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Public Forum: “Perspectives from the Buryatia Region of Russia”


“Perspectives from the Buryatia Region of Russia”

Friday, May 25, 2012 at 8:30-9:30am
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
1st Floor Garland Room
Chicago, IL 60602

WorldChicago will host a public forum for a 5-person delegation of professors and researchers from Buryatia, Russia. These visitors will be here as participants of the Open World Program, a unique, nonpartisan initiative funded by the United States Library of Congress, that enhances understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and its free-market system.

These historians and ethnographers in East Asian and Mongolian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies will share the beauties and wonders of their home region, an area in Southeast Siberia that lies along Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest lake and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t miss their splendid pictures as well as their perspectives on what they learn and observe in Chicago.

Come hear about their insights and experiences at home and in Chicago. Q & A to follow. Continental breakfast will be provided.

Non -member Registration: $10 per person

Cost & Registration: WorldChicago members, free

Members, contact Lexy Gore to register at (312) 254-1800 x103 or

More info can also be found in the following document: buryatia_group

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Group Show of Lviv Artists

May 4, 2012 – May 27, 2012
Group Show of Lviv Artists at the Ukrainian National Museum in Chicago.
Ukrainian National Museum
2249 W. Superior St, Chicago, IL 60612

Group Show of Lviv Artists – Mykola Bagan, Jarema Khrushch and Volodymyr Pavlyk opens May 4th, 2012 at the Ukrainian National Museum in Chicago. Exhibit continues through May 27th, 2012. This trio of artists emigrated from Ukraine to follow their hearts and their vocations to the United States. Each artist’s work provokes a memory of his homeland. Depicted in their paintings, seemingly silent objects speak to the viewer, each in its own way through color or shape. Continue reading →

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Lecture: “To Be or Not To Be a Professional Interpreter”

“To Be or Not To Be a Professional Interpreter”
Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30pm

Join the Polish Museum of America for this special lecture by Dr. Witold Skowronski, internationally renowned conference interpreter, and Director and Lecturer at the School of Translation, Interpreting and Languages at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Dr. Witold Skowronski, will tell his compelling story of what it is like for a man to have spoken the thoughts of some of the greatest world leaders of our times, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Pope John Paul II, and will take a look at some of the most significant years of Polish-American relations through the eyes of the man who was at the very heart of where the world leaders were talking.

Cost: FREE

Location: Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave

For more info click here.

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

Achilles and Vera Chreptowsky Collection at the UIMA

Opening: Saturday, June 16, 6-9 pm
Exhibit Dates: June 16 – August 5, 2012

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art invites you to the exhibit of the collection of Dr. Achilles and Vera Chreptowsky. Since the 1950’s, Achilles and Vera accumulated a large personal collection of modern and contemporary artwork. They were also instrumental in establishing the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago as a venue for artistic and other cultural activities.

The Chreptowsky collection will showcase a selection of approximately 40 pieces – a diversity of work and styles from the latter half of the twentieth century, illustrating artistic trends current of the time.

This exhibition will not only celebrate and pay tribute to these two collectors, but also to the artists themselves. Included in this exhibition are works by Alexander Archipenko, Ihor Dmytruk, Alexis Gritchenko, Liuboslav Hutsaliuk, Jacques Hnizdovsky, Alexander Hunenko, Alexandra Kochman, Peter Kolisnyk, Ron Kostyniuk, Gregor Kruk, Konstantin Milonadis, Jerzy Nowosielski, Aka Pereyma, Jurij Solovij, Jurij Strutynsky, Mychajlo Urban and others.

At the same time, in the Permanent Collection gallery, the UIMA will pay tribute to the late sculptor and co-founder of the Institute, Konstantin Milonadis (1926-2012).

Preview exhibit on Flickr HERE

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International Voices Project 2012: “Pagans” – Play by Anna Yablonskaya

June 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is proud to be a part of the International Voices Project (IVP) 2012, a series of concert readings in collaboration with consulates and cultural institutions throughout Chicago.

Argentina, Egypt, France, Canada, Ukraine, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland are represented in the third annual International Voices Project running from May 8th to July 17th in Chicago.

Presented in collaboration with the represented country’s consulates general and cultural institutions, the International Voices Project will celebrate the voices of international playwrights with eight premiere concert-style readings of selected plays that will be performed by a professional cast with stage directions read to allow audiences imaginations to create the world of the play. After each reading, there will be a post-performance discussion with the cast and audience, followed by a reception hosted by the consulates.

Ukraine 2012:
This year Anna Yablonskaya will represent Ukraine with her play “Pagans”
The event is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made on the IVP website: or by calling 773-250-7055 or 773-227-5522

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George Orwell and the Ukrainian Refugees: The Untold Story of “Animal Farm”

At the UIMA
Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 7:00pm

George Orwell and the Ukrainian Refugees:
The Untold Story of “Animal Farm”
Guest Speaker: Andrea Chalupa

George Orwell published Animal Farm, his “fairy tale” on Soviet totalitarianism in 1945. Soon afterwards he was contacted by a young literary scholar of Ukrainian origin named Ihor Ševcenko requesting permission to translate it into Ukrainian for the benefit of Ukrainian refugees in the displaced persons camps of postwar Germany and Austria.

Andrea Chalupa, a New York based journalist and writer, will discuss the fascinating saga of the Ukrainian translation of Orwell’s masterpiece as well as her own efforts to learn her family’s history in the DP camps and behind the Iron Curtain. A regular contributor to the Huffington Post and other blogs, Andrea also helped launch online video for Condé Nast Portfolio and AOL Money & Finance.

PRICE: $10.00 CBPG members;
$15.00 non-members and guests

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

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German-Jewish Echoes in the Contemporary Middle East

German-Jewish Echoes in the Contemporary Middle East
an international conference at the University of Chicago

May 7-8, 2012
Events begin Monday at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

Gish Amit, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Atef Botros, Marburg University
Mark Gelber, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Ruth Ginsburg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jens-Peter Hanssen, University of Toronto
Omar Kamil, Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig
Kader Konuk, University of Michigan
Aamri Mufti, UCLA
Nasrin Rahimieh, UC Irvine

All events at:
The Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 E. 57th St. Chicago, IL 60637

For more information, see the conference website:

Posted in: Chicago Events, University of Chicago Events

Zhivka Valiavicharska at the Russian Studies Workshop

Russian Studies Workshop
Tuesday, May 8, 4:30-6:00 (snacks from 4:15!)
John Hope Franklin Room (SSRB 224)

The next meeting of the interdisciplinary Russian Studies Workshop will be held on May 8, when they will discuss a paper by Zhivka Valiavicharska (Harper-Schmidt Fellow, University of Chicago), entitled “Totalitarianism and Utopia: Dissident Discourses during Late Socialism”. Refreshments will be available at 4:15, and discussion will begin at 4:30.

The paper is now available on the workshop’s chalk site
under “Current Paper.” If you do not have access to the chalk site, please email Leah Goldman at to get a copy. Please also contact Leah if you have any questions, comments, or otherwise need assistance.

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

PRAGUE: Leaving Czechoslovakia Exhibit and Reception

From 2009 through 2011, more than 150 interviews were conducted by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) through its landmark project,Recording Voices & Documenting Memories of Czech & Slovak Americans. No one could have anticipated the personal drama conveyed in these stories…

Now, the NCSML and the Prague Committee of CSCI invite you to join them at the opening reception for its traveling exhibit, “Leaving Czechoslovakia”, presenting the stories of 20th-century Czech and Slovak émigrés to America in their own words.

When: Friday, May 11
Where: Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park, IL
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
Please RSVP to Leah Wilson by May 9: / 319.362.8500

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