Monthly Archives: May 2010

Associate Director Position, European Union Center (Illinois), Deadline: June 8



European Union Center

Associate Director

12 month 100% position

Primary Function:

Primary responsibilities are to execute the programmatic activities of the European Union Center (EUC) in a professionally efficient and effective manner.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative management of the European Union Center office including representing Director in his/her absence;
  • Manage grant execution to comply with University and funding agency guidelines, deadlines, and regulations
  • Prepare grant proposals in collaboration with Director;
  • Coordinate the activities of program faculty;
  • Develop a market for the M.A. in European Union Studies (MAEUS) by fostering relationships with selected UIUC units and educational institutions in the US and EU.
  • Collaborate with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) and International Programs & Studies (IPS) on clear procedural MAEUS guidelines covering all activities from review of applications to notification of admission decisions.
  • Manage processing of MAEUS applications.
  • Advise MAEUS applicants on admission requirements.
  • Assist students in identifying research opportunities, financial support, and career opportunities;
  • Provide counseling to MAEUS students throughout their enrollment.
  • Coordinate seminars, workshops, and conferences.
  • Develop and strengthen relations with other European Centers in the U.S.
  • Coordinate preparation of publications.

Reporting Relationship:

The position reports directly to the Director of the European Union Center, who reports to the Associate Provost for International Affairs who reports to the Provost.



  • A Master’s Degree or ABD in an area relevant to international studies and programs;
  • International experience, preferably in Europe;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong computing skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and desktop publishing software, or similar;
  • Administrative experience, project coordination, and proven organizational talents;
  • Ability to work harmoniously with faculty, staff, and students from a wide variety of disciplines, and with representatives from national and international institutions;
  • Sensitivity to the functioning of an interdisciplinary program within the context of a complex university;
  • Ability to work with faculty and government agencies, both in the United States and overseas;
  • Ability to assume responsibility and to work independently with minimum guidance;
  • Initiative and creativity in program development;
  • Knowledge of labor market trends and job search methods for graduate students


  • ABD or PhD in an area relevant to international studies and programs
  • Working knowledge of one or more European languages other than English
  • Experience advising university students;
  • Experience collaborating with university faculty;
  • Experience building and managing budgets.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Starting Date

As soon as possible after the closing date.

Closing Date

In order to ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references by June 8, 2010. Interviews may be conducted prior to the closing of the search; no hiring decision will be made until after that date.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

International Programs and Studies

Bryan Endres, Chair

507 E. Green St, Suite 404, MC-417

Champaign, IL 61820



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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Renaissance Society: A reading by Saviana Stanescu, June 6

The Renaissance Society presents a reading by

Saviana Stanescu

Sunday, June 6, 2:00 pm

Playwright, poet, screenwriter, teacher, journalist, curator, Stanescu does it all. Her work is often characterized by a black humor and a sense of the absurd that is distinctly Eastern European. She wrote the screenplay for Dog Luv which is featured in the exhibition. She has won numerous awards and her plays have been widely presented internationally and in the US. Recent New York productions include: Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, Waxing West, and YokastaS Redux (co-authored with Richard Schechner). She teaches at New York University.

This event will take place in Swift Hall room 106. 1025 East 58th Street (on the Main Quadrangle of the University, directly east of Cobb Hall). FREE

For more information, contact:

Mia Ruyter

Director of Marketing

The Renaissance Society

773 702 8670

The Renaissance Society

at the University of Chicago

5811 South Ellis Avenue, room 418

Chicago IL 60637


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Concert of Sacred Music of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Serbian Choir “Branko,” June 1-3

Concert of sacred music of the Eastern Orthodox Church
featuring Serbian Singing Society “BRANKO”  from the City of
Nis – Serbia one of the oldest church choirs in the whole Balkans
conducted by : Sara Cincarevic

With this American Midwest Tour Choir “BRANKO
is musicaly announcing a great Christian Jubilee
in 2013 – 1700 years from the Edict of Milan, issued by
St. Emperor Constantine, borne in the City of Nis


Wednesday May 26 – 7 pm.  Concert at St. Basil of Ostrog Church in Lake Forest, IL
Thursday May 27 – 7 pm.  Concert at St Mary’s Church in Whiting, IN
Friday May 28 – 7 pm. Concert at St. Nicholas Church in Indianapolis, IN
Saturday May 29 – 7 pm. Concert at Announciation Church in Homer Glen, IL
Sunday May 30 – 10 am. Divine Liturgy at St. George Church in Schererville, IN
Monday May 31 – 10 am. Divine Liturgy at New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, IL
3 pm. Concert at New Gracanica Monastery, Third Lake, IL on the occasion of Memorial Day
Tuesday June 1- 7 pm. Concert at St. Sava Cathedral in Milwaukee, WI
Wednesday June 2 – 7 pm. Concert at St. Athanasius Church in Evanston, IL
Thursday June 3 – 7 pm. Concert at St. Archangel Michael Church in Lansing, IL


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Summer Internship Opportunity in Armenia, USAID/MAAC Anti-Corruption Project, Deadline: June 11

Summer Internship in Armenia

The USAID/Mobilizing Action Against Corruption (MAAC) Activity, a 5-year comprehensive anti-corruption project implemented by Casals & Associates, Inc., is pleased to offer a 2010 Summer  Internship during the summer of 2010 for one U.S. citizen.


  • Become familiar with USAID democracy and governance assistance in Armenia, in particular, anti-corruption initiatives.
  • Support in the fight against corruption while providing administrative and technical support to Mobilizing Action Against Corruption (MAAC) Activity ( staff.


  • Assist MAAC team members in a range of administrative, logistical, programming, and implementation activities.
  • Assist all by providing English language editorial support. This includes editing newsletters, quarterly reports, work plans, correspondence, program documents, contracts, etc.
  • Assist the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant with procurement, timekeeping, inventory, filing, visa requests, travel and accommodation arrangements, conference organization, and office maintenance.
  • Assist the Finance Manager with accounting and banking tasks.

Period of Performance

July and August 2010, exact dates to be determined with selected candidate


The intern shall submit one Final Report during the last week of the internship.


The intern shall report to the MAAC Chief of Party or his designee.


Fluent English, Basic knowledge of Armenian

Graduate Student

U.S. Citizen


$1,000.00 stipend per month to cover basic living expenses (travel to and from Armenia, housing, insurance are examples of items not covered by MAAC).


Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter and contact information from two references to Deadline application is 11 June 2010. MAAC will make its decision known shortly after.

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Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop: “Legends and Facts: Novyi mir and the Epistemology of the Thaw,” June 1

Denis Kozlov (Dalhousie, Nova Scotia, Canada) will present a draft of his paper, “Legends and Facts: Novyi mir and the Epistemology of the Thaw,” at the Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop.

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm, Tuesday 1 June. Location: John Hope Franklin Room (224) of the Social Sciences Building.

For a copy of the paper, please contact Kristy Ironside, ironsidek [at]

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Emil Viklicky at Chicago’s Club BluJazz, June 2 & 3

Via the Czech Legion Project:

In cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic,

we are pleased to announce a truly exceptional musical event.

*Emil Viklicky,* “The Janacek of Jazz” will be making his first Chicago appearance
playing with the amazing *Richie Cole *and some of Chicago’s finest musicians.

This event will be two nights only – June 2&3 – at *Club BluJazz* – Chicago’s newest jazz club – conveniently located at 1560 W. North. That’s just West of the Expressway (North Ave. Exit)
and just east of Ashland. You can make reservations at 773-360-8046 – or on their site <>

Thanks to support by the Consulate General, this event is *only $10.*
Emil is known for adding Moravian folk harmonies to his jazz interpretations.
We think you will find it an “all-star” event and hope you can attend.

Club BluJazz not only provides an exceptional musical experience, they have
an excellent kitchen featuring light meals and appetizers.

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“Ukrainian Mythology–the canvas of Oleksiy Kovalenko,” Ukrainian National Museum, through May 27

Currently Running through May 27, 2010
Ukrainian National Museum
2248 W. Superior Street, Chicago, IL
Ukrainian Mythology – the canvas of Oleksiy Kovalenko

An exhibit of art by Oleksiy Kovalenko focusing on Ukrainian Mythology.

Admission is $5
Museum hours are Thursday-Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Monday-Wednesday by appointment only. To arrange for an appointment to explore the museum, please contact us at (312) 421-8020.

Museum website:

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Workshop on Language Variation and Change: “Little Leagues and Big Leagues: The Bases of the Balkan Sprachbund,” Victor Friedman, May 24

Please join us on Monday 5/24 at 3:30 pm in Cobb 107 for a
presentation in the Workshop on Language Variation and Change by our
very own Victor Friedman:

“Little Leagues and Big Leagues:  The Bases of the Balkan Sprachbund”
Monday 5/24
3:30 pm
Cobb 107 (5811 S. Ellis Avenue)

Victor Friedman
University of Chicago

Reception to follow.

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“The Political Machine: Sense, Sensibility and Sentiment in the Late Bronze Age South Caucasus,” Adam T. Smith, May 24


Adam T. Smith

Associate Professor
Department Anthropology
University of Chicago

Speaking on

“The Political Machine: Sense, Sensibility and Sentiment
in the Late Bronze Age South Caucasus”

Monday, May 24,  3:30 pm  Haskell 315 (5836 S. Greenwood Ave)

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Golosa: Upcoming Performances: May 23 and 25 (Elgin); Annual Spring Concert (U of C campus), June 2

Upcoming performances by the U of C’s Russian folk choir:

Dear friends of Golosa, the University of Chicago Russian Folk Choir:

This is a reminder of our upcoming performances in Elgin, as well as an announcement of our last show of the academic year, our annual concert in Joseph Bond Chapel on the U of C campus.

This coming Sunday and Tuesday, May 23 and 25, the Elgin Choral Union will perform the complete Rachmaninoff Vespers in Old Church Slavonic. We will open each of these shows with a set of our own songs, and the ECU will join us on a folk song to close the concert. More information regarding times, locations, and tickets are available from Elgin’s website:

Then, in two weeks, on Wednesday, June 2, 8:00, we will sing our annual concert at Joseph Bond Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago.

Our spring concert is a wish for peace in a turbulent part of the world. Two choirs will bring together the music of Russia and the republic of Georgia – in harmony for one night, at least.

We are excited to host the incredibly talented Vazhkatsuri, a men’s a cappella ensemble performing the traditional music of Georgia. Georgian songs are instantly recognizable by their non-Western scale, and the men of Vazhkatsuri do full justice to these unusual harmonies.

Of course, Golosa will perform as well, singing a few of our old favorites, as well as premieres of some new songs! Don’t miss our last concert of the 2009-2010 season.

A map showing the location of Bond Chapel is at:

The chapel is in the lower left quadrant of the diagram.

There is no charge for admission to the performance.


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