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“The Byzantine Heritage of the Republic of Macedonia and its Preservation,” Pance Velkov, Cochrane-Woods Art Center, March 1

March 1- Pance Velkov, Professor at the Ecole centrale de Paris and President of the Makedonida Foundation for heritage conservation and education:  “The Byzantine Heritage of the Republic of Macedonia and its Preservation”

All presentations are on Tuesdays at 4:30p.m. in the Cochrane-Woods Art Center (5540 S Greenwood), Room 156, unless otherwise noted.

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Lecture: “Preserving Sacred Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Macedonia,” Pance Velkov, SAIC, February 28

Pance Velkov Lecture

Mon, February 28, 6pm – 8pm

Where McLean Center Ballroom (112 Michigan Ballroom)
Description Pance Velkov will give a lecture to students faculty and staff.

The lecture will focus on the current problems related to conservations of some of the most important churches and mosques in the republic of Macedonia. The country possesses some of the finest medieval frescoes in the world and the most important Ottoman heritage in Europe after Turkey.

Any person with a disability who would like to request an accommodation for this program should contact Campus Life at 312.629.6880 or email as soon as possible to allow adequate time to make proper arrangements.

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“A Name is A Name” Chicago premier at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, November 12

Chicago Premiere of A Name is A Name on Friday, November 12, 2010 (7:30p.m. start time) at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.  A Name is A Name is a cross between a documentary and a feature film shot during a period of 7 months within Macedonia.  The Norwegian-Icelandic directors have premiered their film in Toronto, Washington, D.C., New York, Detroit, Sydney, Melbourne and Skopje, among other places.

For a sneak peak of the trailer click

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R.E.M./Dreamscapes Dance Film Screenings, October 12, October 13


Claudia Cassidy Theater
FREE Admission
Tuesday, October 12
6pm: Networking Reception
7pm: Dance Film Screening

Wednesday, October 13
6pm: Dance Film Screening
7pm: Dance & Dreams Discussion

Hedwig Dances and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs present the fourth annual Dance for the Camera festival featuring dance films that blur the lines between reality and dreams. Co-curated by Jan Bartoszek, Artistic Director of Hedwig Dances, and Sarah Best, independent artist and curator, this selection of dance films arouses, puzzles, frightens, and delights. Expressing fears and desires, the films demonstrate that poetic work can often contain deeper meaning and more clarity than narrative work.

(BLACK) LIGHT (world premiere)
Deirdre Towers, USA, 2010; 5:42
In a space you’d rather not be? Shed a few layers of darkness and embrace the light.

A screen adaptation for Katherine Crockett, principal of Martha Graham Dance Company, based on a flamenco solo choreographed by Deirdre Towers set to the music of Paul Jared Newman with a sculpture by Macedonian artist Bojan Mitrevski and cinematography by Dikayl Rimmasch, director of the American Masters documentary on the Cuban bass player Cachao.

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CANCELED: Prime Minister of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, to Speak at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, September 29


The following information was taken from the The Chicago Council on Global Affairs website:


His Excellency Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia

At the same time Europe strives to restore confidence in its financial systems and spur economic recovery, the region is grappling with EU and NATO enlargement. Supporters of EU expansion suggest enlargement will boost sluggish European growth and strengthen the region’s voice in global trade negotiations. Proponents of broader NATO membership argue that expansion will provide a more powerful mechanism for ensuring transatlantic security and addressing today’s global challenges.

Macedonia is a country with aspirations to join the European Union and NATO, and is waiting in the wings for formal membership. The World Bank, ranking it third among top reformers of the world, reported that the Macedonian economy has weathered the global economic crisis better than most countries in the region. Macedonia is also poised for accession to NATO; however, it must first resolve a longstanding disagreement with Greece over the formal name of the country. What can smaller European countries like Macedonia contribute to the European Union and NATO, and when will membership fully materialize?

His Excellency Nikola Gruevski was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia on 27 August, 2006. He has been leader of the country’s Conservative Party (VMRO-DPMNE) since May 2003. Previously, he served as Minister of Finance (2000-2002), Minister of Trade (1998-1999), and as Governor of the Republic of Macedonia in the World Bank and European Bank for the Reconstruction and Development (1999-2002). Gruevski served as a Member of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia from 2002-2006.

The Chicago Club
81 East Van Buren
Chicago, IL  60605
Business attire required.

12:00 Noon  Registration
12:30 p.m.   Luncheon, Remarks, and Question and Answer
1:45 p.m.   Adjournment

Members $35
Nonmembers $45

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Technical Writing Position, University for Information Science and Technology, Macedonia

Lecturer position in Technical Writing at the University for Information Science and Technology, “St. Paul the Apostle” in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia

The University for Information Science and Technology “St. Paul the Apostle” in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia, invites applications for lecturer position at any academic rank in technical writing and communication for the academic year 2010/2011. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, teaching courses, developing and grading tests and quizzes, preparing and presenting lectures, meeting with students outside of class time for additional assistance, and designing and evaluating laboratory exercises. The typical teaching load for this position will be ten contact hours per week.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. (in hand by time of appointment) in technical communication, writing studies, composition/rhetoric, or a closely related field. Ability to teach public speaking a plus. Applicants must also have demonstrated documented successful teaching experience at the college level, excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to teach with technology, and native or near-native fluency in English. It is also expected that current instructional technologies will be incorporated in course materials on a regular basis.

Applications should include

  • A cover letter
  • Current C.V.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Sample syllabus
  • Graduate transcripts
  • Copies of Diplomas and any Certificates of Achievement in Higher education,
  • Names of three references with phone numbers and email addresses.

Please submit applications to:

University for Information Science and Technology “St. Paul the Apostle”
Partizanska B.B Dom na ARM – Ohird
6000 Ohrid
Republic of Macedonia

In addition, applications may be submitted electronically as a single pdf file via email to Blagoja Samakoski at

The newly established University for Information Science and Technology “St. Paul the Apostle” ( employs foreign professors who provide a high level instruction to Macedonian and foreign students. English is the language of instruction in all courses. The university is located in the south-west part of the Republic of Macedonia in the city of Ohrid, situated by the beautiful Lake Ohrid, a UNESCO Heritage Site.

For more information about the position, please feel free to contact:

Rector: Dr. Blagoja Samakoski,

Professor: Dr. George Mitrevski,

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Anthropology of Europe Workshop: “The Politics of Carrots and Sticks: Foreign Publicity, Disciplinary Discourse, and Euro-Atlantic Integration in Post-Conflict Macedonia,” January 21

A Trial Job Talk Entitled: “The Politics of Carrots and Sticks: Foreign Publicity, Disciplinary Discourse, and Euro-Atlantic Integration in Post-Conflict Macedonia”

Andrew Graan, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anthropology; and Outreach Coordinator at the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), University of Chicago.

For copies of the paper, please contact Owen Kohl:


Time: 4:30pm, January 21.
Location: Haskell Hall, Rm 101 (5836 S. Greenwood Ave)

Andrew Graan, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anthropology; and Outreach Coordinator at the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), University of Chicago, will
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Two Positions as Human Rights Experts for the 3-year project “Human Rights and Social Inclusion in Macedonia,” Deadline: December 11

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights – Research Association (BIM-FV) is offering two positions as Human  Rights Experts (one for up to three years, and one for five months).

Duty station will be Skopje, with frequent field-trips to partner municipalities around the country.

Reporting to: Project manager, BIM Skopje
Supervisor: Project officer, BIM-FV Vienna

The project aims at supporting the inclusion of the Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA)
into the planning processes of the national and local authorities dealing with social inclusion,
social protection and poverty reduction. The specific objective is to strengthen the
accountability of the government in policy making and monitoring on both national and
local level, with a focus on rights-holders and duty-bearers.

On the national level the project will foster the coordination of NGOs working on issues
related to social exclusion, discrimination and poverty through the establishment of the
“National Anti-Poverty Platform” (NAPP). With the support of BIM-FV and the European
Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), the project will strengthen existing ties between NGOs, link
the Macedonian NAPP to the EAPN and will build the NAPP’s capacity of monitoring and
reporting the dimension of poverty and social exclusion in Macedonia.

On the local level the project shall strengthen the municipalities and the de-centralised
Social Work Centres and offices of the Employment agency in proceeding with the definition
of responsibilities and corresponding policies on social inclusion, social protection and
poverty reduction in the light of the decentralisation process.


  • Provide know-how on human rights promotion in development planning, and on related political, legal and social developments;
  • Develop and implement strategies and actions towards the project goals based on the provisions in the project document;
  • Review national and local strategies towards social inclusion, providing suggestions and comments related to the promotion of human rights;
  • Deliver trainings on the Human Rights-Based Approach and other necessary issues;
  • Prepare materials for both internal and external use, including training and action materials;
  • Elaborate reports and other relevant documents;
  • Maintain an overview of political and human rights developments in Macedonia;
  • Participate in and facilitate the collective coordination of the work of the team;preparing and agreeing detailed work plans, budgets and schedules; setting priorities; monitoring progress and quality control including approving materials according to relevant guidelines, and adhering to standards; establishing systems to ensure mutual support and accountability; and identifying training and development needs;
  • Translate official and internal documents from English to Macedonian and/or Albanian and vice versa;
  • If necessary, provide interpretation during meetings, workshops and other relevant events from English to Macedonian and/or Albanian and vice versa.


  • Advanced University Degree, preferably in law, political science, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights;
  • At least 5 years of working experience in Human Rights promotion and protection;
  • Solid knowledge of the international and national human rights framework, preferably also experience with the Human Rights-Based Approach;
  • Research and publication experience;
  • Experience in conducting trainings;
  • Ability to set priorities, meet specific objectives, use political judgement and knowledge;
  • Sensitivity towards different cultures, including gender issues;
  • Ability and experience of working in a team;
  • Ability to work with individuals from a variety of cultures and backgrounds;
  • Ability to draft text in a variety of styles, e.g. project reports, government correspondence and action materials;
  • Ability to explain complex issues and ideas simply and clearly;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Macedonian, preferably also Albanian. Knowledge of Roma language is an asset.

BIM-FV is an equal opportunity employer, and actively seeks diversity among its employees.
Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit their application, including CV and letter of interest
electronically to:

Deadline for applications is December 11, 2009. Applications received after the closing
deadline will not be considered.
Job interviews will be held in Skopje, December 14 and 15, 2009.
Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

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