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Summer Internship Opportunity in Armenia, USAID/MAAC Anti-Corruption Project, Deadline: June 11

Summer Internship in Armenia

The USAID/Mobilizing Action Against Corruption (MAAC) Activity, a 5-year comprehensive anti-corruption project implemented by Casals & Associates, Inc., is pleased to offer a 2010 Summer  Internship during the summer of 2010 for one U.S. citizen.


  • Become familiar with USAID democracy and governance assistance in Armenia, in particular, anti-corruption initiatives.
  • Support in the fight against corruption while providing administrative and technical support to Mobilizing Action Against Corruption (MAAC) Activity ( staff.


  • Assist MAAC team members in a range of administrative, logistical, programming, and implementation activities.
  • Assist all by providing English language editorial support. This includes editing newsletters, quarterly reports, work plans, correspondence, program documents, contracts, etc.
  • Assist the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant with procurement, timekeeping, inventory, filing, visa requests, travel and accommodation arrangements, conference organization, and office maintenance.
  • Assist the Finance Manager with accounting and banking tasks.

Period of Performance

July and August 2010, exact dates to be determined with selected candidate


The intern shall submit one Final Report during the last week of the internship.


The intern shall report to the MAAC Chief of Party or his designee.


Fluent English, Basic knowledge of Armenian

Graduate Student

U.S. Citizen


$1,000.00 stipend per month to cover basic living expenses (travel to and from Armenia, housing, insurance are examples of items not covered by MAAC).


Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter and contact information from two references to Deadline application is 11 June 2010. MAAC will make its decision known shortly after.

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Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop: “Legends and Facts: Novyi mir and the Epistemology of the Thaw,” June 1

Denis Kozlov (Dalhousie, Nova Scotia, Canada) will present a draft of his paper, “Legends and Facts: Novyi mir and the Epistemology of the Thaw,” at the Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop.

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm, Tuesday 1 June. Location: John Hope Franklin Room (224) of the Social Sciences Building.

For a copy of the paper, please contact Kristy Ironside, ironsidek [at]

Posted in: University of Chicago Events

Emil Viklicky at Chicago’s Club BluJazz, June 2 & 3

Via the Czech Legion Project:

In cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic,

we are pleased to announce a truly exceptional musical event.

*Emil Viklicky,* “The Janacek of Jazz” will be making his first Chicago appearance
playing with the amazing *Richie Cole *and some of Chicago’s finest musicians.

This event will be two nights only – June 2&3 – at *Club BluJazz* – Chicago’s newest jazz club – conveniently located at 1560 W. North. That’s just West of the Expressway (North Ave. Exit)
and just east of Ashland. You can make reservations at 773-360-8046 – or on their site <>

Thanks to support by the Consulate General, this event is *only $10.*
Emil is known for adding Moravian folk harmonies to his jazz interpretations.
We think you will find it an “all-star” event and hope you can attend.

Club BluJazz not only provides an exceptional musical experience, they have
an excellent kitchen featuring light meals and appetizers.

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“Ukrainian Mythology–the canvas of Oleksiy Kovalenko,” Ukrainian National Museum, through May 27

Currently Running through May 27, 2010
Ukrainian National Museum
2248 W. Superior Street, Chicago, IL
Ukrainian Mythology – the canvas of Oleksiy Kovalenko

An exhibit of art by Oleksiy Kovalenko focusing on Ukrainian Mythology.

Admission is $5
Museum hours are Thursday-Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Monday-Wednesday by appointment only. To arrange for an appointment to explore the museum, please contact us at (312) 421-8020.

Museum website:

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Workshop on Language Variation and Change: “Little Leagues and Big Leagues: The Bases of the Balkan Sprachbund,” Victor Friedman, May 24

Please join us on Monday 5/24 at 3:30 pm in Cobb 107 for a
presentation in the Workshop on Language Variation and Change by our
very own Victor Friedman:

“Little Leagues and Big Leagues:  The Bases of the Balkan Sprachbund”
Monday 5/24
3:30 pm
Cobb 107 (5811 S. Ellis Avenue)

Victor Friedman
University of Chicago

Reception to follow.

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“The Political Machine: Sense, Sensibility and Sentiment in the Late Bronze Age South Caucasus,” Adam T. Smith, May 24


Adam T. Smith

Associate Professor
Department Anthropology
University of Chicago

Speaking on

“The Political Machine: Sense, Sensibility and Sentiment
in the Late Bronze Age South Caucasus”

Monday, May 24,  3:30 pm  Haskell 315 (5836 S. Greenwood Ave)

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Golosa: Upcoming Performances: May 23 and 25 (Elgin); Annual Spring Concert (U of C campus), June 2

Upcoming performances by the U of C’s Russian folk choir:

Dear friends of Golosa, the University of Chicago Russian Folk Choir:

This is a reminder of our upcoming performances in Elgin, as well as an announcement of our last show of the academic year, our annual concert in Joseph Bond Chapel on the U of C campus.

This coming Sunday and Tuesday, May 23 and 25, the Elgin Choral Union will perform the complete Rachmaninoff Vespers in Old Church Slavonic. We will open each of these shows with a set of our own songs, and the ECU will join us on a folk song to close the concert. More information regarding times, locations, and tickets are available from Elgin’s website:

Then, in two weeks, on Wednesday, June 2, 8:00, we will sing our annual concert at Joseph Bond Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago.

Our spring concert is a wish for peace in a turbulent part of the world. Two choirs will bring together the music of Russia and the republic of Georgia – in harmony for one night, at least.

We are excited to host the incredibly talented Vazhkatsuri, a men’s a cappella ensemble performing the traditional music of Georgia. Georgian songs are instantly recognizable by their non-Western scale, and the men of Vazhkatsuri do full justice to these unusual harmonies.

Of course, Golosa will perform as well, singing a few of our old favorites, as well as premieres of some new songs! Don’t miss our last concert of the 2009-2010 season.

A map showing the location of Bond Chapel is at:

The chapel is in the lower left quadrant of the diagram.

There is no charge for admission to the performance.


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Lecturer in Russian Language, Literature and Culture, University of Pennsylvania

Lecturer in Russian Language, Literature and Culture

University of Pennsylvania
Slavic Languages and Literatures,
Williams Hall,
University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305.

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures invites applications for a one-year Lecturer position for 2010-2011 (subject to funding). This position will be responsible to teach five courses per year in Russian language, including a content-based class in Russian literature and culture. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching Russian language at all levels, native or near-native Russian and English, and a Ph.D. in Russian
Language or Literature (ABDs will be considered). Applicants should apply
online <>
and submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for a minimum of three individuals who will provide a recommendation letter. Review of applications will begin June 1, but we will accept applications until the position is filled.

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or
(215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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Slavic Colloquium: “Areas of Deformation: Dziga Vertov, Boris Pil’niak and the Archaeology of Soviet Modernism,” Michael Kunichika, May 24

“Areas of Deformation: Dziga Vertov, Boris Pil’niak and the Archaeology of Soviet Modernism”

By Michael Kunichika (NYU)

Time: 4:30pm, Monday, May 24.

Location: Foster 305 (1130 E. 59th Street)

Reception to follow.

Posted in: University of Chicago Events

“Who are the Rusyn?” A Talk by Carpatho-Rusyn Society President John Righetti, June 12

John Righetti, national president of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society will speak at the next meeting of the Lake Michigan Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 12, at St. Peter & St. Paul Orthodox Church, at the northwest corner of County Line Road and Carriage Way, in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

Righetti’s informative and entertaining presentation “Who Are the Rusyns?” describes our people in an easy-to-understand way. John is a valuable resource for any questions you may have on Carpatho-Rusyn culture and customs.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to defray costs.

How to get to Sts. Peter & Paul from the North: Take I-294 south to I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) south and exit at County Line Rd north (exit 276B). Turn left at the first traffic light (Carriage Way).

From the South: Take I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) north to I-55 towards. Merge on I-55 south. Exit at County Line Rd north (exit 276B). Turn left at the first traffic light (Carriage Way).

From the West: Take I-55 east and exit at County Line Rd north (exit 276B). Turn left at the first traffic light (Carriage Way).

From the East / Northeast (Chicago): Take 90/94 (Kennedy / Dan Ryan Expressway) south to I-55 south and exit at County Line Rd north (exit 276B). Turn left at the first traffic light (Carriage Way).

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