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Autumn Quarter Armenian Courses

Elementary Armenian

Hripsime Haroutunian will be teaching Elementary Armenian at the University of Chicago for graduate students and undergraduates once again this year. The classes are tentaively scheduled TUTH 9:00-10:20 and a lab/practice session.

The course utilizes advanced computer technology enabling the students to master a core vocabulary, the unique alphabet and basic grammatical structures in a fun setting, to achieve a reasonable level of proficiency in Armenian. A language competency exam is offered at the end of spring quarter for those taking this course as college language requirement. A considerable amount of historical-political and social-cultural issues about Armenia and Armenians are built into the course for students who have intention to conduct research in Armenian Studies or related fields or to pursue work in Armenia.

Classical Armenian

This quarter Dr. Haroutunian will be also offering INTRODUCTION TO CLASSICAL ARMENIAN (ARME 10501) TTH 12:00-1:20 for those who are interested. The course focuses on the basic grammatical structure and vocabulary of the Classical Armenian language, Grabar (one of the oldest Indo-European languages). It enables students to achieve basic reading skills in the Classical Armenian language. Reading assignments include a selection of original Armenian literature, mostly works by 5th c. historians, as well as passages from the Bible, while a considerable amount of historical and cultural issues about Armenia are discussed and illustrated through the text interpretations. Recommended for students with interests in Armenian Studies, Classics, Divinity, Indo-European or General Linguistics.

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Families needed to Host International High School Students

WorldChicago is working this year on a State Department FLEX program which will bring international youth from the former Soviet states to the US to enroll in a US high school for one year. South Shore International College Prep High School has agreed to take two students – Olga from Russia and Polina from Ukraine – but WorldChicago is now looking for host families for these two (English-speaking) young women. More information about the two women is provided below and information about the FLEX program is below and on the attached documents.

Olga, Russia

In her hometown, Olga lives with her sister and parents. She is involved in aerobics and volleyball, and she bikes and swims in her free time. Olga attends an art school, where she plays the accordion and electronic piano. She is passionate about the English language, and she hopes to either be a translator or become involved in international relations. Olga looks forward to sharing her Russian culture with her host family, and she hopes to learn more about American culture.

Polina, Ukraine

Polina lives in Ukraine with her parents, brother, and cats. English, German, and chemistry are her favorite subjects, and she aspires to be a doctor. Polina’s hobbies include gymnastics, reading, cooking, and photography, and spending time in nature. She is devoted to her community service organization, which donates toys and clothes to those in need. Polina is excited to be a part of the FLEX Program as she looks forward to learning more about the history and culture of the United States.

Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program

· This is an academic year exchange, so students are in the United States from August-June.
· Students are from Eurasia, including Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova.
· Student selection is very competitive and based on excellence in academics, character, and English language.
· Students attend high school and are highly involved in community service activities.
· Students have their own insurance and their own spending money for incidentals and school fees.
· Families are supported by WorldChicago; we will help with any problems, answer questions, and plan events for students/families.

Anyone interested in hosting students can contact Amy at (312) 254-1800 x102 or and host family applications are available here.


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CFP: “Post-Atheism”: Religion, Society, and Culture in Post-Communist Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Deadline for Proposal Submission: August 1, 2012

The Melikian Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Arizona State University is pleased to announce an international symposium on “Post-Atheism” in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, to be held on the ASU campus in Tempe, Arizona, February 7-9, 2013. The symposium will feature presentations by international visiting scholars from Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, and elsewhere from the region. Professor Jose Casanova (Georgetown University), author of Public Religions in the Modern World, will keynote the symposium on Thursday, February 7. Continue reading →

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The Promise

The Promise
by Aleksei Arbuzov
Put on by the side project theatre company
1439 w. jarvis

Three Russian youth take solace in a bombed out apartment during World War II in Aleksei Arbuzov’s 1960s exploration of war and youth. Keaton Wooden directs the U.S. premiere of Nick Dear’s 2002 adaptation.

Opens: May 16
Runs: Fri @ 9, Sat @ 7:30, Sun @ 2

Tickets: $20 ($15 Seniors, Students, Military) || Get all 3 shows for $39 ($29 Seniors. Students, Military)

For more info visit

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Summer Program in Turkey

Isik University seeks applications for The Field School in Social Innovation, a newly created summer program that involves site visits across the Northern Aegean coast to witness slow food centers, and women’s craft programs. Application deadline is April 15.

For more information follow the link.

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Turkish Summer Courses

We invite you to a thrilling experience of fun-filled learning in the heart of nature and history at the ancient port city of Olympos, which was established in the Hellenistic Age (around the second century B.C.) and a member of the Lycian Federation

Turkish Summer Course offers small group courses during summer of 2012 (July and August). To meet your needs and preferences, the courses have a great atmosphere and are great for socializing. They provide more intense and faster learning. We offer classes for the levels from A1 Level(Beginner) to B2 (Post-intermediate according to CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Our flexible program allows us to customize the lessons to meet your goals and expectations. Continue reading →

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Visiting Fellow position at George Washington University

George Washington University Visiting Fellowship on Russia’s Global Engagement. The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs a competition for one Post-Doctoral Scientist position for the academic year 2012-13.

The Post-Doctoral Scientist will spend approximately 50 percent of time on his/her own research and the other 50 percent serving as Russian-language editor for the website of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia). Continue reading →

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Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College

Trinity College offers a one-year position for a Visiting Assistant Professor to teach Russian language and culture. We are looking for a dynamic teacher to teach intermediate and advanced Russian courses. Continue reading →

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Summer Course in Elementary Polish for Research Purposes

Arizona State University is pleased to announce a new summer course in
Elementary Polish for Research Purposes. Created and offered with
generous support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the
course combines an introduction to Polish language and culture with
coursework designed to help elementary students acquire a functional
reading knowledge of Modern Polish. The course encompasses a wide range
of texts, including print media, electronic media, and academic
discourse. Continue reading →

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Scholarship opportunity

The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (“PRCUA”) recognizes the necessity of financial assistance for students of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs.

More details on this scholarship opportunity can be found here.

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