Call for Proposals: “Best Practices in Language Instruction,” Language Symposium 2010 (UChicago), Deadline: February 22

Language Symposium 2010
“Best Practices in Language Instruction”
April 16-17, 2010
University of Chicago

A yet-to-be-named keynote speaker will speak on Friday night.

On Saturday the Symposium will continue with presentations on innovations in all areas of language instruction.  Topics may include:

Curricular or instructional innovations in the four skills or grammar or vocabulary
Creative uses and integration of multimedia
Meaningful fusion of culture and language learning
Content-based instruction or language across the curriculum models

Integration of language and culture with other disciplines

Assessment models with an impact on instruction

Research with implications on curricula or instruction
Innovative articulation models
Integration of study abroad

Language instructors at all levels are invited to submit proposals; all languages are welcome.
For more information, visit
Proposal submission deadline: Monday, February 22, 2010
Early registration deadline: Friday, April 2, 2010


Friday, April 16, 2010

5:00 p.m. Tours, Center for the Study of Languages
5:30 p.m. Registration and Reception
6:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker and Discussion

Saturday, April 17, 2010

9:30-11:00 a.m. Session 1
11:00-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Session 2
1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00-3:30 p.m. Session 3
3:30-4:30 p.m. Wrap-Up and Closing Reception

For a copy of the proposal form and/or for more information, please contact either Catherine Baumann ( or Steven Clancy (

New Website: “Chicago’s Muslims In Their Own Voices”

The University of  Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to announce that its newest resource, “Chicago’s Muslims In Their Own Voices,” is now up and running.

The site features interviews with Muslims in the city. The interviews are available for either live streaming or download.

“Linking the Planet” Summer Russian Language Camp, Novosibirsk

A message to those interested in studying Russian in Russia this summer:

We would like to invite you, your students and colleagues to come and
participate in the “Linking the Planet” Summer Language Camp that our
Educational Centre “Cosmopolitan” will be running in four consecutive
two-week sessions during the summer of 2010 in delightful countryside just
outside Novosibirsk, the administrative capital of Siberia and the centre of
Russia. There are still several vacancies available and this is an excellent
opportunity that is not to be missed.

Being comprehensive and unique, and offering very competitive prices, our
program will be an attractive option for your students whom we invite to
participate as volunteer teachers or as international students of the
Russian course. The program is open to schoolchildren, university students
and adults of all ages and levels of Russian.
No previous knowledge of
Russian is required. Please help us spread the word about our program to
your students and colleagues. Thanks for your support!

The program is unique in bringing volunteer teachers and international
students from all over the world to Siberia to live, work and study in a
residential setting with Russian students and teachers. This is an excellent
opportunity to learn Russian and get a first-hand experience of the Russian culture and lifestyle.

This structured residential system seeks to develop language, social,
communicative, educational, cultural and health-promoting skills to all participants in an
interesting way according to age and ability.

The aims of this comprehensive program are achieved  through the use of
role-play, creativity workshops, exciting cultural and social activities,
and excursions, which, in addition to the structured lessons, more than
provide for a truly unique and beneficial experience which is not to be

We have been running these programs for fifteen years already. For the past
years volunteer teachers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China,
Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hong Kong,
India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Singapore,
Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, the United States of America, as well as university
students and school children from the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Greece,
Sweden, Switzerland and Ecuador have participated in our summer and winter
language camp programs.

It is a fact that many students and teachers return to the program year
after year as a testament to the success of the program.

For more information on the programs and to read about our former
participants’ experiences, please visit our website

* Have you always wanted to add some meaning to an overseas adventure?
* Do you want a new, challenging experience?
* Do you like to meet people from other countries and get your energy from
working towards a goal as part of a team?
* Are you willing to gain experience, improve communication abilities, and
develop skills that will help in your future employment?
* Have you ever daydreamed about gaining insight into the Russian culture
and life in a way no traveler could?

If ‘yes’ is the answer, our program is the best way for you to spend your
summer vacation! Please contact Natalia Bodrova
( or with any questions or
application inquiries.


Natalia Bodrova,
Director of the Educational Centre “Cosmopolitan”,
Novosibirsk, Russia

Young Turkey/Young America Exchange Program for Future Leaders, Deadline: February 7

World Learning (WL) in partnership with the Foreign Policy Platform (FPP)-Turkey will implement in 2010 the Young Turkey/Young America: A New Relationship for a New Age, Political Challenges for Future Leaders program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State ( The overall program goal is to support and promote the participation of young Turkish and American leaders in a transatlantic dialogue on foreign policy issues. Through the program, 14 young emerging leaders from Turkey and 14 young emerging leaders from the U.S. will gain knowledge and leadership skills to become more engaged in their communities, and get to know each other’s country, as well as learn about each group members’ ethnically, religiously, and nationally diverse background.  Each participant from Turkey will be paired, for the entire program, with an American in the program.  The pair will be in home stays in their partner’s respective home and  arrange job shadowing and a volunteer project  in each other’s country.   A joint project created and carried out by the pair throughout 2010 will be included.

The program is comprised of a trip by the group from Turkey to the US in May 2010 followed by a trip by the Americans to Turkey in November of this year.

For the first segment, fourteen grantees from Turkey will travel to the United States for a three week long experiential program that includes interactive seminars, mini-internships and visits with think tanks and U.S. government offices.  The US portion of the program is divided into four components:

  • The program will start in Washington DC.  Both the US and the grantees from Turkey will participate in a joint week-long program focused on foreign policy
  • After the DC based segment, each Turkish grantee will travel to and stay with his/her American peer.  The American participant will arrange a program in his hometown for his counterpart to include job shadowing and a volunteer activity.
  • The Turkish group will reconvene in Cleveland, Ohio to look at multiculturalism and local politics.
  • The program for the participants from Turkey will end in Washington, DC during which the bi-national teams will participate in an action-planning meeting with the U.S. counterpart connected by skype .

Over the summer following the Turkish visit to the US, each pair of Turkish and American participants will continue to work on their joint project.  The two groups will meet again, in November 2010, in Ankara for a two-week program which will include:

  • The group of Americans and grantees from Turkey will participate in a series of meetings with government and nongovernmental officials with the focus on foreign policy.
  • During the next program segment each American grantee will travel to and stay with his/her counterpart for a few days.  Similar to the segment in the US, the  host team member will arrange a program for his/her American guest  to include job shadowing, a volunteer activity and opportunities to get to know the local community.
  • The program will end in Istanbul with training workshops and action planning.

Accommodation in Turkey will include double-occupancy hotel and youth centers as well as home-stays with Turkish families and peers. A small stipend will be provided during the participants’ time in Turkey to cover basic incidental expenses. The cost of international and domestic travel, program -related ground transportation, and all the other programmatic and logistical arrangements will be covered by the project.

The American program participants will be selected from emerging leaders, age 21-35, involved/interested in international affairs from governmental and non-governmental organizations, NGOs with youth development focus, universities, active politicians, journalists, businesspeople, think tanks, and/or cultural figures. Diversity is particularly crucial for this program.  To select the best candidates, we will review applications based on clearly defined criteria, including:

  • Proven commitment to democracy, pluralism, nonviolence, and a free society
  • Openness to dialogue and new ideas
  • Good potential to play an increasingly important role in the U.S. society;
  • Interest in participating in the program and sharing the experience with colleagues and the public.

U.S. participants need to commit to join their Turkish counterparts during the Washington, DC program; host them in their homes for a few days; participate in the action-planning skype meeting at the end of the U.S. –based segment; take part in the Turkey based program, and work on a joint project.

Preference would be given to applicants who have a strong interest in Turkey and/or the region and have not previously visited the country.

Application Deadline: February 7
For more information, including how to get an application form, please contact Vlad Spencer at

Anthropology of Europe Workshop: “The Politics of Carrots and Sticks: Foreign Publicity, Disciplinary Discourse, and Euro-Atlantic Integration in Post-Conflict Macedonia,” January 21

A Trial Job Talk Entitled: “The Politics of Carrots and Sticks: Foreign Publicity, Disciplinary Discourse, and Euro-Atlantic Integration in Post-Conflict Macedonia”

Andrew Graan, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anthropology; and Outreach Coordinator at the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), University of Chicago.

For copies of the paper, please contact Owen Kohl:


Time: 4:30pm, January 21.
Location: Haskell Hall, Rm 101 (5836 S. Greenwood Ave)

Andrew Graan, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anthropology; and Outreach Coordinator at the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), University of Chicago, will

Tahoe-Baikal Institute, Summer Environmental Exchange, Deadline: February 5

From Jon Green, Programs Director of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute:

The Tahoe-Baikal Institute is pleased to announce that we are currently
accepting applications for the 20th annual Summer Environmental Exchange at
Lake Tahoe in California and Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. The deadline to
apply for this unique opportunity for the summer of 2010 is Friday, February

Founded as the cold war drew to a close, the Tahoe-Baikal Institute’s unique
exchange program has grown and matured significantly over the past 20 years.
Originally a program focused on fostering collegial partnerships between
young scientists from Russia and the US, our program is now an international
leader in teaching interdisciplinary approaches to watershed management and
environmental conservation.

In addition to young environmental professionals form the US and Russia, our
program is also open to young leaders from other countries; over the years
we have had participants form Mongolia, China, Cameroon, Israel, Norway,
Finland, Latvia, Canada, and more! The program is open to upper level
college students, recent graduates, and graduate students, as well as young
professionals working in the environmental field.

This one-of-a-kind international exchange program is being offered from June
through August, 2010
. Our 10-week interdisciplinary program exposes TBI
participants to the intersection of watershed science, policy, education,
restoration, and management, and explores issues of sustainable economic
development, technology transfer, and cultural understanding in two of the
world’s premier freshwater ecosystems, Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada
and at Lake Baikal in Siberian Russia.

Please visit the Tahoe-Baikal Institute’s website for more details and to
download program application materials: Applications
should be sent by email to

Golosa Winter 2010 Events: Concerts and CD Release

From Golosa:

Golosa has a lot going on this winter, so this message is an announcement of a concert this coming week as well as a preview of the next couple of months. We hope to see you soon!

Friday, January 22, 7:00 p.m. – We are happy to be singing for the first time at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. The beautiful cathedral-like Gothic building, more than one hundred years old, was formerly All Saints Catholic Church. We will sing a full set of sacred and spiritual music, including a few pieces from the Russian Orthodox liturgy, as well as some of our favorite Siberian folk songs. Covenant Church sponsors a regular evening music series in which we are pleased to take part. Please join us for this special concert. The church is located at 2012 W. Dickens Ave. in Chicago.

Thursday, January 28, 8:00 p.m. – The University of Chicago’s second annual Winter Arts Festival will take place throughout the Reynolds Club student center, with performances, visual art exhibitions, workshops, and free food for all. Golosa will be singing around 8:00 in the Hallowed Grounds coffee shop on the second floor. The Arts Fest is a truly fun way to spend an evening, and everything is completely free! The Reynolds Club is located at 5706 S. University Ave.

Weekend of February 13-14 – The 50th anniversary of the University of Chicago Folk Festival is also a milestone for Golosa: after several years of work, our second full-length CD is finally complete and will be available at our annual Folk Fest workshop!

Golosa will perform at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, in Ida Noyes Hall. Please check the schedules available on the day of the performance for the room location. We will be the last performance of the afternoon, so save your strength for us.

Our second full-length CD is titled “Until Bright Day” and contains many of our favorite songs, like “Poyekhal Kazak”, “Zhil ya u Pana”, and “Rasti da Rasti”. It will be available for sale for the first time ever at the Folk Festival! We are incredibly excited to have completed it, and hope that you’ll agree it was worth the wait.

Ida Noyes is located at 1212 E. 59th St. in Hyde Park.


to view a map of the area around Ida Noyes Hall.

Contact: Tamara Ghattas (music director),

Czech Photography Exhibitions in Chicago, Opening Reception January 28

A message from the Czech Consulate in Chicago:

Dear friends and partners of the Czech Consulate General in Chicago,

We have a great pleasure to invite you to two remarkable exhibitions of
Czech photography organized by Museum of Contemporary Photography at
Columbia College Chicago with the support of the Czech Consulate, of the
Kristyna M. Driehaus Foundation and of the Prague Committee of the Chicago
Sister Cities International Program. The exhibitions highlight the work of
six contemporary Czech photographers as well as present to the Chicago
public some of the best pieces from the legendary Baruch Collection.

Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, 600
S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605.

The exhibitions will be open to public: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Monday
-Saturday), 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Thursday), 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Sunday) until March 28, 2010.

For more information please visit:

Consulate General of the Czech Republic
205 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1680
Chicago, IL 60601

Call for Papers: “The Great War and the Modern World,” Moscow, Deadline: April 15

“The Great War and the Modern World”
Date: 26 May 2010 – 27 May 2010
The Moscow International Conference “The Great War and the Modern
World” aims to commemorate great and tragic events that radically
changed the modern history – the Great War of 1914 – 1918 and the
creation of the Versailles – Washington world order.

Academic scholars and independent researchers are expected to
scrutinize various political, socio-economic, cultural and demographic
aspects of the global catastrophe, including its origins, general course,
key phases and consequences. The problem of the Russian
participation in the First World War will be especially focused on. In
accordance to the profile of the IIUEP certain attention will be granted
to political and ecological problems of the Great War in the context of
the human civilization.

The Organizing Committee will review results of the Internet
competition which is held for students and precedes the beginning of
the Conference sessions. The authors of the most interesting works on
the history of the Great War will be awarded with valuable prizes.
Besides, they will be given the floor to present their papers to
professional histori-ans.

The Organizing Committee will also arrange a collection of rare
authentic documents from the funds of the Russian State Archive of
Military History to be displayed for the speakers and other participants.
The Russian State Historical Museum will exhibit artifacts relating to
the period of the First World War.

We expect representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and other
religious confessions to take part in the Conference meetings.

Three plenary and twelve panel sessions stand on the agenda of the
Conference. Regular coffee-breaks, lunches and a banquet will be held
for all speakers and guests of the Conference. Excursions to the Russian
State Historical Museum and the Museum of Mod-ern History will also be
arranged for participants.

Conference organiser(s):
Location: Moscow

Call for papers deadline: 15 April 2010
Contact details

(495) 231-44-50 (add.230)
(495) 231-44-50