Monthly Archives: November 2011

Dr. Aizik Wolf Human Rights Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship

The Dr. Aizik Wolf Human Rights Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship

The Human Rights Program is pleased to announce the 2012 competition for the Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Human Rights. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Dr. Aizik Wolf, AB ’77, practices neurosurgery in Miami and regularly donates medical services and equipment to projects in Latin America. He created this post-baccalaureate fellowship to help University of Chicago College students launch their careers in human rights and related fields of social justice activism.

The fellowship award will fund one year of work, after graduation, at a non-governmental organization, government agency, or international body dedicated to human rights. The award consists of a $24,000 stipend for 12 months of full-time work, with some additional support for travel and/or relocation expenses. The student must submit a letter of support from the intended organization as part of the application. Priority will be given to students who have previously completed a University of Chicago Human Rights Program Internship and who propose returning to their previous organization or area of work. However, other College seniors with comparable experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have completed at least two Human Rights courses at the University of Chicago prior to their application. Only currently enrolled students in the College of the University of Chicago are eligible to apply.

Selection of the Aizik Wolf Fellow will be the responsibility of the Human Rights Program. A committee of staff and faculty will examine the feasibility of the applicant’s proposed project and how it relates to both the student’s undergraduate studies and future career goals. The successful applicant must demonstrate the ability to make a significant contribution to her or his host organization, as well as a commitment to human rights and social justice issues. The successful applicant should have a record of leadership and significant involvement in human rights and social justice issues.

Applications are due Monday, January 9, 2012, by 5:00 pm. Submissions should be emailed to Program Manager Sarah Patton Moberg at


Dr. Aizik Wolf Fellowship application form (attached);
3 letters of recommendation from faculty or previous supervisors or employers; and,
a letter of support from the proposed host organization. (Letters of support can be submitted in hard copy sent directly to HRP office or by email to

Applicants who pass an initial screening will have interviews scheduled before 5th week of Winter Quarter.


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Screening: Persistence by Daniel Eisenberg

Film Screening: Persistence by Daniel Eisenberg
With an introduction by the filmmaker
And a presentation by Jeffrey Skoller
Friday, December 2, 2:15 pm at Film Studies Center (Cobb Hall 307)

Event Schedule:

· 2:15-3:15 pm – “Refugees, Remnants, Reanimations: Embodied History, and the Cinema Trace,” Jeffrey Skoller, University of California Berkeley

· 3:15-3:45 pm – Daniel Eisenberg, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Introduction to Persistence
· 3:45-5:00 pm – Screening of Persistence

An award-winning documentary, Persistence is a feature-length experimental portrait of Berlin in the years following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the cold war. A meditation on the time just after a great historical event, the film explores what is common to such moments, the continuous and discontinuous threads of history.
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Leah Goldman at the Russian Studies Workshop (Party to follow)

Russian Studies Workshop AND PARTY!
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 4:30-6:00 (snacks from 4:15!)
John Hope Franklin Room (SSRB 224)

Please join the interdisciplinary Russian Studies Workshop for the final Autumn Quarter meeting of on Nov. 29, when they will discuss a chapter by Leah Goldman (Dept. of History, University of Chicago) entitled “(Over)producing the Work: The Case of ‘Ot vsego serdtsa’”, from her dissertation “Art of Intransigence: Soviet Composers and Art Music Censorship, 1945-1957”. Refreshments will be available at 4:15, and we will begin our discussion at 4:30.

The paper will shortly be available on the workshop’s chalk site under “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 Leah if you have any questions, comments, or otherwise need assistance.

To celebrate a successful Autumn Quarter, members of the Russian Studies Workshop and their guests are cordially invited to the residence of nash tovarishch Flora Roberts for further snacking and socializing after our meeting.

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ARISC Fellowships for research in the South Caucasus

The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) announces the availability of US graduate fellowships in support of research in the South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, and/or Azerbaijan). Awards will be made for a maximum of $1500 each. Projects in all fields in the social sciences and humanities are eligible. Proposals will be judged on their quality and on the potential of the research to strengthen scholarship on the Southern Caucasus. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel to and/or living expenses in the Southern Caucasus. During his/her stay in the Southern Caucasus, the fellow is expected to give an ARISC sponsored presentation on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will acknowledge ARISC in any publication that emerges from the research carried during the fellowship.

Application requirements: Please send a complete application including the application form, a project statement of not more than 3 pages, work schedule, budget, and curriculum vitae, by December 30, 2011 to Two letters of recommendation must also be submitted. All information must be received by December 30, 2011 in order for the applicant to be considered for the fellowship.

Please see for the full description of the fellowship as well as the application form.

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Sister Schools Abroad Program

Sister Schools Abroad Program

Chicago Sister Cities International is looking for international schools in or around our 28 sister cities to participate in the Sister Schools Abroad (SSA) network. The SSA network matches K-12 schools in Chicago with sister cities around the world to facilitate international education. If you have connections to schools abroad, please encourage them to submit a school profile today.

Additionally, Chicago Sister Cities International is looking for Chicago area high schools that would be interested in starting an exchange program with a high school in one of the following cities: Moscow, Vilnius, Prague, and possibly Kiev.

Click here for more information.

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Sister Cities Event, Prague Committee: Chicago Premier of the Historic Jakub Jan Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass

PRAGUE: Chicago Premier of the Historic Jakub Jan Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass

Blending musicians and choristers from the church choir with those of Czech, Slovak, and Moravian heritage for the very first time, the Prague Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple with the generous support of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic are joining in support of the Czech Christmas Mass performance. Less than one-hour in length, this inspiring music provides a perfect respite from all the holiday shopping excitement. A great Christmas experience for ALL ages!

When & Time: Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington Street

You do not need to purchase tickets, however, a “free will” offering will be collected after the performance.

For more information click here.

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CFP: Warsaw East European Conference

Call for Papers: Warsaw East European Conference

The Conference will begin on Sunday, July 15, and end on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

Deadline for paper proposals: April 15, 2012

Please forward this message to everyone, who might be interested: to colleagues, co-operators or students.

All matters concerning the conference are handled by the Internet Registration System, found at:

Please address all questions to

For more information about the conference see the following pdf: call_for_papers_weec_2012

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Concert: New Budapest Orpheum Society

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Office of the Provost are pleased to present a concert by the

New Budapest Orpheum Society
Thursday, December 1
Swift Hall, Common Room
1025 E. 58th St.
7:00-8:00 pm

The New Budapest Orpheum Society is a seven–member ensemble in residence in the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago performing Jewish Cabaret music and political songs from the turn of the 20th century to the present, exploring original materials in Hebrew, Yiddish, and German. The cabaret group has released three CDs, most recently “Jewish Cabaret in Exile” (2009, Cedille Records) and has performed locally and internationally, from Chicago-area synagogues to Broadway to clubs in Berlin and Vienna, with frequent appearances at Jewish community and cultural organizations. The ensemble’s current project draws upon song composed for the golden age of German-Jewish and Yiddish film during the 1920s and 1930s. The Artistic Director is Philip V. Bohlman and the Music Director is Ilya Levinson.

This concert is presented as part of a two-day workshop entitled Sites/Traces/Manifestations of Jewish Pasts, Presents and Futures. To learn more about the workshop, see the workshop blog:

The concert is free and open to the public. Please contact Christina Heisser at or 773-702-7108 if you require assistance to participate fully in this event.

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CFP: 2012 Midwest Slavic Conference

2012 Midwest Slavic Conference
The Ohio State University
March 30 – April 1, 2012

The Midwest Slavic Association and The Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) are proud to announce the 2012 Midwest Slavic Conference, to be held at OSU March 30 – April 1, 2012.

Conference organizers invite proposals for panels or individual papers addressing all disciplines related to Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. The conference will open with a keynote address and a reception on March 30th, followed by two days of panels. If you would like to participate, please send a one-paragraph abstract and brief C.V. to by January 7, 2012. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit presentations. Limited funding will be available to subsidize student lodging.

Application Deadline: January 7
Notification of Acceptance: February 1
Panels Announced: March 1
C.V. and Paper Submission Deadline: March 15

CSEES would also like to announce the Midwest Slavic K-12 Teacher Workshop: “Islam Outside the Middle East.” This workshop will take place on Saturday, March 31st and is open to all current and pre-service K-12 teachers of all subjects and grade levels. For more information on the workshop, please contact Ms. Jordan Peters at

For more information…
Center for Slavic and East European Studies at OSU
303 Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-8770 ~

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Chicago Center for Jewish Studies Campus Events

Chicago Center for Jewish Studies
Campus Events
November 28-December 2, 2011

For more details, see:

At a glance:

· Jewish Studies and the Hebrew Bible Workshop, featuring Sam Brody, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Chicago Divinity School: November 28, 12:00 pm

· Important note: the talk on the Jewish Book that had been planned for November 29 has been CANCELED.
Concert by the New Budapest Orpheum Society: December 1, 7:00 pm

· CCJS Graduate Working Group, featuring Katharine Pflaum, Ph.D. Student, University of Chicago Divinity School: December 2, 12:00 pm

Film Screening, Persistence, with a presentation by film scholar Jeffrey Skoller, University of California, Berkeley, and an introduction by the filmmaker, Daniel Eisenberg, School of the Art Institute of Chicago: December 2, 2:15 pm
Workshop: Sites/Traces/Manifestations of Jewish Pasts, Presents, and Futures, December 1-2. Registration requested. For full program and speaker bios, see

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