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Art by Children – Inspired by Ukrainian Literature

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art presents “Literature/ART,” a collection of some 200 works of art from Lviv, Kyiv, Poltava, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Cherkasy inspired by Ukrainian Literature. These are works of children from grades 5 through 11. The medium which they used is varied – from watercolors to pencil and ink to bold acrylics. The themes from which they based their works could be prose, poetry of music. The goal of the exhibit was to foster the passion of reading and then transform what they read into a piece of art. Their source was Ukrainian literature specifically, but the result is universal – a depiction of the word into art.

Exhibit Opens Sunday, December 11 at 2pm

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W. Chicago Ave

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Latvian Holiday Straw Ornaments Workshop

Saturday, December 10 at 4pm

Get in the holiday spirit with friends and family while learning to make “puzuri” (traditional Latvian holiday ornaments) at the Latvian Folk Art Museum. Admission includes materials for 2 ornaments (for adults and children),”piragi,” Latvian spice cookies “piparkukas,” and hot chocolate. Mulled wine for sale. Instruction will be provided in Latvian and English. No reservations required. Click here to learn more.

Event Cost: $5

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SSRC Grants Program: New Directions in the Study of Prayer

Greetings from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in New York City. You may have already learned of New Directions in the Study of Prayer, a recently launched SSRC project and grants program. We are writing now to seek your assistance in spreading the word about the grants program to your departmental colleagues at the University of Chicago. Continue reading →

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Language Flagship for critical languages

The Language Flagship is a breakthrough in foreign language and culture
instruction in the United States designed to help individuals achieve
superior-level proficiency in critical languages including Arabic,
Chinese, Korean, and Persian. Flagship students participate in advanced
language programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Continue reading →

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Displaced Persons: A story of Ukrainian Refugees in Europe 1945 – 1952

The Ukrainian National Museum invites you its new exhibit “From DP to DC, Displaced Persons: A story of Ukrainian Refugees in Europe 1945 – 1952.” The exhibit opens on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 7 pm. Guest speakers and authors Dr. Mark Wyman, Dr. Lubomyr Luciuk and Dr. Myron Kuropas are scheduled during the opening weekend’s special events concluding Sunday, November 6, 2011.

Having survived the brutal and bloody turmoil of World War II, Ukrainian refugees found themselves in DP camps facing an uncertain future. Housed in cramped military barracks and war ravaged buildings, their sustenance was crude and dismal. Many who faced forced repatriation to the Soviet Union with the certainty of torture, exile or death, chose suicide. Continue reading →

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Leora Auslander at the Modern Europe Workshop

The Modern Europe Workshop will hold its first session of the year on Tuesday, September 27. Please join us a for a discussion of Leora Auslander’s article “Negotiating Embodied Difference: Veils, Minarets, Kippas, and Sukkot in Contemporary Europe. An Essay.” The paper is currently available on Chalk. If you are unable to access it or have any questions, please contact Eleanor Rivera (

The workshop will take place in the John Hope Franklin Room (SSRB 224): refreshments at 4:45, discussion beginning at 5:00. We hope to see you there.

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Notice for Midwest Russian History Workshop attendees

The Fall 2011 Midwest Russian History Workshop to be held on November 4-5 at the University of Michigan is now less than two months away. Those who plan on attending are asked to confirm with Leann Wilson ( by October 4. Please note if you will be attending the Friday evening reception at Valerie Kivelson’s home and/or the Saturday departure dinner at Ronald Suny’s as well.

Conference organizers have reserved a block of rooms at the centrally-located Campus Inn at the conference rate of $151/night. To book your reservation, please contact the Campus Inn directly and mention that you will be attending the Midwest Russian History Workshop. Be sure to book before October 4 to guarantee the discounted rate.

The Dahlmann Campus Inn
(800) 666-8693

Graduate students should contact Leann Wilson ( to discuss lodging options. A limited number of spaces are available to stay with local graduate students, but the MRHW may be able to provide some funds to help defray the cost of hotel accommodations in cases where home-stays are unavailable or undesirable.

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Alfa Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers accomplished young Americans and Britons the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, Fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training.

The fellowship provides a monthly stipend, health insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the US/UK.
Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American, British and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance US/Russian and UK/Russian relations.

The application deadline for participation in the Alfa fellowship program during 2012 is December 12. For more information and to download a program brochure visit

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Avant-Garde Art in Everyday Life at the Art Institute

Avant-Garde Art in Everyday Life at the Museum of the Art Institute
June 11–October 9
Galleries 182–184

From the Art Institute:
Avant-garde artists of the early 20th century were determined to bring art out of academic or bohemian isolation and into mainstream daily life. An international cohort identified with Dada (c. 1916–22), Constructivism (begun in 1921), and the Bauhaus art school (1919–33) worked to revolutionize the everyday in pursuit of this goal. The six artists featured in this exhibition chose a professional identity as designers rather than fine artists, and they rejected brushes and pencils in favor of drafting tools and photography. They took inspiration from urban popular culture and the nascent mass media and also participated in the media stream through advertising, posters, and work for the illustrated press. Everyday life meant communications, and they sought above all to improve the flow and quality of information in society.

Dutch industrial designer Piet Zwart (1885–1977) realized the Constructivist utopian vision in items as humble as a desk calendar and stationery. His Czech counterpart Ladislav Sutnar (1897–1976) brought modernist “good design” to middle-class consumers as the head of a manufacturing cooperative and an applied-arts school. Karel Teige (1900–1951), the leader of the Czech avant-garde, made important contributions to international ideas in literature, architecture, film, typography, and photography. Lazar (El) Lissitzky (1890–1941) worked in Russia and Germany, creating many of the most exciting book and exhibition designs of the time in both countries. Latvian-born Gustav Klutsis (1895–1938) made key innovations in photomontage as a Soviet propagandist. German artist John Heartfield (1891–1968), likewise a photomontage pioneer, was one of the most influential figures internationally in the fight against Fascism.

For more information visit

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Global Education Conference in Kyrenia, North Cyprus

November 23-25, 2011
Acapulco Beach Club and Resort Hotel, Kyrenia – North Cyprus

Proposals are currently being invited for the “Global Education Conference”, which aims to provide a platform where the latest trends in education are presented and discussed in a friendly and multinational environment. Proposals can be either in Turkish or English and can be for papers, panels, roundtables, posters/demonstrations, or workshops. Furthermore if the presenter is unable to attend the oral presentation, virtual presentations and video presentations are possible. The deadline for abstract submission is November 11, 2011 and for full article submission, November 18, 2011.

GEC’11 conference is supported by Cyprus International University, Sakarya University, İzmir University, and Pegem publishing. The conference will take place on November 23–25, 2011 at the Acapulco Beach Club and Resort Hotel, Kyrenia, North Cyprus. All full paper presentations will be published in an online proceeding book of GEC’11 and the selected papers will be published in:

* The Online Journal of Global Education – TOJGE (,

* The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology – TOJET ( (SSCI),

* International Online Journal of Educational Sciences – (IOJES) (,

* The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education – TOJNED (,

* Educational Administration-Theory and Practice- (,

* Pegem Journal of Education and Instruction- (

For more information please visit the official conference website, If you require further information, please write to

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