Monthly Archives: April 2011

Workshop: Digital Video Editing Demo Using iMovie, Center for the Study of Languages, April 13

Center for the Study of Languages

Using iMovie

Where: CSL
Room: Cobb 210
Date: April 13, 2011
Time: 1:30 pm

Tami Wysocki-Niimi will hold a demo on the basics of video editing
using iMovie ’09. In this hour-long session Tami will cover importing
video, basic video editing, subtitling, and options for exporting
your edited video.

(Please note: This presentation was originally scheduled for February
9th, a week after the demo on using Digital Video Cameras, but
because of the Blizzaster this presentation had to be postponed and
rescheduled. Though these two presentations are on similar topics,
your attendance at the camera demo is not required in order to attend
the editing presentation.)

Refreshments will be served.

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Film: Genghis Blues (1999), Central Asian Society and Turkish Circle, Cobb Hall, April 13, 6pm


You are Invited to Join
the Central Asian Studies Society and Turkish Circle
for a Special Screening of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary Film:


(1999) Directed by Roko Belic, 88 minutes

The University of Chicago
Wednesday, April 13
Cobb Hall, Room 210
6:00 PM


At once whimsical and profound, Genghis Blues chronicles the journey of blind blues legend Paul Pena as he discovers the ancient art of Tuvan throat singing and participates in the national competition. Belic’s brand of freestyle filmmaking brings an infectious energy to this documentary, which is both a powerful, personal portrait of a musician and the story of a unique cultural exchange. Where Pena suffers personal injustice from being black and disabled at home, he experiences overwhelming acceptance, respect, and admiration in Tuva. Belic’s playfully earnest camera captures Pena’s excitement as he travels through the country, experiencing the drama of competition, witnessing spectacular performances, and astounding audiences with his musical ability.Genghis Blues is a testament to the transformative powers of music.


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Film: Heart of Two Nations, Armenian Circle, Cobb Hall, April 14, 4:30pm

The Armenian Circle at the U of C presents

“Heart of Two Nations” a documentary about Hrant Dink by Nouritza Matossian

Thursday, April 14
Cobb 210

All are welcome. It is in English.

Check the trailer:

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Film: The Lovers of the Valldemosa Monastery, Film Studies Center, April 17

The Department of Music

invites you to a film screening of a 2010 opera about Frédéric Chopin by

Marta Ptaszynska
Helen B.& Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Music and the Humanities

Sunday, April 17 at 6:00 pm
Film Studies Center, Cobb Hall 306

Free and open to the public.

The Lovers of the Valldemosa Monastery was commissioned by the Grand Opera Theatre in Lodz and the Polish Ministry of culture for the Frederic Chopin Bicentennial Year 2010.

Libretto, synopsis, and more information can be found in Goodspeed Notes.

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Series on Human Trafficking at UChicago Law School

Monday, April 18, 2011
Human Trafficking: Global Problems, Global Solutions
Lunch (12:15 – 1:20 PM)
Room III, The Law School
Panelists: Prof. Mohamed Mattar (Georgetown Law Center, Johns Hopkins University SAIS), Prof. Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago Law School)
Lunch generously funded by Student Government.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Directing Traffic: The Migration Patterns and Consequences of Human Trafficking
Lunch (12:15 – 1:20 PM)
Room V, The Law School
Prof. Charlotte Walker, head of the Human Rights Department, will lecture on the impact of migration and criminal laws on sex trafficking– and vice versa– using particularly data and information from the EU, Turkey, and the Near East.
Lunch generously funded by Student Government.

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Funding: Professional Development for Summer 2011 and Autumn 2011, Center for the Study of Languages, Application Deadline May 6

A message from our friends in the Center for the Study of Languages:
CSL Funds for Professional Development for Summer 2011 and Autumn 2011

Funding will again be available to support professional development for faculty or graduate student language instructors who would like to pursue training in language teaching, assessment, and/or technology over the summer or in the fall. In some instances, it may also be possible to support conference travel related to language pedagogy. These funds are available from the general CSL budget for the support of our language faculty at the university.
At present, we would like to solicit proposals from those of you who would like to take advantage of Summer 2011 or Autumn 2011 programs, i.e., any programs, conferences, workshops, or other events through the end of the calendar year 2011. If you would like to apply, please send a cover letter describing your professional, linguistic, and scholarly interests and how the proposed program or travel fits in with your overall academic plans or career goals to <>. Please provide a description of the program and a proposed budget.
Applications should be turned in no later than Friday, May 6, 2011. Proposals will be considered by the Advisory Council to the CSL and awards will be announced by the end of May.
For advance planning, we will also do another announcement in the fall for Winter and Spring 2012 professional development.
For those of you looking for sample programs, here are some suggestions from previous summers:
ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview training (4-day workshops)
CARLA (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition)
CLEAR (Center for Language Education and Research)
CALPER (Center for Advanced Language Proficiency and Research)
NCLRC (National Capital Language Resource Center)
SALRC (The South Asia Language Resource Center) also has a nice selection of links for programs:
Please let the CSL know if you have any questions. We hope many of you will have ideas for taking advantage of this opportunity for professional development.
All the best,
Steven Clancy
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Turkish and Modern Persian Courses, Boston University Summer Term

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Georgian Intensive Language Workshop, American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS), Application Deadline May 23

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS presents theGeorgian Intensive Language Workshop, a ten-day Georgian language immersion program in Bazaleti, Georgia.


Beginning Level Workshop: June 13-22, 2011

Intermediate/Advanced Level Workshop: July 20-29, 2011


*5 hours of intensive instruction per day (3 hours per day of grammar and 2hours per day of vocabulary and conversation – 50 hours total)

*Evening activities and films

*Accommodation and 3-meals per day in the Bazaleti Training Center

*Certificate of Program Completion from American Councils


Applicants will be required to complete a bio-data form and to confirmparticipation by making a deposit of $100 by credit card or wire transfer tothe American Councils office in Washington, DC by the application deadlinedate. Final payment should be made by the same mechanisms by the programstart date.

For more information and an application, please contact:

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCEL
S Chavchavadze Ave. 27/29, Tbilisi, GEORGIA
Telephone: (995-32) 292106

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Macedonian Language and Culture Summer School, University American College Skopje, Application Deadline July 2

The  School of Foreign Languages at the University American College Skopjeis pleased to announce a Summer School in Macedonian Language and Culture.

The Summer School is designed for participants who would like to learn orimprove their Macedonian language skills while enjoying their stay in Ohridand exploring Macedonia. No previous knowledge of Macedonian is required. Beginners, intermediary and advanced courses will be offered.

The Program provides 60 hours oflanguage courses and 24 hours of culture related courses.

It lasts for three weeks, starting on July, 10th and finishing on July, 31th.

Participants from all the countries are welcome. More details are available at: Application deadline is July 2, 2011.

Application form and detailed programis available upon request from the following email:



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STARTALK Discover Russian Summer Teacher Program, Glastonbury Public Schools (CT) and Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)

The STARTALK Discover Russian Summer Teacher Program is a two-weekprofessional development program focused on quality instruction, curriculumand assessments for Russian Programs, and is available to current teachersof Russian and those interested in teaching Russian.

The Discover Russian program dates are: July 5 – 15, 2011, in Fairfax, VA,and July 18 – 29, 2011, in Glastonbury, CT.

This program is sponsored by The American Council on the Teaching of ForeignLanguages (ACTFL) and STARTALK in cooperation with Glastonbury Public Schools (CT) and Fairfax County Public Schools (VA).

There is no cost to teachers selected for this program. Each teacher willreceive a $400 travel stipend after successful program completion. Limitedhousing is available for teachers who reside outside the local area.Graduate credits are available.
The application deadline for this program is April 15, 2011.   Apply now.

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