Monthly Archives: October 2009

Evolutsia: Russian Comedy at Club Mambo, November 21

Come out for a night of  Russian comedy at Club Mambo!



Club Mambo: 3336 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60641

Time: 7pm, November 21

Tickets: $30 until November 7; after November 7, $35; at the door, $40

Tickets can be purchased online at:
Must be age 21 or over.

Following the comedy show, DJs NinaFM, Ranis, and Scorpio will get the party started–free for ticket-holders; otherwise $10.

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Methodology Workshop for Polish Teachers, November 13 or 14


Św. Ferdynanda Polish School, Chicago, 13 XI 2009
3131 N.Mason Ave Chicago, Ill 60634
13.XI.2009 ( Friday) duration : 5:00p.m. – 9:30p.m.  4.5 CPDUS
Registration: 1-773-209-8300

Pope John Paul II Polish School, Chicago, 14 XI 2009
608 Sobieski Rd  Lemont, Ill 60439
14.XI.2009(Saturday) duration: 9:00a.m.- 3:30 p.m   6.5 CPDUS
Registration: 1-630-669-9058

Title of Activity: Methodology workshop for professionals who teach Polish as a Second Language in the USA

Description/Nature of events:
Practical strategies to increase competencies which will help strengthen your students’ reading skills in Polish as a second language. Innovative techniques to incorporate meaningful and engaging classroom lessons to assess and develop reading capililities.

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Balkan Film Screenings on Campus

Angelina Ilieva, lecturer in Balkan and South Slavic Literature, invites interested students to attend the film screenings of her courses. The complete schedule with times and locations is available below:

6 to 9pm, Cobb 107
Thur, Oct 22, Fri Oct 23, Balkanisateur (Greece, 100 min)
Thur Oct 29, Fri Oct 30, Underground (160 min!!)
Tue Nov 10, Wed Nov 11, Before the Rain (113 min)

4:30 to 7:30 Cobb 430 (smaller classroom)
Tue, Oct 20, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (Romania)
Thur, Oct 22, The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Romania)
Tue, Oct 27, 12:08 East of Bucharest (Romania)
Thur, Oct 29 How I Spent the End of the World (Romania)
Tue, Nov 17 Grbavica
Thur Nov 19 Ulysses’ Gaze (Theo Angelopoulos)
Tue Nov 24 Eternity and a Day (Theo Angelopoulos)

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Practice Your Czech! Czech Table at U of C, Wednesdays 3-4:15

The weekly Czech Conversation Table meets in Cobb 215. Please come if you can make it from 3:00-4:15. The structure is drop by and stay as long as you wish, so if you need to leave early or come late, that’s not a problem at all. Meetings should be held weekly at this time throughout the rest of the quarter.

For more information, contact Steven Clancy: sclancy [at]

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Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop: “A Metallurgical Analysis of a Set of Bronze Clothing Pins from the Site of Tell Atchana, Turkey”, by Stephanie Selover, October 29

On October 29, the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop will hear Stephanie Selover (University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) present her paper “A Metallurgical Analysis of a Set of Bronze Clothing Pins from the Site of Tell Atchana, Turkey.”

Time: 5-6:30pm , October 29.

Location: Haskell Hal(5836 S. Greenwood Ave), mezzanine 102

For more information on this and other graduate workshops at the University of Chicago, please visit:

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Alfa Fellowship Program for Young Professionals, Russian Exchange Program, Deadline: December 1

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a high-level professional development exchange program placing qualified young professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, and public policy. The program accepts 10 American citizens and 5 British citizens per year. Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are expanding networks of American, British and Russian professionals, developing greater intercultural understanding, and advancing US/Russian and British/Russian relations.

The program includes language training, seminar programs, and extended professional experience. Fellows receive travel, free housing, monthly stipends, and insurance.
Program Highlights

Drawing upon extensive contacts throughout industry, media, government, and nonprofit institutions in Russia, the Alfa Fellowship Program works together with participants to identify suitable professional assignments at leading Russian institutions in business, media, and civil society. The Alfa Fellowship Program endeavors to secure positions that meet the interests of both the participants and host institutions. Fellows’ progress is closely monitored by the Center for International Fellowships in Moscow.

In addition to individualized professional assignments, the Alfa Fellowship Program includes:

* Four-month Russian language tutoring program in the U.S.
* Four-month intensive Russian language course in Moscow
* Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., with accommodation and roundtrip travel included
* Housing in Moscow for the duration of the program
* Monthly stipend
* Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance
* Moscow seminar program
* Three regional excursions throughout Russia and one in a neighboring country

Application Deadline

December 1, 2009 for the 2010-2011 program year.

For more information, visit:

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National Security Languge Initiative for Youth (High School Students), Deadline: December 4

The US Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester, and academic year international immersion programs. NSLI-Y encourages beginning, intermediate, and advanced language learners with a passion for learning languages, communicating across cultures, and living abroad to apply.

National Security Language Initiative

NSLI -Y is part of a broader government-wide presidential initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogues, support American engagement abroad, and attain better understanding of global cultures and issues. NSLI encourages a lifetime of language study and cultural understanding by supporting K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional language programs for languages that have traditionally not been taught in the United States.
NSLI-Y Programs offer:

* Scholarships to learn Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish
* Unique language immersion programs in China, Egypt, India, Korea, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and other countries around the world
* Alumni networks to continue language and cultural learning
* Springboards to other government sponsored programs to achieve language fluency

NSLI-Y Participants will:

* Begin a lifetime of learning and working with global peoples and cultures
* Participate in language classes, cultural immersion, and community service projects
* Interact with host country friends, families, and communities, in person and through online technologies
* Gain a deeper understanding of their responsibility in an interconnected world
* Continue language study and share cultural awareness and understanding when they return home
* Promote international dialogues and the study of international languages in their home community

For more information, please visit:
For instructions on how to apply, visit:

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Call for Papers: Czech and Slovak Americans, University of Nebraska, Deadline: November 1

The University of Nebraska at Lincoln has issued a call for papers that demonstrate the value of cooperation between the Czech and Slovak Lands  and the Central US, past and present.  For more information, please, go to

For those interested, please submit an abstract of 150-200 words with a brief résumé in a Word document by NOVEMBER 1, 2009. Later submissions will be considered.  ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION is preferred. Use the Center’s e-mail address: < cgps [at] > Please state the contact person, affiliation, address, telephone, and e-mail address in your submission and indicate in the subject line: 2010 Symposium: CZECH & SLOVAK AMERICANS. If sending by standard mail, please send two unfolded copies of the abstract and résumé/curriculum vita. All presenters must register for the symposium through the website or by mail. Persons whose proposals/abstracts are accepted will be expected to submit final papers at the conference. Great Plains Quarterly and Great Plains Research, the Center’s scholarly journals, have the first right to publish papers presented at the symposium.

Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce
Other Languages Section Head
Department of Modern Languages
1133 Oldfather Hall
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
NE 68588-0315

e-mail:  msaskova-pierce1 [at]

Tel:  (402) 472 1336

Fax: (402) 472 0327

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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program, Deadline: January 15, 2010

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program is a competitive program that places 8 to 10 recent university graduates at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC, on a full-time basis for one year with a salary of $35,000.  Junior Fellows provide research assistance on Carnegie Endowment projects.  In 2010-11, those projects will be in the following areas: Democracy/rule of law; Middle East studies; nonproliferation; South Asian studies; energy and climate; Chinese studies; Russian/Eurasian studies; Central Asian studies; and the US role in the world.

Fellows are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. Carnegie Endowment’s nomination deadline is January 15 of each year. Colleges generally set an earlier application deadline. See your school’s Nominating Official to learn more about the college application process.

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Assistant Professor Position, Department of Linguistics, McGill University, Deadline: November 15

Department of Linguistics

McGill University


The Department of Linguistics, McGill University, invites applications for a tenure-track
position at the level of Assistant Professor, effective 1 August 2010. This is a joint appointment
between Linguistics and one of the following departments: German Studies, Hispanic Studies,
Italian Studies, or Russian and Slavic Studies. The successful candidate will be an
experimentalist, working on the acquisition or processing of the syntax (or related
specializations) of German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. Additional assets include a demonstrable
ability to teach courses on topics such as the grammatical structure of the language in question,
the history of the language, dialect variation, bilingualism, etc.

General qualifications: PhD in linguistics and demonstrated excellence in research and teaching
in the area(s) of specialization. Duties will include undergraduate and graduate teaching,
graduate research guidance and administrative responsibilities. Duties will be split equally
between the two departments sharing the joint appointment. Salary: McGill scale. Deadline for applications: 15 November 2009.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent
residents of Canada will be given priority. English is the language of instruction at McGill, but
knowledge of French is an asset.

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications
from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women,
persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others who may contribute to
further diversification.

Applicants should send a letter of introduction, C.V., samples of research, teaching evaluations
and any additional supporting documents to the address below. Three letters of recommendation
should be sent under separate cover.

Prof. Glyne Piggott
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Linguistics
McGill University
1085 ave Docteur-Penfield
Montreal (Que)
Canada H3A 1A7

Email : connie.digiuseppe [at]
Web site :

Shawn Whelan
Administrative Secretary
McGill University
Languages and Literatures Administrative Services
688 Sherbrooke St. W., Suite 0425
Montreal QC  H3A 3R1

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