Monthly Archives: November 2011

Sites/Traces/Manifestations of Jewish Pasts, Presents, and Futures

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, the University of Chicago Office of the Provost, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities are pleased to present
Sites/Traces/Manifestations of Jewish Pasts, Presents, and Futures

A two-day workshop at the University of Chicago

December 1-2, 2011

While agreement concerning the importance of commemorating and transmitting Jewish history is easy to achieve, questions of both which parts of the past should be emphasized and the best media for that commemoration and transmission are far more controversial. Should priority be placed on remembering the violence done to Jews or documenting Jewish communal, religious, intellectual, or cultural life? Are different genres needed when the primary intended audience are Jews or non-Jews? What can best be done by artists, whether photographers, film-makers, composers, novelists, or poets? What can scholarship and classroom teaching best convey? What is the role of museums and archives in this memory labor?

The workshop will focus on efforts in France, Germany and the United States, in a variety of genres, to transmit aspects of the Jewish past to contemporary audiences including both Jews and non-Jews, children and adults, scholars and lay people. Most of the proposed participants engage the question of transmission of the experiences of European Jews in the 20th century, but some are concerned with either earlier times or other places. While one could obviously expand the range of Jewish histories included here, such an expansion would render an already complex problematic unwieldy. The challenges of communicating ancient or medieval Jewish history, or that of the Falasha or Jews in India, to contemporary European and U.S. audiences are different from those of the more recent and seemingly more familiar histories of the 20th century.

For more information about the workshop, including bios of the workshop presenters, see the workshop blog at: Continue reading →

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Public Lecture: Ghosts of the Past: Atrocity Crimes, Diplomacy, and the International Criminal Court

Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:30 p.m.
David Scheffer, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director, Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law

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Targum Shlishi Dissertation Research Grant

Targum Shlishi is awarding four grants of $2,500 each during 2012 for dissertation research on Jewish Studies topics for students based either in the U.S. or Israel. The foundation is now accepting applications for the award. The deadline to receive applications is January 16, 2012.

This is the sixth year that Targum Shlishi has awarded grants for dissertation research. The research subjects of past grantees have included explorations into such diverse areas as student satisfaction with day school education, feminist reading in post-biblical literature, archeological studies relating to ritual purity, and Jewish theology in the Holocaust. Continue reading →

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

FLAS Applications Now Available

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship applications for Summer 2012 and Academic Year 2012-13 are now available on the Graduate Student Affairs (GSA) website:

Completed applications and accompanying materials must be submitted to the appropriate Dean of Students Office by 5:00 p.m. on JANUARY 18, 2012. Students are encouraged to attend the FLAS Fellowship Workshop on January 5, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. in Classics 110. E-mail questions to Brooke Noonan

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Screening: Izzy’s Fire

Izzy’s Fire

In Memoriam of Lithuania’s Jews
Friday, November 18 at 6:30pm
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

The Lithuanian Parliament has declared the year 2011 as the Year of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust in Lithuania. Join the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture for a screening of a short documentary by Lithuanian film director Rimas Morkunas, “Conversations at Midnight,” that reflects on the history of the holocaust in Lithuania. The screening will be followed by Nancy Wright Beasley’s presentation of her book “Izzy’s Fire,” which spotlights one family’s remarkable survival of the holocaust.

Event Cost: Free event.

Posted in: Chicago Events

Chair Search: Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Utah

The Department of Languages and Literature at the University of Utah invites applications for the position of Chair, to commence July 1, 2012. Area of specialization is open. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor with tenure. Initial appointment as Chair will be for three years, renewable upon review. Salary and benefits are competitive.

The Department seeks an accomplished scholar-teacher and a dynamic administrator. The successful candidate should have an earned doctorate in literature, cultural studies, and/or linguistics, broadly defined, in one of the languages taught in the department, with an established record of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service, as well as experience as a successful administrator. She or he should be able to articulate an academic vision for foreign languages and literatures and a clear strategy for fostering excellence in teaching and scholarship. The Chair should be able to demonstrate an ability to encourage and facilitate research and grant activities among the faculty and solve problems creatively and cooperatively. Continue reading →

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CFP: 2012 Second Language Acquisition Graduate Student Symposium

2012 Second Language Acquisition Graduate Student Symposium: Language Choice and Choosing a Language

Submission Deadline – January 31, 2011

April 13–14, 2011

The Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Co-hosted by University of Iowa

The SLA graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa have formed a partnership to host an annual SLA Graduate Student Symposium. Organizing and hosting the conference alternates between the universities. Graduate students in SLA and related disciplines present their work and meet distinguished researchers in their field.

The theme of the 2012 symposium is *Language Choice and Choosing a Language*.
Submissions may address the conference theme or any area related to current
and future trends in SLA research.

We seek proposals, both theoretical and empirical, from graduate student that reflect the differing perspectives and methods currently used in SLA research. Specifically, proposals dealing with language choice, the decision to use a specific form or code during an interaction, and how it is determined by social context. SLA being interdisciplinary in nature, we seek proposals that discuss microsocial and psycholinguistic aspects of language choice and the roles of social and geographical contexts in choosing a language or having no choice due to sociopolitical factors, language policy and planning. The research may be interdisciplinary in nature. Submissions based on pilot studies, predissertation studies, or work-in-progress projects will be considered, as well as completed projects. Continue reading →

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Chamber Cello Duet “Ian and Ani” at the Russian Literary Salon


The unique chamber cello duet “Ian and Ani” is going to have a recital at the Salon on Saturday, November 19th, at 7 p.m.

For many, cellist Ian Maksin needs no introduction. Praised for his hauntingly beautiful sound and passionate interpretations, he is quickly gaining recognition not only in Chicago, but also across the country and globe – both as a cellist and a composer. His performances have consistently culminated in standing ovations and have been described by critics as a “unique listening experience”. (You can find more information about Ian at

Bulgarian pianist Ani Gogova has made Chicago her home since 2003, when she was employed by the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University—the youngest professor to join the world-renowned faculty of the Music Conservatory there. Ani has been acclaimed for her “dazzling artistic presence,” “masterful poetic expression,” “ravishing colors,” and “virtuoso technique beyond reproach.” The winner of numerous national and international competitions, she has appeared in solo recitals and concerts with orchestras here, in America, and in Europe.

The recital program will include music of Spanish and Latin American composers such as Gaspar Cassadó, Alberto Ginastera, Manuel de Falla, and Astor Piazzolla.

Where:Computer Systems Institute, 8950 Gross Point Road, Skokie (there is free parking around the building and it is only a ten-minute walk from the Skokie Swift Yellow Line for those who are not driving)
Cost: $20 to benefit musicians
When: Saturday, November 19th at 7 p.m.

Please feel free – though you are not obliged! – to bring any treats or drinks. It is always a nice addition to our lively socializing!

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CFP: “Russia after the Collapse of Communism: Prospects for Liberalization”

The Weissberg Program in Human Rights at Beloit College is pleased to announce a call for submissions for a March 30-31, 2012 conference on “Russia after the Collapse of Communism: Prospects for
Liberalization,” to be held on the Beloit College campus.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Yuri Dzhibladze,
the 2012 Weissberg Chair in Human Rights. Dr. Dzhibladze is the founder and president of the Moscow-based Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, a public policy and advocacy NGO.

A preliminary schedule
has been posted. Depending on submissions, we anticipate panel discussions on:
– *The Communist Legacy*
– *Multiethnic Societies and the Rise of Nationalism*
– *Challenges to Society and Culture*
– *Prospects for Democracy*

In conjunction with the conference, there will also be an exhibit and gallery talk on “Friends and Enemies: The Soviet Poster Collection at the Beloit College Wright Museum of Art” and a screening of the documentary film *Mikhail Gorbachev, Confidential* by director Gulya Mirzoeva.

We are looking for prepared remarks, not formal papers.

To submit a proposal, send to a 300-word abstract with title, identifying the panel with which the submission most closely aligns. Please include: name, title, institutional affiliation, and email and

telephone contact information. *Submission Deadline: December 1, 2011*. *

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Kathryn Duda at the Russian Studies Workshop

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

Please join the Russian Studies workshop for their next meeting on Nov. 15, when they will discuss a dissertation proposal by Kathryn Duda (Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago) entitled “The Problem of Mothers and Sons: Telling the Maternal Story in era of Khrushchev”. Refreshments will be available at 4:15, and discussion will begin at 4:30.

The paper is now 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.

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

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