Monthly Archives: July 2011

Full-Time Russian and English Instructor Position in Houston, TX

Full-Time Russian and English Instructor, Houston, TX.

TechTrans International, Inc. provides its clients a variety of language and travel logistics services such as language instruction, interpretation, translation, and travel coordination. Our home office is located in the Clear Lake area of Houston, TX. We are seeking a full-time Language Instructor of Russian and English. The instructor will provide classroom instruction to adult students of Russian and English at all levels. The potential candidate should have the following qualifications:

* Native or near-native fluency in both Russian and English.

* At least a Master of Arts degree in Russian or English (Ph.D. highly preferred) with an emphasis on language instruction from an accredited university in the United States; or the equivalent degree from any foreign university that has been evaluated by an accrediting institution; or equivalent relevant education.

* A demonstrated high level of interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in an often fast-paced environment.

* Minimum experience of two years in foreign language instruction in either an academic or corporate setting.

* The ability to teach Russian and English to highly motivated adult students at all levels.

* Knowledge of and experience in task-based and content-based foreign language instruction and familiarity with oral proficiency testing.

* The ability to manage a weekly teaching load of approximately 25 hours of contact time (sometimes more, sometimes less).

* The ability to develop and experience in developing instructional materials tailored to meet unique student needs in a variety of non-traditional content areas (e.g. aerospace, technical, medical).

* A proven knowledge of word processing and presentation software applications (MSWord, PowerPoint)

* The ability to provide instruction in additional languages is highly desirable.

Must be US Citizen or Permanent Resident. Employment will be in the Houston, TX metropolitan area; local candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Please complete our on-line application at, select the “Careers” tab and click on “Career Opportunities” to complete an application. Please also send a resume to, highlighting the ability to meet the qualifications outlined above, as well as any language fluency beyond Russian and English. EEO/AAP/M/F/D/V – EVerify

Posted in: Job Postings

Exhibit of WWII-era TASS Posters Opening at the Art Institute

TASS Windows on the War
During World War II, larger-than-life posters captured the Soviet Union’s fight against Nazi Germany in vibrant detail. Working from the TASS studio in Moscow, these artists and writers produced hundreds of colorful stencils for storefronts across the country. Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941–1945 is a monumental exhibition centered on these posters, which have not been seen in the United States since the end of the war. Become a member today and be among the first to see this striking presentation at a selection of member previews and lectures. Or see the exhibition when it opens to the public on July 31.




Belligerent Encounters Belligerent Encounters

Wars and revolutions have been recorded in words and images since time immemorial, commemorated in architecture, sculpture, mosaics, frescoes, and tapestries. Opening July 31, Belligerent Encounters: Graphic Chronicles of War and Revolution, 1500–1945 serves as a prelude to the retrospective Windows on the War and includes European and American prints, posters, and drawings spanning almost 500 years of unrest and turmoil. Members get the first look with three days of exclusive member previews.

Posted in: Chicago Events

American Councils for International Education Accepting Applications for Research and Language Training Grants for the CEERES Region

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is now accepting applications for its 2012-2013 Title VIII Grants for Research and Advanced Language Training programs in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for these awards. The application deadline for all Title VIII fellowships is October 1, 2011. Please note that Title VIII Research Scholar Program and Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program must begin between June 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013; and must be completed by September 30, 2013. Title VIII Southeast European Language Training Program offers fellowships for Spring 2012 and Summer 2012 only.


Fellowships will be offered in three categories:

*Title VIII Research Scholar Program: Provides full support for three- to nine-month research trips to Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Ukraine, and Moldova. Fellowships include roundtrip international travel, housing and living stipend, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty. Annual deadline: October 1st.

*Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program: Provides full support for research and up to ten academic hours per week of advanced language instruction for three-to-nine months in Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Ukraine, and Moldova. Fellowships include roundtrip international travel, housing and living stipend, tuition, visa support, medical insurance, archive access, and logistical support in the field. Open to U.S. graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty. Annual deadline: October 1st.

*Title VIII Southeast European Language Training Program: Provides fellowships for graduate students, faculty, and scholars to study language for spring 2012 and/or summer 2012 in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. Open to students at the MA and Ph.D. level, as well as post-doctoral scholars and faculty, who have at least elementary language skills. For a full list of countries eligible for each fellowship, please see our website:


Funding for these programs is available through American Councils from the U.S. Department of State’s Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII). All competitions for funding are open and merit based. All applications will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, or disability. Applications are available for download at: or by contacting the American Councils Outbound Office. Applications must be postmarked by the application deadline date. For more information, please contact: Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS 1828 L St. NW, Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20036 Telephone: (202) 833-7522 Email: Website:

Posted in: Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.)

Field Building Development Workshop – Youth and Social Stability in Eurasia

Field Building Development Workshop – Youth and Social Stability in Eurasia

Workshop Dates: September 30 – October 2

Application Deadline: August 15, 2011


THE EURASIA PROGRAM of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), invites applications for an intensive three-day interdisciplinary dissertation development workshop, to be held September 30–October 2 on the University of Texas campus.


Dramatic social, political, and demographic changes have occurred across Eurasia in the past twenty years. How have these changes affected youth? How might the resulting experiences and attitudes among youth influence social stability? What are the critical lines of similarity and difference in youth experiences and attitudes across, and within, the countries of Eurasia?


Studies of political engagement, social innovation, economic transformation, and religious mobilization across the globe have highlighted the unique position, and potential, of youth. To what extent can conceptual frameworks focusing on issues of youth and generation enhance our understanding of Eurasia? How can the varied and complex experiences of Eurasia challenge and expand our understanding of youth in times of political, cultural, and social transformations?


This field development workshop will convene junior scholars interested in issues related to youth and social stability for an intensive workshop led by a group of interdisciplinary senior scholars. The workshop will bring together participants from across the social science disciplines. We welcome work ranging from interpretive categories (e.g., generation, ethnicity, gender, class) to transformative processes (radicalization, stratification, the rise of social media, educational processes, migration). The meeting will provide opportunities to discuss current work, develop ideas for future projects, and solicit feedback from, and network with, fellow scholars interested in youth issues within Eurasia.


Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and currently enrolled in an accredited PhD program or area studies MA program, with an identified and developed research project related to issues of youth and social stability. Preference will be given to those developing their dissertation. Regions and countries currently supported by the program include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan; all research projects must relate as a whole or in part to one or more of these locales.


Full Instructions on how to apply to participate can be found on the program’s website:


All inquiries should be directed to the SSRC Eurasia Program at All application materials should be submitted electronically to the Eurasia Program by 5:00 p.m. EDT on August 15, 2011. All travel costs, workshop meals, and accommodation for participants will be covered by the SSRC.


The funding for this workshop is provided by the Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Outreach Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union).

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Anatole Kolomayets: A Retrospective opening at the Ukrainian National Museum

Anatole Kolomayets: A Retrospective

Opens on Friday, July 1st at 7:00 pm!

Anatole Kolomayets, an artist well established in Chicago and within the international community, will feature a selection of oil paintings in “Anatole Kolomayets: A Retrospective” which opens July 1, 2011 at 7pm at the Ukrainian National Museum.  Viewers will have an opportunity to see the complex, influential, and deeply moving body of work shown in this exhibit.

Kolomayets’s style blends both his Ukrainian heritage and his artistic training in Europe. You are invited into the amazing world of color that he creates. Awarded with the prestigious title of “Merited Artist of Ukraine” in 2007, this is the artist’s 38th individual exhibition.

Exhibit continues through July 24, 2011. Be sure to stop by to view this fascinating exhibit.

The Ukrainian National Museum is wheelchair accessible.

Free parking is available adjacent to the museum.

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