Monthly Archives: November 2011

Teach and Learn with Georgia

From Teach and Learn with Georgia:

We recruit English-speaking people to complete per semester volunteer contracts volunteer co-teaching English abroad in the public schools throughout Georgia.

All of our volunteers are given extensive benefits! There are no application fees, no program fees, and we provide airfare to and from Georgia. In addition, we coordinate host-family living accommodations, supply comprehensive medical insurance, and pay a generous monthly stipend. Every volunteer gets to participate in an in-country orientation conducted by our training team where they are given a cell phone on our TLG Corporate Network. As an incentive to extend the contract, we purchase round-trip vacation tickets for volunteers that decide to stay for two semesters. Further, our staff is available 24/7 for support!

For more information visit:

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

Program Coordinator (temporary), Open Society Institute, Budapest office

Program Coordinator (temporary)

Open Society Justice Initiative
Open Society Institute–Budapest

Application Deadline: December 5, 2011

Based in Budapest, Hungary, the program coordinator on legal capacity development (LCD) will administer and implement LCD projects on clinical legal education and Central Asia. The program coordinator reports to the project manager, Central Asia, and the senior attorney, LCD.

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities. Continue reading →

Posted in: Job Postings

Ensemble Alioni Christmas Performances

On Saturday, December 3rd Ensemble Alioni are presenting a collection of rarely heard Georgian Christmas songs in their annual appearance on the Holiday Stage at the Museum of Science and Industry. The Ensemble will sing a 30 minute program as part of the museum’s “Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light celebration. Access to the Christmas exhibit and holiday performances are included in the basic museum admission charge. There are so many interesting things to see at the museum — plan to stay for the entire afternoon!

Museum Holiday Show —

Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Time: 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Cost: $10 – $15 museum admission, and $18 per car parking
follow the link below for more info on admission costs and parking fees.

The Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

The following Wednesday, December 7th, Ensemble Alioni will be sharing a concert with Golosa, a lively and very entertaining Russian choir, at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Alioni will present a 40 minute set during the first half of the program.

Concert with the Russian choir Golosa —

Old Town School of Folk Music
World Music Wednesdays
Date: Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Time: 8:30pm
Cost: $5.00 (suggested donation)
Because of the low ticket price the concert is likely to sell out in advance. Get your tickets now!
or call for tickets: 773 728-6000

Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago

Alioni is also celebrating its new CD release, Colorful Characters, which will be available for purchase at each event for $15. Alioni’s CD is also available NOW at the Different Drummer music store (inside the Old Town School — Lincoln Ave location).

Posted in: Chicago Events

Program Manager, MISTI Russia Program, MIT

Title: Program Manager, MISTI Russia Program
Req Number: mit-00008267
Department: Center for International Studies
Location(s): Cambridge MA
FT/PT: Full Time
Employment / Payroll Category: SRS (Administrative)
Work Shift:

PROGRAM MANAGER, Center for International Studies-MISTI Russia Program, to recruit, interview, and admit interns into the program; develop curricula to train them in Russian culture as preparation for placement in host institutions; plan and facilitate an annual intern retreat; and organize cultural events for the MIT community. Will work closely with the Skolkovo Institute and with the SKTech project on a seminar series on Russia, Russia-related activities on campus, and student trips to Russia; and be responsible for administering MISTI Russia seed funds, developing new projects, and fund-raising. Duties include maintaining close contact with host institutions and making annual visits to Russia to ensure the quality of the internship arrangements and expand the pool of partners; assuring the best possible flow of information about programs and events to MIT students, faculty, administrators, and the wider MIT community; staying in close contact with program alumni; reaching out to MIT professors and departments with an interest in Russia; and overseeing the intern program budget. Office tasks include updating databases, managing program accounts, and maintaining the program website. Will also contribute to the broader MISTI organization as a whole.

REQUIREMENTS: a B.A., M.A. or M.S.; at least two years of professional experience with Russia; good cross-cultural communication skills; excellent command of written and spoken English and Russian; solid knowledge of Russia’s corporate world, higher education, and research system; ability to prioritize tasks, schedule and account for complex intern travel arrangements, schedule meetings, and manage multiple tasks under pressure; and experience with Microsoft Office. Ability to work as part of a larger team essential.

Salary range: $55-59,000

To apply visit:

Posted in: Job Postings

Macedonian Dance and Music at Navy Pier

At the request of the Consulate General of the Republic of Macedonia, Kitka Macedonian Folklore Group of
Sts Peter & Paul MOC, Ensemble Balkanski Igri, and Chris Bajmakovich will perform this coming Sunday, Dec 4, 2011, 2-2:45pm, a program of Macedonian dance and music at the Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest, Festival Hall B, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago.

Ensemble Balkanski Igri conducts Balkan Basics class and rehearsal every Sunday, 1-3pm (except Dec 4, 2011),
at the Dance Center of Chicago, 3868 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL. All evels from beginner to expert are welcome;
no prior experience or partners needed. For more info about any of the above, please contact:

Posted in: Chicago Events

Screening: “Laughing in the Darkness”

“Laughing in the Darkness”, a new documentary on the life of the Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem, will be playing at the end of December at the Gene Siskel Film Center. See here:

“In a mere 95 minutes, Dorman does a superlative job of placing Solomon Rabinowitz’s (Sholem Aleichem) work in historical context, masterfully combining a treasure trove of photos with scholarly reflections and readings from favorite stories by well-known actors such as Peter Riegert, all pulled together by a bouncy soundtrack from John Zorn” (Tzivi’s blog).

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RISK Award

The first RISK Award was launched during the 3rd Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva this year. For the first time, the Global Risk Forum, Munich Re Foundation, and United Nations Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) decided to join forces and offer a €100,000 award. The award will support the most promising proposal in risk reduction and disaster management. The award will be handed over at GRF Davos’ biennial IDRC Davos conferences – for the first time on 26 August 2012 at the 4th IDRC Davos 2012.

The objective of the RISK Award is to increase people’s resilience to risks and disasters, especially in developing countries. A further objective is to stimulate new and innovative approaches towards improved disaster prevention.

The first 2012 award will focus on Early Warning in Urban Areas.

We accept applications until 31 December 2011

To apply to the Risk Award please download the proposal form at and send the complete form by 31 December 2011 to

Also find additional information on the RISK Award on the Munich Re Foundation website

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

SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship

SSRC DPDF provides funds to 2nd and 3rd year doctoral students in all fields who are at the beginning stages of dissertation proposal development on the following topics:
• Ecological History
• Gender Justice in the Era of Human Rights
• Governing Global Production
• Mediated Futures: Globalization and Historical Territories
• New Approaches to Transnationalism and Migratory Circulation

The SSRC DPDF deadline is February 1, 2012 and students can contact Brooke Noonan at Graduate Student Affairs ( with questions and/or for fellowship statement writing assistance.

For more information, download the following pdf: SSRC DPDF Information Sheet

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Annual Christmas Gathering Hosted by the Polish Consulate

The Consul General of the Republic of Poland and Mrs. Zygmunt Matynia along with the Consulate staff
have a great pleasure of inviting you to the
Fourth Annual Christmas Gathering of the Polish American students, faculty and scholars

The event will take place on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 6.30 pm.
at 1530 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610

R.S.V.P. until November 30: 312-337-8166 ext. 217 or

Posted in: Chicago Events

Daniel Pratt at the Literature and Philosophy Workshop

Please join the Literature and Philosophy Workshop for their final meeting of the quarter, which will take
place this Thursday, December 1st, at 4:30pm in Foster 305. They
will be discussing work by Daniel Pratt, PhD Candidate in Slavic
Languages and Literatures, on “Gombrowicz’s Gombrowicz: The Self among.”

The paper investigates Gombrowicz’s notion of the self in relation to
aesthetic subjectivity as part of a broader project to trace the
development of the post-Kantian philosophy of identity and aesthetics
in Central European literature. The paper is available to download on
the workshop blog:

(The password for the post is ‘litphil’)

There will also be a wine and cheese reception following
the event.

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