Monthly Archives: April 2011

Presentation: Spotlight on Poland’s Jewish Revival, Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, May 12

WARSAW: Spotlight on Poland’s Jewish Revival

Join the Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International for the Spotlight on Poland’s Jewish Revival, a panel presentation and public discussion about the remarkable revitalization of Jewish life and culture currently taking place in Poland, and its significance for Jewish and Polish communities in Poland and worldwide, as well as for Jewish-Polish relations. Following the panel presentations, the audience will be invited to join us for discussion and refreshments.When: Thursday, May 12
Where: Chicago Cultural Center – Sidney R. Yates Gallery
78 E. Washington Street
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Panel 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
Free and open to the public

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Lecture: Alexander Genis, Chicago Russian Literary Salon, May 15 [rus]

A знаем ли мы еще человека, который может и сказать (, и написать (, и поделиться (… ну, а уж приготовить! – смотрите:

Друзья мои, по вашим неоднократным, многочисленным, настойчивым просьбам, к нам приезжает – нет, давайте я скажу жизнерадостное «возвращается» — веселый человек, писатель, журналист, культуролог, кулинар и путешественник Александр Генис.   На вечере прозвучат новые рассказы и эссе, но главное, главное-то…  Я, наконец, спрошу Гениса, за что он так презирает food-processor, не считает его мясорубкой, и что делать, когда ничего другого нет!  А вы тоже можете его спросить – про многое, не только, конечно же, про котлеты.  Про политику, литературу, Морокко, эмиграцию, рыбную ловлю, кино или футбол.


Встреча с Александром Генисом состоится в воскресенье, 15-го мая, в 6 часов вечера.

1. Computer Systems Institute,

8950 Gross Point Road, Skokie (паркинг вокруг здания института, неподалеку метро для тех, кто пользуетя городским транспортом)

2.  $ 20

3.  По порыву сердца – вкусности для нашего чудесного антракта

4.  Стулья.  (други, давно я вас не просила о стульях – спасибо CSI за их щедрый подарок, стульев стало много… но нас стало еще больше!  И в этот вечер я ожидаю много гостей – пожалуйста, захватите, по возможности, складные стулья!)



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Festival: Chicago Turkish Festival, Daley Plaza, May 22-25

Chicago Turkish Festival
CTF2011Daley Plaza, 22-25th May, 2011
It is the 9th year of this increasingly popular festival will again be held at one of downtown Chicago’s busiest squares, right across from City Hall on the block of Washington Street between Clark and Dearborn.
The Festival will be open to general public free of charge from 10 AM to 6 PM CST. Free live performances will take place between noon and 2 PM at the Daley Plaza stage every day.
This year’s Festival will once again feature demonstrations of art, film, dance, music and gourmet food, where Chicagoans will get the opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savor Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine.
Without leaving the comfort of Daley Plaza, visitors will vividly experience various regions of Turkey together with the participants from Turkey and Turkish-Americans living in the culturally diverse community of Chicago. Visitors will be able to browse and buy Turkish products, souvenirs and handicrafts, find travel information, participate in activities for children, view many authentic demonstrations and performances, sample Turkish cuisine, and domuch, much more at the Festival.
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Film: The Officer’s Wife, Chicago International Film Festival, June 1, June 4

Together with the Chicago Cultural Center and our consular and cultural partners, the International Connections Committee of Cinema/Chicago is pleased to present the 8th annual International Screenings Program, voted by the Chicago Reader as the “BestFree Film Series in Chicago” in 2010.

This weekly film series, running May 4 – September 24, showcases 21 films from around the world that are not widely available in the U.S. The films, representing a wide array of genres from heart-pounding thrillers and laugh-out-loud comedies to soul-stirring dramas and poignant romances, demonstrate the wealth and artistry of filmmaking cultures from around the world.

For a complete film schedule, please visit:

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The SARS Home and Abroad Program Scholarship, The School of Russian and Asian Studies, Applications Deadline May 13

The SRAS Home and Abroad Program
a scholarship program for future translators, academics, and adventurers!

This Program is Available in:
Recently restored church in downtown Irkutsk.Irkutsk State Linguistic University
Far Eastern National University is located in Vladivostok, a major military and naval baseVladivostok State University of Economics and Service

The SRAS Home and Abroad Program offers $10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad. The scholarship may be applied to any SRAS program held in Irkutsk or Vladivostok lasting a full academic year. A rigorous internship component will be included with the program.

The Internship
Students begin their internship from home. Under the guidance of SRAS staff, students will translate texts ranging in subject matter from business to politics to culture. These projects will widen students’ Russian vocabularies while helping them develop a marketable skill in a much-needed profession. Students will continue translating once in Russia and will also take on tasks that will encourage them to get out, explore, and be active. Students will write restaurant and cultural event reviews for the SRAS website, as well as update our online city guide and our student university guide. Students additionally will research and write three three-page articles and complete one major translation project (usually a political platform) during the course of their program. Most of the student’s work will be published online on and/or our partners’ sites, creating a solid profess! io! ! ! nal portfolio.

The Program
Eligible programs for this scholarship include full-year sessions ofRussian as a Second Language (RSL)The Russian Far East (RFE), and Siberian Studies (SS). If the student selects RFE or SS, the internship listed for the second semester will be with SRAS but will include additional tasks related to Siberia or the Russian Far East.

The Student
Applicants will have advanced Russian skills and strong writing and research skills. The student will be well-organized, motivated, have his/her own laptop, and be able check email once per day. Most translation projects will be expected to be completed 72 hours after they are assigned. The student will be able to work independently and creatively. The student will be adventurous and eager to explore their chosen Russian city independently.

Program Dates
Applications Due: May 13, 2010!
Internship from Home Begins: June 1
Program Abroad Begins: September 5

The Application
Students will apply according to SRAS’s regular application procedure, indicating which city and program they are interested in and listing “Home and Abroad Program” as an additional program of choice. In addition, students must submit two academic papers longer than 10 pages. Students will submit additionally one paragraph explaining why they want to participate in this program as well as a letter of recommendation from a former (current) employer and a former (current) professor. All of these additional materials should be emailed to Josh Wilson, SRAS Assistant Director, at All questions about the Home and Abroad program may be addressed to Josh Wilson.

Start Your Application!

The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) represents universities and educational programs across Russia and Eurasia. Through our partnerships with these organizations, we offer a wide range of educational and travel programs designed to meet the needs of foreign students. We also offer services to assist students in performing and publishing research abroad and at home. These services range from interviews with local personalities to an academic journal designed for students. See our site for more information. Contact us (via a reply email) with any questions.


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Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW), University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, June 13 – August 6

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with theCenter for South Asian and Middle Eastern StudiesCenter for African StudiesCIBERCenter for Global StudiesEuropean Union Center and REEEC is pleased to host the 3rd Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World in summer 2011 (June 13 – August 6, 2011). 

SILMW will offer intensive courses in a variety of Muslim world languages, including Arabic, Arabic-English Translation, Bamana/Bambara, Bosnian/Serbian/Croat/Montenegran, Pashto, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu and Wolof.

SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World and interact with experts in this region. In addition to classroom instruction, SILMW will offer a variety of extracurricular activities designed to enhance classroom instruction, provide additional channels for language contact and practice, and expose learners to the traditions of the Muslim World communities. These extracurricular activities include research forums, picnics, conversation tables, cooking classes, music & dance performances, movie screenings, field trips, lectures and other cultural activities.

The SILMW is being organized by a committee consists of Drs. Eyamba Bokamba (Director),Peyman Nojoumian (Associate Director), Rakesh BhattJames YoonErcan BalciMargaret Njeru, and Eman Saadah from the Department of Linguistics.

The deadline for sending applications has been extended to April 30, 2011. Please access Online Application here.

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Intensive Summer School: Ottoman Paleography, Yildiz Technical University, June 20 – August 6

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Croatian Instructor, Language Trainers Chicago

A message from Language Trainers:

We are a successful language training company working with freelance trainers all over the world to provide private tuition for numerous languages, but mainly in the US and the UK. We have students (private and corporate) who need to learn languages, anytime and anywhere. Thus we organize teachers for them at their offices or their homes.

One of our clients in Chicago, IL 60654 would like to have a General Croatian tuition. Lessons should start as soon as possible. Location of the classes and schedule could be re-arranged. The salary is negotiable depending on qualifications and experience. We are also happy to discuss travel costs.

In order to be eligible for this position, you should be a native speaker of the language and/or have a language degree and at least two years experience in teaching. You will also be required a visa/working permit if you are not a citizen of the country where we are currently searching. Candidates who do not match these criteria will not be considered in the recruitment process. The company offers freelance-part time positions, and can not sponsor your visa.

If you think you are the right teacher for this position please send your resume and references to

We require very little administration or paperwork from you.

If you are not available for this position but would like to be considered for further opportunities, or would like to teach a different language in a different location, we kindly ask you to upload your resume at .
We will keep your contact details confidential and contact you as soon as we have a position to offer in your location.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Kind Regards,
Mariana Sosa – Teacher Recruitment Coordinator

Language Trainers – established 2004
“Any language, any time, anywhere”
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Conference: Rethinking Europe: New Approaches and Methodologies to the Study of Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries, University of Minnesota, October 27-31

Rethinking Europe: New Approaches and Methodologies to the Study of Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries

At the end of the nineteenth century, Western Europe considered itself to be the  center of the world. The military strength and economic resources of European  countries, along with centuries of imperialist policies that spread European technology, culture and politics had resulted in empires that spanned the globe. One hundred years later a post-fascist, post-communist, post-colonial, arguably-united Europe struggles to define itself and its position on an increasingly interconnected world stage. While the successes of the European Union have brought some sense of unity to a continent split by a century of war, debates about migration, currencies and economic stability, citizenship, education, welfare, and international relations continue to divide Europeans.

The Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota invites paper proposals from advanced graduate students for a workshop October 27-31, 2011, focusing on Europe’s position in and to the world in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Participants will meet in Minneapolis and workshop pre-circulated papers of 20-30 pages in length. University of Minnesota faculty and graduate students will provide additional commentary throughout the sessions. Housing will be covered by the Center for German and European Studies for all participants; substantial funds are also available to  offset the costs of air travel.

In particular we invite interdisciplinary projects that employ new methodologies,  theories, and frameworks toward defining a global Europe.

Topics may include, but need not be limited to:

-Ethnic, geographic, racial, and political definitions of Europe

-European and postcolonial migrations

-European colonialisms, metropole/periphery dichotomies

-analyses of the national, international, and transnational

-cultural, ideological, national identities

-the European Union

– issues of pedagogy, ie. teaching Europe in a global context

Interested graduate students should submit a cover letter briefly describing  their work, CV, and an up-to 300-word abstract to by 31 May 2011. Selected participants will be notified by mid June.

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Colloquium: “Stanisław Brzozowski and His Sociology of Self,” Dr. Roma Sendyaka, May 18

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