Monthly Archives: March 2012

Heritage Language Teacher Workshop

Heritage Language Teacher Workshop
July 16-20, 2012

The UCLA National Heritage Language Resource Center and STARTALK will offer a 5 day summer workshop for heritage language teachers. The workshop is open to instructors at all levels (K-16), including community schools, public and private.

This workshop is designed to address issues at the heart of heritage language teaching, including the differences between teaching L2 and HL learners, differentiated instruction, learner strategies, assessment, using the 5 Cs in heritage instruction, and more. Workshop participants will create and present a final group project for their language.

There is no charge for the workshop. A limited number of stipends will be available to cover travel and accommodations for out-of-state and non-local participants.

For more information on this program and on past workshops go to

The online application is due by April 15, 2012.

Questions? Please contact us by email at

Startalk funding will support instructors of Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu.
NHLRC will support other instructors of other languages.
Come and be a part of this wonderful experience!

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

Art of Association: Modern Polish Posters at the PMA

An exhibition of world-renowned, original Polish posters by faculty and students from the Szczecin Academy of Arts, Poland. The show features 70 intriguing, colorful works by 22 talented artists and provides a rare opportunity to see previously unavailable images that will startle, amaze and stimulate both the mind and emotions.

It will include works by famed artists. Prof. Lex Drewinski – living in Potsdam near Berlin and an icon of international design – has won over 100 awards. Prof. Leszek Żebrowski belongs to the elite of Polish poster designers and is associated with notable workshop experiments. Prof. Grzegorz Marszałek is considered one of the most talented students of the legendary Waldemar Swierzy of the Polish School of Posters. He is a great portraitist, satirist and has collaborated for many years with Playboy magazine.

Other participating artists include: Andrzej Tomczak, Ireneusz Kuriata, Witold Gawłowicz, Andreas Guskos, Robert Knuth, Kamil Mirocha, Paweł Sieradzki, Adam Klasa, Karolina Gładkiewicz, Beata Rolak, Sarah Wiśniewska, Dominik Murach, Magda Kanty, Krzysztof Fabiniak, Anna Sukiennicka, Marta Czajczyńska, Paulina Majchrowicz, Marta Jaguś and Andrzej Witkowski.

This exhibition will be on display from April 13 to May 6, 2012.

Honorary Patrons:

Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois

Zygmunt Matynia, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago

Curated by Monika Nowak and Leszek Żebrowski



Party at the Museum!

Performance by Hollywood Music Award winner and “Guitar Superstar”,
Arek Religa

Appearance by exhibition artists, Professors Lex Drewinski and Leszek Żebrowski
An exhibition catalog will be available.
Flavors of Szałas Restaurant, Polish vodka and Żywiec beer
Admission: $10 for PMA members, $15 for non-members

Free parking

The Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL. 60642
Museum Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed Thursdays)

Posted in: Chicago Events

Cultural Trainer Needed

Executive Language Training ( is seeking a qualified cultural instructor to work with an executive at one of their facilities in Chicago. This client recently relocated from Russia to Chicago and will be based in the US for the next few years. The ideal candidate will be an experienced cultural trainer familiar with Russian traditions and will be able to help the gentleman learn American cultural norms and assimilate into US business culture. This would be a temporary, part-time position. The instructor would work with this client for a total of 9 hours during the week. Scheduling is flexible and these sessions will take place this month or in early April.

If you’re interested please contact

Janet Nester
Language Resource Coordinator

Executive Language Training, LLC
10 Skokie Valley Road
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Tel: 847.457.1178
Fax: 847.637.0416

Posted in: Job Postings

George Washington University Visiting Fellowship on Russia’s Global Engagement

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.
Application Deadline April 15, 2012

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Posted in: Job Postings

Visiting South Slavic Specialist Position at U of Illinois at Urbana

Visiting South Slavic Specialist

Academic Professional Position

University Library

University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 22, 2012.

Position Available: This position is available immediately. This is a 100%-time, twelve-month Visiting Academic Professional position. This is a one year renewable position, contingent upon continued funding from the U.S. State Department Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent State of the Former Soviet Union).

Duties and Responsibilities: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professional for the position of Visiting South Slavic Specialist. Reporting to the manager of the Slavic Reference Service the successful candidate will be responsible for providing research assistance to local and visiting scholars, developing online materials on research resources in vernacular languages for Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and the former Yugoslav Republics, and for working with visiting scholars to provide an introduction to the Library’s vernacular language resources as well orientation and training on our many research technologies. The Visiting South Slavic Specialist will join colleagues doing similar work as part of the Slavic Reference Service, a component of the International and Area Studies Library. Continue reading →

Posted in: Job Postings

The Micropolitics of Small Town Life in Eastern Europe: International Symposium

Call for Papers

On behalf of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Research Group Pathways of Law in Ethno-Religiously Mixed Societies, funded by the German Research Foundation at Leipzig University, we invite proposals for an international symposium, The Micropolitics of Small Town Life in Eastern Europe. The symposium will be held at the University of Illinois on March 5-6, 2013. Continue reading →

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

New programs at School of Russian and Asian Studies

The School of Russian and Asian Studieshas has announced several new innovative programs!

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Sept 3 – Dec 14 (Apply by May 15, 2012)
This program seeks to critically analyze the post-Soviet era. Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia and will discuss the conflicts in these states, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts. The competing foreign interests at work in these states will also be explored. Students will also intensively study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.
Find out more here:

Eurasian Culinary Adventure
July 15 – Aug 12, 2012 (Apply by May 1, 2012)
This program is designed to open all the senses to the rich cultures of the Slavs and the peoples of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Students will study Russian, a lingua franca of these peoples, in intensive classroom sessions and at an included home stay. You’ll also dive into the history and cultural significance of local cuisines before learning to make the foods yourself: Ukrainian borsch, Uzbek plov, Georgian khatchapuri, and more. Based in Kiev, Ukraine, this course includes travel to the Crimean Peninsula (famous for its wines) and to Georgia in the Caucuses.
Find out more here:

Russian Studies Seminar: The Russian Elections
June 14 – July 14, 2012 (Apply by March 10, 2012)
This is an intensive four-week course detailing the social forces shaping Russia’s political scene and how politics may impact Russian society after the elections of 2011 and 2012. What issues resonate with Russian voters? Who are Russia’s major political parties and what are their stances on these issues? How does Russia’s government work and what impact does it have on Russia’s economy? What is the role of the media in Russian society and Russian politics? How will the results of the latest Duma and Presidential elections likely affect Russian politics, society, and the economy?
Find out more here:

Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution
July 16 – July 30, 2012 (Apply by March 15, 2012)
This unique summer seminar will examine the Russian Revolution and the fall of Communism as case studies for understanding wider patterns of revolution and protest. The history of these events will be examined in detail. In addition, broader theoretical questions will be discussed, such as what influence diasporas can have from abroad, how the media and NGOs can influence public opinion, and how demographics can ease or exacerbate tensions. What can the masses and government do to make sure dialogue doesn’t break down to the point that revolution occurs?
Find out more here:

Of course, these are in addition to the rest of SRAS’ programs, which can be found here:

Funding opportunities are available:

We’ll be glad to hear any comments or questions that you or your students might have!

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

CFP: MLA 2013 Special Session: “Russian Modernism and the Problem of Language”

We would like to bring your attention to the panel on Russian Modernism and the problem of language organized for the 2013 MLA convention in Boston. The call for papers as posted on the MLA site is provided below:

Russian Modernism and the Problem of Language

Panel invites papers exploring the problem of language as posed and dealt with in Russian Modernist literature. Please submit 300-word abstracts to Evgeniya Koroleva ( by 15 March 2012.

If interested, please contact me off list at or

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

Global Ambassador’s Russian Summer School

Global Ambassador’s Russian Summer School during 30 July-18 August 2012 in Yekaterinburg, Russia is a joint-program of the Department of Russian as a Foreign Language of the Ural Federal University, one of the largest and top-ranked universities in Russia, and Global Ambassador, international education specialist company. The Program provides an exciting cultural immersion and learning experience through a combination of Russian courses, internship component with a local company, Russian business & culture expert sessions and a rich culture program.

The deadline to apply is 15 April 2012. Attached please find the Program’s flyer and the application form.
For more information please refer to program website and facebook page

In case of questions, Maxim Zaykov would be happy to hold a skype video conference with interested students.

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

Second Annual Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization

The Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change is announcing its second annual Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (ICCI), which will take place May 20-23 in Bloomington, IN.

This unique institute facilitates the internationalization of your campuses, curricula, and/or courses, to better prepare students to be effective scholars, practitioners, and citizens of the 21st century. International education experts, such as Madeleine Green, Gil Latz, Caryn McTighe Musil, Fanta Aw, and others will be presenting and leading the conversations. This institute is open to all college and university faculty, staff, and administrators, so feel free to share with colleagues in and outside of your institution.

See details at:

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Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences