Monthly Archives: March 2010

Spring Quarter Course: Advanced Structure of Albanian

Advanced Structure of Albanian

LGLN 29800, LGLN 39800
EEUR / 20902, EEUR 30902

This course covers advance structures of Standard Albanian, provides practice in reading Standard Albanian, and introduces the student to reading Gheg.   

The goal of the course is to teach the advanced linguistic structures of Standard Albanian, to give practice reading Standard Albanian, and to provide an understanding of how to read and translate Gheg.

The course will begin where Albanian Language and Linguistics left off, thus the first few weeks will be review and study of Isa Zymberi’s Colloquial Albanian and Victor Friedman’s Albanian Grammar. This will be followed by instruction with Agim Morina’s Beginning to speak Geg. In addition, students will be required to do weekly assignments based on reading the BBC’s Albanian language webpage (BBCAlbanian.com), and read and partially translate/gloss an earlier Gheg article of their choice from the journal Revistë Shkencore e Instituti Pedogogjik Dyveçar të Shkodrës which is available in the Regenstein Library.

The class will meet twice a week during the Spring Quarter.

First Meeting Tuesday March 30, 2010 at noon in Foster Hall Room 408 (Slavic Lounge).

Suggested course meeting times, Tuesday and Thursdays noon-1:30 pm, but depending on your schedule we can arrange a different time.

For more information contact the course instructor, Kelly Lynne Maynard at

kellymaynard@uchicago.edu

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Language Symposium 2010: Best Practices in Language Instruction, Univ. of Chicago, April 16-17

The Center for the Study of Languages in the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago
together with The Council on Language Instruction and The Multimedia Learning Center at Northwestern University and The Sandi Port Errant Language and Culture Learning Center
Present:

Language Symposium 2010: Best Practices in Language Instruction
April 16-17, 2010
at the University of Chicago, Hyde Park Campus, Center for the Study of Languages

Join us on Friday evening for an opening keynote address and dinner.

Motivated Students = Skilled Communicators
Donna L. Clementi, Director of Education & Research
Concordia Language Villages, Moorhead, Minnesota
Saturday’s program features 10 presentations in morning and
afternoon sessions.
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For more information visit:
http://languages.uchicago.edu/languagesymposium
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Questions? Contact:
Catherine Baumann <ccbauman@uchicago.edu>
The Early Registration deadline is April 2, 2010. Please make checks payable to: Center for the Study of Languages.
Credit/Debit card payments cannot be accepted. Your registration will be confirmed via e-mail. If you have any questions about your registration, please contact: Steven Clancy
<sclancy@uchicago.edu>.

The CSL will cover the pre-registration fee for graduate students who register by the Early Registration deadline of April 2, 2010. All those registering after the deadline will be responsible for their own registration fees and should make checks payable to: Center for the Study of Languages. Credit/Debit card payments cannot be accepted. Your registration will be confirmed via e-mail. If you have any questions about your registration, please contact: Steven Clancy <sclancy@uchicago.edu>.

Symposium Schedule of Events
All events: Center for the Study of Languages
Cobb Hall, 2nd Floor, 5811 South Ellis Avenue
Friday, April 16
5:00 PM Facility Tours, Center for the
Study of Languages
5:30 PM Registration and Wine Reception)
6:30 PM Keynote Address (CSL)
8:00 PM Catered Dinner (CSL)
Saturday, April 17
8:30AM-9:00AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00AM-10:30AM Session One
10:30AM-11:00AM Break
11:00PM-12:30PM Session Two
12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch
1:30PM-3:30 PM Session Three
3:00PM-4:30 PM Closing Reception

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Homestay Hosts needed in Chicago (June 19-27), Open World Program-Russia

*Open World Program-Russia: Homestay Hosts Needed!*

OWLP hosting

Description: Exchange program that introduces emerging leaders from the countries of the  Former Soviet Union to American-style democracy via professional meetings, volunteer opportunities, social outings and homestay host experiences.  This program is funded by the U.S. Library of Congress.

* *Russia: June 19-27, 2010*

We ask the homestay hosts to provide:
-a separate bedroom for 1-2 delegates and access to a private or shared bathroom;
-breakfast daily and some dinners; and
-quality time spent with guests to share experiences/insights about daily life and culture in Chicago

A small stipend will be made available to homestay hosts.
If interested, please contact Donna Sadlicki at (312) 254-1800 x104 or dsadlicki@ivcc.org

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European Summer Institute 2010 on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels, Final Deadline: May 15

The Prague’s Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku – CPVP) is pleased to announce the forthcoming European Summer Institute 2010 (ESI 2010) on the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels

Where? Prague, Czech Republic

When? July 3-10, 2010

Who? Prague’s Centre for Public Policy (Centrum pro verejnou politiku <http://www.cpvp.cz/> – CPVP) and INstrategy – Institute for European and National Strategies <http://www.instrategy.cz/> have teamed up to organize the seventh Summer Institute On the Future of Europe: Lobbying in Brussels (ESI2010).

Why? The European Summer Institute 2010 is a seven-day academic program designed to bring together 30 undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.

What is it about? The program provides students with an exciting opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the current EU politics through exchange of ideas with academics, policy practitioners and fellow students from different cultural environments. The ESI2010 combines intensive academic courses with cultural, social and recreational opportunities.

We invite you to visit our new website http://esi.cpvp.cz/ discover all the details about the ESI2010. The website contains updated information about the academic content, practicalities and application process.

We also suggest students to submit their applications by Early Bird Application Deadline of April 30,2010. The Final Deadline is May 15, 2010.

Should you have any questions regarding the ESI2010 and/or application process, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

European Summer Institute 2010
Center for Public Policy
Vyjezdova 510
190 11 Prague 9
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 737 679 605
Fax: +420 281 930 584
E-mail: esi@cpvp.cz

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Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI), Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Program Fees for Intermediate Latvian, Beginning Estonian Waived

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) in summer 2010 (June 14-August 6, 2010). First-year intensive Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian language courses will be offered. Pending sufficient enrollment, second-year intensive courses in those languages will be offered as well. BALSSI 2010 will also include lectures (in English) on Baltic history and culture and a rich program of cultural events and field trips related to the Baltic countries.
Information and application materials are available on the BALSSI Web site: www.creeca.wisc.edu/balssi

Graduate students are eligible to apply for a summer 2010 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship through CREECA (FLAS deadline Feb. 19, 2010):
http://www.flas.wisc.edu

Thanks to a generous grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the program fee for first-year Estonian will be waived for graduate students specializing in East European studies in any discipline. (Students will still be responsible for paying UW-Madison segregated fees.)

Graduate students interested in Latvian and Lithuanian are encouraged to apply directly to ACLS for a summer language grant:
http://www.acls.org/grants/Default.aspx?id=540

BALSSI is sponsored by a consortium of twelve US universities and receives additional support from the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, ACLS, and the Lithuanian Foundation. For further information about BALSSI 2010, please contact Nancy Heingartner, BALSSI program coordinator, balssi@creeca.wisc.edu, 1-608-262-3379.

UPDATE: CREECA was recently informed that, due to a generous grant from the ACLS, intermediate Latvian will be offered for free to grad students in any field of East European studies. This is in addition to a previous ACLS grant that waives the program fee for beginning Estonian for grad students in any field of East European studies. (In both cases, students will be responsible for paying UW-Madison segregated fees.)

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Spring Festival at International House, March 19-21

SPRING FESTIVAL, March 19-21, 2010
International House,1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637
workshops, concert, parties, culture sessions featuring the dance and music of Eastern Europe and Mediterranean

FRIDAY EVE PARTY, 8pm-midnight, dance workshop plus party with Jim Stoyanoff & Orch Chalgija
SATURDAY EVE, 6pm-1am, Dinner, Concert, & Dance Party with artists below ($25/$30/$40)
featuring Chris Bajmakovich & Muzika4U, Ljupčo Milenkovski & Orchestra Legenda,
plus ethnic Bulgarian, Macedonian, Polish, Serbian, etc. dance groups and more…

INFORMATION: 773-324-1247 (24-hours) or 847-331-7842-eves & weekends
balkanske_igre@yahoo.com Balkanske Igre, PO Box 1157, Chicago, IL 60690

For more information, please visit: http://www.macedonian.org/Activities/Chicago%20Spring%20Festival%202010.pdf

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CEERES Event: “The Politics of Democratic Performativity: Poland Before and After 1989,” Elzbieta Matynia, April 27

April 27, 2010 (Tuesday).  Elzbieta Matynia (The New School), “The Politics of Democratic Performativity: Poland Before and After 1989.”  Franke Institute; 5:00 p.m.

Bio:Elzbieta Matynia is a professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies and director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York. Her research in political and cultural sociology focuses on democratic transitions in Eastern Europe and beyond, and more recently on the concept of borderlands in the emerging “shared Europe”. Her recent book ( 2009), Performative Democracy, was published in the Yale Cultural Sociology Series by Paradigm Publishers. It explores a potential in political life that easily escapes theorists: the indigenously inspired enacting of democracy by citizens. Written by one who experienced an emerging public sphere within Communist Poland, the book seeks to identify the conditions for performativity in public life.

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CEERES Event: Zolotoi Plyos – A Concert of Russian Folk Music, April 20

April 20, 2010 (Tuesday).  Zolotoj Plyos to perform at International House (1414 E. 59th Street); 7:00pm

Zolotoi Plyos – A Concert of Russian Folk Music
A talented and prolific trio named Zolotoj Plyos will perform. Zolotoi Plyos consists of three musicians, Alexander Solovov, Elena Sadina, and Sergeui Gratchev, who met at the conservatory in Saratov and who now are students of the Royal Carillon Academy in Mechelen, Belgium. They perform authentic Russian folk music from the villages in costume, both a capella and with instrumental accompaniment on over 20 authentic folk instruments (dutki, treshchetki, lozhki, balalaiki, garmoshki, etc.). The name of the group refers to a stretch on the Volga River. Co-sponsored with the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.
This event is free and open to the public.
7:00 pm, Assembly Hall

Contact: ceeres@uchicago.edu

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CEERES Event: “Reading the Residues: Fortune Telling Cafes in Istanbul,” film screening and lecture, April 15

April 15, 2010 (Thursday).  Coffee Futures and “Reading the Residues: Fortune Telling Cafés in Istanbul” – A Joint Film Screening and Lecture

By Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (University of Michigan) and Zeynep K. Korkman (UC-Santa Barbara).  Film Studies Center, Cobb 307 (5811 S. Ellis Ave); 7:00pm

Coffee Futures and “Reading the Residues: Fortune Telling Cafés in Istanbul” – A Joint Film Screening and Lecture

By Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (University of Michigan) and Zeynep K. Korkman (UC-Santa Barbara)

Speaker: Zeynep Korkman
Director: Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

Korkman’s talk, “Reading the Residues”, focuses on coffee fortune telling as a window to reexamine conventional categories used to understand Turkey’s identity in relation to Europe.

The documentary film, Coffee Futures, weaves individual fortunes with the story of Turkey’s decades long attempts to become a member of the European Union. Promises and predictions made by politicians, both foreign and domestic, are juxtaposed with the rhetorics and practices of everyday coffee fortune telling.

Sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies in conjunction with the Film Studies Center, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Turkish American Cultural Alliance.

This event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. Please call the Film Studies Center to make a reservation at 773.702.8596. If you need assistance accessing the venue, please contact (773) 702-0875 or ceeres@uchicago.edu.

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CEERES Event: “Sociolinguistic Implications of Writing One Language with Two Scripts,” Daniel Bunčić, April 12

April 12, 2010 (Monday).  Daniel Bunčić (University of Tübingen), “Sociolinguistic Implications of Writing One Language with Two Scripts.”  Franke Institute (in the Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th Street); 4:30pm

Paper Abstract: So far linguists have only sporadically reported about a phenomenon variously called digraphia, bigraphism, multiscriptality, multialphabetism etc., where one language is written with two (or more) scripts (or orthographies). Among the most frequently mentioned examples of this are Serbian (which is written in both Cyrillic and Latin letters), Hindi-Urdu (Devanagari and Arabic), Chinese (Hanzi and Pinyin), Japanese (Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana and sometimes Latin letters), older German (blackletter and roman type) and Old Norse (runes and Latin alphabet), but dozens more can be found in the literature. However, at a second glance all these sociolinguistic situations are so different that they can hardly be subsumed under a single cover term. Therefore I will try to offer instruments for a more detailed classification, drawing analogies to such well-known concepts as diglossia, bilingualism and pluricentric languages. The resulting typology will be exemplified, apart from the cases mentioned above, primarily with Slavic material (coming not only from former Yugoslavia but also from Belarus, 18th/19th-century Russia, early modern Poland and Bohemia as well as medieval Novgorod and Bulgaria).

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the Department of Lingusitics, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

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