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Theater: The Weaver’s Tales: of cinderella and the devil, Chicago Cultural Center, February 15

The Weaver’s Tales: of cinderella and the devil

Image of the Chicago Chamber OrchestraThe Weaver's Tales PosterFifth House Ensemble presents The Weaver’s Tales, a unique, multi-media, theatrical adventure that seamlessly weaves together three storylines by combining fairy tales, physical theatre, dance, high fashion, and music. Based on Grimm’s fairytales, The Weaver’s Tales are inspired by music ranging from Beethoven’s classic Septet to music from post-modern composer Elliott Carter.

This second tale weaves together three separate tales including the classic “Cinderella,” “How The Devil Married Three Sisters,” and “The Robber Bridegroom.” Music selections will include works by Ludwig von Beethoven (Septet), Elliott Carter (Sonata for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord), and Mark Fish (Pictures of Miro, selections). Fifth House Ensemble takes a feminist twist with these tales, illustrating how women interact with men, both positively and negatively.

The third tale, “of debt and the maidens,” takes place on Tuesday, May 3, also at 7 pm in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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Unpaid Internship Opportunity at the International Center of Photography, NYC

Internship Opportunity at the International Center of Photography, NYC

Spend a semester interning at the country’s premier photography museum!

We are seeking spring and summer interns to work at the International Center of Photography (ICP) on the Roman Vishniac Archive, a recent and groundbreaking gift to the museum’s permanent collection. Roman Vishniac’s photographs of Central and East European Jewish life, captured from 1935-38, are considered the last photographic documentation of these now vanished Jewish communities. The majority of his work has never been published or seen by the public, and the collection includes tens of thousands of prints and negatives, contact sheets, personal correspondence, audio material, and ephemera. We are currently working to build a comprehensive archive of the famed photographer’s entire body of work. The archive project will culminate in a large-scale retrospective, including a catalogue and symposia, scheduled to open at ICP in 2013.

We are seeking highly motivated graduate or undergraduate students or recent graduates of Art History, History, Jewish Studies, and/or Library Science. Museum or archival experience is preferred. We will provide training in photo handling and Jewish visual culture. We are also seeking interns with knowledge of German, Russian, Yiddish, or Hebrew to assist in archiving a lifetime of correspondences and documents.

Internships are unpaid, but offer other perks. We are happy to work with academic departments to provide school credit for internships. Interns also earn free use of one of NYC’s best darkrooms and digital printing facilities at the ICP School. Interns are eligible for a 50% discount off of ICP courses and workshops at the ICP School and are invited to attend ICP openings and special events. We are currently accepting applications for spring and summer internships and ask for at least a two day a week commitment. To apply please email a resume, letter of interest, and the contact information (including phone numbers) for three references to Rachel Travis at

For more information on the project please see:

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CfP: 17th Annual Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies Northwest Conference, University of Washington, Abstract Deadline January 24

The Seventeenth Annual Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
Northwest Conference
Saturday, April 16, 2011
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

The Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington are currently soliciting papers, panels or roundtable presentations for this one-day interdisciplinary conference. Proposals from faculty, graduate students and members of the general public are all welcome.

Contributions are encouraged on literature, the fine arts, the environment, post-Soviet foreign policy, historical research, economics, national identity or any other relevant subjects. Papers related to health and the environment in Russia, East Europe and Central Asia are especially welcome.

Small travel stipends may be available to graduate students and faculty traveling from the Pacific Northwest. Funds are not available for scholars outside of the Pacific Northwest or residing outside the United States.

If you would like to present at the conference, please reply via catalyst survey by Monday, January 24, 2011 with your name and contact information, a paper title and brief abstract, at

If you have any questions, please contact:
Allison Dvaladze, Assistant Director for Outreach
The Herbert J. Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Box 353650, Thomson Hall, University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195-3650
Tel: (206) 543-4852

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CfS: The Birch, Undergraduate Journal of Eastern European and Eurasian Culture, Columbia University

Columbia University’s The Birch is the nation’’s first undergraduate journal of Eastern European and Eurasian culture, founded in 2004. In an effort to maintain the quality of our journal, we have elected to produce a larger, single issue that will be available for students in the spring instead of two, smaller issues typically distributed in the fall and spring. This decision was made primarily to allow contributors to have more time to develop their ideas and projects so that we can continue to produce a journal that students look forward to engaging with, cherish, and respect.

Our publication retains the same structure. It consists of three sections: Creative Writing (poetry, prose, non-fiction essays), Literary Criticism, and Culture & Affairs (including historical and political analysis). We also welcome original photography, translations, and political cartoons.

For this year’’s issue, we encourage undergraduate students to submit high-quality pieces of 1500-2000 words. We particularly seek writing on less-explored topics as well as articles on current affairs in the region. While most of our content is in English, we look forward to reading submissions written in Russian or other languages of the region and envision an issue that is less Russo-centric.

If your students are unfamiliar with The Birch, we kindly suggest that you tell them to visit our website,, where they can read a selection of past issues, or visit our blog,

We hope some of your undergraduates will take advantage of this opportunity and submit to us at by February 14, 2010. Please note that all submissions should include the writer’s name, e-mail address, and institution.

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