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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs: “Poland: Rising to the Challenge,” Polish President Lech Kaczyński, April 30

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010



His Excellency Lech Kaczyński, President of the Republic of Poland

His Excellency Lech KaczynskiPoland has combined strong economic growth with increased security commitments to rapidly emerge as an influential European Union member state and a strong ally to the United States. In the aftermath of the global economic downturn, Poland was the only country of the 27-member European Union to avoid a recession and sidestep the brunt of the economic crisis. Poland’s central bank estimates GDP growth in 2010 at around 3 percent, providing President Kaczyński additional leverage for his recent call for Poland’s membership into the G20.

Poland has expanded its influence and leadership in Europe by playing a substantial role in both NATO and the European Union. In response to new and pressing security concerns on the regional and international level, Poland will be leading a new round of discussions on developing a European security architecture for the future. Poland also has been a key ally of the United States and was one of just three countries to enter Iraq with U.S. forces in 2003. Polish troops have also fought in Afghanistan since the beginning of the NATO mission in 2002. Looking forward, Poland will be a vital player in reforming NATO to deal with the myriad of complex global challenges of the 21st century, including non-proliferation, energy security, and the preservation of peace and freedom in Europe.

His Excellency Lech Kaczyński was elected President of the Republic of Poland in 2005. With a Ph.D. in law science and university professor, he began his career in politics as a member of the opposition movement in the second half of 1970s when Poland was under the Soviet Union’s domination. In 1981, he was placed in an internment camp for almost one year because of his activities in the Polish Solidarity movement. He was first elected a member of Parliament in 1989 and went on to act in parliamentary committees on legislation and social matters. He served in positions in various state institutions, including President of the Supreme Chamber of Control and Codification Committee. In June 2000 he was appointed Minister of Justice, a position that brought him wide appreciation for his tough fight against crime and corruption. Mr. Kaczyński was elected Mayor of Warsaw, Poland’s capital, in 2002.

The Fairmont Chicago
200 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

12:00 Noon  Registration and Security Check-In
12:30 p.m.   Luncheon, Remarks, and Discussion
2:00 p.m.   Adjournment

Members $50
Nonmembers $60



  • Due to strict security procedures, please arrive early.
  • You must bring a valid photo ID (official state ID/driver’s license/passport).
  • Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on TUESDAY, APRIL 27.
  • Registrations are nontransferable, and NO WALK-INS WILL BE ALLOWED
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    Artspeaks: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at the MCA, May 19

    The cultural historian Svetlana Boym once called the monumental art installations of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov “memory museums,” remarking that each of these works “turns into a refuge from exile.”

    Ilya Kabakov is a Russian-American conceptual artist of Jewish origin, born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. He worked for thirty years in Moscow, from the 1950s until the late 1980s and now lives and works on Long Island with his wife, Emilia. Throughout his forty-year plus career, Kabakov has produced a wide range of paintings, drawings, installations, and theoretical texts—not to mention extensive memoirs that track his life from his childhood to the early 1980s. In recent years, the Kabakovs have created installations that evoke the visual culture of the Soviet Union, though this theme has never been the exclusive focus of their work.

    By using fictional artist biographies, many inspired by his own experiences, Kabakov has examined the birth and death of the Soviet Union as a metaphor for the ambitions and failures of modernity. In the Soviet experience, Kabakov discovers elements common to every modern society, and in so doing seeks to materialize the psychological landscapes of urban secular life. Rather than depicting the Soviet Union exclusively as a failed political and social project, the Kabakovs’ installations treat the USSR as one of the many utopian undertakings of the twentieth century. By reexamining historical narratives, while simultaneously interjecting personal perspectives, the Kabakovs demonstrate that every project, whether important or trivial, public or private, destructive or emancipatory, must wrestle with the temptations of an authoritarian will to power.

    A retrospective of their work together will be followed by a conversation with Matthew Jesse Jackson, Professor of Art History and Visual Arts (Univ. of Chicago).

    For more information:

    *Ticket Prices

    Single event tickets:
    $20—general public
    $5 – students with valid ID

    For tickets, call 773.702.8080

    Time: Wednesday, May 19 7:30pm

    Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue


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    Renaissance Society Exhibition: “The Seductiveness of the Interval,” featuring work of Romanian artists, May 2 – June 27

    Opening Reception: Sunday, May 2, 4:00 – 7:00pm
    Artist Talk 5:00 – 6:00pm (in room 307, directly below the gallery)

    The Renaissance Society presents The Seductiveness of the Interval, a project presented at the Romanian Pavilion of the 2009 Venice Biennale. The work of three Romanian artists–Stefan Constantinescu, Andrea Faciu and Ciprian Muresan–is exhibited in a two-story architectural structure designed specifically for that purpose by studio BASAR. Together, the artists explore themes of exile, the human capacity for cruelty, and hope. Although the artists’ works are distinct in terms of form and content, they are united by a structure conceived as a stage set where the viewer is invited to reflect on the individual works and the viewing experience itself.

    Location:    The Renaissance Society, 5811 South Ellis Avenue, Cobb Hall, 4th floor
    Presenters:    Stefan Constantinescu, Andrea Faciu and Ciprian Muresan
    exhibition design by studio BASAR
    Open to the Public:    Yes
    Cost:    Free
    Contact E-mail:
    Contact Phone:    773.702.8670

    Calendar of upcoming Open Practice Committee Events:

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    Poetry and Poetics Workshop: “On Pasternak and Photography,” Michael Kunichika (NYU), May 26

    • May 26 | Michael Kunichika | Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University
      on Pasternak and photography

    Note special date: Wednesday, May 26, Rosenwald 405 (1101 E. 58th Street), 4:30 PM

    For more information, please visit the Poetry and Poetics Workshop’s blog:

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    “Bridges Hrant Dink Built and Armenian/Turkish Relations,” Prof. Libaridian (Univ. of Michigan), April 12

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    **POSTPONED** Elif Batuman-The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, 57th Street Books, April 6

    Elif Batuman – The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

    Tue, 04/06/2010 – 6:30pm
    57th Street Books
    1301 E. 57th Street

    No one who read Elif Batuman’s first article (in the journal n+1) will ever forget it. “Babel in California” told the true story of various human destinies intersecting at Stanford University during a conference about the enigmatic writer Isaac Babel. Over the course of several pages, Batuman managed to misplace Babel’s last living relatives at the San Francisco airport, uncover Babel’s secret influence on the making of King Kong, and introduce her readers to a new voice that was unpredictable, comic, humane, ironic, charming, poignant, and completely, unpretentiously full of love for literature.

    Batuman’s subsequent pieces—for The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and the London Review of Books— have made her one of the most sought-after and admired writers of her generation, and its best traveling companion. In The Possessed we watch her investigate a possible murder at Tolstoy’s ancestral estate. We go with her to Stanford, Switzerland, and St. Petersburg; retrace Pushkin’s wanderings in the Caucasus; learn why Old Uzbek has one hundred different words for crying; and see an eighteenth-century ice palace reconstructed on the Neva.

    Love and the novel, the individual in history, the existential plight of the graduate student: all find their place in The Possessed. Literally and metaphorically following the footsteps of her favorite authors, Batuman searches for the answers to the big questions in the details of lived experience, combining fresh readings of the great Russians, from Pushkin to Platonov, with the sad and funny stories of the lives they continue to influence—including her own.

    Edit: This event has been postponed. Please check the Seminary Co-op‘s website for more information.

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    Post-Bac Research Positions (Linguistics), University of Maryland, Deadline: April 20

    The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park, is looking to fill up to three full-time positions for post-baccalaureate researchers. Starting date for all positions is summer or fall 2010. Salary is competitive, with benefits included. The positions would be ideal for individuals with a BA degree who are interested in gaining significant research experience in a very active lab as preparation for a research career. Applicants must be US or Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and should have completed a BA or BS degree by the time of appointment. Previous experience in linguistics is required, and relevant research experience is preferred.

    Applicants may request to be considered for all positions. Review of applications for all positions will begin immediately, and will continue until the positions are filled. For best consideration, completed applications should be received by April 20th.

    Position #1: Research Assistant in Psycholinguistics/Cognitive Neuroscience

    This person will take a leading role in research projects in psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience of language. The person will be involved in all aspects of the design, testing and analysis of studies of language comprehension in adults, using behavioral and neuroscientific techniques, including ERP and MEG brain recordings (training provided). The person will also play a key role in the management of an active lab group and will contribute to Maryland’s IGERT training program in “Biological and Computational Foundations of Language Diversity”. Previous experience in linguistics and/or psycholinguistics is preferred. The ability to interact comfortably with a wide variety of people (and machines) is a distinct advantage. The position is for a one year initial appointment, with the possibility of extension beyond that time. For more information contact Dr Colin Phillips,, (301) 405-3082.

    Positions #2-#3: Baggett Research Fellowships 2010-2011

    One-year Baggett Fellowships are full-time positions intended for individuals with a BA or BS degree who are interested in gaining significant research experience in an active interdisciplinary environment before pursuing graduate study in some area of linguistics or cognitive science. One or two fellowship positions are available for the 2010-2011 year. Salary is competitive, with benefits included.

    Applicants for all positions should submit a cover letter (outlining relevant background and interests, including potential faculty mentors), a current CV, and the names and contact information for 3 potential referees (letters are not needed as part of the initial application), and a writing sample. Fuller details at All application materials should be submitted electronically to Jeff Lidz ( NOTE: Put “Baggett Fellowship” in the subject line. Prospective fellows should fel free to send a preliminary letter of interest to Dr Lidz or Dr Phillips.
    The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab is a well-integrated community of over 40 faculty, students and research staff, engaged in research on a wide variety of areas of language, ranging from acoustics to semantics, in children and adults, normal and disordered populations, and covering around 10 languages. The lab has facilities for behavioral testing of infants, children and adults, two eye-tracking labs, an ERP lab and a whole-head MEG facility. The lab is affiliated with the Department of Linguistics and with the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program.

    The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunities Title IX employer. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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    Hungarian Language Instructor Position, Russian and East European Summer Language Institute (Univ. of Pittsburgh)

    The Russian and East European Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh ( is hiring an instructor of Beginning Intensive Hungarian.  The dates of the program are June 7-July 16, 2010. Salary and housing allowance provided. Language teaching experience required. Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident, since there is too little time for visa processing. Please write or call Christine Metil, or 412-624-5906.

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    Chicago Center for Jewish Studies: Tony Kushner and the Music of the Holocaust, April 8

    The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies


    The 2010 Jean and Harold Gossett Lecture in Memory of the Holocaust victims Martha and Paul Feivel Korngold

    Tony Kushner and the Music of the Holocaust
    Thursday April 8, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
    Fulton Recital Hall
    5845 S. Ellis Avenue

    Admission is free but registration is required.

    To register or if you need special assistance, please contact Daniel Hantman at or (773) 702-7108.

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    Postdoctoral Position in South Slavonic Sociolinguistics, University of Helsinki, Deadline: April 30

    The Department of Modern Languages of the University of Helsinki is offering a position for a


    for a fixed term from 1 August 2010 to 31 July 2012.

    The aim of the postdoctoral researcher position is to encourage a talented, recently graduated doctoral degree holder to seek further qualifications and become an independent professional researcher in South Slavonic sociolinguistics, dialectology, and the sociology of language. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include research according to the research plan submitted by the applicant, participation in the work of the research project and in the supervision of theses in the field, and teaching related to the appointee s specialisation. Teaching duties account for no more than 5% of the appointee s working hours.

    According to the Regulations of the University of Helsinki, the appointee must hold a doctoral degree and have the ability to conduct independent scientific work as well as the teaching skills required by the position.

    When assessing the qualifications of each candidate, attention will be paid to the quality of the published studies in South Slavonic linguistics, especially sociolinguistic and dialectology, and the quality of the research plan submitted.

    According to the Government Decree on Universities, postdoctoral researchers are required to be competent in the language in which they provide instruction, in other words, Finnish or Swedish. They must have at least satisfactory oral and written skills in both languages. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens, or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish, may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application. To successfully attend to the duties of the position, the appointee must also have good English skills.

    The salary will be based on level 5 of the demands level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance. The salary range will be between 2,636 and 3,857 euros per month depending on the qualifications and previous experience of the appointee.

    To apply, please send a letter describing your interests (also with respect to this particular position) and qualifications, a CV (including a publication list), a two-year research plan, and contact information for two references (who have agreed to provide a letter of reference) to the Department of Modern Languages, Professor Jouko Lindstedt, P.O. Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40 B), FI 00014 University of Helsinki. Applications can also be submitted by e-mail to the address The deadline for applications is 30 April 2010 at 15:45 hours local Helsinki time.

    Additional information is available from Professor Jouko Lindstedt,

    Helsinki, 22 March 2010
    University of Helsinki Central Administration

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