Monthly Archives: November 2010

Presentation: “The Value of a Ruble: A Social History of Money in Postwar Soviet Russia”

This is a reminder that the next meeting of the Modern Europe workshop is Tuesday 23 November at 5 pm in the John Hope Franklin room. We will be discussing Kristy Ironside’s draft of her dissertation proposal, “The Value of a Ruble: A Social History of Money in Postwar Soviet Russia”. The paper is already posted under “Current Paper” on Chalk. If you do not have access to Chalk, please e-mail Kristi and she will forward you a copy. As usual, refreshments will begin 15 minutes prior at 4:45 pm.

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Meeting: Polish American Students’ Association, Tuesday, November 23

PASA will be meeting this Tuesday at 8 in Harper 150. We will celebrate Andrzejki and do some fun mystic fortune telling activities traditionally associated with this holiday. And, of course, there will be some yummy food!

Also, on December 1st (the Wednesday before reading period) we’ll be hosting a traditional Wigilia (Christmas Eve dinner). Details at the meeting on Tuesday!

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Event: Wigilia (Traditional Polish Christmas Eve Dinner), Polish American Students’ Association

Wednesday, December 1 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Location Harper 150

Join PASA (Polish American Students Association) for Wigilia, the traditional Polish Christmas Eve Dinner!
Wigilia is the meal is traditionally eaten on December 24th, when the first star appears in the sky. Oplatek (Christmas wafer) is shared, along with well wishes for the next year, among the guests. The feast is meatless, consisting of soup, fish, pierogi, and other delicious dishes.
Our Wigilia will include oplatek, a variety of traditional dishes, and great company! We look forward to seeing you!

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Dissertation: Kinga Kosmala, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

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Grant Proposal: The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning & The Center for the Study of Languages

At the University of Chicago


PROPOSALS DUE Friday, January 14, 2011

The Autumn/Winter deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Friday, January 14, 2011. Proposals submitted at this time will compete at the campus level. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Center for the Study of Languages web site ( — Services & Policies>Services for Teachers>Grants and Funding). Please submit completed proposals as MS Word email attachments to (Michael Berger); proposals will be reviewed by the Consortium Committee in early February, 2011.

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 files 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.

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Art: Svitlana & Vasyl Yarych, Ukrainian Intitute of Modern Art

Svitlana & Vasyl Yarych
Nov. 5 2010 – Jan. 31 2011

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents the works of Ukrainian husband and wife artists in the upcoming exhibition ‘Vasyl and Svetlana Yarech’.  Both Vasyl and Svetlana are independently-active artists in their hometown of L’viv, Ukraine, and UIMA is pleased to provide its Chicago audience with the opportunity for a glimpse into the contemporary art scene of one of Ukraine’s most artistically-progressive city centers.

The couple’s separate works are drastically different, however both artists’ works gain an unexpected harmony and balance when side by side.  Svetlana’s watercolors are planes of bold color, spontaneously mapped out into a network of furtive imagery and thoughtfully-detailed line work.  Her experience with textile and fashion design becomes apparent in the tactile, vaguely patterned quality of her work.  Yarech’s sculptures, in contrast, are careful and deliberate.  He remains true to the formalist figure (in the vein of Alexander Archipenko), but with a greater sense of narrative and personification.  He is a very skilled in the full range of materials he employs-bronze, wood, stone- achieving a graceful, complex form in every finished piece.

Svetlana Yarech (b. 1960 in Kremenets, Ukraine) currently serves as Assistant Professor at the Lviv Academy of Arts’ Department of Clothing Design, and exhibits her work throughout Ukraine.  Vasyl Yarech (b. 1951 in the Ivano-Frankivsk region) is a graduate of the Lviv Academy of Arts, and has since completed a number of public sculptures and monuments throughout France and Ukraine, and continues to exhibit his work internationally.

The exhibition runs through January 31, 2011.

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Celebrate Thankgiving at Little Bucharest Bistro

Join the Romanian Students Association for a celebration!
Little Bucharest Bistro, 3661 N. Elston Avenue, will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov 25 with an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving Feast beginning at 12 pm.

Although Little Bucharest Bistro is Chicago’s original Romanian dining treasure, they will celebrate in grand American style with all the traditional foods of a Thanksgiving dinner.

Enjoy unlimited roast turkey, country ham, cranberry sauce, stuffing, yams and many fabulous desserts!

The cost is $24.99 per person (plus tax and gratuity). To make reservations please call 773-604-8500.

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Event: Wigilia Celebration, The Polish Consulate in Chicago

Please join the Consul General of the Republic of Poland Zygmunt Matynia, together with Mrs. Matynia and the Consulate Staff, to celebrate this year’s Third Annual Christmas Gathering of Polish-American students, academics, and teachers.

The event will take place at 6 pm on Friday, December 3rd, 2010 at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, 1530 North Lake Shore Drive.

RSVP to Ola McLees ( before Nov. 29th in order to be added to the guest list.

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Literature: Ukrainian Artists in Paris. 1900-1939 Book Signing, Ukranian Institute of Modern Art

Ukrainian Artists in Paris. 1900-1939
Book Signing

December 12, 2010 at 1 pm (Sunday)

At the Ukrainian Institute for Modern Art, 2320 W Chicago Ave

Rodovid Press of Kyiv is pleased to announce a presentation of its most recent publication, Ukrainian Artists in Paris. 1900-1939, by Vita Susak of Lviv Art Gallery, Ukraine. This is the first systematic and comprehensive examination of the role and substance played by Ukrainian-born emigres to France in this time period. A great deal has been written about this time and place, this great cultural upheaval that changed so much in the world of art, but the Ukrainian contribution to that time and place has rarely been imagined. Until now.

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Concert: Nazar Dzhuryn & Mikhail Yanovitsky, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Nazar Dzhuryn & Mikhail Yanovitsky

December 18, 2010 at 7 pm (Saturday)

Performing music by L. Revutsky, V. Barvinsky, V. Silvestrov, D. Popper.

At the Ukrainian Institute for Modern Art, 2320 W Chicago Ave

Nazar Dzhuryn

A native of Lviv, Ukraine graduated from the Lviv Music School, where he studied with Evgeny Shpitzer, and earned his Master of Music degree at the Moscow State Conservatory under Prof. Igor Gavrysh. Upon graduation, Nazar taught at the Moscow State Conservatory as an assistant professor before moving to Chicago in 1998. Since then, he has been in high demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and teacher.

Mikhail Yanovitsky

Born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Mikhail Yanovitsky began his piano studies with his mother, Larisa, and with Marina Wolf at the Leningrad Special Music School for gifted children, and at the age of eighteen entered the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Mikhail Voskressensky. Shortly after arriving in the US, he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions (1991), a significant recognition.

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