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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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Wisława Szymborska Exhibit at the Regenstein Library

New exhibit at the Regenstein Library
Now through September 2012

The Joy of Writing.
The Power of Preserving.
Revenge of a Mortal Hand.
Wisława Szymborska
1923 – 2012

One of two daughters, Wisława Szymborska was born in the small town of Bnin, Poland on July 2, 1923. At the age of eight, her family moved to Kraków, where she was to spend the rest of her life. She attended a private lycée (Academy of the Sisters of the Ursuline Order) until 1939, continuing her education in an underground study group during the Nazi occupation of Poland. At Kraków’s Jagellonian University, she studied sociology and Polish philology, after which she worked at a number of local publishing houses. From 1953 through the mid-1960s, she was the editor of the poetry section of the influential weekly Życie Literackie. In 1966, after the expulsion of the philosopher Leszek Kołakowski from the Communist Party for his “revisionist” views, and in an act of solidarity, Szymborska relinquished her own party membership, leading to her eventual resignation as editor; by 1978 she had severed all ties with this publication. With a few exceptions for literary awards and tokens of public appreciation, her life, shared with a small circle of friends, remained quiet and private—she rarely travelled, avoided public gatherings and hated being photographed or interviewed. Although resolutely avoiding politics as much as possible, she nevertheless participated in a variety of human rights activities.

Despite her aversion to public activities and nonliterary statements, during the late 1970s, and particularly after the imposition of martial law in 1981, she lent her support on several occations to the protest actions and educational initiatives sponsored by human rights groups such as KOR (Workers’ Defense Committee); she was also one of the founding members of the Association of Polish Writers, an independent professional organization that sought to continue the venerable traditions of the Polish Writers’ Union after its forcible dissolution by the military regime in 1982. (Stanisław Barańczak, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twentieth-Century Eastern European Writers, Third Series, 2001, v. 232, pp. 357-362.)
Szymborska was a leading figure among the outstanding Polish poets of the post-World War II generation and among her many prestigious Polish and European literary awards was the Nobel Prize for Literature (1996); she was the fourth Polish author to be so honored.

Hers is an inclusive gaze that extends beyond the local and anthropocentric. Western culture, humankind, and the natural world are the subjects of moral, logical, and aesthetic consideration in her poetry. Szymborska is a poet who finds the extraordinary in the ordinary, the seemingly unimportant and insignificant… She approaches the subject of art with a generous dose of irony: skeptical of the privileged role of the artist and cognizant of the illusory character of art, she is nonetheless aware of the capacity of art to transport humans beyond the constraints of the physical world. As she puts it… art is, after all, the “revenge of the mortal hand”. (Joanna Trzeciak, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature, Part 4, 2007, v. 332, pp. 331-32.)

Szymborska is also known to Polish readers as a distinguished translator of 16th & 17th century French poetry, as well as the essays of Montaigne, and to the delight of her friends, the creator of witty and winsome hand-made postcards.

The exhibit will run through September 2012 . (4th Floor Reading Room, Regenstein Library)

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Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Researcher Information Session

–Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Researcher Information Session–

1:00PM – 2:30PM
Stuart Hall, Room 102
5835 N. Greenwood Ave.

Please join Fumiyo Kamiko, Deputy Director of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and Elene Rozhkova, Argonne National Laboratory Scientist and former JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, for an information session on current fellowship and grant opportunities for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students in a wide variety of disciplines in the physical and biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
The JSPS is a partner organization of NSF and NI and more information can be found at:

Beverages and Flirty Cupcakes will be served.

Please Reply Online by Monday, July 16, 2012.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Woods at:

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Motoki Nomachi: “Contact-Induced Grammatical Change: A case from Kashubian passive voice”

Motoki Nomachi
Contact-induced grammatical change: a case from Kashubian passive voice
May 23, 2012
4:30 p.m.
Foster 103

Motoki Nomachi is an associate professor in the Slavic Research Center at Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan). He holds a Ph.D in Slavic linguistics from the University of Tokyo. His current research addresses the grammatical typology of Slavic languages and the language contact with a special attention to Kashubian.
Dr. Nomachi is also interested in sociolinguistic topics on small Slavic literary languages such as Banat Bulgarian, Lachian and West Polesian.

He has published and edited some books, including Grammaticalization in Slavic Languages: From Areal and Typological Perspectives (Sapporo, 2010), The Grammar of Possessivity in South Slavic Languages: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives (Sapporo, 2011), Borders of Identity and Language in the Slavic World (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, co-edited by Tomasz Kamusella)

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Eurovision Screening

Saturday, May 26th
I-house dining hall

Eurovision screening hosted by ESA

Come and enjoy performances of rising European stars, free European food, meet old or find new European friends, participate in ESA elections, and, above all, have fun!!

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The Scarlett Express at Doc Films

Sunday, May 27 at 7pm • 104m
The Scarlett Empress
Josef von Sternberg, 1934
Sophia Frederica (Dietrich) is forced to marry Peter, Grand Duke of Russia. Enraged upon actually meeting the Duke – and discovering that he’s a half-wit – she takes up with the womanizing Alexei, who is also the Empress’s paramour. Then, she takes up with most of the Russian army. Is it a political move to win their favor? Is she just an unstoppable nymphomaniac? Unclear. Story is mostly subsumed under what Von Sternberg himself called “a relentless excursion into style”, as he crams his set with gargoyles, overdressed Hussars, and Dietrich’s beautiful, Martian face.

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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia at Doc Films

Saturday, May 26 at 7, 10pm • 157m
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011
What happens when the crime is solved, the killers are caught, but the victim’s body still missing? In this epic and intimate film, which shared the Grand Prix at Cannes, we find out. Three groups of men set out to find a single body in the Turkish countryside over the course of a night. They have one aim, but many purposes. In their search, they encounter darkness and unexpected light, gaiety and sorrow, loss and rebirth. Do they find the body? By the end, that’s beside the point.

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Buryatia Delegation on UChicago Campus

May 23
CIS Conference Room, Pick 101

A group of historians and researchers from Buryatia, Russian will be on the UChicago campus on May 23. The delegation’s visit to Chicago is sponsored by WorldChicago. Please see the previous blog post for more on their trip and other opportunities to meet with this group.

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

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Tolga Cora: “Ways to make big money in the mid-19th century Karin/Erzurum”

The UChicago Armenian Circle presents

Why was Khachatur Bastoormajean murdered? Ways to make big money in
the mid-19th century Karin/Erzurum.
by Tolga Cora

(in English)

Tuesday, May 22
4:30 pm

Room TBA
Open to everyone!

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Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey at IHouse

For UChicago ID holders only:

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
The 2012 King Abdullah II Leadership Lecture

A conversation with

Ahmet Davutoglu
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Republic of Turkey

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
1:30 p.m.

International House
Assembly Hall
University of Chicago
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois
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