|In 1991, Civic Education Project sent
fifteen Visiting Faculty Fellows to teach at eight universities
in the former Czechoslovakia. This past year, CEP
supported more than 200 Fellows (Visiting Faculty Fellows and
Local Faculty Fellows) at 90 universities in 19 countries.
In the intervening nine years, over 600 CEP alumni can take satisfaction in knowing that they have reached almost 70,000 students in the region.
In addition to teaching, CEP Fellows leave their mark by creating numerous outreach activities that benefit their students, faculty colleagues, university departments, and communities. The continuation of these activities, long after Fellows leave, is a rich and growing legacy that demonstrates the long-term fulfillment of CEPs mission.
Just a few examples: the Womens Crisis Center, in Tver, Russia created by Local Faculty Fellow Anna Borodina; the Human Rights Education Initiative in Siberia created by Visiting Faculty Fellows Dan St. Louis and Janet Helin, and the publication of the The Romanian Journal of Society and Politics begun by Visiting Faculty Fellow Yasmin Lodi.
Many CEP Fellows stay involved beyond their tenure with CEP. Marvin Nowicki continues to develop public policy curricula at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP) in his new position as a Fulbright scholar. Maeve McMahon continues her involvement with prison reform in Lithuania and has published a book in conjunction with her former students.
The goal of the Alumni Book Donation program is to send only recent social science texts to universities where CEP is active and to ensure that the books are placed in libraries accessible to students. Many alumni continue to exchange books, articles, and ideas with former colleagues, and to donate books to the libraries in their former host universities. CEP reimburses alumni for shipping books to universities that currently host a CEP Fellow. One of the first to take advantage of this program was William Pridemore who donated twenty-seven boxes of relevant texts to a social science reading room he established at the University of Kharkiv in 199495.
Creating links between regional universities and western universities is another area where alumni add value. Visiting Faculty Fellow Trisha Hobson arranges faculty exchanges between Lviv State University and the University of Kansas. She has also arranged (with other CEP staff) to bring Eastern Scholars to a NATO conference hosted by the University of Kansas. Joe Grubbs is arranging faculty and student exchanges between the University of Gdansk and Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Career Development and Publications
Service with CEP continues to provide alumni with qualifications for prestigious posts around the world. Chris Waters is now with the United Nations mission to Kosovo; founder Stephen Grand is currently Director of the Policy and Opinion Leaders Program at the German Marshall Fund and CEP Board Chair, T. Mills Kelly is a Visiting Faculty Fellow Alumnus.
CEP alumni write an increasing array of publications that add to the research knowledge of the region. Recent examples include Soviet and Russian Press Coverage of the United States: Press, Politics, and Identity in Transition, Jonathan Becker, St. Martins Press (forthcoming); Really Existing Nationalism: A Post-Communist View from Marx and Engels, Erica Benner, Oxford University Press, 1995 and Creating the Ethnic Electorate through Legal Restorationism: Citizenship Rights in Estonia (1997) 38th Harvard International Law Journal by Richard C. Visek.
Eastern Scholar Alumni Discretionary Fund
CEP inaugurated the Local Faculty Fellow Alumni Discretionary Fund for Eastern Scholar alumni who remain active in their universities and need seed money for new courses, conferences, or other outreach projects. The alumni apply to CEP in their home countries.
CEP devotes one area of its website specifically to alumni. This includes a list of alumni publications relevant to the CEP region and a bulletin board where CEP alumni can post messages for each other.
The CEP Newsletter is published twice a year and regularly contains articles by and about CEP alumni.The newsletter is sent free of charge to all alumni.