Monthly Archives: October 2011

1 9 4 8 : Possibilities for Poetry

1 9 4 8 : P O S S I B I L I T I E S F O R P O E T R Y

Poetry reading and panel for the yearlong Sawyer Seminar on
“Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Transformation”

Rosanna Warren
Regents Park Visiting Professor, Social Thought

David Wellbery
LeRoy T. & Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor, Germanic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Social Thought

Adam Zagajewski
Ferdinand Schevill Distinguished Service Professor, Social Thought

Readings include the poetry of Gottfried Benn, Bertolt Brecht, René Char, Geoffrey Hill, Czeslaw Milosz, Eugenio Montale, and Tadeusz Rozewicz.

Monday, November 7
5:00 — 6:30 p.m.
reception to follow

The Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 East 57th Street, JRL S-118, Chicago, IL

Co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Franke Institute for the Humanities

Open to the public. For more information, please see:

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance
are requested to call 773-702-8274 in advance.

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Dr. Armen T. Marsoobian at the CMES Friday Lecture Series

CMES Friday Lecture Series Presents
“Resistance & Rescue During the Armenian Genocide:The Story Behind a Photograph, Marsovan 1915-1918”
by Dr. Armen T. Marsoobian
Chairperson & Professor, Department of Philosophy , Southern Connecticut State University
Nikit and Eleanora Ordjanian Visiting Professor of Armenian Studies, Columbia University

Friday, November 4, 2011 at 4pm
Stuart 102
5835 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago

Reception to Follow

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Upcoming Events from the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies is sponsoring the following events in the coming weeks on the University of Chicago campus

Tuesday, November 1
The Matter of Israelite Religion, Lecture 1 of 4
Symbol, Function, Theology and Morality: On Rules and Rituals in the Priestly Literature of the Hebrew Bible
Jonathan Klawans, Boston University
Swift Hall, Common Room
1025 E. 58th St.
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Jonathan Klawans (Religion, Boston University) is a specialist in the religion and religious literature of ancient Judaism. He teaches courses in Western Religion, the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jewish history, and Rabbinic literature. Professor Klawans is the author of Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism (Oxford University Press, 2000) and Purity Sacrifice and the Temple: Symbolism and Supersessionism in the Study of Ancient Judaism (Oxford University Press, 2005), as well as numerous articles. His current research project focuses on the theological views of Josephus and the ancient Jewish sects (Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes).

This event is made possible by the Friends of Jewish Studies Fund and the Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies and the Divinity School.

Friday, November 4
CCJS Graduate Working Group
Crypto-narrations: The representation of Judaism in the Toledan comedias of Lope de Vega (1590-1614)
James Nemiroff, PhD Student in Romance Languages and Literatures
Social Sciences Tea Room (Social Science Research Building, Rm. 201)
1126 E. 59th St.
12:00-1:00 pm

This event is open to graduate students only. Find more information at or email Working Group coordinators Joela Zeller and Katharine Pflaum at

Coming up next week: Continue reading →

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

University of Pittsburgh–Summer Czech Program

University of Pittsburgh will be offering a new Summer Language Institute Czech language program beginning in the Summer of 2012.

Three levels (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Intensive Czech) will be offered, and all are FLAS-eligible.

Beginning Intensive Czech will be offered for 6 weeks in Pittsburgh beginning June 4, followed by an optional 4 weeks in Prague.

Intermediate and Advanced Intensive Czech are six-week programs in Prague beginning July 2 (150 language contact hours plus cultural program).

Interested students should visit the SLI website:

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

Rachel Applebaum: “The Quest For Socialist Internationalism: The Evolution of Soviet-Czechoslovak Friendship During the Thaw, 1954-1967”

Russian Studies Workshop
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 4:30-6:00 (snacks from 4:15!)
John Hope Franklin Room (SSRB 224)

Please join the Russian Studies Workshop for the next meeting of the interdisciplinary Russian Studies Workshop on Nov. 1, when we will discuss “The Quest For Socialist Internationalism: The Evolution of Soviet-Czechoslovak Friendship During the Thaw, 1954-1967,” a dissertation chapter by Rachel Applebaum (Dept. of History, University of Chicago). The dissertation is entitled “Friendship of the Peoples: Soviet-Czechoslovak Cultural and Social Contacts From the Battle For Prague to the Prague Spring.” Refreshments will be available at 4:15, and we will begin our discussion at 4:30.

The paper is now available on the workshop’s chalk site
chalk.uchicago.eduunder “Current Paper.” If you do not have access to the chalk site, please email Leah Goldman at, and she will be glad to send you a copy. Please also contact me if you have any questions, comments, or otherwise need assistance.

Differently abled persons who may need assistance are requested to email Leah in advance at

Posted in: CEERES Events/News, University of Chicago Events

Upcoming Events at the UIMA

Ukrainian American Writers: A New Generation of Literary Voices

Saturday, November 5th at 7:00 PM

Ukrainian American Writers: A New Generation of Literary Voices will present their annual reading at The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago. The featured reader this year will be Askold Melnechuk. Also reading are Alexis Buryk, Roman Skaskiw, and Virlana Tkacz. The event will include both fiction and poetry, and will be conducted in English.
$10 admission, $5 for students.

For more information please contact event organizers
Sonya Arko or Anna Golash at

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Arts Presents:
Natalia Khoma and Volodymyr Vynnytsky
Cello-Piano Duo

Concert of Classical Music
Sunday, November 6th at 2:00pm
Works by G.Cassado, M. Lysenko, F. Chopin, M. Skoryk, B. Bartok , J. Brahms, V. Vynnytsky, F. Liszt and D.Popper.

Admission $15, Students FREE

Posted in: Chicago Events

CFP: UIUC Slavic Graduate Student Conference


Discourse Across Borders: Slavic Studies from Kievan Rus to Present Day

The 3rd Annual Graduate Student Conference in Slavic Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

February 24-25, 2012

The Slavic Graduate Students’ Association (SGSA) invites all interested graduate students to submit abstracts for our Graduate Student Conference on Discourse Across Borders: Slavic Studies from Kievan Rus to Present Day. The conference will take place on February 24th and 25th, 2011 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Constant innovation in communication and media technologies is changing the notions of nation and national identity. We have witnessed how these new technologies can facilitate political and social revolutions. At the same time, these tools can be used to further imperialist and authoritarian agendas. Most essentially, we want to ask, what is a nation and how has this concept shifted in meaning? We want to explore the inherent difficulties in contextualizing historical national traditions, and new ways of looking at the cultural traditions of post-communist nations.

The SGSA welcomes papers in any discipline that enrich the study of Slavic nations. Examples include, but are not limited to:

· Nationalism, Politics and Identity

· Literature and Imaginary Homelands

· Social Media and the Diaspora

· Film, Art and Transnationalism

· Pop Culture and Language

· National Character and Memory

To present a paper, please submit an abstract (up to 300 words in length) with your full name,

institution, contact information (email address and telephone number), major area of study, and the title of the paper. If you need any audiovisual equipment, please include that as well.

Submissions are due on December 28th, 2011 to Katerina Lakhmitko at

The SGSA will let you know if your abstract has been accepted in early January. Please submit your final paper by January 20th so that we can publish it online before the conference. If you have any questions, please contact Katerina or Alejandra O. Pires at

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Chair Search, School of Modern Languages, Georgia Tech


The School of Modern Languages of the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks an entrepreneurial, collaborative Chair to lead a dynamic and innovative faculty team dedicated to redefining the study of language and culture for the 21st century. The School is united around a vision of applied foreign language and cultural proficiency coupled with understanding of intercultural issues as crucial for careers in the global workplace. The ideal candidate will have a strong record of scholarship, evidence of successful grant-writing experience, and a program orientation toward applied and interdisciplinary approaches to language and culture studies. The Chair must support faculty scholarship, cultivate shared governance, and be an effective advocate to elevate the School’s stature and capacity, articulating the School’s innovative programs within an Institute committed to expanding connections between the humanities, sciences and technology, and international education. Continue reading →

Posted in: Job Postings

A Walk In The Woods at the Theater Wit

1229 W Belmont Ave Chicago
Box Office: 773-975-8150
Through – Nov 20, 2011

Two superpower arms negotiators — one a witty but cynical Russian veteran and the other an idealistic American newcomer — meet informally in the woods after long, frustrating hours at the bargaining table. TimeLine presents this compelling play with a twist, with the two characters (originally written as two men) portrayed by TimeLine Company Members Janet Ulrich Brooks and David Parkes. Their absorbing, revealing and humorous conversations are a brilliant meditation on both the eternal hope and relentless futility of high stakes politics.”
Running Time: 2 hrs; one intermission
Presented by TimeLine Theatre Company

Posted in: Chicago Events

Voices from the Center – a multiform project and group exhibition

A multiform project and group exhibition, produced Janeil Engelstad.
Artists include Grafixpol, Oto Hudec, Magda Stanová, Miklós Surányi, Matej Vakula, and Tehnica Schweiz.

October 28-December 10th, 2011
119 North Peoria #2C, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening reception: Friday, October 28th, 6-9pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm

Public Programs:

Sunday October 30, 3 PM
Revolution, Transformation and Identity: Central European Artists Reflect Upon Post-Communist Art, Urbanism and Culture: Panel Discussion with Oto Hudec, Magda Stanová, Miklós Surányi, Matej Vakula, and Jan Worpus, moderated by Janeil Engelstad
Graham Foundation, Madlener House
4 West Burton Place, Chicago, IL 60610
Free, RSVP Here

Through the multiform project, Voices From the Center, an interactive web platform and group exhibition, Central Europeans reflect on their lives before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sharing these stories through the lens of social documentary and art, producer Janeil Engelstand has brought together emerging artists from across Central Europe to create a portrait of a people emerging from one political and cultural era into another.


Posted in: Chicago Events