Monthly Archives: October 2009

Concerts of Slovak Legends

Slovak Social Club Chicago presents:
Concerts of Slovak Legends
“Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution”
Featuring Bez Ladu A Skladu and Robo Grigorov

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9 November, 2009 @8 pm
Klas Restaurant
5734 W Cermak Rd

Bez Ladu A Skladu Poster

Bez Ladu A Skladu Poster


22 November, 2009 @ 6pm
Martini Club
3124 N. Central Ave

Poster Robo Grigorov

Poster Robo Grigorov

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Call for Papers: Workshop at the 43rd Annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea, Deadline: November 7

Workshop at the 43rd annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea, Vilnius, Lithuania

Peter Arkadiev (Institute of Slavic Studies, Moscow)
Jurgis Pakerys (University of Vilnius)
Contact emails: baltistica.inslav [at], Jurgis.Pakery [at]

Confirmed keynote speaker: Nicole Nau (University of Poznań)

The languages of the Baltic area have been subject to areal-typological research for quite a long time, especially during the last several decades. The current workshop aims at focusing specifically on the Baltic language group (Lithuanian, Latvian, Latgalian and their dialects), which has been up to now underrepresented in the general linguistic and typological discourse. The topics which we hope the workshop will cover include, but are not limited to, the following:

– contact-induced phenomena at different levels of language structure (phonology, morphosyntax, grammatical categories, semantics, and lexicon);
– the interplay between inherited and contact-induced features in the structure of Baltic languages;
– typological divergencies between different Baltic varieties due to areal influences of other languages (Slavic, Germanic, Finnic);
– the role of the Baltic data for the more general issues of areal linguistics, language typology, and linguistic theory.

The workshop proposal (including the preliminary list of participants and the topics of their presentations) must be submitted to the SLE organizers no later than November 15, 2009, so we ask the future participants to send us the provisional titles of their presentations with a brief description by November 7. The abstracts should be submitted by the end of December. Please, send your proposals to both addresses indicated above.

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Trip to St. Petersburg, May 15-23, College of DuPage

Journey to St. Petersburg, Russia and visit the city that Peter the Great founded in 1703 as his “Window to the West.”  Explore the richness of Russian history by touring historical sites, museums, area palaces and nearby Novgorod.

The itinerary will include tours of Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, Church on the Spilled Blood, a Russian cultural event, and much more. (The specific itinerary is still being finalized).  Travelers will stay in the Hotel St. Petersburg (a three-star hotel) on the picturesque Neva River.

The fee for this trip/class is $3450 that includes airfare, hotel accommodations (double room, single extra), visa service, some meals, most entrance fees, and ground transportation (in Russia).  Tuition is extra for one 3-semester hour class.  Approximately five class meetings will be held during spring term – date and time TBD.

Dr. Ben Whisenhunt, Professor of History at College of DuPage, will lead this trip/class to Russia.  He holds a Ph.D. in Russian history, has taught Russian history often, has published three books on Russian history, led a tour to Russia for COD in 2008, and has been to Russia four times.  For information about the trip/class, please contact Ben Whisenhunt at 630-942-3144 or whisen [at]  For information about the registration process, please contact the Field and Interdisciplinary Office at 630-942-2356.

Note:  This trip/class will only be visiting St. Petersburg, area palaces and Novgorod.  It will not be going to Moscow.

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New International PhD Program offered at European/Eastern European Universities

The University of Bologna together with the University of Graz, The New Bulgarian University of Sofia and the University of Primorska are launching a new International PhD Programme in “Diversity Management and Governance” leading to a Joint Degree.

The Programme in a nutshell

The three-year English-taught Programme offers specialized interdisciplinary and comparative academic training in the study of various forms of diversity, be it ethnic, cultural, linguistic, regional, religious, social or sexual orientation, and its management. Conflict prevention and management theories, reconstruction and reconciliation of divided societies after violent conflicts and political tensions, integration policies and the establishment of good governance throughout Europe are in focus in this Joint PhD Programme.
To ensure the students’ highest mobility the Programme requires that PhD Candidates spend at least two semesters in one of the partner universities.

Scholarships & Grants

The Programme offers at least two study grants of about 13.600,00 € per year to students applying at the University of Bologna. Moreover, the University of Bologna guarantees enrollment to two students selected among applicants holding a scholarship from their home government, the Italian one or other Institutions. More grants will be made available for students from the South-East of Europe within the framework of the community Programme entitled Erasmus Mundus External Windows, coordinated by the University of Graz, whose deadline is 29th  October 2009. For details, see the web page in English on:            

How to Apply

Interested students could apply for enrollment in the university of their choice among the four partner universities; if the application is successful the doctoral student must enroll in the university chosen for the application.
Beside the completed application form (to be expected by mid-October), interested students must submit the following documents:

  1. Research project structured with background, research presentation, methodology, expected results
  2. CV in English
  3. Diploma/Degree Certificate (plus English translation)
  4. Proof of knowledge of English (TOEFL or equivalent, diploma from a UK or US university etc.)
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Transcript of university records (plus English translation)

Further Information

A website fully devoted to the PhD Programme will be soon available on line.
For the time being, interested applicants could find other information at under the sections: activities/education/trainings.
Additional information might be requested to Ms Dessislava Krasteva (

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Director of Russian Language Instruction, Indiana University, Deadline: November 30

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Indiana University, Bloomington, invites applications for a Director of Russian Language Instruction, to begin Fall 2010. The opening is envisioned as a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, but all prospective candidates (including tenured faculty) are encouraged to contact the search committee. We seek an energetic, imaginative, and flexible individual, with knowledge and experience in curricular design and innovation, who can work well in a dynamic department with a group of Russian language instructors. The successful candidate will have full administrative responsibility for coordinating the Russian language program during the academic year, to include oversight and integration of the five years of instruction currently offered, supervision of multi-section language courses, assistance with teaching assignments, management of certain extracurricular activities, and close coordination of programs with the Director of the Summer Slavic Workshop. Anticipated teaching load is three courses annually, which may include Russian language, teaching methodology, and second language acquisition. A solid research program is expected in areas such as language pedagogy (including materials development), assessment, second language acquisition, or applied linguistics. Ph.D. or Ed.D. in hand at the time of appointment; previous administrative experience strongly desired. ACTFL/OPI certification desirable. The ideal candidate should have excellent Russian and English, be trained and practiced in current theories of language pedagogy, and have experience teaching Russian at all levels. Salary commensurate with experience.

Send curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and three letters of recommendation to:

Search Committee
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Indiana University, BH 502
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103.

Applications can also be submitted electronically to:, subject line: Director of Russian Language Instruction. Applications should be received by November 30, 2009, but may be submitted after that date until the position has been filled. Current plans are to conduct interviews at AATSEEL in Philadelphia. Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer; Indiana University encourages applications from women and minorities.

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World Business Chicago Strengthens Chicago’s Business Ties in Russia

World Business Chicago president, Rita Athas, traveled, alongside Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and a delegation of business and civic leaders to Russia this month on a mission to attract business investment to the Chicago area.

“In order to encourage investment and trade, it’s important to make face-to-face contact with international business and government leaders,” Athas said. “Our international travels produce key relationships and position Chicago as a premier global business destination for companies and governments deciding where to invest. By coordinating these visits, we are building for future investment in Chicago and giving the city visibility that marketing investments could never reach.”

As a part of the mission, the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, the Honorable John Beyrle, hosted a reception for Russian and American business leaders where Mayor Daley presented Chicago and its business advantages to the group.

“Urban centers are where the greatest concentrations of people will live in the 21st century. We must make cultural connections and expand our working relationships with many partners if we are to succeed in the global economy,” said Mayor Daley during the presentation. “I believe the business relationship between Chicago and Russia is strong, and we want it to grow stronger,” he added.

Approximately 35 Chicago area companies currently have operations in Russia, including Boeing, Abbott Laboratories, A.T. Kearney and Motorola. Led by two of Boeing’s head engineers, the group toured the Boeing Design Center in Moscow, an engineering resource center set up in 1998 to tap the knowledge of the experienced engineers in the Russian aviation industry.

Additionally, Mayor Daley and the delegation met with Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, agreeing to continue to strengthen ties between Chicago and Moscow through exchanges, greening projects and outreach to respective business communities. Chicago and Moscow have shared a Sister Cities relationship since 1997.

Mayor Luzhkov invited the group to participate in the Moscow City Day Celebration. The festivities celebrate the capital city’s birthday with an attendance of approximately 3.5 million, including more than 60 official delegations from across Russia and Belarus. President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev welcomed the crowd and introduced Mayor Daley, who was a special guest of Mayor Luzhkov.

The Chicago delegation also met with the Russian Minister of Trade and Commerce to highlight Chicago and its investment opportunities. The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation will host the Russian National Exhibition November 18-21st at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The exhibition is intended to promote bilateral connections and stimulate economic ties. The first day of the Exhibition will feature a forum focusing on business and investment opportunities.

Another highlight of the visit was a meeting with Russian Railways President, Vladimir I. Yakunin. Russian Railways is an entirely state-owned company with the largest rail network in the world next to the U.S. It carries nearly 1.3 billion passengers and 1.3 billion tons of freight annually across 11 time zones and is responsible for 80% of all transportation in Russia. Yakunin is a key influencer in Russian business. As a follow up to the trip, a delegation from his office is coming to Chicago to meet with Mayor Daley and explore investment opportunities.

Russia is the world’s leading net energy exporter, the largest natural gas exporter and second largest oil exporter in the world. The energy sector is estimated to represent more than 20% of Russia’s GDP, more than 60% of Russia’s exports and 30% of all FDI in the country.

The trip was sponsored by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and World Business Chicago with additional support from Boeing and American Airlines. In addition to Mayor Daley and Rita Athas, the delegation included Sean J. Conlon, Chairman, Conlon & Co.; Maggie Daley, First Lady, City of Chicago; Eileen Hubbell, Director of International Relations, City of Chicago; Kaarina Koskenalusta, President and CEO, The Executives’ Club of Chicago; Lance Pressl, President, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation; and Mike Roberts, Founder & CEO, Westside Holdings, LLC.

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Humanities Day, October 24

The Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago will showcase world-class scholarship and artistic performance during its 31st annual Humanities Day. Among the 25 scheduled speakers, Tamra Wysocki-Niimi will describe her experience this summer in “Adventure in the Caucasus: Capturing and Creating Video Materials for Teaching about Georgia”; Philip Bohlman and Christine Wilkie Bohlman will present “Music Drama of the Holocaust—Performance and Lecture”; Robert Bird will present “The Fall of Communism (Twenty Years On)”. The day will be divided into three sessions; any or all may be attended. The event is free but registration is required.

For more information, including how to register, please visit:

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm (divided into three sessions) October 24
Location: various locations on UChicago campus; headquarters in lobby of Stuart Hall (5835 S. Greenwood Ave)

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Fellowship in Archaelogy at the Field Museum of Natural History, Deadline: January 15

The America for Bulgaria Foundation and the Anthropology Department at The Field Museum invite proposals for the America for Bulgaria Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship starting in the fall of 2010.

Program Description
This program is intended for scholars who recently obtained their Ph.D. in archaeology or bioarchaeology to conduct postdoctoral research in residence at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. The program strongly encourages proposals from researchers interested in employing and developing innovative analytical techniques that will advance the scientific study of the human past. The fellowship supplies salary, benefits, and a small research stipend for one academic year (9 months). During the duration of the fellowship the Fellow will have the opportunity to implement and carry out their own postdoctoral research, which should result in major publications. In conjunction with their independent research, the Fellow also is expected to assist with the establishment and implementation of a formal procedure for funding international collaborative archaeological and bioarchaeological research and archaeological site and museum preservation and conservation programs through ABF.

The ideal candidate will be a Bulgarian native who has obtained their Ph.D. within the last ten years and who plans to continue their academic research in Bulgaria. Non-Bulgarian scholars whose research centers on the Balkan region also are welcome to apply. Especially welcome are proposals that seek to take advantage of the various resources and facilities available at The Field Museum and elsewhere in the Chicagoland area.

The fellowship provides a salary of $40,000 per academic year plus benefits, as well as an additional $2,000 for research expenses.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must demonstrate that they will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D., including the filing of the dissertation, prior to the beginning of the tenure of the fellowship. Advanced proficiency in English must also be demonstrated.

Additional Information:

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Archaeological Research Opportunities in Bulgaria, Deadline: January 15

The America for Bulgaria Foundation invites proposals for the International Collaborative Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Research Program (ICAB).

Program Description
The program promotes international collaboration between scholars from Bulgaria, the US, and other nations, especially the Balkans. The intent of ICAB is to fund archaeological and bioarchaeological research, including field work, museum and/or laboratory research. The program strongly encourages proposals from researchers interested in employing and developing innovative analytical techniques that will advance the scientific study of the human past.

The program requires that Bulgarian and American researchers serve as co-Primary Investigators (PIs) on the grant. The American PI must apply through an accredited US institution to which the award will be granted. That institution will be responsible for financial oversight of the grant.

Requests for funding must be in US Dollars and should not under normal circumstances exceed $50,000 for one year. Requests for funding smaller projects are especially welcome. ICAB does not provide funds to support the following:

-Tuition for students obtaining degrees;
-Travel or maintenance for children or spouses of researchers;
-Research expenses incurred before the date of a grant;
-General activities of other institutions or entities including “overhead expenses” or “indirect costs.”

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:

The Bulgarian applicant must have a masters or doctoral degree and English proficiency. He or she must hold a position in a Bulgarian research institute, museum or university.

The American applicant must have a Ph.D. from an accredited university and hold a position in an accredited US institution, or be an advanced doctoral student in an accredited university. American doctoral students are required to apply as senior personnel with their dissertation advisor and a Bulgarian counterpart as the Primary Investigators. Applications should be made through an institution to which the grant can be awarded, and which will assume financial oversight of the award.

Additional Information

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Assistant Professor Position in Cinema Studies, UIUC, Deadline: November 6

The Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks to fill one entry-level, tenure-track assistant professor position, with an emphasis in cinema studies, beginning August 16, 2010. Desired qualifications include a Ph.D. in cinema studies, media studies, communications, or a related field; and evidence of excellent scholarship and teaching experience. A research specialization in the study of film and one or more of the following is desirable:

Convergence culture, participatory media, media activism
Digital/new media
Queer theory and sexualities
Race, diaspora, transnational
Area Studies, specifically Latin America, Africa and East Asia

Responsibilities include interdisciplinary scholarly research and teaching in both undergraduate and doctoral programs, including a vibrant graduate minor in cinema studies. Salary: competitive, based on experience and qualifications. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, Please complete your candidate profile at and upload your resume, a cover letter detailing research and teaching experience, and the names and email addresses or phone numbers of three references. All requested information must be submitted by November 06, 2009.

Professor Angharad Valdivia
Head of Media and Cinema Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
810 S. Wright St.
228 Gregory Hall
Urbana, Illinois 61801

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

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