Jan Banning and Will Tinneman’s exhibition “Bureaucratics” on view in Harper Commons through June 11

“Bureaucratics” is an ambitious portrait project by Dutch photojournalist and fine art photographer Jan Banning, shot over several years and spanning eight countries on five continents. The series “hones in on the typically anonymous civil servant, who, anywhere in the world, makes up a small cog in the gigantic machinery of the state.”  These 50 low-level bureaucrats include tax collectors, traffic wardens, and agricultural and religious officials, among others, found in Bolivia, China, France, India, Liberia, Russia, USA, and Yemen.

The exhibition is held in Harper Commons, the 11,000-square-foot study space opened this year in what was previously the stacks of the William Rainey Harper Memorial Library. Harper was the University of Chicago’s first library (completed in 1912) and is one of the iconic examples of the campus’s Late English Gothic architecture.

The artwork is particularly suited to a residency at the University of Chicago, as it addresses themes of central importance to the schools of social scientific research pioneered here over the past century.  This panel discussion is an opportunity for University of Chicago scholars in the social sciences to discuss issues relating to the rise, spread, and functioning of the bureaucratic state around the world, in response to integral questions provoked by the exhibition.

U of C’s Golosa to perform at the Russian Literary Salon, June 19

Please join us to celebrate Russian culture and true folk music!  All songs were brought by Golosa – the members of which are practically all American students and professionals – from Siberia and will have English translations.  All of the proceeds from the event will go to their next journey to Russia – to bring back more beautiful songs.

The event will take place at the Computer Systems Institute, Saturday, June 19 at 6pm.

8950 Gross Point Road, Skokie

(There is free parking around the building and is only a ten-minute walk from the Skokie Swift Yellow Line for those who are not driving)

$15 regular/10 students (with ID) and kids will let you in.

Since a fairly big crowd is expected, it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring any kind of folding chairs or stools – in case we don’t have enough seats for everybody!

Please feel free – though you are not obliged! – to bring any treats or drinks.  It is always a nice addition to our lively socializing during the famously cheerful breaks between acts.

Contact : Alla  Dekhtyar, 773 275-0934.

American Bar Foundation – Research Faculty (Senior positions)

Pending budgetary approval, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) invites applications to join its Residential Research Faculty as Research Professors beginning in the 2011-12 academic year.

We seek candidates with distinguished records of scholarship in law and the social sciences or demonstrated potential for such accomplishments.  Research area, discipline, methodology, and rank are open.  The ABF is strongly committed to diversity in hiring.

The ABF is an independent, scholarly research institute committed to social science research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes.  Its faculty consists of leading scholars in the fields of law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and anthropology.  Research Professors may be appointed either full- or part-time.  When Research Professors are jointly appointed with law or social science faculties of Chicago-area institutions, the ABF works closely with these institutions to coordinate on matters such as salary, benefits, and other work arrangements.

The Appointments Committee will begin reviewing applications on August 15, 2010.  We ask that applicants submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a brief (no more than 2-page) description of current research and plans for future research, and a list of three references.

Application letters should be addressed to Robert Nelson, Director, and sent in electronic form to Roz Caldwell, Senior Administrative Assistant, at roz@abfn.org with the subject line “Faculty Search.” Queries about the application process can be directed to Ms. Caldwell at 312-988-6531.

Host High-School Students from Eastern Europe and Eurasia (American Councils)

American Councils for International Education is looking for individuals and families interested in hosting high school exchange students from Eastern Europe and Eurasia for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year. High school students arrive to the United States on a highly selective scholarship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

While in the U.S., students live with an American host family for one academic year. The program focuses on volunteer community service and cultural exchange and encourages students to become involved in activities that develop their leadership skills and sense of civic responsibility. A number of these students are on honor roll while studying here and stand out in their academics and involvement in extracurricular next to their American peers.
Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine

These State Department scholarship recipients have undergone a competitive process to earn the right to represent their country. About 1 of 50 students who apply receive a scholarship to come. Each student speaks English, has full medical insurance, receives a monthly stipend, funds for school-related expenses and enrichment activities and is supported by a local coordinator in their community.

American Councils is looking for families willing to host who are able to provide students with a safe, nurturing and English-speaking environment, a place to sleep (sharing a room is okay), meals and snacks as you would normally provide a member of your family and a quiet place to study. All types of families are welcomed including those with teenagers or younger children in the home, retirees, “empty nesters”, young couples and single parent families.

Host families have expressed how rewarding it has been for their children, extended family and communities to learn about another part of the world, particularly countries that we don’t know much about like the former Soviet Union, Serbia and Montenegro, and Afghanistan.

For more information, to share information with others, or to view student profiles, please visit http://apps.americancouncils.org/acinbound or contact American Councils’ placement office at 202-833-7522 or inbound@americancouncils.org.

Teach and Learn with Georgia: English speakers wanted for 6-12 month teaching positions in Georgia

The Republic of Georgia is recruiting English speakers to help teach English through the project “Teach and Learn with Georgia”. They are offering benefits of housing and living accommodations; medical insurance; round-trip tickets for work related travels and a vacation; and a 500 lari monthly per diem.

Teachers will stay in Georgia for 6-12 months with the once in a life-time opportunity of helping Georgian children learn the English language and thus influencing their lives; become familiarized with amazing Georgian customs and traditions by living in local families; experience unique Georgian folklore and cuisine by socializing with local communities and if willing, learn the Georgian language, one of the oldest and most unique languages of the world.

For more information please contact Jason DuPont at Dupont.jason@gmail.com or visit www.tlg.ge

Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium: “From Triumph to Sorrow: The Iconography of the Crucifixion in Byzantine Art,” June 1

The Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium is pleased to announce its last meeting of the year…
Rana Choi, Ph.D. student in Religion and Literature in the Divinity School at
the University of Chicago, will present “From Triumph to Sorrow: The Iconography
of the Crucifixion in Byzantine Art.”

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 @ 4:30pm in the Cochrane Woods Art Center 153 (5540 S. Greenwood Avenue)

Associate Director Position, European Union Center (Illinois), Deadline: June 8



European Union Center

Associate Director

12 month 100% position

Primary Function:

Primary responsibilities are to execute the programmatic activities of the European Union Center (EUC) in a professionally efficient and effective manner.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative management of the European Union Center office including representing Director in his/her absence;
  • Manage grant execution to comply with University and funding agency guidelines, deadlines, and regulations
  • Prepare grant proposals in collaboration with Director;
  • Coordinate the activities of program faculty;
  • Develop a market for the M.A. in European Union Studies (MAEUS) by fostering relationships with selected UIUC units and educational institutions in the US and EU.
  • Collaborate with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) and International Programs & Studies (IPS) on clear procedural MAEUS guidelines covering all activities from review of applications to notification of admission decisions.
  • Manage processing of MAEUS applications.
  • Advise MAEUS applicants on admission requirements.
  • Assist students in identifying research opportunities, financial support, and career opportunities;
  • Provide counseling to MAEUS students throughout their enrollment.
  • Coordinate seminars, workshops, and conferences.
  • Develop and strengthen relations with other European Centers in the U.S.
  • Coordinate preparation of publications.

Reporting Relationship:

The position reports directly to the Director of the European Union Center, who reports to the Associate Provost for International Affairs who reports to the Provost.



  • A Master’s Degree or ABD in an area relevant to international studies and programs;
  • International experience, preferably in Europe;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong computing skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and desktop publishing software, or similar;
  • Administrative experience, project coordination, and proven organizational talents;
  • Ability to work harmoniously with faculty, staff, and students from a wide variety of disciplines, and with representatives from national and international institutions;
  • Sensitivity to the functioning of an interdisciplinary program within the context of a complex university;
  • Ability to work with faculty and government agencies, both in the United States and overseas;
  • Ability to assume responsibility and to work independently with minimum guidance;
  • Initiative and creativity in program development;
  • Knowledge of labor market trends and job search methods for graduate students


  • ABD or PhD in an area relevant to international studies and programs
  • Working knowledge of one or more European languages other than English
  • Experience advising university students;
  • Experience collaborating with university faculty;
  • Experience building and managing budgets.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Starting Date

As soon as possible after the closing date.

Closing Date

In order to ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile athttp://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references by June 8, 2010. Interviews may be conducted prior to the closing of the search; no hiring decision will be made until after that date.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

International Programs and Studies

Bryan Endres, Chair

507 E. Green St, Suite 404, MC-417

Champaign, IL 61820


email: ips-jobs@illinois.edu

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

Renaissance Society: A reading by Saviana Stanescu, June 6

The Renaissance Society presents a reading by

Saviana Stanescu

Sunday, June 6, 2:00 pm

Playwright, poet, screenwriter, teacher, journalist, curator, Stanescu does it all. Her work is often characterized by a black humor and a sense of the absurd that is distinctly Eastern European. She wrote the screenplay for Dog Luv which is featured in the exhibition. She has won numerous awards and her plays have been widely presented internationally and in the US. Recent New York productions include: Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, Waxing West, and YokastaS Redux (co-authored with Richard Schechner). She teaches at New York University.

This event will take place in Swift Hall room 106. 1025 East 58th Street (on the Main Quadrangle of the University, directly east of Cobb Hall). FREE

For more information, contact:

Mia Ruyter

Director of Marketing

The Renaissance Society

773 702 8670

The Renaissance Society

at the University of Chicago

5811 South Ellis Avenue, room 418

Chicago IL 60637



Concert of Sacred Music of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Serbian Choir “Branko,” June 1-3

Concert of sacred music of the Eastern Orthodox Church
featuring Serbian Singing Society “BRANKO”  from the City of
Nis – Serbia one of the oldest church choirs in the whole Balkans
conducted by : Sara Cincarevic

With this American Midwest Tour Choir “BRANKO
is musicaly announcing a great Christian Jubilee
in 2013 – 1700 years from the Edict of Milan, issued by
St. Emperor Constantine, borne in the City of Nis


Wednesday May 26 – 7 pm.  Concert at St. Basil of Ostrog Church in Lake Forest, IL
Thursday May 27 – 7 pm.  Concert at St Mary’s Church in Whiting, IN
Friday May 28 – 7 pm. Concert at St. Nicholas Church in Indianapolis, IN
Saturday May 29 – 7 pm. Concert at Announciation Church in Homer Glen, IL
Sunday May 30 – 10 am. Divine Liturgy at St. George Church in Schererville, IN
Monday May 31 – 10 am. Divine Liturgy at New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, IL
3 pm. Concert at New Gracanica Monastery, Third Lake, IL on the occasion of Memorial Day
Tuesday June 1- 7 pm. Concert at St. Sava Cathedral in Milwaukee, WI
Wednesday June 2 – 7 pm. Concert at St. Athanasius Church in Evanston, IL
Thursday June 3 – 7 pm. Concert at St. Archangel Michael Church in Lansing, IL