Monthly Archives: February 2011

“What is Red in Hungary’s 2010 Red Sludge Disaster?”

- The World Beyond the Headlines presents –

“What is Red in Hungary’s 2010 Red Sludge Disaster?”

by Prof. Zsuzsa Gille (Sociology, University of Illinois)

*Please Note the New Time and Location*

Thursday, February 24, 2011
6:30-8:00PM
Social Sciences Building, Rm 122
1126 East 59th Street

This event is free and open to the public.

Register now: http://cis.uchicago.edu/sludge

As Hungary begins its presidency of the European Union, it is still recovering from the October 4 toxic spill that killed ten people and injured more than one hundred. The seven foot wave of red mud that burst from an alumina plant reservoir covered more than fifteen square miles and flooded several villages and towns. All life in the Marcal river, a tributary of the Danube, has been extinguished — fish, birds, insects, and plants. According to government officials, this is Hungary’s worst ecological disaster.

At the next lecture in The World Beyond the Headlines series, sociologist Zsuzsa Gille will place the spill and political reactions to it in context of Hungary’s postsocialist transition and the rise of a peculiar right wing party that is successfully implementing an anti-neoliberal agenda. Gille will describe how some local people make sense of this tragedy, including their views on the toxic brew held in the reservoir, on Roma victims, and on local politics.

Zsuzsa Gille is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her 2008 book, From the Cult of Waste to the Trash Heap of History: The Politics of Waste in Socialist and Postsocialist Hungary, explains changing rationalizations, ideologies, andunintended consequences of industrial waste under state socialism and capitalism in Hungary.

The World Beyond the Headlines series is a project of the University of Chicago Center for International Studies. This event is cosponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies and the Program on the Global Environment.

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“Принято: Russian Language Training at the NASA Johnson Space Center or ‘How I came to Love the FGB’”, Dr. Anthony J. Vanchu, February 28

S l a v i c C o l l o q u i u m

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and
The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies and
The University of Chicago
Present
Принято: Russian Language Training at the NASA Johnson Space Center or, ‘How I Came to Love the FGB’
Anthony J. Vanchu
TECHTRANS INTERNATIONAL, INC .
Director of the NASA Johnson Space Center Language
Education Center, Houston, TX
Monday, February 28
4:30 pm
Foster 103
Reception to follow.
Persons who may require assistance to attend should contact
Tracy L. Davis at slavic-department@uchicago.edu
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Lecture: Teaching Languages Outside the Academy: The Case of Russian at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Dr. Anthony J. Vanchu, March 2

Teaching Languages Outside the Academy:

The Case of Russian at the NASA Johnson Space Center

Dr. Anthony J. Vanchu

TECHTRANS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Director of the NASA Johnson Space Center

Language Education Center, Houston, TX

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

1:30 pm

Cobb 210

Reception to follow from Bobak’s.

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Workshop: Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 5.2 (EMCL-5.2), University of Chicago, Application Deadline March 15

Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 5.2

(EMCL-5.2)

The Integration of Corpus and Experimental Methods

Monday-Saturday, June 13-18, 2011

at the University of Chicago

The Center for the Study of Languages (CSL)
together with
The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES),
at the University of Chicago

present

Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics 5.2 (EMCL-5.2) — Chicago
The Integration of Corpus and Experimental Methods

Monday-Saturday, June 13-18, 2011, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois USA

Website: http://languages.uchicago.edu/emcl5-2

Application Deadline: March 15, 2011
PDF Flier available for download here

Call for Participation

We invite applications to the next workshop on Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics – EMCL 5.2 – to be held at the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL), June 13-18, 2011.

The EMCL workshop series aims to encourage dialogue between language researchers who routinely employ different methodologies. This dialogue is initiated within an environment where novices and specialists combine their skills to develop a research project together. For EMCL 5.2, we will focus on the integration of corpus and experimental methods in language research.

Intended audience: Early career language researchers (i.e., graduate students, postdocs, junior faculty, etc.) grounded in theoretical issues surrounding cognitive linguistics, cognitive science, embodiment, and/or situated cognition. No prior training with corpus or experimental methods is necessary.

Format: Selected students (maximum 8 per group, for a total of 24) will be invited to join one of the 3 hands-on mini-labs at the workshop. Each group will be led by two researchers who will work cooperatively – one specializing in corpus methods, and one in experimental methods. As a group, each mini-lab will walk through the process of deciding on a research question; developing empirically testable hypotheses and designing the means to test those hypotheses; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting the data; and presenting their findings before an audience. The workshop will end with a mini-conference in which each group will have the opportunity to present their study and participate in a general discussion.

Workshop faculty

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Michele Feist
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Research interests: lexical semantics; spatial and motion language; acquisition of semantics; linguistic typology; language and thought
Dagmar Divjak
University of Sheffield
Research interests: lexical semantics, usage-based cognitive linguistics, the role of frequency, corpus methods, grammar-lexis interface, near-synonyms, aspect and modality, language acquisition
Laura Carlson
University of Notre Dame
Research interests: spatial language; spatial reference frames; how we remember and use landmarks; why we get lost
Steven Clancy
University of Chicago
Research interests: cognitive linguistics; case semantics and verbal semantics; grammaticalization; historical linguistics; quantitative methods and corpus methods
Ben Bergen
University of California San Diego
Research interests: lexical and constructional meaning processing; figurative language comprehension; embodiment in models of language use
Mark Davies
Brigham Young University
Research interests: corpus design, creation, and use; historical change (especially syntax); genre-based variation (especially syntax), frequency and collocational data; English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Accommodations

Accommodations are available within easy walking distance of the university; prices range from $60+ per night for a single, or $80+ per night for a double. Further information will be given to accepted participants after notification of acceptance to the workshop.

Participation fee: $300.00

Fees will cover the costs of organization and faculty travel and accommodations and will also cover most meals for participants during the workshop.

Application

To apply, please send the following:
1. A letter of application, maximum of two pages, describing
a. Your background and research interests
b. Your reasons for wanting to participate in EMCL 5.2
c. The research group you would like to work in and why
2. A copy of your curriculum vitae.

Send these materials to emcl5.2.chicago@gmail.com.
The application deadline is 15 March 2011. Accepted applicants will be notified on or before 1 May 2011.

**Please note: Participation is strictly limited to accepted applicants so as to preserve the pedagogical integrity of the workshop atmosphere.

* * *
We thank the following organizations for their generous support of EMCL 5.2

The Center for the Study of Languages
The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES)

EMCL 5.2 Organizing Committee:

Michele I. Feist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Steven Clancy, University of Chicago

*Further Information*

Please contact Michele Feist <feist@louisiana.edu> or Steven Clancy <sclancy@uchicago.edu> if you have any questions or would like to receive further information about this workshop. A PDF flier is available for download here.

* EMCL-5.2 Fees *

The EMCL-5.2 participation fee is $300.00. Fees will cover the costs of organization and faculty travel and accommodations and will also cover most meals for participants during the workshop.

Meals and coffee breaks included in registration fees:

  • Monday: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Breaks, Dinner
  • Tuesday: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Breaks
  • Wednesday: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Breaks, Dinner
  • Thursday: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Breaks
  • Friday: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee Breaks, Dinner
  • Saturday: Breakfast, Coffee Breaks

NOTE: Participants will be on their own for dinner on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Payment will be due after you have been notified of acceptance to the workshop. Please make checks payable to: The University of Chicago. Payments via credit/debit card cannot be accepted. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by e-mail.  If you have any questions about your application, please contact: Steven Clancy <sclancy@uchicago.edu>.

Please send checks for participation fees to:

Steven Clancy
Center for the Study of Languages
University of Chicago
1130 E. 59th St., Foster 406
Chicago, IL 60637

TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATIONS

GETTING THERE AND PARKING
The University of Chicago campus is located in Hyde Park south of downtown Chicago (map of Hyde Park). The Center for the Study of Languages can be found off the main quad of campus (map) between 57th and 59th Streets along Ellis Avenue.

Driving: Campus is accessible from the 57th Street exit off of Lake Shore Drive, or coming from I-90/94 at the Garfield Blvd exit.

Transit: The Garfield stops of the Red and Green line “L” trains, to the 55, x55 or 174 buses. Many buses run from downtown: 2, 4, 6, 173. The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) website features a trip planner.

The Metra train leaves from the station at the intersection of Randolph and Michigan Avenues or Van Buren Street and Michigan Avenue. The train takes about 20 minutes to get to the 55th-56th-57th Street stop. Schedules can be found here. From the station stop, it is about a 15 minute walk to campus.

Taxi: Expect an average taxi ride from downtown to campus to cost approximately 25 dollars. Ride sharing is allowed in Chicago taxis.

Parking is permitted along most streets around The University of Chicago and Hyde Park. It is suggested that you leave extra time to park and walk depending on availability of parking spaces. There are parking lots in a few places as well. University of Chicago parking information is available here.

LODGING
The workshop has secured a block of 9 single dorm-style rooms and 1 shared room in McCormick Seminary Guest Housing ($60 per night for a single room; $90 per night for a double room). The address is 1400 E. 57th St. and phone is (773) 947-2950. Please refer to the “Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics Workshop” when you make your reservation. Other options include dorm/hostel-style rooms at the International House. Both of these locations are within easy walking distance of the university. Participants are encouraged to make reservations promptly after notification of acceptance to the workshop.

If you would prefer to stay in Downton Chicago, you may find information on Downtown/Loop hotels that offer University of Chicago visitor discounts here andhere. There are also a limited number of Bed and Breakfasts in Hyde Park (COMING SOON). Information about other area accommodations may be found here (COMING SOON).

QUESTIONS?
Contact the conference organizers:

Steven Clancy
Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois USA

Michele I. Feist
Institute of Cognitive Science
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana USA

CONFERENCE WEBSITE
http://languages.uchicago.edu/emcl5-2

Last updated: 1 February 2011

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Lecture: “Islamist Movements across the Globe: Re-Examining Vocabularies in the Public Sphere,” Ahmed Rashid and Prof. Ebrahim E.I. Moosa, March 15

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 • 6:00-7:30 PM

Islamist Movements across the Globe:
Re-Examining Vocabularies in the Public Sphere

Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

This event is free and open to the public. Register below.

Parking nearby:
  • Equitable Building Parking
    401 N. Michigan Ave. @ Lower Level
  • 201 East Illinois
    Northeast Corner of Cityfront Plaza Dr. and Illinois
  • NBC Tower Parking
    455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive

The World Beyond the Headlines series is a project of the University of Chicago Center for International Studies

Over the last decade, public discussion of Islam and Islamist movements has been framed largely by the vocabulary of US counter-terrorism strategies and US foreign policy goals often repeated by journalists who cover the Middle East and Central and South Asia. This vocabulary ignores the idiosyncrasies of local forms of government, political counter-narratives, and religious contexts, and in turn undermines the efforts of Western policymakers and journalists to write about and analyze political actors throughout the Islamic world.

In this The World Beyond the Headlines event, journalist Ahmed Rashid and professor Ebrahim Moosa will challenge the constraints imposed on contemporary public discourse. Following up on his critically acclaimed book, Descent into Chaos, journalist Ahmed Rashid will examine recent political developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan, while professor Ebrahim Moosa will explore the South Asian madrasa and consider how this important educational institution continues to shape the social and political future of the region.

Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore. He was the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, for 22 years until the magazine was recently closed down. He presently writes for the Daily Telegraph, London, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Review of Books, BBC Online, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and academic and foreign affairs journals. He appears regularly on international TV and radio such as CNN and BBC World Service. He is the author of three books, including the best sellers Taliban and most recentlyJihad.

Ebrahim E.I. Moosa is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion at Duke University. His interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology. Professor Moosa is the author of Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination, winner of the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book in the History of Religions and editor of the last manuscript of the late Professor Fazlur Rahman, Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2005 to pursue research on the madrasas, Islamic seminaries of South Asia.

Part of The World Beyond the Headlines series. Cosponsored by the South Asia Language and Area Center, the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.

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Course: Language of Power: Court Culture in Early Modern Europe and Russia, Kirill Ospovat, Spring Quarter

A new course is offered:

RUSS 24501/34501. Kirill Ospovat
4:30 – 5:50 PM on MW

Language of Power: Court Culture in Early Modern Europe and Russia

Crossing the disciplinary boundaries between social, political, cultural and literary history, as well as the symbolic divide between Russia and Western Europe, the course will explore early modern royal courts as crucial institutions of European culture. Rulers and the elites relied on symbolic resources of literature, philosophy and the arts to secure their growing political authority and broadcast values underpinning the existing social order. From the Renaissance on royal courts increasingly merged into a single pan-European sociocultural paradigm, which over centuries framed the political effort of rulers as remote as Louis XIV, King of France, and Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia, as well as creative work of artists, composers and writers as important as Rubens, Molière, Mozart, Goethe, and Derzhavin.

Absolutist social values and the modes of their cultural
(re)production at the courts of early modern Europe and Russia will be examined drawing on historical sources as well works of art, philosophy and science, but primarily concentrating on literature. Texts in English.

Cross-listing: HIST 23811/33811,GRMN 24511/34511,CMLT 24502/34502

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Film: “36 Immortals,” Armenian Circle, March 1

Armenian Circle will feature

“36 Immortals”

A short documentary on the History of the Armenian alphabet by Hrachya Vardanyan (in English and Armenian)

All are welcome. We will also have some refreshments!

Sincerely,

Dr. Hripsime Haroutunian
Lecturer in Armenian Studies
Dept of Near Eastern Lang. & Civilizations
University of Chicago

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“The Byzantine Heritage of the Republic of Macedonia and its Preservation,” Pance Velkov, Cochrane-Woods Art Center, March 1

March 1- Pance Velkov, Professor at the Ecole centrale de Paris and President of the Makedonida Foundation for heritage conservation and education:  “The Byzantine Heritage of the Republic of Macedonia and its Preservation”

All presentations are on Tuesdays at 4:30p.m. in the Cochrane-Woods Art Center (5540 S Greenwood), Room 156, unless otherwise noted.

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Workshop on Greek Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, March 4

Midwest Consortium on Greek Linguistics – Inaugural Meeting
Friday March 4, 2011
University of Chicago, Department of Linguistics

Program

Morning sessions: To be held at the Linguistics Lounge, Dept. of Linguistics

9:00-9:30
Nikos Vergis (UIUC): The rhetorics of shame: Language, women and stereotypes

9:30-10:00
Marina Terkourafi (UIUC): On the intonation/pragmatics interface: a prohibitive construction in Cypriot Greek

Break: 10-10:30

10:30-11:00
Anastasia Giannakidou (U Chicago), Despoina Papadopoulou (U Thessaloniki), and Melita Stavrou (U Thessaloniki): scope and epistemic judgment: evidence form Greek indefinites

11:00-11:30
Jason Merchant (U Chicago): A new argument for LF-copy? Evidence from ellipsis in the Greek NP

Lunch break: 11:30-1:00

Afternoon sessions: Harper 130

1:00-2:00
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Ioanna Sitaridou (U Cambridge): The Last Greek Infinitive — Continuity, Contact, and Change in the Greek varieties of Pontus

2:00-2:30
Christopher Brown (OSU) and Brian D. Joseph (OSU): Greek of Southern Albania — Preliminary Observations

Break: 2:30-3:00

3:00-3:30
Eleni Staraki (U Chicago): Greek modals interacting with tense and aspect

3:30-4:00
Katerina Chatzopoulou (U Chicago): Negation selection in Ancient Greek: the latest news

4:00-4:30
Anastasia Smirnova (OSU): Linguistic encoding of motion events in Greek in comparison to other Balkan languages

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Coffee Conversations: Education Reform in Ukraine, WorldChicago, February 23

Coffee Conversations: Education Reform in Ukraine
Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 8:30-9:30am
WorldChicago, 72 E. Randolph Street, 2nd floor, Chicago

Throughout the past decade, Ukraine has been introducing a number of reforms in standardized evaluation of education, primarily focusing on secondary school education. Come learn about education reform in Ukraine from 10 expert Ukrainian Education Officials.  This delegation will be in Chicago for 3 weeks taking part in a USAID Community Connections program with the professional focus on education quality assessment and staying in homes with Chicago families.  What can we learn from each other?

Continental breakfast provided.

Registration: Contact Lexy Sobel at (312) 254-1800 x102 or Lsobel@worldchicago.org .

Cost: Free for WorldChicago members but you must register in advance by email to lsobel@worldchicago.org or by calling Lexy Sobel at 312-254-1800 x102

Non-members, $10

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