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July 24, 2013

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Brandesky named associate director of Center for Slavic and East European Studies

Dr. Joe Brandesky, professor of Theatre at The Ohio State University at Lima, has been appointed associate director of Ohio State’s Center for Slavic and East European Studies by the Office of International Affairs in cooperation with the Division of Arts and Humanities of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The CSEES is a United States Department of Education-funded (Title VI) Comprehensive National Resource Center based at Ohio State. The center promotes the study of Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe at Ohio State and throughout the state and the Midwest. The CSEES develops new courses and funds existing classes, sponsors lectures, administers a Slavic and East European studies MA program, supervises exchange programs with foreign universities, provides monies for library acquisitions, awards Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships to Ohio State graduate students, assists a variety of departments and colleges in furthering the study of the region in numerous ways, and maintains a large video library. CSEES' outreach beyond OSU includes annual language and social studies teacher workshops, guest lectures at local schools, business seminars, area studies conferences, video loans, and a 1,200 subscriber newsletter.

Ohio State’s East European area studies are facilitated by the presence of approximately 80 area specialist faculty members who teach nearly 300 different courses in East European languages and area studies.

As a specialist in Russian and Czech theatre, Dr. Brandesky has traveled to St. Petersburg, Moscow and Prague to study and conduct research in his field. Brandesky has curated and co-curated seven theatre design exhibits, including Jaroslav Malina: Paintings and Designs, curator; Metaphor and Irony 2: Frantisek Troster and Contemporary Czech Theatre Design, co-curator; Metaphor and Irony: Czech Scenic and Costume Design 1920-1999, co-curator; Spectacular St. Petersburg: 100 Years of Russian Stage Design, curator; and Boris Anisfeld and the Stage, curator. A book project, 20th Century Czech Theatre Design: Metaphor and Irony Revisited, was published by the University of Iowa Press as part of its Studies in Theatre History and Culture series in April 2007. He is currently serving as guest curator for Strings Attached: Czech Puppets at the Columbus Museum of Art until August 4, 2013. He co-created a devised production with Czech designer Petr Matasek for performance in April 2013 entitled aPOEtheosis for the OSU Theatre Department in Columbus. This production coincided with the exhibit Strings Attached: Czech Puppets and featured current Czech puppet/object/alternative theatre principles.

Brandesky has organized eight study tours to the Czech Republic and most recently took a group of Ohio State students to Prague in May 2013. He has made numerous scholarly presentations at state, regional and national conferences and has published articles in Theatre Design and Technology, Slavic and East European Performance and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. In 2003 he received two awards, one for scholarship and one for teaching. His essay "Spectacular St. Petersburg: 100 Years of Russian Theatre Design" was named the Herbert D. Greggs Outstanding Article by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and he received the Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. In spring 2008 Brandesky received the Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award at Ohio State Lima. He was named the Martha W. Farmer Endowed Professor in Theatre at Ohio State Lima in July 2012.