Monthly Archives: October 2009

Human Rights Workshop, “Ottoman Barbarities, Greek Rights and the Orientalist Imaginary of Liberalism,” November 19

Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud, PhD Student, Department of Comparative Literature, “Ottoman Barbarities, Greek Rights and the Orientalist Imaginary of Liberalism.”   4:30 – 6:00 pm, Haskell (5836 S. Greenwood Ave) 315.

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Comparative Human Development Workshop, “Psychological Approaches to the Study of Personal Accounts: The Holocaust (Shoah) Memoirs of Elie Weisel and Leon Weliczker Wells,” November 3

The Comparative Human Development Workshop

Bertram J. Cohler
Department of Comparative Human Development
The University of Chicago

“Psychological Approaches to the Study of Personal Accounts: The Holocaust (Shoah) Memoirs of Elie Weisel and Leon Weliczker Wells”
Tuesday, November 3, Noon – 1:20pm
Location: Henry Hinds Laboratory 101 (Map)

A paper is available on the Workshop’s web site HERE.

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Upcoming Events at the Ukrainian National Musuem


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Study Estonian, Russian at New Language Program in Tallinn, Deadline: December 1

Tallinn University has launched a new intiative: the Tallinn Winter School

In January 2010, Tallinn Winter School will offer five courses: Estonian-, Russian-, and English intensive language courses, plus workshops in painting and filmmaking. The language of instruction is English and all courses last three weeks (except the one-week painting course). Studies will be supplemented by a program of cultural and social events which will take participants around Estonia, visiting Lahemaa in North of Estonia and Otepää, winter capital in South of Estonia. The registration deadline is December 1.

Further information about Tallinn Winter School can be found on our webpage:
Enquiries should be addressed to birgit.kirsimagi [at]

TWS poster

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Liudas Mockunas Quartet at the Umbrella Music Festival, November 5

The Liudas Mockunas Quartet from Lithuania will be performing as part of the Umbrella Music Festival: European Jazz Meets Chicago.

Liudas Mockunas Quartet – Lithuania
6pm, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Liudas Mockunas is among the most remarkable Lithuanian jazzmen of the younger generation, an exponent of modern jazz and free avantgarde. In his music he erases boundaries between jazz and contemporary academic music. Fascinated by the origins of sound and possibilities of the overtones, he has developed an original reed performance style, saturated with multiphonics technique.

Admission is free.
Location: Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street; phone: 312-744-6630)
For more information about the festival, performers, and venues, visit:

A special preview featuring all the bands will be made available at The Hideout (1354 W Wabansia Ave; phone: 773-227-4433) on November 4 beginning at 10pm for an $8 cover fee.

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2010-2011 Collaborative Research Grants in the Humanities for Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Deadline: February 15, 2010

Applications are now available for the 2010-2011 Collaborative Research
Grants in the Humanities.

Application deadline: February 15, 2010.

The Collaborative Research Grants in the Humanities program provides support
of up to $50,400 for U.S. scholars conducting humanities research in any
country of Eurasia and Eastern Europe. (See list of eligible countries
below.) This is a program of American Councils for International Education:
ACTR/ACCELS in cooperation with The National Council for Eurasian and East
European Research (NCEEER) supported by the National Endowment for the

Countries Eligible for Research: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia &
Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary,
Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova,
Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, Ukraine.

A wide range of humanities topics are eligible for support; however, all
projects must involve at least one collaborator from the region and
field-based research in the region itself. In addition, applicants must hold
a Ph.D. or other terminal degree and have a working knowledge of one or more
of the languages of East-Central Europe or Eurasia, or be able to
demonstrate that such language proficiency is not critical for the
successful completion of their particular projects. Applications with a
strong regional focus and the potential to strengthen academic linkages
beyond the traditional centers are particularly encouraged.

Eligible Fields of Research:

The 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act states: “The
term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the
following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature;
history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion;
ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; aspects of social
sciences which have a humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and
the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with
particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and
history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of
national life.” Scholars conducting research that falls under this
definition are eligible for support from the Collaborative Research Grants
in the Humanities program.

The NEH does not fund any creative or performing arts such as the writing of
fiction or poetry, painting, sculpting, composing or performing music,
acting, directing, and dance. Critical, historical, and theoretical studies
of the arts, however, are eligible for NEH support.


February 15th, 2010: Programs must begin between June 2010 and May 2011 and
be completed by August 31st, 2011. Applicants must plan to spend a minimum
of four consecutive months carrying out their research (maximum of twelve
consecutive months), of which at least two consecutive months must be spent
conducting research in the field.

For more information and an application, please contact:

Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 833-7522


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Russian Language and Culture Program at the Russian Language Institute, Moscow


Moscow has a unique variety of options to offer to students interested in
science, humanities, culture, arts, politics and religion. The program,
which can be taken either in the fall or spring semesters, or as a summer
study away, appeals specifically to students keen on the Russian literature,
theater, music, icons, as well as those who wish to concentrate on language
study, history, or social issues. Structured with extreme flexibility, the
program exposes students to the Russian language, culture, history, art,
folklore, and social life through an intensive Russian course available at
all levels, folklore expeditions available on request (summer and winter),
as well as through individual seminars on a variety of topics, individually
tailored internships in charity, education, or human rights, and a choice of
apprenticeships ranging from church bell-ringing and icon-painting to
theatrical scenery-making.

Students take an intensive course of Russian appropriate to their level and
incorporating four components – Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Speech
The students can choose one individual research seminar from a curriculum
spanning humanities, history, and politics, or apply for a course in
literature, folklore or linguistics specifically tailored to their
particular area of interest (for a full list of courses, please see the
program site):
– Russian literature of the XIX century
– Russian literature of the XX century
– From Perestroika to the Modern Russia
– Contemporary folklore of different ethnicities in Russia
– Russian through the Mirror of Contemporary Language and Folklore
The students can enroll in any of the available apprenticeships:
– Icon painting
– Church choral singing
– Music
– Theater (acting, singing, dance, workshops) – available in the summer
The students can opt for a folklore expedition (available in July and
– Expedition – study of folklore, ethnography, social issues, rituals

The students can take a free non-credited internship at a children’s
hospital or a human rights organization


Upon completion of the program the students receive certificates from the
Russian Language Institute, and (if applicable) from the theater “School of
Dramatic Art”.


Students must be at least 18 years old to apply. The application materials,
outlined below, must be received by e-mail no later than November 31 for
Spring program, no later than March 31 for Summer program, no later than
June 31 for Fall program
– an application form (available on request)
– a statement describing interest in the program, relevant course work
(Russian language knowledge is not a prerequisite for some study options)
and the program options to be pursued (individual seminar, apprenticeship,

The cost of the program is calculated individually based on the options that
students select and on the length of their stay. For costs, please refer to
Valentina Apresjan at valentina.apresjan [at]


While in Moscow, students are housed in conveniently located home stays with
Russian families. Students are provided with their own bedroom in an
apartment they share with their hosts. They have free access to bathrooms,
kitchen facilities and laundry washers. Some apartments have access to
wireless internet for a small additional fee. Meals are not included.

For additional information, please contact Valentina Apresjan, Russian
Language Institute, at valentina.apresjan [at] Please also see Russian
Language Institute site at, and the Program site at

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Global Youth Connect, Summer 2010 International Human Rights Delegation to Bosnia, Deadline: January 10

Global Youth Connect Human Rights Delegation to Bosnia — June 23 – July 13, 2010

Global Youth Connect, an international human rights organization, is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications from young leaders (ages 18-30) for our Summer 2010 international  human rights delegation to Bosnia.

GYC’s human rights delegations are a unique, first-hand opportunity to cross cultural boundaries and learn about the daily reality of human rights as experienced in a complex and increasingly globalized world.  Each delegation weaves together three core sets of activities: a human rights training workshop with local youth activists, site visits to local organizations, and hands-on fieldwork projects.

This delegation to Bosnia will explore the roots of the conflict and the dynamics of justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding as experienced in Bosnia fifteen years after the major conflict in Europe ended with the Dayton Peace Accords.  Participants will gain experience in conflict resolution and transformation and deepen their understanding of the post-conflict challenges faced by Bosnians today, especially youth.  Participants will have an opportunity to meet with Bosnian NGOs working on issues of human rights, community development, youth empowerment, and conflict resolution.  The program will also include a workshop with Bosnian youth and the opportunity to work hands-on with several local organizations to assist them in their daily activities. For more information, see below, and please contact Miki Jacevic, Bosnia program director at with any questions.
Program Tuition:  $2,500

Application Deadline:      January 10, 2010 with rolling admissions until December 20 for up to half of the delegation.

How to Apply: Visit www. and Download an application at  www.globalyouthconnect. org/ Bosnia June 2010 Application.doc

We invite interested young leaders to apply.  We are looking for participants who are between the ages of 18-30 and who possess U.S. citizenship or residency as well as international students studying full-time at a U.S. college or university.  Most importantly, applicants should wish to expand their knowledge and understanding of human rights and social justice.  Participants will become part of a growing global movement of youth acting together for compassion, human rights and responsibility.

For detailed information on program activities, costs, fundraising/financial aid, and application information, please visit:www.globalyouthconnect. org/ Bosnia June 2010 Application.doc

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs: “The Legacy of 1989,” November 2


Archie Brown, Emeritus Professor of Politics, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University
J.D. Bindenagel, Vice President for Community, Government, and International Affairs, DePaul University
Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Associate Professor of International Security Studies, United States Military Academy
Moderated by Martha Merritt, Associate Dean of the College, University of Chicago

The fall of the Berlin Wall twenty years ago sent shock waves around the globe. The ensuing rapid power shift resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union, gave rise to new democracies in Eastern Europe, and helped end the Cold War superpower conflict that had governed international relations for nearly half a century. Join us for a conversation about how current leaders in the affected regions view the world in the aftermath of the extraordinary events of 1989, as well as a discussion on what lessons of the legacy of 1989 might offer to current policymakers.

Archie Brown is an emeritus professor of politics at Oxford University and an emeritus fellow of St. Antony’s College. An expert on the Gorbachev era and on the evolution of Communism worldwide, his latest book, The Rise and Fall of Communism, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

J.D. Bindenagel is the vice president for community, government, and international affairs at DePaul University. At the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, he was U.S. deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, East Germany, and helped negotiate the reunification of Germany.

Kori Shake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and an associate professor of international security studies at the United States Military Academy. An expert on U.S. national security and European politics, she was senior policy adviser to the McCain-Palin campaign during the 2008 presidential election, responsible for policy development and outreach in the areas of foreign and defense policy.

Martha Merritt (moderator) is a specialist on the Soviet Union and contemporary Russia and Estonia. She was on the faculty at the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Notre Dame before joining the University of Chicago in 2006.

This program is supported by


The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60605
Business Attire Required

5:30 p.m. Cash bar reception
6:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
7:15 p.m. Program adjournment and book signing

Young Professional Members $10
Members $20
Nonmembers $30
President’s Circle, Corporate Members, and Student Members complimentary

Register Now

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Slavic Colloquium: “The Brothers Karamazov in the 21st Century,” November 2

McReynolds Poster

Time: 4:30pm, November 2
Location: Foster 103 (1130 E. 59th Street)
Reception to follow.

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