This is a core course required for a degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and it carries a global studies flag.  

 

Readings Include the Following:

  1. Barbara Engel and Clifford Rosenthal, Five Sisters: Women Against the Tsar.

  2. Bob Weinberg and Laurie Bernstein, Revolutionary Russia: A History in Documents.

  3. Heda Kovaly, Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague, 1941-1968.

  4. Thomas Blatt, From the Ashes of Sobibor.

  5. Aleksandar Zograf, Regards from Serbia: A Cartoonist’s Diary of the War in Serbia.

  6. Additional readings will be posted to canvas.

CZ 507 • First-Year Czech II

43865 • Spring 2016
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 228

The course is the second semester of an introduction to the Czech language with an emphasis on speaking, listening, and reading. In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

Attendance and active participation, while important to any course, are vital to foreign language study. Students are thus urged and expected to ask questions and contact the instructor in cases of uncertainty—whether regarding course content, assignments or any other aspect of the class. The instructor, in turn, will make every effort to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to student questions or concerns.

Grading: Short tests: 35%, Final exam: 15%, Homework: 15%, Quizzes: 10%, Attendance/participation: 15%, Portfolio: 10%

CZ 412L • Second-Year Czech II

43870 • Spring 2016
Meets MTWTH 11:00AM-12:00PM BUR 128

Second Year Czech continues in developing communicative, reading, and writing skills.

Prerequisites: First Year Czech.

Readings: Susan Kresin, Czech for Fun (Cestina hrou).

Grading: Midterm 20%, Final Exam 20%, Participation, Quizzes, Presentations, Short Essays 60%.

CZ 506 • First-Year Czech I

43905 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.104

Description:

The course is an introduction to Czech language and culture. Students will learn the fundamentals of Czech grammar and a wide range of everyday vocabulary with an emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Videos, music, film, and literature will be used in class to practice language skills, as well as expose students to Czech culture.

 

Textbook and Materials will be distributed through the course website.

 

Grading:

Attendance/Participation                                            10%

Homework                                                                  15%

Weekly vocabulary/grammar quizzes                         15%

Tests (4 tests, 10% each)                                           40%

Final                                                                            20%

 

Total                                                                           100%

REE 325 • Tex Czechs: Cowboys & Kolaches

43755 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM MEZ 2.124
(also listed as AMS 321)

FLAGS:   GC  |  Wr

Description:

This course examines the history and culture of the Bohemians and Moravians who made Texas their home during the 19th and early part of the 20th century. According to U.S. census data, over 180,000 Texans trace their ancestry back to Czech immigrants. Who are the Czechs and what were the circumstances that led them to leave their homeland? Why did they choose Texas, and in particular, Central Texas? Beginning with these essential questions, this course will examine the unique ways in which the Czech diaspora has manifested on Texan soil. We will consider the structure of Czech communities through their traditions and institutions, examining how Czech language and culture has been preserved and passed down through many generations. These explorations will take us into present-day Czech communities in Texas as we analyze the contemporary role of heritage associations and festivals, while also looking back at the contributions Czechs have made to Texas culture: city names such as Dubina and Hostyn, cemeteries and painted churches, and the distinctly Czech culinary traditions of beer and kolaches.

Coursework will consist of readings about the Czechs who made their way to Texas, as well as trips to nearby Czech communities, museums, and restaurants. A significant component of the course will include a project to visit and document one or more of the Czech communities of Texas. We will also examine other Czech diaspora communities in the United States, particularly those in Chicago and across the Midwest, through interviews, newspapers, and other documents.

Readings:

Czech Voices: Stories from Texas in the Amerikán národní kalendá?, Clinton Machann and James W. Mendl, Jr.

Krasna Amerika: A Study of Texas Czechs, 1851-1939, Clinton Machann and James W. Mendl, Jr.

We're Czechs, Robert L. Skrabanek

My Ántonia, Willa Cather

Additional course readings and materials will be distributed on the course website.

Grading:

Attendance/Participation                                20%

Map Quiz                                                    5%

Midterm                                                     20%

Short Paper 1 (3-4 pages)                             10%

Short Paper 2 (3-4 pages)                             10%

In-Class Presentation                                   10%

Final Research Paper (10-12 pages)               25%

CZ 412L • Second-Year Czech II

44320 • Spring 2015
Meets MTWTH 10:00AM-11:00AM BUR 232

Second Year Czech continues in developing communicative, reading, and writing skills.

Prerequisites: First Year Czech.

Readings: Susan Kresin, Czech for Fun (Cestina hrou).

Grading: Midterm 20%, Final Exam 20%, Participation, Quizzes, Presentations, Short Essays 60%.

REE 302 • Cuisine/Culture Centrl/E Euro

44180 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 220
(also listed as EUS 307)

Cuisine is an integral component of culture. This course is an in-depth survey of the cultures of Central and Eastern Europe through the lens of food consumption. In our exploration of culture through cuisine, we will focus on certain common features: traditional techniques such as fermenting vegetables, culturing dairy, and smoking meats; production and consumption of various alcoholic beverages; and popular activities such as mushroom collecting and the gathering of medicinal herbs. Additionally, we will consider the role of food in shaping regional identities, and more broadly, the notion of a national cuisine. This survey will take us from the early days of recorded food culture to the present day, as we analyze the consumptive practices of the upper and lower classes, fasting and celebratory meals, the effect of communism on culinary traditions, and the role of globalization in changing national cuisine. Finally, we will examine recent developments in food culture: the popularity of celebrity chefs and cooking competitions, the revival of older traditions alongside more modernist techniques, and the organic and local food movements in contrast with conventional agriculture or the use of GMOs.

 

TEXT:

Everyone Eats: Understanding Food and Culture, by E. N. Anderson

Food is Culture, by Massimo Montanari

 

Additional course readings from food journals (such as Gastronomica) and other publications will be distributed on the course website.

     

GRADING:

Attendance/participation                      10%

Map quiz                                             5%

Midterm exam                                     25%

Final exam                                           25%

Response paper (5 pages)                   15%

Report (6-8 pages) and presentation    20%

CZ 506 • First-Year Czech I

45345 • Fall 2014
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:00AM CLA 0.120

Description:

The course is an introduction to Czech language and culture. Students will learn the fundamentals of Czech grammar and a wide range of everyday vocabulary with an emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Videos, music, film, and literature will be used in class to practice language skills, as well as expose students to Czech culture.

 

Textbook and Materials will be distributed through the course website.

 

Grading:

Attendance/Participation                                            10%

Homework                                                                  15%

Weekly vocabulary/grammar quizzes                         15%

Tests (4 tests, 10% each)                                           40%

Final                                                                            20%

 

Total                                                                           100%

CZ 412K • Second-Year Czech I

45350 • Fall 2014
Meets MTWTH 2:00PM-3:00PM CLA 0.124

This course is the continuation of First-Year Czech.  The primary goal of the course is to increase students’ confidence in spoken Czech, and to strengthen proficiency in listening and reading modern Czech.  In addition to the textbook, videos will be used not only to increase comprehension, but also to expose the student to Czech culture.

Attendance and active participation, while important to any course, are vital to foreign language study.  Students are thus urged and expected to ask questions and contact the instructor in cases of uncertainty—whether regarding course content, assignments or any other aspect of the class. The instructor, in turn, will make every effort to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to student questions or concerns.

 

Grading:  Short tests:  40%, Final exam:  20%, Homework:  15%, Quizzes:  10%, Attendance:  15%

 

Textbook:  Susan Kresin, ?eština hrou and ?eština hrou pracovní sešit (workbook) 

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