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Fulbright Scholar Program for Faculty and Professionals (Russia), Deadline: August 2

The Fulbright Scholar Program for Faculty and Professionals offers a variety of opportunities for both area and non-area specialists to lecture, conduct research, or carry out both activities in the Russian Federation for academic year 2011-12. The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program offers the All-Disciplines award #1326 for scholars in a broad range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, as well as professionals in such fields as law, public administration, conflict resolution, journalism, library science, and education and sciences. Scholars may conduct research independently or in collaboration with Russian colleagues and/or teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Research projects will require a level of Russian language proportional to the scope of the project; teaching assignments are in English. These awards will be 3 months in length with the possibility for up to 9 months.

The application deadline for 2011-12 is August 2, 2010. For general information about application requirements visit the CIES Web site at For the traditional program, visit

Contact: Michael Worley ( or Jean McPeek (

For more information on this and other fellowships, please visit

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“Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: How To Make a Paradise”: Work in Progress Talk with Amei Wallach, May 20

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: How To Make a Paradise:
Work in Progress Talk with Amei Wallach
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Thursday, May 20, 7pm

Amei Wallach, writer, critic, filmmaker, is in the throes of international film production. In her latest work, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: How To Make a Paradise, the most famous Russian artists in the world return to Moscow for their first ever exhibitions in their hometown, a citywide event that unleashes a lifetime of fears and memories from the Soviet past and the rootless immigrant present.
“The Kabakovs invited us to film them as they undertook the gargantuan task of installing what became six installations in five venues across Moscow,” explains Wallach, “ This became the organizing structure of our film portrait of the artists and their times.” Through archival footage, beautifully shot artworks, interviews with the Kabakovs and their friends, the film encompasses the sweep of Soviet history and the intimacy of the artist singing alone in the dark.
With work- in-progress footage, Wallach and her subjects, the Kabakovs, will walk us through the process of their collaborative documentary production, from the director-subject relationship to production planning, the challenges of fundraising, and distribution for independent film.
This event, produced in conjunction with Artspeaks, grants rare access to a filmmaker deeply engaged in the process of production and the creative conversation taking place between three fellow artists and thinkers.
Amei Wallach is the director of critically acclaimed documentary on sculptor Louise Bourgeois, The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine. In 1987, she journeyed to the Soviet Union to produce a five-part series on the effects of perestroika on the arts. In 1995, she published the first artistic biography of the artist, Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away (New York: Abrams). Her articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Smithsonian, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Architectural Digest, Art in America and ARTnews. She was chief art critic for New York Newsday and on-air arts commentator for the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour. She has written or contributed to 11 books. She won a 2006 Best Show award from the International Art Critics Association/USA for her exhibition Neo-Sincerity: The Difference Between the Comic and the Cosmic Is a Single Letter.

Film Studies Center
Cobb Hall 307-310
5811 S. Ellis Ave.

All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited – please call ahead for a reservation.

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“A Serbian Story,” Concert of Serbian dance, music, and song by 80 member Openlac, May 23

A Serbian Story
Concert of Serbian dance, music, and song by the 80 member SCA Oplenac of Toronto with guest soloists from the Serbian National Folk Ensemble “Kolo” of Belgrade, Serbia, May 23, 7pm, at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park

Come experience the most beautiful past, a present and future!

Travel through beautiful and inspirational moments while childhood memories of young Serbian bride, tales told, songs and dances from the past come alive on the stage! On this magical journey through tradition you will end up at the wedding and party afterwards in a big explosion of energy and emotions in the form of a dance!

An experience you will love, enjoy and remember!

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Screening of Georgian film “Brigands: Chapter VII” (Otar Iosseliani), May 20

Brigands: Chapter VII

A film by Otar Iosseliani

An excerpt from a New York Times Review:

In a little more than two hours, ”Brigands” moves from the streets of a city in the midst of civil war where rooftop snipers render God-like judgment on the innocents below to an ancient kingdom where a bellicose ruler locks his wife into chastity armor before leaving for war. The film spends time in the heyday of Communism, when a policeman allows his schoolboy son to witness workaday torture, and in today’s Paris, where wealthy arms dealers gamble, drink and consort with women of easy virtue.

In the civil war sequences, Mr. Iosseliani brings out the hopelessness of daily life conducted in the midst of arbitrary death. In the ancient kingdom, where the king’s wife is given a key to the chastity armor the moment he rides off, bedroom comedy mingles with lethal revenge.

Full review here.

The total run time is a little over two hours. Refreshments will be served.

Time: 5-7pm, Thursday, May 20.
Location: Cobb 218 (5811 S. Ellis Avenue)

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Translating Vilnius – Elizabeth Novickas & Laimonas Briedis, 57th St. Books, May 25

Translating Vilnius

Elizabeth Novickas & Laimonas Briedis

The city of Vilnius — Chicago’s sister-city — embraces history with many voices: known in Yiddish as Vilne, in Polish as Wilno, in Russian as Vilna, and in German as Wilna, the capital of Lithuania possesses a polyphony of national identities and cultural resonances. No single history or language can embrace this multitude of identities, for each name resonates with different experiences, memories, and expectations of Europe. As such, the city both unites and divides the continent, making it a point of many departures and arrivals. Writing Vilnius, then, is always about narrative crossings, real or imagined trespasses into foreign territories and unknown worlds. As a result, Vilnius’s literature is first and foremost an act of translation, an exploration of the place from a novel point of view.

Laimonas Briedis, author of Vilnius: City of Strangers, and Elizabeth Novickas, translator of Ričardas Gavelis’ Vilnius Poker, discuss the challenges, pleasures, and discoveries of translating the story of Vilnius.

Click here to read more.

Where & When
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Tuesday, May 25th

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Slavic Colloquium: “Evgenii Cherviakov and the Poetics of Early Soviet Cinema,” Petr Bagrov, May 18

Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies

“Evgenii Cherviakov and the Poetics of Early Soviet Cinema,” by Petr Bagrov

Time: 4:30pm, Tuesday, May 18.
Location: Cobb 310 (5811 S. Ellis Avenue)

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Slavic Colloquium: “Schulz avec Benjamin: the Mythical versus the Messianic,” Adam Lipszyc, May 17

Co-sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Department of Jewish Studies

“Schulz avec Benjamin: the Mythical versus the Messianic,” by Adam Lipszyc (Warsaw University)

Time: 4:30pm, Monday, May 17
Location: Foster 103 (1130 E. 59th Street)

Reception to follow.

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Anthropology of Europe Workshop: “The Conundrum of Kurdish Literacy: inscription and population in contemporary Turkey,” Kelda Jamison, May 13

Please join the Anthropology of Europe Workshop for our meeting:

“The Conundrum of Kurdish Literacy: inscription and population in contemporary Turkey”

a paper by Kelda Jamison, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago
(a co-presentation with the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies – CEERES)

Discussant: Brian Horne, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Thursday, May 13
4:30-6:00 pm
Haskell Hall 315
Refreshments will be provided

For copies of the paper, please send requests to Owen Kohl ( Individuals in need of assistance in order to attend should also contact

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Call for Proposals: Campus Competition for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning Grants, Deadline: June 4

PROPOSALS DUE Friday, June 4, 2010

The Spring/Summer Quarter deadline for Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning grant proposals is Friday, June 4, 2010. Proposals submitted at this time will compete at the campus level. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the Center for the Study of Languages web site ( — Services & Policies>Services for Teachers>Grants and Funding). Please submit completed proposals as MS Word email attachments to (Michael Berger); proposals will be reviewed by the Consortium Committee in early June, 2010.

The proposed project must pertain to the teaching or the learning of language. We are urging those of you involved with language teaching to consider in particular a project that might explore new ways of making use of already existing technologies and materials, such as commercially available audio and video tapes or computer programs. We also encourage you to formulate projects that are aimed at developing teaching skills–your own and your colleagues–using the hardware presently in use at the University, in the Center for the Study of Languages, and in the various multimedia-equipped classrooms around campus.

(Open to UChicago faculty only)

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Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship, United States Institute of Peace

USIP-JR Senior Fellowship

The Jennings Randolph (JR) Senior Fellowship provides scholars, policy analysts, policy makers, journalists, and other experts with opportunities to spend time in residence at the Institute, reflecting and writing on pressing international peace and security challenges.
Senior Fellowships usually last for ten months, starting in October, but shorter-term fellowships are also available. Fellowships are open to citizens of any country.
The Institute awards between 10 and 12 fellowships per year.
Priority is given to proposals deemed likely to make timely and significant contributions to the understanding and resolution of ongoing and emerging conflicts and other challenges to international peace and security.
Applications are invited from all disciplines and professions.
Applicants should propose projects with clear policy relevance. Historical topics are appropriate if they promise to shed light on contemporary issues. Area studies projects and single-case studies will be comeptitive if they focus on conflict and its resolution, apply to other regions and cases, or both.
Senior Fellow awards may not be granted for projects that constitute policymaking for a government agency or private organization, focus to any substantial degree on conflicts within U.S. domestic society, or adopt a partisan, advocacy, or activist stance.
  • The program attempts to match the recipient’s earned income during the year preceding the fellowships, up to a maximum of $100,000 for 10 months.
  • The Institute will provide coverage of 80% of health premiums for the Fellow and his/her eligible dependents, with a cap of $500 per month.
  • The Institute will also cover travel to and from Washington, D.C., for Fellows and their dependents.
  • Each Fellows is provided with a part-time research assistant during his/her fellowship.
    The Institute does not provide housing in Washington D.C., but it provides information on housing, schools, and daycare.
  • Fellows are expected to be at the Institute and participate in the daily life of the Institute.
  • Fellows are expected to devote full attention to their fellowship work in order to complete their projects within the period of residency.
  • The Institute requires first right of review for manuscripts produced as a result of fellowship support.
  • An Institute fellowship may not be deferred or combined with any other major award.

Duration of Fellowship
Fellowships are usually awarded for 10 months beginning in October. Shorter-term residencies are also available.

Components of a Successful Proposal
There is no single formula for preparing a sound proposal. However, many successful applications for USIP Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowships have certain elements in common. These elements are outlined in the document attached below.
Read “Components of a Successful Proposal” (.pdf)

For more information: contact the JR Program at


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