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Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF), Student Program Application Deadline May 29

Interested in Russia? Foreign Policy? Business? Want to go to Moscow?

Join The Stanford US Russia Forum!

The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF) is a student-run program that connects top-notch American students with their Russian counterparts in an effort to build international dialogue.  Delegates for the program travel to Moscow for a five-day conference in the fall, work on a collaborative research project to produce a policy proposal in the winter, and present their work at a capstone conference at Stanford in the spring. Research this past year ran the gamut from venture capitalism in Russia to cybersecurity to new media uses by government officials and much more.

The program is open to both undergraduates and graduates from any university in the United States and seven partner universities across Russia.  Although background in Russian language or study does strengthen an application, we have no prerequisites for the program and we recruit delegates from all fields of study.

For more info check out or email at

Please follow the link to find the application for this year. Application due date is May 29.


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Lecture: Vangelis Kechriotis, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, May 20


Vangelis Kechriotis

Assistant Professor, History Department

Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Friday, May 20; 4:00

Stuart 105

5835 S. Greenwood Ave.

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University Lectureship in Russian Literature and Culture, University of Cambridge, Application Deadline June 13

University Lectureship in Russian Literature and Culture

Department of Slavonic Studies

Vacancy Reference No: GR08194 Salary: £36,862-£46,696

The Department of Slavonic Studies is seeking to appoint a full-time,
permanent University Lecturer from 1 October 2011, or as soon as
possible thereafter. This post has been created thanks to the
generosity of the Isaac Newton Trust. The post-holder will contribute
to the teaching of the undergraduate tripos in Russian, delivering
lectures on Russian literature and culture, and to the teaching of the
M.Phil in Russian studies. S/he will also be expected to undertake
undergraduate language teaching, assist in Tripos examinations,
supervise MPhil and PhD students, if appropriate, and play an active
role in the further development of the curriculum.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD, and will have a record of
research and publication (or clear evidence of potential publication),
in a field of Russian literature and/or culture, and the promise of
making an outstanding contribution to the Department of Slavonic
Studies. Applications will be considered in any area of Russian
studies, from the earliest times until the present, although the
ability to teach one or more of the following may be an advantage: 1.
pre-Modern culture; 2. contemporary culture; 3. Russian and Soviet
history. Native or excellent non-native command of Russian and English
is essential.

Applications can be made by completing form CHRIS 6 form (available at, a cover letter, a
detailed curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a
statement on your research interests, and the names and addresses of
three referees who are familiar with your work in the relevant field.
Application materials should be sent by the closing date of 13 June
2011, either by post to the Secretary of the Appointments Committee,
Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge
CB3 9DA OR by e-mail to You are requested to ask
your referees to write directly by the same date. You are welcome to
seek further information by contacting Dr Emma Widdis, Head of
Department, e-mail:

Further particulars can be found at

Shortlisted candidates for the post will be notified by Friday 17th
June. Interviews are likely to be held in the week beginning June 27th
2011. The interview will involve candidates giving a short lecture of
20 minutes to a mixed group of graduate students and members of the
Department, and a short sample language class, prior to the interview

The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a
probationary period of one year.

Closing date: 13 June 2011. Planned Interview dates: week commencing
27 June 2011.

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Disseration: “Viktor Shklovskii–between Art and Life,” Radoslav Borislavov

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Food: Kielbasa on the Quad, PASA, May 19, 1-4pm

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Lecture: Symposium on Modern Jewish and Israeli History,

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Modern European and Russian History Workshop, the History Department, and the France Chicago Center

are pleased to present:

Symposium on Modern Jewish and Israeli History

In Search of Cosmopolitan Consumption:

Jews, Department Stores and Modern Mass Consumption in Germany

Paul Lerner

History, University of Southern California

Discussant: Tara Zahra, History, University of Chicago

May 19, 4:30 pm

Social Science Research Building, Rm. 224

John Hope Franklin Room

1126 E. 59th St.

Paul Lerner, Associate Professor of History at USC, specializes in the history of the human sciences,Jewish history and the history and theory of consumer culture in Germany and Central Europe. He is the author of “Hysterical Men: War, Psychiatry and the Politics of Trauma in Germany, 1890-1930 (Cornell, 2003) and co-editor of “Traumatic Pasts: History, Psychiatry and Trauma in the Modern Age” (Cambridge, 2001) and “Jewish Masculinities: German Jews, Gender and History” (Indiana, forthcoming 2012). He is currently writing a book entitled “Consuming Encounters: Jews, Department Stores and Early Mass Consumption in Germany.”

Please contact Christina Heisser at for a copy of the paper if you plan to attend.  The symposium is in a workshop format, and assumes all participants have read the paper in advance.

The Symposium is made possible through the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Fund and the Aronberg Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies with additional support from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Modern European and Russian History Workshop, the History Department, and the France Chicago Center.

This event is free and open to the public.  Contact Christina Heisser at 773-702-7108 with questions or to request a disability accommodation.


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Concert: Alioni Georgian Choir of Chicago, May 20

Friday, May 20th, Alioni will present their annual Spring Concert — this year with the theme, “Colorful Characters.”  The ensemble’s Musical Director, Dr. Clayton Parr, has this to say about the upcoming program:  “Colorful Characters highlights the many fascinating personalities in Georgian song, from queens to traitors, from beautiful women to lecherous old uncles!”  Special guest Brandon Acker on stringed chonguri & guitar, and featuring Max Evrard on bowed chunir.

Alioni is a 12-member vocal ensemble founded in Chicago in 2008 by Clayton Parr and Sarah Burghardt with the purpose of sharing the ancient choral folk music traditions of the Republic of Georgia through teaching and performing.

What:    Ensemble Alioni, 3rd Annual Spring Concert
“Colorful Characters”

When:    Friday, May 20th, 2011  — 8pm
Parking can be a challenge, allow extra time
or use public transportation.

Cost:        Suggested donation $10 — CASH Only!
($5 for students and children under 16)

Where:    Saint Josaphat Church
2311 N. Southport (at Belden)
Chicago, IL 60657
map link (opens a GoogleMaps page)
Come early!  There are many food and drink options
just a short walk away on Clybourn.

St Josaphat Church is located at Southport and Belden in the lively DePaul neighborhood approximately one mile east of the Kennedy Expressway — Fullerton exit.  St Josaphat is near public transportation: #9 Ashland or #74 Fullerton buses or a healthy walk from the Brown Line / Red Line “el” stop at Fullerton (you can also transfer to the #74 Fullerton bus), or a different 15 minute walk from the Metra UP (union pacific) North, or Northwest line’s Clybourn Metra station (see map link above).
A small amount of free parking is available in a lot behind the church – accessible via Belden to Wayne St, or street parking along Southport, Clybourn, or Fullerton.  (The rest of the area has zoned parking restrictions at night.)  Some additional public parking is available (for a price) three blocks away at the Webster Place Theaters (Webster Place System Parking ‪1465 West Webster – at Clybourn)‬.  Since Clybourn cuts diagonally through the area, we suggest you use the map link above so you can see where the parking options are located in relation to the church and surrounding streets.  You can also print the map.

Come and hear Ensemble Alioni!
Experience for yourself the rough majesty of Georgian traditional music,
where Western musical traditions and Eastern tonalities blend… and collide!



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Russian Lecturer, University of Denver

On behalf of the Russian program at the University of Denver:
The Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver will hire a Lecturer of Russian for a one-year appointment to begin September 1, 2011. This is a non-tenure track position with full benefits. The appointed lecturer will teach all levels of undergraduate language, literature, and culture. Area of specialization in Russian is open. Native or near-native fluency in Russian is required. MA or ABD status in Russian or related field by time of application is required. PhD or ABD by time of appointment is preferred. The successful candidate must have experience teaching Russian language, literature, and culture to undergraduate students in the United States. The teaching load is eight classes per year on a quarter calendar. Salary is competitive.

All applicants must apply online at and attach a CV, cover letter, and a one-page statement of teaching philosophy. In addition to applying on-line, please send three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and evidence of successful teaching to: Russian Search Committee, Prof. Victor Castellani, Chair, Department of Languages and Literatures, 2000 East Asbury, Sturm Hall 391, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Denver is an EEO/AA Employer.

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Film: The Lovers of Valldemosa Monastery, Fulton Recital Hall, May 26

The Department of Music presents

“The Lovers of Valldemosa Monastery”

of a 2010 opera about Frédéric Chopin by

Helen B. & Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Music and the Humanities

RSVP to by May 25.

Thursday, May 26th

7:00 PM
Fulton Recital Hall
1010 E. 59th Street, Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor


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Call for Papers for Special Issue of Language Learning & Technology

Call for Papers for Special Issue of LLT

Theme: Technology and the Less Commonly Taught Languages

Special Issue Editor: Irene Thompson

This special issue of Language Learning & Technology will focus on the role played by educational technologies in the learning and teaching of LCTLs (i.e., languages other than the traditionally taught Western European languages such as English, French, German, and Spanish). Currently, less than ten percent of students enrolled in foreign language courses in the US study languages such as Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Swahili, Yoruba, and other languages critically important to US national interests. These languages are typologically different from English and are often written in non-Roman scripts requiring extended seat time to attain a working proficiency. With instruction often not offered at all, offered on an irregular basis, or available only at the elementary levels, technology presents a wide range of opportunities to develop and deliver instructional materials and methodologies based on sound empirical research.

Please consult the LLT Website for general guidelines on submission ( and research (

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

* empirical studies of the impact of CALL-based materials on the acquisition of speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, or grammar skills at various levels of proficiency in a range of LCTLs

* intergration of authentic Internet-based materials into LCTL courses, particularly at the intermediate and advanced levels

* uses of CMC to promote interactive speaking and writing in a range of LCTLs

* studies of the effectiveness of various technological tools in improving pronunciation or listening in a range of LCTLs, particularly those with tonal systems

* studies of the uses of technology in the acquisition of non-Roman scripts or in reading non-Roman scripts (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and Russian)

* uses of various types of media in LCTL teacher education

* uses of CMC to promote online intercultural exchanges

* evaluation of uses of technology in self-directed study of LCTLs

* uses of videoconferencing either for distance learning or for adding remote classes to live LCTL classes

Please send letter of intent and 250-word abstract by June 1, 2011 to

Publication timeline:

* June 1, 2011: Submission deadline for abstracts
* June 15, 2011: Invitation to authors to submit a manuscript
* November 1, 2011: Submission deadline for manuscripts
* February 1, 2013: Publication of special issue

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