By Angel Zagal ’18
Phillip Stosberg, 12th Grade Russian teacher and assistant director of the jazz ensemble, spoke on Nov. 11 at the Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, better known as ASEEES.
What is ASEEES?
ASEEES is the association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies. The Society is an “international scholarly society dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia, and Eastern Europe in regional and global contexts.” The convention has over “2,000 attendees (scholars, professionals, and graduate students—domestic and international) exchange new research and information face-to-face on an annual basis,” as displayed by ASEES’s mission statement.
About the Convention
The association holds annual conventions that feature “scholarly presentations, exchange of ideas, and opportunities for social interaction and the professional development of its members.” During the convention, Stosberg went to speak on a certain topic on how Russian high school programs and college Russian departments can bridge the gap between them. The conventions speak on many different topics. A total of 23 different topics were spoken about in this year’s convention.
Stosberg spoke on the topic of how Collaborations Can Serve Students, Communities, Programs, and the Field. He spoke mainly about what Pritzker does with the Russian language, and about students who have graduated already and have accomplished things with their Russian knowledge. He argued that “the question of college readiness is connected to things outside of a test score.”
Stosberg had not attended any of these conventions before and was introduced to it by his colleague from Wisconsin Madison, Jennifer Tishler, who asked him to speak in front of a panel. He went to the convention, and will continue to do so if asked. He thinks it “ is a good conference and supports its idea. He likes the idea that it gets “scientists and scholars together to advance the idea of certain causes.”
How does this affect Pritzker?
Not only does Pritzker set students up for success in school, but it can help them achieve other goals as well. A student might not be the best test taker, but they might have an interest in a foreign language and have a teacher that can help those types of students thrive.