Monthly Archives: March 2012

Teatr ZAR at the MCA

Teatr ZAR
The Gospels of Childhood Triptych
Playing at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Mar 29 – Apr 1, 2012

Teatr ZAR is the resident company at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland, and The Gospels of Childhood Triptych is a seminal work that builds on the nearly half century of teaching and exploration conducted by Jerzy Grotowski. The work is the culmination of artistic director Jaroslaw Fret and the company’s more than ten years of investigative research.

For more information visit

Teatr ZAR will also be particpating in other MCA events, you can find out more about these by visiting the MCA’s site:

Posted in: Chicago Events

UIUC Summer Research Laboratory

2012 Summer Research Laboratory
June 11-August 3, 2012

The Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign offers scholars an extensive opportunity to advance their research and careers through the Summer Research Lab (SRL). The program provides access to the University Library and an opportunity to consult the expert librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS). Graduate students and junior scholars have the chance to participate in specialized workshops and programming current with area studies’ trends.

Grants are available but are restricted by U.S. Department of State funding regulations. Please consult the website for housing and travel grant eligibility:

April 15 deadline for funding Continue reading →

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

Elena Boeck: “Wicked Woman of Constantinople: Constructing the Memory of Empress Theophano”

The first spring quarter meeting of the Workshop on Late Antiquity & Byzantium will take place on Tuesday, April 3 at 4.30pm in the Cochrane-Woods Art Center, Room 152 (5540 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL).

Professor Elena Boeck from the Department of the History of Art & Architecture at DePaul University will be presenting a paper, entitled, “Wicked Woman of Constantinople: Constructing the Memory of Empress Theophano.”

Persons in need of assistance, contact Kristine Larison (

The schedule of upcoming speakers is available on the workshop’s website:

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Registration open for the UIC Language Symposium

The Language Symposium is coming up on April 13-14 at UIC. The CSL will pay for registration for any UChicago student who wishes to attend if they register before the March 30 early registration deadline. You can easily register on-line here:

Registration link:

Please indicate that you are from University of Chicago on the registration form so they know to bill your registration to the CSL.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences, Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.)

Jo-Ann Gross: “The Motif of the Cave and the Narrative Tradition of Nāṣir-i Khusraw in Badakhshan”

The Motif of the Cave and the Narrative Tradition of Nāṣir-i Khusraw in Badakhshan

Professor Jo-Ann Gross (Professor of Middle Eastern and Central Eurasian History, The College of New Jersey)

April 11, 2012
Social Sciences Tea Room

This paper draws attention to the important role of oral tradition in Badakhshan through an analysis of the motif of the cave in narratives concerning Nāṣir-i Khusraw’s exile and burial in Yumgān, where Naṣir-i Khuraw spent the last fifteen to twenty years of his life and where his mazār is located. Utilizing a risāla and its various recensions dating from the fifteenth-century to the present, along with stories collected during the course of field research in Badakhshan between 2004-2008, the author will analyze the motif of the cave and the symbolic elements of enclosure related to parallel Islamic, Iranian and Central Asian traditions.

Co-sponsored by CEERES, MEHAT, and the Shi’ism Discussion Group.

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

Teacher Workshop, The Common Core: Getting There Globally

University of Chicago Teacher Workshop

The Common Core: Getting There Globally
A professional development workshop designed to provide resources for globally-minded educators.

Monday, May 14
University of Chicago
Pick Hall, Room 105
5828 South University Avenue
Chicago IL, 60637

The Common Core’s skill-based standards provide ample opportunity – and encouragement – for educators to engage with global content and cultures. What they don’t offer is practical ideas about how to do so. In this workshop led by Primary Source, we will explore the range of global literary and informational texts and learn about ways to find such texts for different grade levels and pair or cluster them to support different Common Core skills. Activity ideas for various grade levels will be featured in breakout sessions, and participants will leave with specific ideas and resources for addressing the Common Core reading and writing standards while enhancing students’ global knowledge and engagement.

Designed for K-12 teachers and administrators of the humanities subjects.

2 CPDUs offered

Registration required.
Register at:

Attendees will receive a copy of “Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our Youth to Engage the World.”

If you are unable to attend this workshop, but would like to learn more about Primary Source. Please visit their webpage at or contact Deborah Cunningham at or 617.923.9933 x29

Posted in: Teacher Development, University of Chicago Events

Program for MRHW 2012 now Online

The Midwest Russian History Workshop presents: A Celebration of Sheila Fitzpatrick’s Career and Students
April 20-21, 2012
Home Room, International House, 1414 E. 59th St
Apr 20—First Panel Begins at 2pm
Apr 21—First Panel Begins at 9am

The University of Chicago will be hosting the next meeting of the MRHW on April 20-21, 2012. This meeting will give us the special opportunity to celebrate Sheila Fitzpatrick’s contributions to the workshop and to wish her well as she prepares to retire and move to Australia.

The program for the conference is now online at For access to papers please email after March 30th.

To register and access papers email Dana Immertreu at

The Midwest Russian History Workshop gratefully acknowledges the financial and logistical support of the History and Slavic Languages and Literatures Departments, the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions, Alumni Relations, The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies at the University of Chicago and the Global Voices Series at International House as well as Sheila Fitzpatrick.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Full-Time Russian Teacher Needed, Pritzker College Prep

Pritzker College Prep has an opening for a full-time Russian teacher at the high school level for the 2012-2013 school year. Interested parties may email Phillip Stosberg at with any questions or apply directly through the link below:

Posted in: Job Postings

Visiting Fellow position at George Washington University

George Washington University Visiting Fellowship on Russia’s Global Engagement. The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs a competition for one Post-Doctoral Scientist position for the academic year 2012-13.

The Post-Doctoral Scientist will spend approximately 50 percent of time on his/her own research and the other 50 percent serving as Russian-language editor for the website of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia). Continue reading →

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

“Mythology, Historicity, and the 1903 Kishinev Pogrom” Steven Zipperstein

Steven Zipperstein, “Mythology, Historicity, and the 1903 Kishinev Pogrom: How a Riot Changed 20th Century Jewish History;”

3/29/2012, Rosenwald 405, 1101 E. 58th St. at 4:30 p.m. (free)

Steven J. Zipperstein, Daniel E. Koshland Professor in Jewish Culture and History at Stanford University, has published widely in European Jewish history and literary biography. Among his books are: Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha’am and the Origins of Zionism (1993); Imagining Russian Jewry: Memory, History, Identity (1999); and Rosenfeld’s Lives: Fame, Oblivion, and the Furies of Writing (2008). Continue reading →

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