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Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia

The Anthropology of Europe Workshop and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, with support from the Soviet Arts Experience are proud to present:

Experiences at the Edges of Soviet Power: the Baltic, the Balkans, and Central Asia Lecture Series

In conjunction with the Soviet Arts Experience, CEERES presents a lecture series that explores life under communism beyond Soviet metropoles.

Katherine Verdery (CUNY), Thursday, March 31st;
@ 4:30pm in Haskell 315
“An Anthropologist under Surveillance: Fieldwork and the Romanian Secret Police”

• Russell Zanca (Northeastern Illinois University), Tuesday, April 12th;
@ 5pm in Classics 110
“There’s More to Pilaf than Rice and Meat: Chewing the Fat and Then Some in Uzbekistan”

• Neringa Klumbyte (Miami University), Thursday, April 28th;
@ 5pm in the Franke Institute
“The Intimacy of Power: Laughter, Citizenship, and Coexistence in the Soviet-Lithuanian HumorJournal Broom”

Sponsored by CEERES, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, and the Soviet Arts Experience.

For more information please contact CEERES at or 773-702-0875.

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Changing Places: Identity, Community, & Neighborhoods, Arab American Action Network and Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, March 24

Join the Arab American Action Network and Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture for discussion on how their communities have experienced waves of immigration and migration.

When: Thursday, March 24, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60629

How to Register:

Log on to website at and see “Alliance Calendar” for events. Click on the “Register” button to sign up.

Tickets are $5 per person and they are payable by credit card online during registration.

Each event is limited to 30 people, so make sure you reserve your spot today!

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Umbrella Music Festival: European Jazz Meets Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, November 4

A message from our friends at the Chicago Cultural Center:

“The Umbrella Music Festival features cutting-edge jazz and improvised music from around the world, with a particular focus on artists from the diverse, cooperative, and thriving local scene. The festival opens at the Chicago Cultural Center for two evenings of free concerts dubbed “European Jazz Meets Chicago,” co-presented by Umbrella Music, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and ten European consulates and cultural organizations. The complete schedule for the festival is at”

Thursday, November 4th, 6:30 PM | Arkadijus Gotesmanas Trio (Lithuania)

Mars Williams – saxophones
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Arkadijus Gotesmanas – drums

Thursday, November 4th, 8:00 PM | Waclaw Zimpel Quartet (Poland)

Waclaw Zimpel – bass clarinet
Matt Schneider – guitar
Devin Hoff – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St

all concerts are
FREE to the public

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Zalgiris / Grunwald / Tannenberg 600th Anniversary Exhibit at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, October 15-17

October 15, 2010 – October 17, 2010 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Zalgiris / Grunwald / Tannenberg 600th Anniversary
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60629

Join the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, along with members of the Polish community, for the LITHPEX-POLPEX 2010 Exhibit, an event that will commemorate the 600th anniversary of The Battle of Zalgiris / Grunwald / Tannenberg

The Battle of Zalgiris (Grunwald) or Battle of Tannenberg was fought on July 15, 1410, during the Lithuanian-Polish-Teutonic War. The alliance of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, led respectively by King Jogaila (Wladyslaw Jagiello) and Grand Duke Vytautas (Witold), decisively defeated the Teutonic Knights, led by Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen. Most of the Teutonic Knights’ leadership were killed or taken prisoner. The battle shifted the balance of power in Eastern Europe and marked the rise of the Polish-Lithuanian union as the dominant political and military force in the region. The battle was one of the largest battles in Medieval Europe and is regarded as the most important victory in the history of Poland and Lithuania.

Exhibit and Lecture Series at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Opening Day: Friday, October 15, 10 AM – 8 PM
1 – 2 PM Introduction of the exhibit to the press
3 PM Lecture (in Lithuanian) “Lietuvos totoriai: Žalgirio mušyje ir šiandien” (Lithuanian Tartars in the Battle of Tannenberg and Today) by Lithuanian Tartars: Dr. A. Jakubauskas, journalist V. Malinauskas, historian E. Lukoševicius.

General Exhibition Information:

The official exhibit opens Saturday, October 16, and will remain open between 10 AM – 6 PM. Exhibition will also remain open on Sunday, October 17 between 10 AM – 4 PM.

MORE INFORMATION: Contact Violeta Rutkauskiene, e-mail:, or John Variakojis, You may also call us at (773)582-6500.

Event Cost: $5
More Information
Phone: 773-582-6500
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Lithuanian Film Festival in Chicago: January 21-26

The Vilnius Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and the Consulate General of The Republic of Lithuania in Chicago are proud to present the Lithuanian Film Festival in Chicago, running January 21-26. The program will feature recent works by emerging Lithuanian filmmakers and will illustrate new trends in Lithuanian cinema. The screenings will include short and full-length films and will be introduced by film director and CEO of “Era Film” Rasa Miskinyte from Vilnius.

Opening Night will be held at Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center on January 21. Please contact Ieva Dilyte, Manager of International Programs, for additional information.

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Liudas Mockunas Quartet at the Umbrella Music Festival, November 5

The Liudas Mockunas Quartet from Lithuania will be performing as part of the Umbrella Music Festival: European Jazz Meets Chicago.

Liudas Mockunas Quartet – Lithuania
6pm, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Liudas Mockunas is among the most remarkable Lithuanian jazzmen of the younger generation, an exponent of modern jazz and free avantgarde. In his music he erases boundaries between jazz and contemporary academic music. Fascinated by the origins of sound and possibilities of the overtones, he has developed an original reed performance style, saturated with multiphonics technique.

Admission is free.
Location: Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street; phone: 312-744-6630)
For more information about the festival, performers, and venues, visit:

A special preview featuring all the bands will be made available at The Hideout (1354 W Wabansia Ave; phone: 773-227-4433) on November 4 beginning at 10pm for an $8 cover fee.

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