Monthly Archives: April 2012

Summer 2012 Intensive Advanced Turkish

(TURK 30101-30102-30103/NELG 30101-30102-30103) will once again beoffered during Summer Session 2012 at the University of Chicago.

Intensive Third Year Turkish is designed for the intermediate to advanced student with
two or more years of study in Modern Turkish, and also serves as an introduction to
Turkish Literature. The course is open to Students who have already taken Second
or Third Year Turkish. This class sequence aims to develop advanced proficiency in
Turkish, focusing on the four skill areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Short stories, novel excerpts, newspaper and academic articles, and poetry are read in the
original. A series of audio-visual modules using the Deep Approach methodology are
also featured. A short primer in comparative Turkic is included for the benefit of students
who wish to explore other Turkic languages. Continue reading →

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PRAGUE: Leaving Czechoslovakia Exhibit and Reception

From 2009 through 2011, more than 150 interviews were conducted by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) through its landmark project,Recording Voices & Documenting Memories of Czech & Slovak Americans. No one could have anticipated the personal drama conveyed in these stories…

Now, the NCSML and the Prague Committee of CSCI invite you to join them at the opening reception for its traveling exhibit, “Leaving Czechoslovakia”, presenting the stories of 20th-century Czech and Slovak émigrés to America in their own words.

When: Friday, May 11
Where: Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, IL
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
Please RSVP to Leah Wilson by May 9: / 319.362.8500

Posted in: Chicago Events

Poetry After Kerch: Harriet Murav at UChicago

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies and The Department of Slavic Languages and Literature present:

Poetry After Kerch: Representing Jewish Mass Death in the Soviet Union by Harriet Murav, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

May 10th at 5pm in Classics 101, a light reception will follow.

The event is free and open to the public. For question or more information, contact Miller Prosser at or 773-702-7108.

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

May Day Meeting of the Russian Studies Workshop

Russian Studies Workshop
Tuesday, May 1, 4:30-6:00 (snacks from 4:15!)
John Hope Franklin Room (SSRB 224)

Workers of the world, unite (in the John Hope Franklin Room)!

The interdisciplinary Russian Studies Workshop is having a special May Day meeting on May 1, when they will discuss a chapter by Flora Roberts (Dept. of History, University of Chicago), entitled “Purging the Old Elites (1933-1938)”, from her dissertation, “Old Elites under Communism: a case study of Soviet Khujand”. Refreshments will be available at 4:15, and we will begin our discussion at 4:30.

The chapter is now available on the workshop’s chalk site
under “Current Paper.” An additional selection will become available on chalk shortly. If you do not have access to the chalk site, please email Leah Goldman at, and she will send you a copy. Please also contact Leah if you have any questions, comments, claims against the bourgeoisie, 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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Summer Language and Culture Camp in Novosibirsk

Educational Centre “Cosmopolitan” will run three consecutive two-week sessions of the Summer Language and Culture Camp in delightful countryside just outside Novosibirsk, the administrative capital of Siberia and the centre of Russia, and in the picturesque surroundings in the Altai mountains.

The programme is open to schoolchildren, university students and adults of all ages and levels of Russian. No previous knowledge of Russian is required.

The programme is unique in bringing volunteer teachers and international students from all over the world to Siberia to live, work and study in a residential setting with Russian students and teachers. This is an excellent opportunity to learn Russian and get a first-hand experience of the Russian culture and lifestyle.

For more information on the programmes and to read about former participants’ experiences, please visit

and contact the Programme Director Natalia Bodrova or with any questions or application inquiries.

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Screening: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Climates

Bu çarşamba günü, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’ın 2006 yılında çektiği ‘İklimler’ adlı filmi göstereceğiz. Saat 3’te, Pick 218 odada başlayacağız. İngilizce altyazıları olacak.

This Wednesday, Turkish Circle will be showing Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s 2006 film “Climates.” We will begin at 3 o’clock in Pick 218. There will be English subtitles.

Bilgi almak için tıklayınız… / For more information…

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Summer Institute: Slavic and Eurasian Languages–Acquisition, Techniques, and Technologies

July 16-18, 2012
Duke University
Durham, NC

The Duke Slavic and Eurasian Language Resource Center will host a summer institute from July 16-18 for instructors (K-12 and university faculty) and language program coordinators in Slavic and Eurasian languages.

Speakers from Duke University, the U.S. Department of Defense, the University of Arizona, and other leading institutions will present on topics including

· Teaching language and culture through film

· Specialized language instruction at the advanced and superior levels

· The use of technology in the language classroom

· Integrating heritage students in the language classroom

· Addressing the needs of differently-abled students

· Using computer technologies to create pedagogical materials

· The role of grammar in proficiency-based instruction

· Popular culture and language instruction

· Web resources for Slavic and East European language teachers

Cost: There are NO registration or tuition fees to attend the SEELRC Summer Institute. However, participants must pay for their own travel expenses, accommodations, and food. Lunches and one dinner will be provided. Depending on the availability of funds, SEELRC may award partial stipends to defray travel costs to qualified applicants.

Lodging: SEELRC staff will assist participants in making housing arrangements. Accommodations will be either on the Duke campus or within walking distance to Duke.

Attendance for the summer institute is limited to 20 people.

Interested language instructors should contact Michael Newcity at for further information.

Posted in: CEERES Events/News, Teacher Development

Alash Ensemble Concert at Univ of Chicago

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

Sunday April 29th at 6pm

Fulton Recital Hall
Goodspeed Hall, FL 4
1010 E. 59th St.
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL Continue reading →

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27th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference at Univ of Chicago

This year’s 27th annual Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT)
conference to be held at the University of Chicago (Ida Noyes Hall,
1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637) on Friday and Saturday, May
4th and 5th, will feature over twenty panels with papers presented by
graduate students and professors over the course of two days on a
variety of subjects.

Some highlights from this year’s conference include a roundtable
discussion, “Picturing Prophecy: The Falnama (Book of Omens) in
Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Iran and Turkey,” with Kathryn
Babayan (University of Michigan), Serpil Bağcı (Hacettepe University,
Ankara, Turkey), Massumeh Farhad (Freer and Sackler Galleries,
Smithsonian Institution), and Cornell Fleischer (University of
Chicago) and a keynote lecture,”Cultures of Literacy and Social
Practice in Early Modern Isfahan,” by Kathryn Babayan.

Visit for the
complete conference schedule.

For further inquiries, please email the organizers at

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Grant Competition – Malevich Society

The Malevich Society is pleased to announce its grant competition for the year 2012.

The Malevich Society is a not-for-profit organization based in New York dedicated to advancing knowledge about the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich and his work.

In the belief that Malevich was a pioneer of modern art, and should be recognized for his key contributions to the history of Modernism, the Society awards grants to encourage research, writing, and other activities relating to his history and memory.

The Society welcomes applications from scholars of any nationality, and at various stages of their career. Graduate students are welcome to apply to the Society’s grants after completing at least one year of dissertation research. Proposed projects should increase the understanding of Malevich and his work, or augment historical, biographical, or artistic information about Malevich and/or his artistic legacy. The Society also supports translations and the publication of relevant texts. Continue reading →

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