Monthly Archives: January 2012

Megobrebi Georgian Singing Workshop

From Ensemble Alioni:

Clayton Parr, musical director of Ensemble Alioni presents
A Megobrebi Georgian Singing Workshop!

You are invited to join Clayton Parr and members of Ensemble Alioni on Saturday, January 21, from 1pm – 3pm for an informal singing workshop & potluck event. Come and enjoy an afternoon of songs with Megobrebi (Friends) new and old. Beginners thru advanced singers are welcome (and will have a great time). No previous experience with Georgian music is necessary (but Clayton keeps things moving so experienced singers won’t be bored). Most songs will be taught entirely from scratch, and we might sing a few we already know. Song sheets will be provided. The ability to read sheet music can be helpful but is not necessary, often we learn by ear. The cost is: Free — but everyone is requested to bring some food or beverage to share. There is no further commitment — attend just this once or return again. What do we get out of it? We really love to sing Georgian songs!!

This time we will be gathering at a friend’s apartment in the West Loop, close to Adams and Racine — near bus lines and the CTA Blue line “el” if you don’t drive.

More info will be emailed next week.
Plan to join us Saturday, Jan 21st, 1pm – 3pm!
Forward this message to your singing friends!!

– Ensemble Alioni
Georgian Choir of Chicago
(Please note that the website incorrectly shows the Megobrebi date as Jan 14th.)

Posted in: Chicago Events

Intensive Summer Language Programs at Pitt

The 2012 Russian and East European Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh will offer the following intensive language courses:

Russian Language Programs (1st through 4th Year):
8 Week Program in Pittsburgh, June 4-July 27;
Pitt/Moscow 5+5 Program, June 4-August 10.

Central & East European Languages, 6 Week Programs in Pittsburgh, June 4-July 13:

Beginning Intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian;

Intermediate Intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Slovak;

Advanced Intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Slovak.

Central & East European Study Abroad Programs, June 4-August 10:

Pitt/Bulgaria 6+4 Program;

Pitt/Czech Republic 6+4 Program;

Pitt/Hungary 6+4 Program;

Pitt/Montenegro 6+4 Program;

Pitt/Poland 6+4 Program;

Pitt/Slovakia 6+4 Program;

4 Week Programs in Bulgaria, Hungary, Montenegro, Poland, and Slovakia;

6 Week Programs in Czech Republic and Poland.

Tuition for the Beginning B/C/S, Beginning Latvian, and Beginning Lithuanian courses will be waived for graduate students specializing in any field of East European Studies due to grants from ACLS.

All courses are equivalent to one academic year of college-level language instruction. Instructional staff who are chosen for their experience, enthusiasm, and commitment to language teaching ensure the high academic quality of Pitt’s SLI program. Daily contact with instructors, both in class and out, and the use of native speakers in most sections create an environment conducive to effective language acquisition. All programs include extracurricular activities such as film viewing, singing, cooking classes and cultural lectures. The study abroad programs include excursions and cultural programming in the targeted countries.

All applicants may apply for the various scholarships that the SLI has available. Over 90 percent of applicants receive partial or full funding from sources including SLI tuition scholarships and FLAS fellowships. Undergraduate students are now eligible to apply for FLAS fellowships for summer language study at the intermediate level or above.

Further information and applications are available at<>. Application deadline for scholarships and all study abroad programs is March 16, 2012.

For more information, contact Christine Metil, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 1417 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Phone: 412-624-5906, email:

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

Lecture: Paul Friedrich

Master of Liberal Arts Program Lecture

Paul Friedrich
Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology, Linguistics, and the Committee on Social Thought, Master of Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago

“Four Defiant Woman Poets: Anna Akhmatova, Emily Dickinson, Ho Xuan Hurong, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz”

Saturday, Jan 14, 2012
11:45am to 1:15 pm
Room 40 Concourse Level
University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr
(located on the north bank of the Chicago River between Michigan Ave and Columbus Dr)

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Visiting Scholar Program at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
Visiting Scholar Program
Application Deadline Feb 17, 2012

For more info and to apply visit

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies awards fellowships to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. Awards are granted on a competitive basis. The Center welcomes proposals from scholars in all relevant academic disciplines, including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, comparative genocide studies, law, and others.

Fellowships are awarded to candidates working on their dissertations (ABD), postdoctoral researchers, and senior scholars. Applicants must be affiliated with an academic and/or research institution when applying for a fellowship. Immediate post-docs and faculty between appointments will also be considered. Continue reading →

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

Noontime Concert Series: A Concert of Russian Songs

Thursday, January 12 at 12:15 PM
Fulton Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

A Concert of Russian Songs
Noontime Concert Series

Chicago Syntagma Musicum presents “A Concert of Russian Songs” by Mussorgsky and Stravinsky featuring Svetlana Belsky, piano, and Andrew Schultze, bass baritone.

Program includes Mussogsky’s The Songs And Dances Of Death and The Song Of The Flea. Stravinsky’s Two French Songs Opus 9 and Pribaoutki: A Cycle Of Nonsense Songs complete the program.

Svetlana Belsky is the Coordinator of Piano Studies at the University of Chicago Department of Music. Bass-baritone Andrew Schultze is an active performer, conductor, stage director, and teacher.

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Spring Festival of East European Music

University of Chicago International House, Center for Eastern European & Russian/Eurasian Studies, & Ens. Balkanske Igre present the 47th Anniversary

SPRING FESTIVAL, March 23-25, 2012

International House,1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

workshops, concert, parties, culture sessions featuring the dance and music of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean

Sat & Sun, 9am-5pm ( per workshop: $10/$12)

Atanas Kolarovski Macedonian dances
Ahmet Lüleci Turkish dances
Ventzi Sotirov Bulgarian dances

Chris Bajmakovich accordion, Macedonian songs
Ljupčo Milenkovski Macedonian kaval, gajda
James Stoyanoff clarinet

special guest teacher Martin Koenig (Balkan dances) plus other teachers/artists tba

FRIDAY EVE PARTY, 8pm-midnight, dance workshop/party with Jim Stoyanoff & Orch Balkana ($10/15/20)

SATURDAY EVE, 6pm-1am, dinner, concert, & dance party with artists listed below ($30/$35/$40)
featuring live music by Balkanski Ritmi, Chris Bajmakovich, Ljupčo Milenkovski, Maleševski Zurli, Veselo Selo Tamburitza Orchestra. etc. plus ethnic Bulgarian, Greek, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian dance groups

INFORMATION: 847-331-7842 (English) or 847-858-9822

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

PASA Potluck

The UChicago’s Polish American Student Association is holding a potluck this Friday, January 13. The party starts at 9pm with the details of the location TBA. Check out the facebook page for more info.

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Exhibit: The Wrocław School of Printmaking

The Wrocław School of Printmaking: Faculty of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Art and Design
January 14 – March 25, 2012

This wide-ranging exhibition features print-based works by faculty members of the Printmaking Department at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland.

Providing an extensive overview of the variety of printmaking techniques and sources of inspiration employed by the artists of the Wrocław School, this exhibition suggests the scope of the international printmaking arts scene when viewed in conjunction with the current exhibition of Chicago printmakers, Pulled, Pressed & Printed, Chicago at Expo 72.

More info can be found here:

Posted in: Chicago Events

Position in the Macedonian Ministry for Local Self Government

Republic of Macedonia

Government of the Republic of Macedonia

The Ministry for local self-government of Macedonia has a position open for an expert to be involved in the “Program for transnational cooperation of the countries form Southeast Europe 2007-2013”. The position involves training, monitoring and communication with respect to the program and well as financial system analysis.

Applications should include:
•Personal biography (CV) on English;
•Personal statement in English;
•Recommendations from the previous relevant work experience (experience which is not verified with a certificate for work will not be examined).

Applications are due by 4pm on Jan 16.

Further details can be found at

More info can also be found here: MK_job_desdcription_eng

Posted in: Job Postings

Esther Peters at the Russian Studies Workshop

Please join the Russian Studies Workshop for its the first meeting of the winter quarter of the on January 10th, when they will discuss a paper by Esther Peters (Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Chicago) entitled “Writing, Body – Gogol’s Gesture”. Refreshments will be available at 4:15, and we will begin our discussion at 4:30.

Russian Studies Workshop
Tuesday, January 10th, 4:30-6:00 (snacks from 4:15!)
John Hope Franklin Room (SSRB 224)

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 Natalie Belsky at, and I will be glad to send you a copy. Please also contact Natalie if you have any questions, comments, or otherwise need assistance.

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