Monthly Archives: April 2012

Turkish Summer Courses

We invite you to a thrilling experience of fun-filled learning in the heart of nature and history at the ancient port city of Olympos, which was established in the Hellenistic Age (around the second century B.C.) and a member of the Lycian Federation

Turkish Summer Course offers small group courses during summer of 2012 (July and August). To meet your needs and preferences, the courses have a great atmosphere and are great for socializing. They provide more intense and faster learning. We offer classes for the levels from A1 Level(Beginner) to B2 (Post-intermediate according to CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Our flexible program allows us to customize the lessons to meet your goals and expectations. Continue reading →

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Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute at UW-Madison

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and the Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are proud to announce the second annual Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute, CESSI, to be held at UW-Madison from June 18-August 10, 2012. Continue reading →

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences

A Poetry Reading by Nikola Madzirov

The University of Chicago’s Poem Present Reading and Lecture Series and the Poetry Foundation are pleased to present…

Nikola Madžirov

A Poetry Reading
Thursday, April 12, 2012
4:30 PM
Social Sciences Tea Room 201
Reception to Follow Continue reading →

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

Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film

Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film

April 13-14, 2012
at the Loyola University’s Sullivan Center (6339 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660)

Friday, April 13th

Opening Reception

Šantićeva 88
Director: Šemsudin Gegić
Documentary, 2011, 26 minutes

Sevdah za Karima
Sevdah for Karim
Director: Jasmin Duraković
Feature, 2010, 95 minutes Continue reading →

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Screening: Ivan’s Childhood

Doc Films
Tuesday, April 3 at 7pm • 95m
Ivan’s Childhood
Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962
Tarkovsky’s first feature film and winner of the Golden Lion at Cannes in 1962, Ivan’s Childhood tells the story of a young boy’s resistance to Nazi aggression through a devastating alternation of atrocity and lyrical imagery, a structure driven by Ivan’s too-old-too-young attempts to understand the war. Drowned forests, hollow, bombed-out buildings, and desperate missions of espionage punctuate this mytho-poetic examination of the tolls that violence takes on the innocent. It is notable as one of the first Soviet films to depict war in negative terms rather than as jingoistic nationalist propaganda.
Archival 35mm

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Screening: Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky


Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky

An Evening with Dmitry Trakovsky
Introduction by Robert Bird, Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the College.
Saturday, April 7, 7pm

Death doesn’t exist, declared the late Russian auteur Andrei Tarkovsky. In Meeting Andre Tarkovsky, filmmaker Dmity Trakovsky delves into this enigmatic assertion in a series of interviews that take him from Los Angeles, through Europe and South America, to Tarkovsky’s childhood home in rural Russia, documenting the lingering impact of the much loved director twenty years after his death.

Meeting Andre Tarkovsky has screened in over 100 festivals throughout Europe and the US, including at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, and has been included in two Andrei Tarkovsky DVD collections. Trakovsky is currently at work on his second film, Arctic Cross, a documentary about Alaska’s Yup’ik people.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

(2010, DVD, 90 min, subtitled in English)

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Program Manager Position, Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program

Program Manager Position, Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Program Manager of the Bard-Smolny Study Abroad Program (BSAP) is
a professional, full-time administrator employed year-round by Bard
College at Smolny College in St. Petersburg. The PM supervises the daily
management of the BSAP during fall and spring semesters and during the
Summer Language Intensive. These programs serve a total of approximately
100 US undergraduates per year.

Requirements: Russian fluency, study and work experience in Russia or former
Soviet Union, American BA degree or higher, budgetary experience, and excellent
communication and interpersonal skills. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Anticipated start date on or before June 1, 2012.

For more information, see the official position announcement at:

Posted in: Job Postings

Zhuravel and the Ancient technique of Levkas

Zhuravel and the Ancient technique of Levkas
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 3pm
Materials will be provided
Admission is free

Join prominent contemporary artist Mykola Zhuravel during his retrospective at the UIMA for a workshop demonstrating the Levkas process and its present day application.
Levkas has been used since ancient times in the decoration of Egyptian sarcophagi and later, as a primer for Byzantine and Rus’ icon painting. The modus operandi for his work, Zhuravel will demonstrate its rich and painterly effects.

Posted in: Chicago Events

Reading: Alexander Motyl, “The Jew Who Was Ukrainian”

Sunday, April 1, at 1p.m.

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
Is pleased to host the presentation of
Alexander Motyl’s new novel:

“The Jew Who Was Ukrainian”
(in English)

Followed by a discussion by the author on the current situation in Ukraine:

“Ukraine in 2012”
(in Ukrainian)

Where: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Admission: Donation $10

The novel will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

“This hilarious and poignant anti-historical novel is a vertiginous journey through the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s purges, Nazi concentration camps, underground anarchist gatherings, and the KGB network. A great master of tragicomedy, Alexander Motyl shows with eminent irony that twentieth-century history
was funnier than Joyce imagined and much more horrible than Orwell prefigured.”
-Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Associate Professor in Jewish History, Northwestern University

Alexander Motyl is the author of six novels, six academic books, numerous articles,
and a blog on “Ukraine’s Orange Blues” on

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