SRAS Charles Braver Central Asian Language Exploration Grant, Deadline October 1

Students who apply for a School of Russian and Asian Studies language program ( and who have completed two semesters of Russian, Chinese, or the study of any Central Asian language may apply for The Charles Braver Language Exploration Grant. The applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and must be enrolled full time in an academic program based in North America or the European Union when applying. Application deadline: October 1. For more information, please visit

Please feel free to contact with any questions.

CEERES E-Bulletin Contact Update and Special Thanks

Many heartfelt thanks to CEERES Student Assistant, Ryan Erickson, whose superb work around our office, including maintaining the CEERES E-Bulletin over the course of the 2009-2010 Academic Year, will be greatly missed. Erickson graduated with B.A. in Chemistry and will be furthering his Persian and Tajik language skills this summer with a Critical Language Scholarship in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Please send any future announcements or news that you would like to see posted on our E-Bulletin to

Emir Kusturica and the No Smoking Orchestra to Perform at the Copernicus Theater; July 10-11

Emir Kusturica and his band The No Smoking Orchestra will perform two shows at

The Copernicus Theater
5216 West Lawrence Avenue
8pm on July 10 and 11

For a very brief overview about the history of The No Smoking Orchestra (comprised of some of the original members of the group, Zabranjeno Pušenje), visit the band’s website, or their wikipedia entry.

Resident Director Job posting for Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

Resident Directors

National Security Language Initiative for Youth

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Position Description


The U.S. Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible American high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in semester overseas immersion programs. In Russia, this will be accomplished through language learning in a formal (20 classroom hours per week) and informal (home stays; and cultural and community service activities) setting.


The Resident Director serves as the American Councils representative and in-country co-director for participants on the NSLI for Youth program (NSLI-Y). Participants will be U.S. high school students, 15-18 years of age, who are beginner, intermediate or advanced learners of Russian. The NSLI-Y Resident Director represents American Councils in his/her actions and words during the tenure of appointment. He/she must be available to program participants on a daily basis; observe student classes and meet regularly with teachers, administrators, and students; and help to arrange group travel and cultural programs. The NSLI-Y Resident Director must be available to participants during any emergencies that arise and must communicate regularly with the American Councils Russia Country Director and NSLI-Y program staff in Washington, D.C. Prior to departure for Russia, the NSLI-Y Resident Director must attend an American Councils orientation program for resident directors. He/she must travel to Russia with the student group at the beginning of the program and return to Washington, D.C., with the group at the end of the program. The NSLI-Y Resident Director reports to the NSLI-Y Overseas Placement Senior Program Officer.

ANTICIPATED EMPLOYMENT DATES: August 11, 2010December 20, 2010


Able and willing to travel with a group of U.S. high school students (approximately 15 students, aged 15-18) to Nizhny Novgorod, Russia;
Advanced or higher proficiency in
citizen or permanent resident;
Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field;
Study, work, or extensive travel experience in
Experience overseeing and guiding groups;
Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling;
Demonstrated skills in general financial accountability; and
Experience teaching or developing curricula for English preferred.


Round trip travel expenses from home city to Washington, DC for orientation
Round trip international airfare
Meals & accommodations
All excursions associated with program
International Health and Accident insurance for duration of program

For more information please contact Margaret Anderson at

Director Emir Kusturica to Speak at Alliance Française; July 9, 6:30pm

Alliance Française de Chicago is partnering with the Chicago Film Festival to invite the controversial and acclaimed director, Emir Kusturica. He will speak with Time Out Chicago film editor Hank Sartin about his creative process. The event is open to the public. The entrance fee is $5 for Alliance Française members and $10 for non-members. Wine will be served after the talk.
Date:  July, 9th; 6:30pm
Place:  Alliance Française de Chicago, 54 W. Chicago Ave.
For those not familiar with Kusturica, he is a native of Sarajevo and arguably the most famous film director from the Balkans.  His films (“Time of the Gypsies”, “Black Cat, White Cat”, and “Underground”, which won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or/Golden Palm in the 1994) often feature music soundtracks by Goran Bregović and the No Smoking Orchestra.

Israeli Folk Dance Troupe, Shalechet Aviv, to Perform at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, July 18

Shalechet Aviv
Israeli Folk Dance Troupe
@ Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival
2:30pm, Sunday, July 18,

Dawes Park, Evanston

Shalechet Aviv’s movements have roots in Romanian Hora, the Arabic Dabke and traditional Yemenite life cycle celebrations. This troupe has traveled near and far to perform in a folk style reminiscent of dances from Eastern Europe and the Middle East that combined in the State of Israel.

Chicago Klezmer Ensemble at SPACE, June 16

Chicago Klezmer Ensemble
8pm Wednesday June 16
@ SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

The Chicago Klezmer Ensemble has performed as far away as Amsterdam and Milan. The internationally acclaimed group rarely gives a full-length concert on its own turf, though. This is your chance to hear Chicago Klezmer Ensemble’s interpretation of Yiddish instrumental folk music in a concert setting.

Chicago Jewish Festival, June 13

Chicago Jewish Festival
11am-6pm Saturday June 13
St. Paul Woods , Morton Groove

The 2010 Greater Chicago Jewish Festival marks 30 years since the first festival.  It continues to feature three stages of music, dance and storytelling; a family stage; a Kosher Food Fair; an Art Fair and Organization Fair. KFAR is an organizational sponsor of the Jewish Festival.

Jan Banning and Will Tinneman’s exhibition “Bureaucratics” on view in Harper Commons through June 11

“Bureaucratics” is an ambitious portrait project by Dutch photojournalist and fine art photographer Jan Banning, shot over several years and spanning eight countries on five continents. The series “hones in on the typically anonymous civil servant, who, anywhere in the world, makes up a small cog in the gigantic machinery of the state.”  These 50 low-level bureaucrats include tax collectors, traffic wardens, and agricultural and religious officials, among others, found in Bolivia, China, France, India, Liberia, Russia, USA, and Yemen.

The exhibition is held in Harper Commons, the 11,000-square-foot study space opened this year in what was previously the stacks of the William Rainey Harper Memorial Library. Harper was the University of Chicago’s first library (completed in 1912) and is one of the iconic examples of the campus’s Late English Gothic architecture.

The artwork is particularly suited to a residency at the University of Chicago, as it addresses themes of central importance to the schools of social scientific research pioneered here over the past century.  This panel discussion is an opportunity for University of Chicago scholars in the social sciences to discuss issues relating to the rise, spread, and functioning of the bureaucratic state around the world, in response to integral questions provoked by the exhibition.

U of C’s Golosa to perform at the Russian Literary Salon, June 19

Please join us to celebrate Russian culture and true folk music!  All songs were brought by Golosa – the members of which are practically all American students and professionals – from Siberia and will have English translations.  All of the proceeds from the event will go to their next journey to Russia – to bring back more beautiful songs.

The event will take place at the Computer Systems Institute, Saturday, June 19 at 6pm.

8950 Gross Point Road, Skokie

(There is free parking around the building and is only a ten-minute walk from the Skokie Swift Yellow Line for those who are not driving)

$15 regular/10 students (with ID) and kids will let you in.

Since a fairly big crowd is expected, it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring any kind of folding chairs or stools – in case we don’t have enough seats for everybody!

Please feel free – though you are not obliged! – to bring any treats or drinks.  It is always a nice addition to our lively socializing during the famously cheerful breaks between acts.

Contact : Alla  Dekhtyar, 773 275-0934.