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Resident Director, Flagship Program with American Councils for International Education Saint Petersburg, Russia

Resident Director, Flagship Program, St. Petersburg, Russia

Start Date: August 1, 2011
Length: August 1, 2011 to May 30, 2012 – Renewable
The Flagship Resident Director serves as the American Councils representative and in-country Program Director for participants on the Russian Overseas Flagship Program, an intensive language training program at St. Petersburg State University for learners already at the advanced level of proficiency in Russian. S/he must be available to program participants on a daily basis; observe student classes and meet regularly with teachers, administrators, and students; and arrange group travel and cultural programs. The Flagship Resident Director must be available to participants during any emergencies that arise and must communicate regularly with the Russian Flagship program staff in Washington, DC.
Prior to departure for Russia, the Flagship Resident Director must attend both American Councils’ orientation programs: for resident directors and for participants. He/she must travel to Russia with the student group at the beginning of the program and return to Washington, DC with the group at the end of the program.
The Flagship Resident Director reports to the Flagship Program Manager in Washington D.C.
·         Serve as academic and personal counselor for American Councils Flagship program participants;
·         Serve as a liaison between American Councils and the host institute administration to ensure that the academic and cultural program proceeds as agreed;
·         Secure medical treatment for students as necessary;
·         Enforce American Councils rules as well as those of the Russian host institute;
·         Communicate regularly with the American Councils Washington office, reporting any problems regarding participants’ health, academic performance, or behavior, and general group/program updates; and within two weeks of program conclusion submit a final report, program grades and test scores;
·         Ensure that in-country travel and excursion program is arranged as agreed and outlined in American Councils materials;
·         Manage program finances and submit monthly expense reports accounting for all American Councils program expenditures;
·         Coordinate program logistics, including site visits, and communicate logistical details to DC-based staff.
·         M.A. required, Ph.D. preferred in Russian, Slavic, or education field;
·         Demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written Russian at Level-3 or higher as defined by OPI ( );
·         Strong interest in language learning/acquisition at the advanced level
·         Substantial prior study and/or work experience in Russia;
·         Experience overseeing and guiding groups;
·         Demonstrated skills in academic and personal counseling;
·         Demonstrated skills in general financial accountability;
·         U.S. Citizenship Required
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Scholarship for a Summer Expedition to Rostov, American Friends of Russian Folklore, Deadline March 1

American Friends of Russian Folklore is now accepting applications for a scholarship to join next summer’s folklore expedition to the Don Cossack town of Belaya Kalitva, Rostov province, Russia. The location is famous as the site of the battle between the Russian and Polovtsy recorded in the twelfth-century epic “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign” (Слово о полку Игореве). Dates of the expedition are July 20-31, 2011. The scholarship is open to any US citizen, 18 or over, with an interest in Russian folklore. Russian-language skills are helpful but not required. Deadline for applications is March 1. Details, application form, and information about other upcoming expeditions is available at:

Please address questions to:

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CfP: “Crossing the Line: Negotiating Borders in the Russian and Soviet Context”, University of Virginia, Abstract Deadline January 12

Crossing the Line: Negotiating Borders in the Russian and Soviet Context

The Society of Slavic Graduate Students at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce the Second Annual Slavic Forum, to be held in Charlottesville, VA, on February 5th, 2011, at the Jefferson Fellows Center.  This conference will address the concept of borders – geographical, temporal, cultural, literary, linguistic, and others – from an interdisciplinary perspective.  We invite participants to examine the different ways in which borders have been imagined and treated in such diverse spheres as politics, history, culture, literature, art, language, and philosophy.  How are borders set up, transgressed, negotiated, and dissolved?  What are some of the ways that demarcations change the way we perceive Russia and “Russianness”?  In what ways do borders constitute in-between spaces and thresholds that problematize the notion of clear-cut distinctions?  These are some of the questions the conference will consider.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Russia vis-à-vis the Other: Russia’s relationship with the various groups that constitute the cultural, social, and national Other;
  • Russia’s changing dynamic with its former satellite states;
  • Literary boundaries: the development, canonizing, and blurring of literary systems, genres, and schools;
  • The boundaries of and within language – both literary and nonliterary (verbal, visual, etc.): the limits of language, as well the multilayered structure of language and the crossing of these internal borders in the movement from one layer to another;
  • Watershed events (historical, political, literary, and otherwise) as both constituting boundaries and dissolving them;
  • The transgression of the boundary between private and public sphere;
  • Rites of passages, liminal states, and rituals which mark such events as coming of age, marriage, birth, death, etc.
  • Law and morality: constitution and crossing of legal and ethical lines.

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length.  Abstracts of no more than one page should be submitted as attachments to John Lyles at no later than January 12th, 2011.

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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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CfP: Graduate Student Conference: “Estrangement”, Brown University, Abstract Deadline January 15

The Slavic Studies Graduate Student Colloquium and the Department of Slavic Languages at Brown University are pleased to announce our upcoming graduate student conference on the subject of Estrangement.  The conference will take place on Friday, April 15, 2011.  We are currently soliciting proposals for individual papers on topics related to the theme of estrangement in Russian, East European and Eurasian literature, history, and culture in any historical period.  Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-linguistic and ethnic identity

-dialogues between East and West

-self-imposed or forcible estrangement from home/family

-minority religious cultures in Russia and Eurasia

-estrangement as self-preservation

-contemporary Marxism and Communism in the former USSR

-destructive conflicts within literary and artistic movements

-generational conflict

-loss of identity within shifting political and social structures.

This will be a one-day conference comprised of formal panels, informal roundtables, and a keynote lecture by Professor John Bowlt of the University of Southern California titled “Engines of the Russian Cosmos: Art and Astrophysics, 1900-1930”.

Breakfast, lunch, and lodging will be provided for all participants.

The deadline for all abstract proposals is January 15, 2011. Please send a brief abstract (300 words or less) and a bio to or

This conference is part of a year-long experimental interdisciplinary colloquia series, generously sponsored by the Office of International Affairs.  The aim of the series is to provide a forum for young scholars in the humanities to initiate collaborative projects and an opportunity for the development of informal mentorship relationships between faculty and graduate students. The overarching goal of this series is to explore joint interests across the disciplines outside the traditional class-based format and to emphasize the relevance of cross-disciplinary exchange.

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2011 Summer Environmental Exchange, Tahoe-Baikal Institute

Study Environmental Science and Watershed Management in California, Mongolia, AND Russia!
Program Highlights:
  • Immersive place-based education program in California, Mongolia AND Russia!
  • Approximately 8 weeks from mid-June to late-August 2011 (4 weeks in each watershed)
  • Multi-cultural program brings together participants from USA, baikal shore_web 2Russia, Mongolia, and other countries
  • Interdisciplinary and hands-on curriculum focused on watershed management at Tahoe and Baikal
  • Program Fee covers travel between Tahoe and Baikal & all food, lodging and program expenses.
For full details and application materials, read here:
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Alfa Fellowship Program in Russia, CDS International, Inc. and Alfa-Bank

Alfa Fellowship Program

Program Overview

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a high-level professional development exchange program placing qualified young professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, and public policy. The program accepts 10 American citizens and 5 British citizens per year. Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are expanding networks of American, British and Russian professionals, developing greater intercultural understanding, and advancing US/Russian and British/Russian relations.

The program includes language training, seminar programs, and extended professional experience. Fellows receive travel, free housing, monthly stipends, and insurance.

Program Highlights

Drawing upon extensive contacts throughout industry, media, government, and nonprofit institutions in Russia, the Alfa Fellowship Program works together with participants to identify suitable professional assignments at leading Russian institutions in business, media, and civil society. The Alfa Fellowship Program endeavors to secure positions that meet the interests of both the participants and host institutions. Fellows’ progress is closely monitored by the Center for International Fellowships in Moscow.

In addition to individualized professional assignments, the Alfa Fellowship Program includes:

  • Four-month Russian language tutoring program in the U.S.
  • Four-month intensive Russian language course in Moscow
  • Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., with accommodation and roundtrip travel included
  • Housing in Moscow for the duration of the program
  • Monthly stipend
  • Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance
  • Moscow seminar program
  • Three regional excursions throughout Russia and one in a neighboring country

Application Deadline

December 1, 2010 for the 2011–2012 program year.

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Cultural Fellowships in St Petersburg, Russia, The Likhachev Foundation


The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) together with Committee on External Relations of St. Petersburg and B. Yeltsin Presidential Center (Moscow, Russia) announces competition for 2-week cultural fellowships in St. Petersburg from May 9 till May 22, 2011.

By January 25, 2011 the Likhachev Foundation will accept applications from professionals in the field of culture and history or arts from the US who are currently working on creative projects related to Russian culture or history. Command of the Russian language is very helpful but not required. Students are not eligible. Airfare and accommodations in St. Petersburg will be covered by the organizers.

Creative project could be a museum exhibition project, a theater performance, a film, photo exhibition, preparation of fiction or research books, etc. related to Russian culture or history. Creative project should be conceived in the US for a broad American audience. Residency in Russia should serve as an important stage in the realization of the applicant’s cultural project.

The Likhachev Foundation will prepare individual programs for the fellows according to their projects’ specifics, to help them achieve maximum results during their fellowships. These programs will include meetings with Russian colleagues, possibilities to work at St. Petersburg museums, libraries, archives, and other organizations.

Application deadline is January 25, 2011.
Fellowships take place May 9 – May 22, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Applicants will be notified of the review panel decision by February 15, 2011.

Application should include: CV (including information on Russian language skills, previous creative projects related to Russia and previous visits to Russia). Description of creative project (up to 3 pages) such as museum or exhibition project, theater performance, film, preparation of fiction or research book and other types of cultural projects related to Russian culture or history. It should contain, in particular, a paragraph on how a residency in St. Petersburg will benefit the applicant’s creative project and which cultural organizations in St. Petersburg the applicant would like to work with.

Please, email your application in Russian or English to the competition coordinator Mrs. Elena Vitenberg at and with the subject line «application for the fellowship».

The D. S. Likhachev International Charitable Foundation

The name of the Academician D. S. Likhachev (1906-1999) is symbolic for the 20 century Russian culture. A Russian intellectual, survivor of the Soviet Gulag, a great scientist and thinker, a popular figure, he managed to preserve under the totalitarian regime his integrity, honor and fealty to Russia. In the 90s he has become a moral gold standard for many Russians. During his late years D. S. Likhachev conceived the idea of a humanitarian charitable foundation. The idea has been implemented after his death.

The D. S. Likhachev International Charitable Foundation had been founded in St. Petersburg at the end of 2001. The mission for the Foundation was stated by D. S. Likhachev himself as promotion of the Russian culture, education, humanities as well as affirmation of democratic and humanistic values in the society. The foundation supports both regional and international programs, awards grants, promotes seminars and conferences, publishes books, etc.

B. Yeltsin Presidential Center

The Fund of the First Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin was founded in November 2000, as a charity whose main aim is to give the youth of Russia the opportunity to reach their creative potential. The Fund has also taken it upon itself to analyze the various changes that Russia and the world in general went through during the end of the 20th century: to carry out studies on the historical and political foundations of the reforms that took place in Russia. The Fund is working to nurture peaceful and friendly relations between the world’s nations, offering help in the battle against social and religious conflict.

Committee on External Relations of St. Petersburg

The executive authority – The City Administration is the superior
executive body of St. Petersburg headed by the Governor of the city and other executive departments – the city committees and the administrative-territorial departments. The St. Petersburg Administration is formed of the Governor, the Government, The Governor’s Chancellery, the city committees and the administrative-territorial departments of the Administration subordinate to him. The Committee on External Relations is responsible for state policy of Saint Petersburg in external relations.

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Alternative Spring Break, American Home (Vladimir, Russia)

Please see a message from our friends at the American Home:

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the American Home in Vladimir, Russia, will be offering two alternative spring break opportunities in March 2011. The program in Murom will be hosted by the Murom Institute, a branch of Vladimir State University. The program in Vladimir will be hosted by the Vladimir Youth Health and Education Center.

Information about both alternative spring break programs is in the attached PDF files.

I hope that you will take a few moments to examine the information and share it with your Russian language students and others who might be interested in spending spring break 2011 helping others in Murom and Vladimir.

Please note that the deadline for applications is December 10, 2010. Students submitting their applications by November 30, 2010, will receive a $100 discount.

These promise to be remarkable and meaningful spring break experiences!

If you have any questions about the alternative spring break programs or about any of the American Home’s other activities, please do not hesitate to contact me.


David Johnson

Coordinator, Intensive Russian Program, American Home (Vladimir, Russia)
Lecturer in Russian, Vanderbilt University

Flyer Alternative Spring Break (Murom)
Flyer Alternative Spring Break (Vladimir)

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The Desert of Forbidden Art, Gene Siskel Film Center, November 1

The film will be playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center on October 31st at 3:00pm and November 1st at 8:00pm. For tickets go to

The Desert of Forbidden Art is about the second largest collection of Russian Avant-Garde art in the world.  The Nukus museum, where it is housed, is in one of the poorest regions of the world, Central Asia, but the collection is worth millions.  Most of this art has never been seen before and is virtually unknown in the west.  The New York Times calls the collection, “One of the most remarkable collections of 20th-century Russian Art.”  Ben Kingsley, a collector himself, voices the museum’s collector, Savitsky.  Under Soviet rule, Savitsky risked everything to collect this “forbidden” art, and stash it away in his museum in Uzbekistan.

The Desert of Forbidden Art has already screened at the National Gallery of Art in DC, the MFA Boston, and many festivals.  The film will air on the Emmy-award winning PBS Independent Lens.  We’ve won best doc at Palm Beach, and most recently the Cine Golden Eagle Award.  We hope this film will interest you and your students.  Please feel free to visit our website for our trailer and other materials.

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