Monthly Archives: May 2010

Lecturer in Russian Language, Literature and Culture, University of Pennsylvania

Lecturer in Russian Language, Literature and Culture

University of Pennsylvania
Slavic Languages and Literatures,
Williams Hall,
University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305.

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures invites applications for a one-year Lecturer position for 2010-2011 (subject to funding). This position will be responsible to teach five courses per year in Russian language, including a content-based class in Russian literature and culture. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching Russian language at all levels, native or near-native Russian and English, and a Ph.D. in Russian
Language or Literature (ABDs will be considered). Applicants should apply
online <facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=50787>
and submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for a minimum of three individuals who will provide a recommendation letter. Review of applications will begin June 1, but we will accept applications until the position is filled.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or
(215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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Slavic Colloquium: “Areas of Deformation: Dziga Vertov, Boris Pil’niak and the Archaeology of Soviet Modernism,” Michael Kunichika, May 24

“Areas of Deformation: Dziga Vertov, Boris Pil’niak and the Archaeology of Soviet Modernism”

By Michael Kunichika (NYU)

Time: 4:30pm, Monday, May 24.

Location: Foster 305 (1130 E. 59th Street)

Reception to follow.

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“Who are the Rusyn?” A Talk by Carpatho-Rusyn Society President John Righetti, June 12

John Righetti, national president of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society will speak at the next meeting of the Lake Michigan Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 12, at St. Peter & St. Paul Orthodox Church, at the northwest corner of County Line Road and Carriage Way, in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

Righetti’s informative and entertaining presentation “Who Are the Rusyns?” describes our people in an easy-to-understand way. John is a valuable resource for any questions you may have on Carpatho-Rusyn culture and customs.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to defray costs.

How to get to Sts. Peter & Paul from the North: Take I-294 south to I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) south and exit at County Line Rd north (exit 276B). Turn left at the first traffic light (Carriage Way).

From the South: Take I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) north to I-55 towards. Merge on I-55 south. Exit at County Line Rd north (exit 276B). Turn left at the first traffic light (Carriage Way).

From the West: Take I-55 east and exit at County Line Rd north (exit 276B). Turn left at the first traffic light (Carriage Way).

From the East / Northeast (Chicago): Take 90/94 (Kennedy / Dan Ryan Expressway) south to I-55 south and exit at County Line Rd north (exit 276B). Turn left at the first traffic light (Carriage Way).

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Fulbright Scholar Program for Faculty and Professionals (Russia), Deadline: August 2

The Fulbright Scholar Program for Faculty and Professionals offers a variety of opportunities for both area and non-area specialists to lecture, conduct research, or carry out both activities in the Russian Federation for academic year 2011-12. The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program offers the All-Disciplines award #1326 for scholars in a broad range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, as well as professionals in such fields as law, public administration, conflict resolution, journalism, library science, and education and sciences. Scholars may conduct research independently or in collaboration with Russian colleagues and/or teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Research projects will require a level of Russian language proportional to the scope of the project; teaching assignments are in English. These awards will be 3 months in length with the possibility for up to 9 months.

The application deadline for 2011-12 is August 2, 2010. For general information about application requirements visit the CIES Web site at www.cies.org. For the traditional program, visit http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/.

Contact: Michael Worley (mworley@iie.org) or Jean McPeek (jmcpeek@iie.org)

For more information on this and other fellowships, please visit www.iie.org/cies.

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“Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: How To Make a Paradise”: Work in Progress Talk with Amei Wallach, May 20

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: How To Make a Paradise:
Work in Progress Talk with Amei Wallach
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Thursday, May 20, 7pm

Amei Wallach, writer, critic, filmmaker, is in the throes of international film production. In her latest work, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: How To Make a Paradise, the most famous Russian artists in the world return to Moscow for their first ever exhibitions in their hometown, a citywide event that unleashes a lifetime of fears and memories from the Soviet past and the rootless immigrant present.
“The Kabakovs invited us to film them as they undertook the gargantuan task of installing what became six installations in five venues across Moscow,” explains Wallach, “ This became the organizing structure of our film portrait of the artists and their times.” Through archival footage, beautifully shot artworks, interviews with the Kabakovs and their friends, the film encompasses the sweep of Soviet history and the intimacy of the artist singing alone in the dark.
With work- in-progress footage, Wallach and her subjects, the Kabakovs, will walk us through the process of their collaborative documentary production, from the director-subject relationship to production planning, the challenges of fundraising, and distribution for independent film.
This event, produced in conjunction with Artspeaks, grants rare access to a filmmaker deeply engaged in the process of production and the creative conversation taking place between three fellow artists and thinkers.
Amei Wallach is the director of critically acclaimed documentary on sculptor Louise Bourgeois, The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine. In 1987, she journeyed to the Soviet Union to produce a five-part series on the effects of perestroika on the arts. In 1995, she published the first artistic biography of the artist, Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away (New York: Abrams). Her articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Smithsonian, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Architectural Digest, Art in America and ARTnews. She was chief art critic for New York Newsday and on-air arts commentator for the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour. She has written or contributed to 11 books. She won a 2006 Best Show award from the International Art Critics Association/USA for her exhibition Neo-Sincerity: The Difference Between the Comic and the Cosmic Is a Single Letter.


Film Studies Center
Cobb Hall 307-310
5811 S. Ellis Ave.
773.702.8596
filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu

All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited – please call ahead for a reservation.

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“A Serbian Story,” Concert of Serbian dance, music, and song by 80 member Openlac, May 23

A Serbian Story
Concert of Serbian dance, music, and song by the 80 member SCA Oplenac of Toronto with guest soloists from the Serbian National Folk Ensemble “Kolo” of Belgrade, Serbia, May 23, 7pm, at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park

Come experience the most beautiful past, a present and future!

Travel through beautiful and inspirational moments while childhood memories of young Serbian bride, tales told, songs and dances from the past come alive on the stage! On this magical journey through tradition you will end up at the wedding and party afterwards in a big explosion of energy and emotions in the form of a dance!

An experience you will love, enjoy and remember!

Original posting: http://www.harristheaterchicago.org/calendar/performance?id=2689&mos=7

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Screening of Georgian film “Brigands: Chapter VII” (Otar Iosseliani), May 20

Brigands: Chapter VII

A film by Otar Iosseliani

An excerpt from a New York Times Review:

In a little more than two hours, ”Brigands” moves from the streets of a city in the midst of civil war where rooftop snipers render God-like judgment on the innocents below to an ancient kingdom where a bellicose ruler locks his wife into chastity armor before leaving for war. The film spends time in the heyday of Communism, when a policeman allows his schoolboy son to witness workaday torture, and in today’s Paris, where wealthy arms dealers gamble, drink and consort with women of easy virtue.

In the civil war sequences, Mr. Iosseliani brings out the hopelessness of daily life conducted in the midst of arbitrary death. In the ancient kingdom, where the king’s wife is given a key to the chastity armor the moment he rides off, bedroom comedy mingles with lethal revenge.

Full review here.

The total run time is a little over two hours. Refreshments will be served.

Time: 5-7pm, Thursday, May 20.
Location: Cobb 218 (5811 S. Ellis Avenue)

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Translating Vilnius – Elizabeth Novickas & Laimonas Briedis, 57th St. Books, May 25

Translating Vilnius

Elizabeth Novickas & Laimonas Briedis


The city of Vilnius — Chicago’s sister-city — embraces history with many voices: known in Yiddish as Vilne, in Polish as Wilno, in Russian as Vilna, and in German as Wilna, the capital of Lithuania possesses a polyphony of national identities and cultural resonances. No single history or language can embrace this multitude of identities, for each name resonates with different experiences, memories, and expectations of Europe. As such, the city both unites and divides the continent, making it a point of many departures and arrivals. Writing Vilnius, then, is always about narrative crossings, real or imagined trespasses into foreign territories and unknown worlds. As a result, Vilnius’s literature is first and foremost an act of translation, an exploration of the place from a novel point of view.

Laimonas Briedis, author of Vilnius: City of Strangers, and Elizabeth Novickas, translator of Ričardas Gavelis’ Vilnius Poker, discuss the challenges, pleasures, and discoveries of translating the story of Vilnius.

Click here to read more.

Where & When
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Tuesday, May 25th
6.00pm

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Slavic Colloquium: “Evgenii Cherviakov and the Poetics of Early Soviet Cinema,” Petr Bagrov, May 18

Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies

“Evgenii Cherviakov and the Poetics of Early Soviet Cinema,” by Petr Bagrov

Time: 4:30pm, Tuesday, May 18.
Location: Cobb 310 (5811 S. Ellis Avenue)

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Slavic Colloquium: “Schulz avec Benjamin: the Mythical versus the Messianic,” Adam Lipszyc, May 17

Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Jewish Studies

“Schulz avec Benjamin: the Mythical versus the Messianic,” by Adam Lipszyc (Warsaw University)

Time: 4:30pm, Monday, May 17
Location: Foster 103 (1130 E. 59th Street)

Reception to follow.

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