Monthly Archives: March 2011

Theater: The Cherry Orchard, Ravens Theater, May 31-July 23

The Cherry Orchard
Ravens Theater
By Anton Chekhov

Directed by Michael Menendian

May 31-July 23, 2011

Previews: May 31 through June 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Opening Night: Sunday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Performances continue through July 23, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm

“It is 1904 and the Ranevsky family’s funds are running low, largely due to the spendthrift ways of the family matriarch. In this sensual and genteel comedy the family faces financial ruin unless strong measures are taken to save the estate. Will they heed the advice of a local merchant or will they be condemned by their own aristocratic manners?”
Tickets $20-$40:

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STARTALK Russian Teacher Program: Second Language and Immersion Methodologies, Concordia Language Villages

Concordia Language Villages is pleased to announce that we have received a generous grant from STARTALK to offer a 4-credit graduate course in Second Language and Immersion Methodologies at the Russian Language Village.

Second Language and Immersion Methodologies for  STARTALK RUSSIAN TEACHERS Grades K- 16

Dates:  June 23 – July 9, 2011
Location:  Concordia Language Villages, Bemidji, Minnesota

Application:  Attached

Description:  The Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century and principles of second language and immersion pedagogy serve as the framework for this four-credit graduate level course.  A residential program designed for K-16 teachers of Russian, the participants will enhance their understanding of best practices in teaching Russian through participation in language learning groups and activities at Lesnoe Ozero, the Russian Language Village of Concordia Language Villages.  Active participation in the Russian Language Village program will be accompanied by class discussions about the methods observed and current research onsecond language acquisition.  Observation, participation in, and analysis of a variety of methodologies in action at Lesnoe Ozero will help participants define their personal instructional philosophy.  The use of music to teach Russian will be highlighted in the program with discussions facilitated by guest presenter, Dr. Laurie Iudin-Nelson.   Because of the building configuration of the Russian Language Village, participants will be able to live on-site for this experience, participating in the daily schedule as observers and co-leaders of activities as appropriate.  They will also have their own classes to discuss professional readings, share observations, and prepare materials for use at Russian Language Village and in their classrooms.  The program director is Lara Ravitch, Dean of the Russian Language Village.  She will also serve as an instructor, specializing in content-based instruction.  Dr. Laurie Iudin-Nelson, Director of Russian Studies and Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, will be a guest presenter.  Donna Clementi, Director of Education and Research at Concordia Language Villages, will be the lead instructor.  Four graduate credits will be awarded for successful completion of the course.

Program costs:
$1680  Tuition for the four-credit graduate course ($420/graduate credit)
$640    Housing and all meals at the Russian Language Village

Full scholarships in the amount of $2310 are available to participants through the STARTALK program.  In addition, each participant will receive up to $300 to defray the costs of travel to Bemidji, Minnesota.

STARTALK scholarships are available to applicants who are selected to participate in the program.  Selection is based on response to the question about motivation for applying to the STARTALK program, and current/future teaching situation.

Please contact Donna Clementi if you have any questions.

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Heritage Language Teacher Workshop, National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA, Application Deadline May 1

National Heritage Language Resource Center 2011 Heritage Language Teacher Workshop
Dates: July 17-22, 2011 Application Deadline: May 1, 2011

Do you have students in your K-16 language classroom or community school who are home speakers of the language you are teaching, i.e. heritage learners? Consider applying for a one-week workshop in July that targets this population. You’ll have a chance to collaborate with teachers from Los Angeles and across the country as you learn to design your own curriculum for classes with heritage students as well as those with both heritage and second language learners. The workshop will also address topics such as selecting appropriate materials and assessment tools for heritage learners. Workshop faculty are experts in both heritage language teaching and bridging the gap between theory and practice, making for a dynamic learning environment.

The workshop’s goals are to:
1. Understand the differences and similarities between L2 and HL teaching, including assessment
2. Set goals for HL instruction that differ from objectives for L2 programs
3. Design a curriculum that takes students’ initial proficiencies into account.
4. Incorporate knowledge of the community including use of demographic tools in curricular design and materials development.
5. Incorporate National Foreign Language Standards and California Standards for World Languages into teaching.

There is no charge for this workshop. A limited number of stipends will be available to cover travel & accommodations for out-of-state participants. Please visit the NHLRC website ( for more information and to apply.

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“The Bulgarian Language and Literature in the European Cultural Region: Traditions and Perspectives,” University of Szeged, Hungary, Application Deadline April 15

We would like to invite you and your colleagues to

an International Conference of Bulgarian Studies

“The Bulgarian Language and Literature in the European Cultural Region:

Traditions and Perspectives”

The forthcoming conference is organised by the Department of Slavic Studies of the University of Szeged, by the Local Bulgarian Government of Szeged and by the Bulgarian Friendship Society.


The conference will take place at the Department of Slavic Studies of the University of Szeged

26th and 27th May, 2011

(Address: 2 Egyetem utca, Szeged, 6722, Hungary)


The languages of the conference will be all Slavic languages, English, and German.


You can apply to the following sections:

  1. History of the Bulgarian Language
  2. Linguistics
  3. Literary studies
  4. Ethnology and cultural anthropology


To take part in the conference you will be required to:

–          complete and return the application form with a 100 word summary of your planned lecture and e-mail it to the conference coordinator, Mónika Farkas Baráthi, to


–          fees are to be paid at the conference – 6000 Forints (≈ 23 euros)


The above fees will cover refreshments during the conference and the cost of the reception party.  Participants will also receive a conference booklet that will include the accepted lectures.


Applications and summaries are to be sent by the deadline of 15th April, 2011.

Accepted applicants will be informed by 20th April, 2011.

Travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the participants or the institution they represent.


If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the conference coordinator:

Mónika Farkas Baráthi

University of Szeged

Department of Slavic Studies

2 Egyetem u., Szeged 6722, Hungary

Tel: + 36 20 828 09 32, Fax: + 36 62 544 160



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Workshop on the Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment, Linguistic Society of America 2011 Summer Institute, July 30-31

Workshop on the Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment


This workshop will discuss and analyze the major sociolinguistic factors in the process of language endangerment. This will take the form of presentations on particular communities from an insider and outsider perspective, as well as overview presentations on specific types of endangerment factors. We will also attempt to provide some examples of successful language maintenance and revitalization strategies.

The workshop is sponsored by the Comité International Permanent des Linguistes and is organized by the CIPL Professor in the 2011 LSA Summer Institute, David Bradley. The workshop will comprise invited presentations and a summary panel discussion session on Saturday July 30. The planned list of invited speakers includes David Bradley, La Trobe U; James Cowell, U of Colorado; Pierpaolo diCarlo, SUNY Buffalo; Lise Dobrin, U of Virginia; Arienne Dwyer, U of Kansas; Lenore Grenoble, U of Chicago; Barbra Meek, U of Michigan; and Ofelia Zepeda, U of Arizona. The examples will be drawn primarily from the Americas, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.

Abstracts are now invited for presentations on Sunday July 31, either in 15-minute talks or in poster form. These should be sent by March 31, 2011 to David Bradley and speakers will be advised by May 15, 2011 whether their presentations have been accepted.


  • David Bradley, d DOT bradley AT latrobe DOT edu DOT au


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Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, with support from the Soviet Arts Experience are proud to present:

Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia Lecture Series

In conjunction with the Soviet Arts Experience, CEERES presents a lecture series that explores life under communism beyond Soviet metropoles.

Katherine Verdery (CUNY), Thursday, March 31st;
@ 4:30pm in Haskell 315
“An Anthropologist under Surveillance: Fieldwork and the Romanian Secret Police”

• Russell Zanca (Northeastern Illinois University), Tuesday, April 12th;
@ 5pm in Classics 110
“There’s More to Pilaf than Rice and Meat: Chewing the Fat and Then Some in Uzbekistan”

• Neringa Klumbyte (Miami University), Thursday, April 28th;
@ 5pm in the Franke Institute
“The Intimacy of Power: Laughter, Citizenship, and Coexistence in the Soviet-Lithuanian HumorJournal Broom”

Sponsored by CEERES, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information please contact CEERES at or 773-702-0875.

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CEERES Friends: Department of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago has a long and proud tradition of scholarly excellence and leadership in the discipline. This is, perhaps, an even more exciting time than usual because they have just made substantial additions of excellent young anthropologists to our faculty. They are intent on maintaining the traditional foci of the Department while developing emerging centers of theoretical interest in the discipline and beyond. Some of the areas that are currently enjoying particular attention by faculty and students in archaeology as well as linguistic and sociocultural anthropology include: semiotic approaches to culture, postcoloniality, human rights and indigenous rights, globalization, critiques of neoliberalism, the politics of gender and sexuality, the analysis of place and space, and the anthropological study of science. Each of these research areas is enhanced by the Department’s longstanding commitment to training students in the history and foundations of social and cultural theory. The encouragement of free-ranging discussions with fellow students and small, hands-on research seminars and workshops contributes to the excellent training of Anthropology students.

A list of workshops affiliated with the Department of Anthropology

Anthropology of Europe Workshop is frequently visited by experts on the CEERES regio.

Sign up for news and announcements on the following listserv: anthropology graduate students

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Summer School of Slavonic Languages in Olomouc, Czech Republic, Application Deadline June 30


25th course: July 23 – August 20, 2011

The Summer School of Slavonic Languages (SSSL) at the Philosophical Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc organizes courses of Czech language for foreigners and also other courses in Slavonic languages, Russian language or Polish language in particular, for students from other countries. The Summer School is designed for professors, senior lecturers, lectors and students of Czech language and literature or Slavonic studies, translators, journalists and people from the general public interested in Czech language, literature, history, and culture. The programme comprises also courses for beginners. English and Czech are communicative languages used according to students’ level. The lessons are complemented with additional events – film club, theatre workshop, workshop of folklore dances, two one-day trips and a weekend trip to Prague, etc. (see below).

After finishing the intensive language course each student of the SSSL will receive a certificate stating the achieved language level (based on test results). The four-week SSSL course corresponds to one academic semester/term of Czech philology at the University. The number of credits will be awarded to the students by their home universities. Students, who fail the final exam or who will not finish the course from various reasons (see below), will receive a certification of attendance at the SSSL course.

Since 2007, the University has provided the students the opportunity to obtain an international certificate of the European Union, so called ECL exam – more information can be found on, or here. Information about the exam will be also provided during the summer course.

T rooms and the University library are available to students. Internet is also available to students accommodated in the dormitories of Palacký University.

Applicants for the Scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic are advised to contact the Czech Embassy in their home country. The scholarships are awarded only to candidates nominated by responsible authorities in the partner countries; the number of such participants is limited. More information about the application process, deadlines, etc. is to be found at Czech consulates and embassies abroad. If you prefer the Summer School in Olomouc to the other schools in the Czech Republic, please state this clearly in your application form.

You can participate in the Summer School course as an individually paying participant covering all the costs.

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Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW), the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Application Deadline April 1

Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is located just 2 1/2 hours southwest of Chicago in the sister towns of Champaign and Urbana. Housing is readily available on and off campus. It is the perfect location to spend your summer studying. The Department of Linguistics, with support from the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies , Center for African Studies, CIBER, Center for Global Studies,European Union Center and REEEC, offers the Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) with intensive courses in a variety of Muslim world languages, including Arabic, Bosnian, Pashto, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu and Wolof. The eight-week program incorporates intensive languages study with cultural experience and activities. Course material covers two semesters of study for each prospective language, which is transferable to many universities for credit.

As SILMW participants, students are able to utilize all UI resources, which include an extensive library network, high quality gyms, campus wi-fi, computer labs, and others. The application is available online at and the application fee is only $150 for graduate or undergraduate students.  Past students have enjoyed their experience with SILMW and plan to return to the program.  Note that due to an agreement with the university administration, all SILMW students will pay in-state tuition fees regardless of their resident states!

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2011

Dates of study: June 11 – August 4, 2011


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Host Families Sought for Legislative Fellows from Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia




March 11, 2011

To:  Persons Interested in Ukraine, Georgia, and/or Russia

I am writing to explore whether you might be able to help identify potential host families (or individuals) for members of a group of Legislative Fellows scheduled to arrive in the United States in early April from Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia.

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS) is placing 33 Legislative Fellows from Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia in government themed mini-fellowships across the country fromApril 2 – April 30.

The Legislative Fellows will be traveling to the United States as part of the federally-funded Legislative Fellows Program (LFP). Initiated in 2005, under the auspices of the Legislative Education and Practice program, the LFP affords talented and promising young professionals from the three aforementioned countries the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, the United States government and the American political process.

LFP Fellows are competitively-selected public servants between 25 and 35 years of age drawn from diverse backgrounds. They are college educated (many have advanced degrees in law or international studies), have solid professional qualifications, and speak fluent English as demonstrated by a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam.  They are eager to learn how Americans address a range of political issues so that they may better their own societies.

Work sites have already been identified for the incoming Legislative Fellows but now it necessary to identify host families and/or individuals in many of the cities to which the Fellows will be assigned.

Specifically, host families are needed for the following cities:

  • Orange County, CA – Georgian
  • San Francisco, CA – Ukrainian
  • Boulder, CO – Russian
  • Denver, CO – Georgian
  • Hartford, CT – Ukrainian
  • Washington, DC  – Ukrainian + Georgian
  • Smyrna, GA – Russian
  • Elwood, IL – Russian
  • Indianapolis, IN – Russian
  • Southfield, MI – Russian
  • Greensborough, NC – Russian
  • Albany, NY – Russian
  • Harrisburg, PA – Georgian
  • Philadelphia, PA – Russian
  • Arlington, VA – Georgian
  • Montpelier, VT – Georgian

American Councils has invited me to assist, in a consulting capacity, in identifying potential host families and/or individuals.  Accordingly, I am contacting you to explore whether you might be able to serve refer me to persons who might be interested. I have provided below some basic information about being a host family.

** Hosting commitment: April 2 – April 30, 2011.

** Host “parent(s)” must be at least 30 years of age;

** Able to provide room and board (two meals a day during the week and three on weekends);

** Fellows have money for lunches;

** Accessibility to public transportation;

** English speakers at home (strongly preferred).

** Interest in intercultural exchange;

** Fellows receive a roundtrip ticket from their home country, medical insurance, a modest stipend, and an allowance for public transportation.

Unfortunately, the Legislative Fellows Program is not able to reimburse host families for any costs they incur or for their support.

Upon request, I would be happy to provide additional materials that provide more details about the Legislative Fellows Program or to answer any questions that you might have. Alternatively, feel free to contact Leslie Ryan, the program manager for the Legislative Fellows Program at American Councils at 202-833-7522 or LRyan@americancouncils.orgYou can also find information on-line at:

Again, please let me know if you might be interested in serving as a host family or can provide me with any contacts for prospective host families and/or individuals.

Please feel free to share this inquiry with others.

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you.


Ken Bossong

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer-Ukraine (’00-’03)

Co-director, Ukrainian-American Environmental Association

Day: 301-270-6477 x.11

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