Notice for Midwest Russian History Workshop attendees

The Fall 2011 Midwest Russian History Workshop to be held on November 4-5 at the University of Michigan is now less than two months away. Those who plan on attending are asked to confirm with Leann Wilson ( by October 4. Please note if you will be attending the Friday evening reception at Valerie Kivelson’s home and/or the Saturday departure dinner at Ronald Suny’s as well.

Conference organizers have reserved a block of rooms at the centrally-located Campus Inn at the conference rate of $151/night. To book your reservation, please contact the Campus Inn directly and mention that you will be attending the Midwest Russian History Workshop. Be sure to book before October 4 to guarantee the discounted rate.

The Dahlmann Campus Inn
(800) 666-8693

Graduate students should contact Leann Wilson ( to discuss lodging options. A limited number of spaces are available to stay with local graduate students, but the MRHW may be able to provide some funds to help defray the cost of hotel accommodations in cases where home-stays are unavailable or undesirable.

English/Russian Speaking Shipping Assistant Position

BayRu LLC is currently interviewing candidates for the new role of Shipping Assistant at their Skokie headquarters.

Job Responsibilities
• Receive all incoming packages, accept deliveries
• Pack, seal, label, and affix postage to prepare materials for shipping, using work devices such as hand tools, power tools, and postage meter.
• Determine shipping method for packages, using knowledge of shipping procedures, routes, and rates.
• Requisition and store shipping materials and supplies to maintain inventory of stock.
• Compare, identify information and count, weighs, or measures items of incoming and outgoing shipments to verify information against bills of lading, invoices, orders, or other records.

If interested, please send the following to
1) Current resume
2) One paragraph answer to the following question: “Why do you believe that you are a good fit for the Shipping Assistant role at BayRu?
3) Provide at least 2 references

For more information about this position and about BayRu please refer to the following pdf: Shipping Assistant Job Description

English/Russian Speaking Customer Service and Sales position

BayRu LLC is currently interviewing candidates in the role of Sales Agent at their Skokie headquarters.

Job Responsibilities

• Processing of incoming and outgoing calls to and from Russia in Russian language
• Answering customer emails in Russian
• Working with Logistics and Procurement departments to find products for customers
• Performing product search in the form of personal on-line shopper
• Working as required during Chicago night-time hours to service customer calls and emails in Russia (9 hour time-zone difference)
• Partnering up with Moscow office to resolve customer issues with processed orders

If interested, please send the following to
1) Current resume
2) One paragraph answer to the following question: “Why do you believe that you are a good fit for the Sales Agent role at BayRu?
3) Provide at least 2 references

For more information about the position and about BayRu please refering to the following pdf: Sales_Job_Description

English/Russian Speaking Procurement Specialist

BayRu LLC is currently interviewing candidates for the new role of Procurement specialist in Procurement department
at their Skokie headquarters.

Job Responsibilities

• Interact with suppliers on a daily basis to resolve transactional issues and gather critical information invoices , tracking info, tax docs. etc.
• Responsible for appropriate supplier selection/bidding processes for selected purchase requests, and supplier and contract pricing validation for all purchase requests under category management responsibility.
• Responsible for managing projects to improve procurement processes.
• Responsible for supplier communication to resolve transactional issues.
• Responsible for resolving invoice price and terms discrepancies to enable order processing.

If interested, please send the following to
1) Current resume
2) One paragraph answer to the following question: “Why do you believe that you are a good fit for the Shipping Assistant role at BayRu?
3) Provide at least 2 references

For more about BayRu and and the position refer to the following pdf: Procurement Specialist Job Description

CFP: Ukraine in Global Context

The University of Toronto’s Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES) is pleased to announce a call for papers for the fifth bi-annual Graduate Student Symposium entitled”Ukraine in Global Context” to be held in Toronto on January 27-28, 2012. This interdisciplinary Symposium will bring together aspiring young scholars for two days of presentations and intensive discussions on the study of contemporary Ukraine. The goal of the Symposium is to present new research and innovative thinking that explores the political, socioeconomic, and cultural dynamics in Ukrainian society. Cross-national and cross-historical comparisons in the wider context of the post-communist space are encouraged. Submissions can focus on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, the following:
. Sociopolitical and Economic Development;
. Identity and Regionalism;
. National Security, Foreign Relations, Diaspora;
. Language (translation, bilingualism, etc.);
. Literature, Film, and Media;
. New Approaches to National History and the Politics of Memory.
The Symposium is open to graduate students and recent PhD holders from North America and Europe. Please submit an abstract (maximum 400 words) and the attached curriculum vitae form to by Sept. 20, 2011. Details and updates will be available on the symposium website .

For a printable version of the CFP and for the CV form please refer to the following pdfs:
CV Form – UkrGradSymp

Exhibit: Lithuanian President Deported to Siberia and Lithuania in Exile

September 10, 2011 – January 12, 2012 – 7:00 pm – 10:00 am
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture,
6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60629

Aleksandras Stulginskis was the second President of Lithuania (1920–1926). In 1941 Stulginskis and his wife were arrested by the Soviet NKVD and deported to a gulag in the Krasnoyarsk region, while his wife was deported to the Komi area. After World War II in 1952 he was officially sentenced by the Soviet authorities to 25 years in prison for his anti-socialist and clerical policies in pre-war Lithuania. Lithuania in Exile, 1988-1989 The photo exhibition Lithuania in Exile, 1988-1989 by photographer, film director, cameraman and traveler Juozas Kazlauskas.
Event Cost: $5
More Information
Phone: 773-582-6500

For more information visit

Dialogue on Polish-Jewish Relations at the Polish Museum of America

The Polish Museum of America hosts the third session in the “Adventures in Polish-Jewish Dialogues: A Continuing Season of Discussions About Poland in the Heart of the Jews and the Jews in the Heart of Poland.” A film about pre-war Bialystok will also be shown.

September 11 at 1:00pm
Polish Museum of America

For more information visit

Russian-American Student Writing Exchange

2011-2012 AMERICAN HOME RUSSIAN-AMERICAN STUDENT WRITING EXCHANGE – an opportunity to provide advanced language students additional opportunities to communicate in Russian with their Russian peers.

The Writing Exchange is sponsored by the America Home in Vladimir, Russia, in cooperation with the English faculty of the Department of Philology at Vladimir State University.

While participating in the Writing Exchange, Russian and American students will regularly communicate once a month via email about selected topics. They will write in their language of study, with their partners correcting their grammatical, lexical, stylistic, and phraseological mistakes and then responding to what has been written, as appropriate, in their own language of study.

The program matches highly-motivated and responsible third and fourth year American students with their Russian peers from advanced English classes at Vladimir State University. (It may also be possible to pair one or two additional complete classes of advanced American students with classes of advanced Russian students. One such paring from last year’s Exchange is continuing this fall.)

Each month participants must be willing and eager to complete the Exchange’s four steps:
1) During the first half of each month students write on the selected topic;

2) By the middle of each month their letters are exchanged via email;

3) During the second half of each month they correct their partners’ letters (grammar, style, etc.), adding comments and reactions about the content;

4) By the end of each month the corrected letters with comments are exchanged.


COMMENTS FROM PARTICIPANTS IN THE 2010-11 WRITING EXCHANGE (35 American students from 12 universities participated in the 2010-2011 Exchange):

“It is really nice to have an exchange with a Russian in which they feel totally comfortable (and actually compelled) to correct my mistakes.”

“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to participate and think the program runs well. Being able to communicate with a native speaker has been a big help.”

“The corrections to my letters were very helpful in making my Russian smoother and closer to that of a native speaker.”

“It was a huge stretch for me, but very helpful for vocabulary and just writing in general.”

“It helped me see some of my common mistakes and also the exchange students helped me correct the errors. “

“Sasha frequently rephrased my technically correct sentences to sound better and make more sense in ways I wasn’t familiar with.”

“It certainly kept me from forgetting much of what I learned”

“My participation has helped me outline some of my most frequent mistakes in written Russian.”

For more information on the student writing exchange contact David M. Johnson , Coordinator, Intensive Russian Program, American Home (

For more information on American Home visit

CFP–Slovo Vol 24.1 (Spring 2012)

An inter-disciplinary e-journal of Russian, Eurasian and East European affairs
published by postgraduates of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies.
anthropology – economics – film – geography – history – international studies – linguistics – literature – media – music – politics – sociology

CALL FOR PAPERS Volume 24.1 (Spring 2012)
Deadline: 11th November 2011
Contributions, including research articles, book and film reviews, and review articles are welcome from all research students and academics. Submissions to the Board of Editors may be sent via e-mail attachment ( All research articles must include a 100-200 word abstract and adhere to the MHRA Style guide in advance of submission (available for download for free at
All manuscripts are refereed and undergo a review process. Contributions submitted must not be under consideration by other publications at the time of submission. The editors reserve the right to make any changes thought to be necessary or appropriate to typescripts accepted for publication. A duplicate should be retained by the author. No disks or hard copies shall be returned. The maximum length for consideration of an article is 6,000 – 8,000 words (including footnotes), and 700 words for a review.

The deadline for article submissions for Volume 24.1 is the 11th November 2011.

If you have any queries about becoming a contributor for Slovo please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via and we will be happy to assist. For more information about Slovo visit:

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Not ready to submit an article? Then why not write a book or film review? Contact Slovo for more details.

Presidential Management Fellows Program

The Federal Government’s Presidential Management Fellows Program will soon be accepting applications. Graduate students from all academic disciplines who expect to complete an advanced degree (master’s, law, or doctoral-level degree) from a qualifying college or university during the 2011-2012 academic year (September 1, 2011 – August 31, 2012) are eligible to be nominated by their schools for the upcoming 2011 application period.

The purpose of the Program is to attract to the Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. We have attached application information for students in the Social Sciences Division. If you are interested in exploring this program, please go to

Please note that an application must be submitted online between September 15 and September 25, 2011. Also note that the application process requires that the applicant provide a nominating form, a résumé, and a brief statement to Ms. Jillian Peters in Foster 107 by Monday,September 26, 2011. Be sure to read the attached information for students in the Social Sciences about the application process.

There will be two information sessions for interested applicants:

Wednesday, September 14
3:30 PM
Reynolds Club, South Lounge (5706 S. University Ave.)

Tuesday, September 20
11:00 AM
Harris School, Room 289A (1155 E. 60th Street)

If you have any questions, please contact the Social Sciences Division office at or at 773-702-8414.