Monthly Archives: April 2011

CEERES News Submission Deadline May 9

Dear CEERES Community,

CEERES is now collecting information for the Spring 2011 edition of the CEERES Newsletter. Examples of news include, but are not limited to: announcements of conferences, lectures, workshops, or new courses; information on recent publications, library acquisitions, awards, honors, exciting research or outreach endeavors; and information about any grant/funding/internship/job opportunities that might be of interest. We would also love to hear what our graduates are doing in their lives after the UofC!

To make sure that information is time-appropriate, the deadline for submissions is MONDAY, May 9th, 2011.

You can find our previous publications posted online at:

Please send information to Andy Graan at Feel free to call if you have questions or comments (702-0875). We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

— Andrew Graan
Outreach Coordinator
University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies
5835 S. Kimbark Ave., Judd Hall 321
Chicago, IL  60637
(773) 702-0875

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Film: Mongol, Central Asian Studies Society, Harper 141, Wednesday, April 27, 6pm




Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan
Starring Tadanobu Asano, Honglei Sun, Khulan Chuluun, Amadu Mamadakov
Written by Arif Aliev & Sergei Bodrov
Directed by Sergei Bodrov
2 hours 6 minutes
MPAA rated R for sequences of bloody warfare.

Award-winning Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov (Prisoner of the Mountains) illuminates the life and legend of Genghis Khan in his stunning historical epic, MongolMongol delves into the dramatic and harrowing early years of the ruler who was born as Temüjin in 1162. As it follows Temüjin from his perilous childhood to the battle that sealed his destiny, the film paints a multidimensional portrait of the future conqueror. Mongol shows us the making of an extraordinary man, and the foundation on which much so much of his greatness rested: his wife Börte, his lifelong love and most trusted advisor.

Mongol, from its thrilling battles to its intimate romance, has the look, scale,
story and feel of an old-fashioned epic in the best and biggest sense of the word.”
Orlando Sentinel

“The action sequences here are first-rate, the performances are uniformly excellent,
the cinematography as good as I’ve seen in any film this year.”
—Richard Roeper

“As a visual spectacle, it is all but overwhelming, putting to shame
some of the recent historical epics from Hollywood.”
—Roger Ebert

“Bodrov has simply created an overwhelmingly awesome Khan who could believably
conquer the overwhelmingly awesome landscape over the course of two more films.”
—M.E. Russell

Mongol is the first film of a proposed trilogy that charts his conquest of half the
known world. If the sequels match this one, they can’t come soon enough.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“I don’t know the Mongolian word for panache, but Mongol‘s got plenty of it.
The battle scenes are as notable for their clarity as their intensity…”
Wall Street Journal

“Russian filmmaker Sergei Bodrov contrasts images of sweeping
landscape and propulsive battle with potent scenes of emotional
intimacy in Mongol, his quite grand, quite exotic, David Lean-style epic.”
Entertainment Weekly

Week 5, Wednesday, April 27, 6:00

Harper Hall, Room 141
Anyone needing assistance with accommodation, please e-mail Bill Walsh at

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B.2. Talk: “Dangerous Lullabies: Istanbulite Armenian Grandmothers and Their Testimonies,” Melissa Bilal, The Armenian Circle and the Armenian Student Association, Pick 218, April 27, 6pm

Armenian Circle and the Armenian Student Association at the U of C, in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, present


By Melissa Bilal
Ph.D. Student, Dept. of Music

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 6pm
Pick 218
5828 S. University Ave., Chicago

Middel Eastern food will be served.

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CANCELED: Workshop: “Afghan good enough is good enough: Gender and Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan,” Helen Kinsella, PIPES, April 28, 4-6pm

Tomorrow’s (4/28) PIPES session will unfortunately be canceled.  Helen Kinsella is sick and cannot travel.

The Program on International Politics, Economics, and Security (PIPES) will host:


Helen Kinsella

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Afghan good enough is good enough:

Gender and Counterinsurgency inAfghanistan”

Discussant: John Stevenson

Thursday April 28, 2011


PIPES meets from 4-6pm in PICK 506, 5828 S. University Avenue.

Please direct any comments or questions about PIPES to Felicity Vabulas at


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Film: Tony and Janina’s American Wedding, UCCIR, Harper 103, Thursday, April 28, 7pm

A message from our friends at PASA and UCCIR:

Join UCCIR for a screening of Tony and Janina’s American Wedding, a documentary about a Polish American family in Chicago torn apart by deportation.

Thurs, April 28th
7-8:30 pm
Harper 103

There will be popcorn!

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Concert: Music/Words series, Mark Levine and Inna Faliks, Pianoforte Foundation, May 1

Mark Levine, a member of the Permanent Faculty in Poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of Debt (1993), Enola Gay (2000) and The Wilds (2006), will appear with pianist Inna Faliks on Sunday, May 1 at 3:00, in a series called Music/Words at the Pianoforte Foundation, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Studio 825.  Faliks will play works by Schubert, Beethoven, and a piece written for her by contemporary composer Ljva Zhurbin, and Levine will read from a new work, Rue Dementia.

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Dissertation: Karen Underhill, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, May 6

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Workshop: Anthropology of Europe Call for Presenters, University of Chicago

A message from our friends at the Anthropology of Europe Workshop:

Dear friends and colleagues,

Its that time of year when we are soliciting people interested in
presenting at next year’s Anthropology of Europe workshop. At the
moment, we are looking for people who are potentially interested (i.e.,
you are not full committing yourself as of yet) as we put together our
CAS application.  Also, we would love to get feedback on any ideas you
might have for invited speakers from outside the University of Chicago.

If you are available to present and/or have some suggestions about who you
would like to see present, please email Tracey Rosen
( or Eli Thorkelson ( Hope
everyone is having a good spring quarter, and we look forward to hearing
from you soon.

All the best,
Tracey Rosen and Eli Thorkelson

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Concert: Folksong in the Soviet Era: Identity, Art, and Union, St. Josaphat Parish, Golosa Russian Choir, April 30


Folksong in the Soviet Era: Identity, Art, and Union

GolosaConcert and multimedia presentation

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 7:30 pm, pre-concert lecture at 7 PM

Founded in 1997 at The University of Chicago, Golosa is a Russian choir using folksongs, dance, stories, images, and traditional instruments to tell the story of the peoples who evolved and persevered through the Soviet era, including the Old Believers. The performance will describe cultural exchange between Moscow, Siberia, and the Americas, focusing on the use of sound in heralding regional identity within the context of larger unions. It will also explore folksongs and lore known by Russians and former Soviet citizens from all places, which were maps to navigating through and past the Soviet world.

Pre-concert lecture, 7 PM. Speaker: linguistic anthropologist and choir alumna Kate Graber, University of Michigan.


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Luncheon: President of Croatia on Reconciliation & Criminal Responsibility for War Crimes, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, May 2

Reconciliation and Criminal Responsibility for War Crimes

His Excellency Prof. Dr. Ivo Josipović, President, Republic of Croatia

His Excellency Ivo JosipovićIvo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia, won the Presidential elections on 10 January 2010 and took his oath of office as President of the Republic of Croatia on 18 February 2010.

As a legal expert he took part in the UN PrepCom for the establishment of the International Criminal Court as well as at the Rome Diplomatic Conference. He was an associate-expert of the Council of Europe for monitoring prison systems in a number of countries. As a legal expert he drafted or codrafted a number of Croatian legislative bills and he represented Croatia before the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He participated in a number of international projects, and as an expert of the Council of Europe participated in the evaluation of prisons in Ukraine, Mongolia and Azerbaijan. Prior to his election to the office of the President Josipović was a university professor, a member of the Croatian Parliament and a composer. He taught Criminal Procedure Law, International Penal Law and Misdemeanour Law. His special fields of interest include: penal law, criminal procedure, misdemeanour, international penal law, war crimes, international courts, human rights, fight against corruption and organised crime.

At the Zagreb Music Academy he taught Harmony. He has composed some 50 compositions for different ensembles (symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, soloists) that are performed by eminent Croatian and foreign artists, published as sheet music or some twenty sound storage media. He has received Croatian and international artistic prizes and awards, inter alia, the Grand Prix of the European Broadcasting Union and two Porin Croatian Record Awards.

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011


The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

12:00 p.m.
Registration and Networking Reception

12:15 p.m.
Luncheon, Formal Remarks, and Q&A

1:45 p.m.

$50 Members
$60 Nonmembers

Advance registration by 12:00 noon on Friday, April 29, is required. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

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