Call for Proposals: Campus Comptetion for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning Grants, Deadline: January 8



PROPOSALS DUE Friday, January 8, 2010

The Autumn/Winter Quarter deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Friday, January 8, 2010. Proposals submitted at this time will compete at the campus level. Application forms and guidelines are available at the Center for the Study of Languages, Cobb 211 or can be sent via email as an MS Word attachment upon request (phone 2-9772 for information). Please submit completed proposals as MS Word email attachments to m-berger1 [at]; proposals will be reviewed by the Consortium Committee in January, 2010.

The proposed project must pertain to the teaching or the learning of language. We are urging those of you involved with language teaching to consider in particular a project that might explore new ways of making use of already existing technologies and materials, such as commercially available audio and video tapes or computer programs. We also encourage you to formulate projects that are aimed at developing teaching skills–your own and your colleagues–using the hardware presently in use at the University, in the Center for the Study of Languages, and in the various multimedia-equipped classrooms around campus.

Associate Director Position, REEEC at UIUC, Deadline: December 15

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Associate Director. REEEC is a Title VI National Resource Center. The Associate Director provides authoritative, detailed professional knowledge in the field of Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies; assists the director in fulfilling the mission of the Center; serves as advisor to the director regarding programs and with program development; and acts for him/her as necessary.

An advanced degree (Master’s required) in a humanities or social science discipline with a concentration in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies and advanced proficiency in Russian or another language of the region are required. Those holding a Ph.D. are also encouraged to apply. For qualified, the position allows for teaching one or two undergraduate courses per academic year.

For full description and requirements see

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 15 December 2009. Starting date is as soon as possible, but no later than 15 August 2010. The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Screening of Georgian Film “Pastorali,” November 17

Otar Ioseliani’s “Pastorali” will be screened in Cobb 210 (5811 S. Ellis Ave) at 5:15pm.

Taken from IMDb:

“The plot is very simple. For some bizarre reason, a string quartet from Tbilisi is sent to spend a summer in a very rural community. The incomprehension is mutual. The community is in the throes of some obscure ancient enmities and hasn’t the time to worry about the weird sophisticates who have dropped in. The musicians suddenly find themselves as reluctant anthropologists trying to find a way to function in what they thought was their country. The only connection between these two groups is a girl who is entranced by the music but who knows all too well the enmities. The resolution is of all these conflicts is touching without being even remotely sentimental.”

2010 IREX/WWC Regional Policy Symposium: “Regional Security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia,” Grants Available, Deadline: December 11

IREX, in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Kennan Institute (WWC), is pleased to announce its 2010 Regional Policy Symposium, “Regional Security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.”

The research symposium, supported by the United States Department of State (Title VIII Program), will bring American junior and senior scholars and members of the policy community together to study and discuss timely issues concerning regional security in Eastern Europe and Eurasia from multi-disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include: economic stability; energy security; nonproliferation; terrorism, trafficking of drugs, weapons and people; among other issues critical to regional security.
Junior scholars will be chosen based on a national competition to present their current research on the topic of the Symposium. Grants will be awarded to approximately ten junior scholars.
The Symposium is scheduled to take place April 6 – 9, 2010 in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will involve two full days of reviews of current research projects, roundtable discussions, and the development of policy recommendations.

Technical Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are currently residing in the US.
  • Applicants must either be currently enrolled in an MA, MS, MBA, JD, or PhD program or have held a graduate degree for 10 years or less.  Applicants who hold an academic post must be pre-tenure.

Grant Provisions:
  • Round-trip airfare (provided by IREX through its travel office) and/or surface transportation to the symposium site.
  • Meals and accommodations for the duration of the symposium.
Deadline: December 11
To receive more information on the 2010 Regional Policy Symposium, please send e-mail inquiries to

Application materials
are available on the IREX website at:

Osvaldo Golijov’s “Ayre” featuring Dawn Upshaw, November 17

Osvaldo Golijov
A performance of AYRE, featuring Dawn Upshaw, eighth blackbird, and guests,
will be followed by conversation with Shulamit Ran, professor of music.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
7:30 pm
Mandel Hall
1131 E. 57th Street
University of Chicago

$20 / $5 students

Call: Artspeaks Hotline at 773-702-8080
Visit: Box Office at 5720 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Monday—Friday, 10 am to 5 pm

For more information, visit:

The University of Chicago’s Artspeaks series is produced by
The University of Chicago Presents in partnership with Court Theatre;
the Smart Museum of Art; the Department of Music; the Department
of Visual Arts; University Theatre; Theatre and Performance Studies;
Cinema & Media Studies; the University of Chicago’s Provost Office; the
Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Artspeaks is made possible through the generosity of the University of
Chicago Arts Council and the Office of the President.
Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance may
call in advance of the event, 773-702-8080.

TUTA Theatre Chicago: Invitation to “Engagement Party,” November 15

TUTA Theatre Chicago is excited to invite you – friends and strangers — to its upcoming celebration of The Wedding and its whole new season of engaging entertainment.

The evening will feature drinks, wedding-themed games — for the married and unmarried alike! — and the chance to informally meet members of TUTA. The event will entertain you while helping to support TUTA, via a recession-friendly $20 admission at the door.

What: An “Engagement Party” featuring drinks, wedding-themed parlor games, and a chance to meet our actors in an informal setting, all for $20

When: Sunday, November 15, 2009, 7pm.

Where: The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway, Chicago (easily accessible via Wilson Red Line stop and #78 Montrose, #36 Broadway buses – and since you’ll be drinking and the parking can be difficult, you should really consider this option.)

Why: A portion of the proceeds will benefit TUTA, a theatre company known for marrying cultures, time periods and artistic expressions of all kinds.


Central European University’s Summer University 2010, Budapest, Deadline: February 15

Central European University is a US-style, internationally recognized institution of post-graduate education in the social sciences and humanities. The summer school draws its student body of around 500 participants annually from more than 60 countries and its faculty from over 30 countries.

In 2010 the summer school offers 17 high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty). Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.

The general application deadline is February 15, 2010. More information about the application process is available at and the relevant course web sites.

For a complete list of available courses, please visit:

Russian National Exposition: “Russia–US ‘Reset’ of Relations: Points of Growth Under New Economic Conditions,” November 18-20

The Exhibition, “Russia-US ‘Reset’ of Relations: Points of Growth Under New Economic Conditions,” comes on the heels of President Obama’s visit to Russia in July, and a Chicago business delegation’s visit led by Mayor Daley in September.

Organized by the Ministry of Trade of the Russian Federation, with the support of World Business Chicago and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Exhibition encourages greater bilateral connections. It will provide opportunities to discuss the reconstruction and development of the Russian and US Economies, as well as strategies to strengthen business, cultural, and civic ties.

Featured topics include:

· Points of Growth Under New Economic Conditions

· Infrastructure Investments in Russia

· Investments into Russian Agriculture

· Formation of Civil Society

· Cooperation of Russia and the USA in Science and Education

Dates: November 18-20
Location: McCormick Place (2301 S Lake Shore Dr)

For more information including a schedule of events, visit:

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) Grants and Other Resources, Deadline: Various

Support being offered for 2010-2011 research include:

Programs for U.S. Scholars
Title VIII National Research Competition: Supports research on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Open to: Post-doctoral scholars; U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Deadline: February 15, 2010 $70,000 (collaborative project); $40,000 (individual project).

Title VIII Ed A. Hewett Fellowship: Supports research on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, conducted under auspices of a U.S. government agency. Open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents holding a Ph.D., or U.S. citizens or permanent residents with comparable research experience. Deadline:  March 15, 2010 $50,000.

Title VIII Short-Term Travel Grants for Research in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Balkans: Supports research on Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Balkans US citizens or permanent residents holding a Ph.D., or U.S. citizens or permanent residents with comparable research experience. Deadline: December 15, 2009 AND April 15, 2010 $3,000

Collaborative Humanities Research Fellowship: Supports collaborative humanities research in Central or Eastern Europe. Open to post-doctoral scholars; U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Deadline: February 15, 2010 $40,000

James R. Millar Graduate Student Prize: Best graduate student research paper in the humanities and social sciences regarding current or former communist regimes. Open to Current MA or PhD students. Deadline: February 15, 2010 $500

Junior Scholars Training Seminar: Training seminar for junior scholars in East European studies. Open to US citizens or permanent residents who are current MA or PhD students or recent graduates in any field of East European studies. Deadline: April 16, 2010

Programs for scholars from the former Soviet Union
Carnegie Research Fellowship Program (including the George F. Russell Fellowship Program) Research in the humanities or social sciences conducted at a U.S. college or university. Open to University faculty, researchers, advanced graduate students, and scholars in the social sciences and humanities from the Russian cities of Kaliningrad and Rostov-na-Donu, and from the countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Deadline: April 30, 2010


New Master’s Degree in European Union Studies at UIUC, Deadline for Fall Admission: January 15, 2010

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign administers an interdisciplinary program of language and area courses leading to a Master of Arts degree. The program is intended to serve three constituencies of students: those seeking to combine area expertise with professional training; those proceeding to disciplinary-based doctoral work; and those seeking a stand-alone, professional degree.

Applicants for admission to the Master of Arts program should have completed at least two years of a language of the European Union and hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Admission requirements of the Graduate College also apply. The minimum paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is 550 (213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the iBT). Candidates must write a statement of purpose showing how the M.A. degree in European Union Studies fits into their educational and career plans. This statement must show that the interdisciplinary nature of the MAEUS will serve the student better than a disciplinary degree.

Admission is ordinarily limited to the fall semester, but exceptions are made for spring and summer admission.

Deadline for Fall Admission: January 15 (January 1 for international students)

For more information, please visit: