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Wisława Szymborska Exhibit at the Regenstein Library

New exhibit at the Regenstein Library
Now through September 2012

The Joy of Writing.
The Power of Preserving.
Revenge of a Mortal Hand.
Wisława Szymborska
1923 – 2012

One of two daughters, Wisława Szymborska was born in the small town of Bnin, Poland on July 2, 1923. At the age of eight, her family moved to Kraków, where she was to spend the rest of her life. She attended a private lycée (Academy of the Sisters of the Ursuline Order) until 1939, continuing her education in an underground study group during the Nazi occupation of Poland. At Kraków’s Jagellonian University, she studied sociology and Polish philology, after which she worked at a number of local publishing houses. From 1953 through the mid-1960s, she was the editor of the poetry section of the influential weekly Życie Literackie. In 1966, after the expulsion of the philosopher Leszek Kołakowski from the Communist Party for his “revisionist” views, and in an act of solidarity, Szymborska relinquished her own party membership, leading to her eventual resignation as editor; by 1978 she had severed all ties with this publication. With a few exceptions for literary awards and tokens of public appreciation, her life, shared with a small circle of friends, remained quiet and private—she rarely travelled, avoided public gatherings and hated being photographed or interviewed. Although resolutely avoiding politics as much as possible, she nevertheless participated in a variety of human rights activities.

Despite her aversion to public activities and nonliterary statements, during the late 1970s, and particularly after the imposition of martial law in 1981, she lent her support on several occations to the protest actions and educational initiatives sponsored by human rights groups such as KOR (Workers’ Defense Committee); she was also one of the founding members of the Association of Polish Writers, an independent professional organization that sought to continue the venerable traditions of the Polish Writers’ Union after its forcible dissolution by the military regime in 1982. (Stanisław Barańczak, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth-Century Eastern European Writers, Third Series, 2001, v. 232, pp. 357-362.)
Szymborska was a leading figure among the outstanding Polish poets of the post-World War II generation and among her many prestigious Polish and European literary awards was the Nobel Prize for Literature (1996); she was the fourth Polish author to be so honored.

Hers is an inclusive gaze that extends beyond the local and anthropocentric. Western culture, humankind, and the natural world are the subjects of moral, logical, and aesthetic consideration in her poetry. Szymborska is a poet who finds the extraordinary in the ordinary, the seemingly unimportant and insignificant… She approaches the subject of art with a generous dose of irony: skeptical of the privileged role of the artist and cognizant of the illusory character of art, she is nonetheless aware of the capacity of art to transport humans beyond the constraints of the physical world. As she puts it… art is, after all, the “revenge of the mortal hand”. (Joanna Trzeciak, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature, Part 4, 2007, v. 332, pp. 331-32.)

Szymborska is also known to Polish readers as a distinguished translator of 16th & 17th century French poetry, as well as the essays of Montaigne, and to the delight of her friends, the creator of witty and winsome hand-made postcards.

The exhibit will run through September 2012 . (4th Floor Reading Room, Regenstein Library)

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

Position in Russian Culture, Tenured at Ohio State University

Ohio State U
Dept. of Slavic & E European Langs. & Cultures

Senior tenured position in Russian Culture, with demonstrated teaching experience and a strong record of publications in three of the following areas: film, theater, poetry, theory, postmodernism, and gender studies. Applicants will be considered only if they have (1) native or near-native command of Russian and English, with the ability to teach in Russian at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and (2) a proven commitment to interdisciplinarity, since the position, through primarily in Russian culture, calls for teaching courses within or cross-listed with at least two of the following: Film Studies (FS), Theater, Comparative Studies, International Studies (IS), and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Interviews will be held at the ASEEES Convention in New Orleans, 15-18 November 2012.

To apply, please send a cover letter, a complete CV (with the names and email addresses of three references), and a sample publication in one of the areas specified above by 1 October to the following address:

Slavic Search Committee
c/o Linda Milbourne
Ohio State University
400 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus OH 43210-1340

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. OSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer.

Posted in: Job Postings

Association for Students and Teachers of Color in Slavic Studies (STC) Seeking New Members

Association for Students and Teachers of Color in Slavic Studies (STC) Seeking New Members

The Association for Students and Teachers of Color in Slavic Studies (STC) is an affiliate organization of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), which is dedicated to better connecting and expanding the network of minority scholars working in the profession. STC is committed to improving general understanding of the unique challenges faced by students and educators of color studying, teaching, and conducting research in and about the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The Association seeks to serve as a platform for discussions of race and ethnicity in the region. Its first annual meeting was held at the ASEEES conference in Washington in November 2011, and the second annual meeting is planned for November 16, 2012 at the ASEEES conference in New Orleans.

In the meantime, STC’s officers are starting a few projects this summer and welcome the help of anyone who would like to get involved. The group plans to send out a short summer newsletter that will include, among other things, information on various funding sources. They will also be working on the group website and starting a group blog. If you are familiar with setting up websites or maintaining a blog and would like to help, or if you have ideas as to what should be included in the newsletter, please contact the group officers. You can connect with STC at the following sites:

Facebook page —

ASEEES page (with contact information for group officers) —

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

Eurasia Internship: Freedom House

Eurasia Internship: Freedom House
Description: The Intern will support program activities and advocacy campaigns to advance democracy and human rights across Eurasia, a region that remains one of the world’s most repressive regions. She/he will support the team in administration and logistics of program implementation, research, fundraising, and outreach. This is a 40 hour per week paid Internship that will require a 6-month commitment. The Intern will report to the Eurasia Program Director. Continue reading →

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

Research Associate, International Institutions and Global Governance: Council on Foreign Relations

Research Associate, International Institutions and Global Governance: Council on Foreign Relations

Description: The Council’s Studies Program is one of the country’s largest foreign policy think tanks with a widely respected and influential research staff. The Studies Program aims to advance the discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs through its writing, publications, public outreach, and discussions. Continue reading →

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

Program Assistant Intern: World Affairs Councils of America

Program Assistant Intern: World Affairs Councils of America

Description: The World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) seeks a Program Assistant Intern for Fall 2012.

Duties and activities encompass, but are not limited to, the following:

• Assist Program Officer in management of all national education programs

• Assist in planning and organizing the 2012 National Conference

• Develop and edit content for national Academic WorldQuest competition

• Update and maintain speaker database

• Perform research projects on international relations and nonprofit management topics

• Help to prepare best practices operational papers for the council system

• Work on special projects as needed

• Visit key institutions in Washington and report on hearings/talks

• Assist with preparation for national board meetings

Some Duties and Responsibilities

Assist with background research and design for proposals and proposal resources
Provide feedback and edits on proposals
Produce interesting visual representations of proposal information
Attend relevant events and other external meetings as necessary and provide readout to proposal coordinator and related teams
Assist with proposal production in line with the parameters of solicitations
Other related duties as assigned. Continue reading →

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

Call for Submissions: 1st Juried Member Exhibit, UIMA

Open Call for Submissions for 1st Juried Member Exhibit

Entry Deadline: MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012
Exhibit Dates: December 1, 2012 thru January 27, 2013

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago (UIMA) is accepting submissions for the 1st Juried Member exhibit from visual artists.

There is no theme. It is open to all media and subject to space (max 48 in. in width). All works must be contemporary in nature completed within the past 2 years.

Only UIMA members may submit proposals.
Become a member.

Please visit the UIMA website more information and submission guidelines.

Posted in: Calls for Papers and Upcoming Conferences, Chicago Events

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Researcher Information Session

–Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Researcher Information Session–

1:00PM – 2:30PM
Stuart Hall, Room 102
5835 N. Greenwood Ave.

Please join Fumiyo Kamiko, Deputy Director of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Elene Rozhkova, Argonne National Laboratory Scientist and former JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, for an information session on current fellowship and grant opportunities for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in a wide variety of disciplines in the physical and biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
The JSPS is a partner organization of NSF and NI and more information can be found at:

Beverages and Flirty Cupcakes will be served.

Please Reply Online by Monday, July 16, 2012.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Woods at:

Posted in: Resources (Funding, Study Abroad, Internships, etc.), University of Chicago Events

Turkish Lecturer at the University of Kansas


DEPARTMENT: Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: 9-month, non-tenure track position (renewable), half-time (20 hours/week)
SALARY: $20,000 & benefits
START DATE: August 18, 2012


· Teach two undergraduate courses per semester in first and second-year Turkish

· Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, the lecturer must make arrangements for a substitute.

· Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.

· Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. These office hours should be divided over at least two and preferably three different days. The lecturer should be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.

· Assess student language proficiency as required.

· Adhere to departmental, college and university policies and attend departmental meetings.


Native or near-native fluency in Turkish, at least at the ACTFL superior level.
BA in Turkish language and literature, Turkish studies or a field related to foreign language pedagogy.
Near-native fluency in English.
Ability to teach Turkish effectively at the undergraduate level, as demonstrated by previous professional experience and/or professional training.

5. Appropriate work authorization for employment in the United States.


1. PhD or A.B.D. in a field related to language instruction (i.e., Turkish language and literature, linguistics, etc.)
2. Degree in TESL
3. Experience teaching Turkish or other languages to non-native speakers in a US college or university.
4. Evidence or testimony regarding excellent teaching ability at the University level.
5. Interest and ability to develop 3rd-year Turkish language.
6. Interest and ability to develop literature and culture course.
7. Interest and experience in on-line language instruction.

DEADLINE: We will start reviewing applications July 16, 2012, but will accept applications until the position is filled.

A complete application consists of completion of the on-line form at see position # 00002342, cover letter, cv, list of references, teaching statement and sample course syllabi. Please note that these materials should be uploaded directly to the KU job site.

The University of Kansas is an EO/AA employer.

Posted in: Job Postings

Readership in Russian at University of St Andrews

Senior Position: Readership in Russian at University of St Andrews – SK1084
School of Modern Languages, £46,846 – £52,706 per annum, Start: 1 January 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The School of Modern Languages is seeking to appoint a full time Reader in Russian. You will be expected to hold a PhD, and should possess native or near-native language skills in Russian and English. Applications are invited from candidates with a specialist interest in any area of Russian literature and culture, although applications in visual arts, film and twentieth to twenty-first century literature and culture are particularly encouraged.

A Reader in the UK is a senior post associated particularly with research excellence. Candidates for readerships at UK universities will normally be mid-career scholars who have reached Assistant or Associate Professor level in the US system.

Further details:

Further information about the School of Modern Languages can also be found at Informal enquiries can be directed to: Dr Emily Finer, e-mail:; Professor Margaret-Anne Hutton, Head of School of Modern Languages, e-mail:, tel. 01334 463678.

Ref No: SK1084

Posted in: Job Postings