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Screening of Georgian film “Brigands: Chapter VII” (Otar Iosseliani), May 20

Brigands: Chapter VII

A film by Otar Iosseliani

An excerpt from a New York Times Review:

In a little more than two hours, ”Brigands” moves from the streets of a city in the midst of civil war where rooftop snipers render God-like judgment on the innocents below to an ancient kingdom where a bellicose ruler locks his wife into chastity armor before leaving for war. The film spends time in the heyday of Communism, when a policeman allows his schoolboy son to witness workaday torture, and in today’s Paris, where wealthy arms dealers gamble, drink and consort with women of easy virtue.

In the civil war sequences, Mr. Iosseliani brings out the hopelessness of daily life conducted in the midst of arbitrary death. In the ancient kingdom, where the king’s wife is given a key to the chastity armor the moment he rides off, bedroom comedy mingles with lethal revenge.

Full review here.

The total run time is a little over two hours. Refreshments will be served.

Time: 5-7pm, Thursday, May 20.
Location: Cobb 218 (5811 S. Ellis Avenue)

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Georgian Intensive Language Workshop (Beginning Level) in Borjomi, Georgia, June 14-24

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Started by Brita Ericson, Information and Outreach Officer at American Councils for International Education

A 10-Day Immersion Georgian Language Course in Borjomi, Georgia

Program dates: June 14-24, 2010 (with arrival in Borjomi on June 13, and departure following classes on the afternoon of June 24)

Program features include:
• 5 hours of intensive instruction per day (3 hours per day of grammar and 2 hours per day of vocabulary and conversation – 50 hours total)
• Housing with a local host family and two meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
• Logistical support from American Councils office and local coordinator in Borjomi
• Round-trip transportation from Tbilisi to Borjomi
• Excursion on the intervening Sunday, June 20
• Certificate of Program Completion from American Councils



Applicants will be required to complete a bio-data form and to confirm participation by making a deposit of $100 by credit card or wire transfer to the American Councils office in Washington, DC by the application deadline date. Final payment should be made by the same mechanisms by the program start date.

For more information and an application, please contact:
American Councils for International Education:ACTR/ACCELS
Chavchavadze Ave. 27/29, Tbilisi, GEORGIA

Telephone: (995-32) 292106
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By Brita Ericson, Information and Outreach Officer at American Councils for International Education

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Fully-funded Summer School for Georgian Studies at the Georgian Academy of Sciences in Tbilisi, July 1 to August 15

Event Description:

We intend to have a summer school for Georgian studies at Arnold Chikobava Institute of linguistics (Georgian Academy of Sciences) in Tbilisi. We’ll teach interested applicants the Georgian Language and culture for free from the 1st of July till the august 15th 2010. The program will include the excursions all over Georgia and other type of activities as well. Actually this is a very good possibility for students to learn more about other countries.

Georgian side covers all expenses except foreign traveling (plane). Accommodation, teaching, excursions, food and local traveling will be covered by our grant program.

We need the names of interested applicants as soon as possible. The number of applicants is limited.

Anyone can apply for this scholarship. There are no age or gender limitations.

Please send us personal information:

Your name and surname –

Passport number –

Citizenship –

Place and time of birth –

Contact info

Address –

Telephone –

Email – .

Professor Tamar Makharoblidze

Tel.(99532) 778090
+ 995 99317776

Time: July 1, 2010 at 9am to August 15, 2010 at 5pm
Location: Georgia
Organized By: Arnold Chikobava Institute of linguistics, Georgian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Dr. Tamar Makharoblidze <>

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Georgian Broadcast Journalists to Visit WHPK (88.5 fm), April 15 5-6pm

10 broadcast journalists from the Georgian Public Broadcasting who are interested in public and community radio are coming to the WHPK studio (88.5 fm) on  THURSDAY the 15th from 5-6pm .

Maia Baratishvili, a jazz singer, will be on the air part of the hour.

The journalists are here as part of the Community Connections Program.

The Community Connections Program is an initiative of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) administered by World Learning and by the International Visitors Center of Chicago.

The program provides the opportunity for professionals from Central Asia, in this case Georgia, to participate in professional programs exposing them to various aspects of the American commerce, civic and legal systems.

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2010 Discover Georgia Tour (July 1-11)

Dates: July 1st -July 11th
Where: Caucasus Georgia (Vardzia, Kutaisi, Sighnaghi, Mtskheta, Tbilisi, Qazbegi)
Who: World travelers, spiritual pilgrims, foodies, musicians, adventurers!
Cost: $2100 (eleven day all expenses paid, airfare not included), $4000 for couples

In our fifth season, the Discover Georgia Tour routinely draws an eclectic, motivated, and diverse group of culture tourists. This year a new itinerary takes us to the southern borderlands between Georgia, Armenia, and Turkey, as well as the ancient capital of Colchis in western Georgia.
For a detailed Itinerary, as well as Reviews, Photos, and the Application, visit our website here:
Admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with twelve of the fifteen places still available. Sign up now! Secure your place with a $200 deposit, details on the application form (available for download).

Our advertising is by word of mouth only. Please take a second to pass this message along to those you think may be interested. We appreciate it.


Tour Coordinators:  John A Graham, Luarsab Togonidze

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Screening of Georgian Film “Pastorali,” November 17

Otar Ioseliani’s “Pastorali” will be screened in Cobb 210 (5811 S. Ellis Ave) at 5:15pm.

Taken from IMDb:

“The plot is very simple. For some bizarre reason, a string quartet from Tbilisi is sent to spend a summer in a very rural community. The incomprehension is mutual. The community is in the throes of some obscure ancient enmities and hasn’t the time to worry about the weird sophisticates who have dropped in. The musicians suddenly find themselves as reluctant anthropologists trying to find a way to function in what they thought was their country. The only connection between these two groups is a girl who is entranced by the music but who knows all too well the enmities. The resolution is of all these conflicts is touching without being even remotely sentimental.”

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