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Regional Director, South-Eastern Europe, American Councils, Belgrade, Serbia

The Regional Director is responsible for expanding and maintaining American Councils presence and infrastructure in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia. In addition to coordinating all current American Councils programmatic activity in the region, the incumbent will establish and maintain American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS organizational relations, oversee internal operations, and provide overall supervision of American Councils programs. In this capacity, the Regional Director position reports to the Washington-based Managing Director for Field Operations and Programs, and works closely with the Washington-based Program Managers and the Director of Program Development. The position is stationed in Belgrade, Serbia

* Maintains American Councils organizational relations in the host country with relevant funding agencies, government offices, institutions and foundations (Embassies, USAID, World Bank, etc.); with national government and private institutions (government ministries, agencies and offices; national corporations; American Councils’ institutional partners); with the in-country offices of American organizations and foundations; and, with the international and domestic press;
* Administers youth, undergraduate and graduate student exchanges as well as faculty and professional training programs. Responsibilities include but are not limited to promotion of programs; recruitment, selection, and interviewing of candidates; pre-departure orientations; English-language program; staff training as necessary; and alumni activities;
* Responsible for actively seeking out and implementing growth and development activities throughout the region which support the organization’s mission, including fund-raising activity and managing external relations;
* Oversees American Councils internal operations in region; coordinates the activities of program staff; and advises staff on American Councils policies and employment matters regarding local national employees;
* Communicates regularly with, and makes recommendations to the Washington- based Managing Director for Field Operations and Programs and relevant Program Managers and senior staff on general program matters, on perceptions of American Councils programs and on the influence of local conditions on the organization’s programs in the host countries;
* Provides coordination among American Councils offices in South-Eastern Europe and acoss program lines, Manages all general office administrative matters such as negotiating contracts; interacting with landlords, etc.

* Bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) — related to region in: economics, international education or development, history, Balkan languages, or a related area;
* Professional-level program management experience;
* Experience identifying and developing new programming and fundraising opportunities;
* Knowledge of and experience with major funding sources in region (including USAID, World Bank, major corporations and foundations, etc.);
* Overseas work/living experience, preferably in the applicable region; demonstrated interest in the applicable region;
* Supervisory experience; experience supervising local national staff preferred;
* Cross-cultural skills;
* Strong written and oral communication skills: English (obligatory), Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian, Macedonian and/or Albanian (desired); and
* U.S. citizenship required.

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American Councils improves education at home and abroad through the support of international research, the design of innovative programs, and the exchange of students, scholars, and professionals around the world. American Councils employs a full-time professional staff of over 370, located in the U.S. and in 40 cities in 24 countries of Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Asia and the Middle East.

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CfP: Conference “Media, Poverty and Social Exclusion”, University of Novi Sad, Abstract Deadline March 15

Conference “Media, Poverty and Social Exclusion”
University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia, 7 May 2011

Deadline for submission of abstracts (250 words): March 15, 2011

This event is organized by the Department of Media Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad within the project Media Discourse on Poverty and Social Exclusion, funded by the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans of the University of Fribourg and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Mass media have the potential to act either as facilitators of dialogue leading to social change or, in the opposite direction, as a key force for preservation of the status quo. In contemporary societies, the concept of poverty is being replaced by the concept of social exclusion – a complex, multidimensional issue that includes not only economic deprivation but also limitations in access to labour market, educational and health services. Exclusion in this sense is strongly related to the lack of participation and representation, which in modern times is achieved primarily through mass media.

Papers on the following kinds of topic will be especially welcome:
* Media discourse about poverty and socially excluded groups;
* Textual and visual representations of socially excluded groups;
* Cross-discursive analysis of poverty and social exclusion (e.g. Poverty and Globalization, Poverty and Europeanization);
* Ideological layers in discourse about poverty and socially excluded groups;
* Mediated articulations of social inequalities in Western Balkan societies;
* Multiple discrimination and social exclusion discourses;
* The media role in poverty alleviation;
* The potential of Internet to become an alternative channel of articulation of social needs and interest;
* Functions and effects of Internet based campaigns and projects on poverty reduction and social inclusion.

Participation and registration
Please send abstracts of 250 words max. via email to the organizers ( with the subject line “Media and Poverty and Social Exclusion”. Submissions should contain a title page with the title of the presentation, names and contact data of all authors. Please send one document containing title page and abstract in a word file, and be sure to remove all author identification from the abstract itself, as proposals will be submitted into blind peer review.

Deadline for submission is March 15, 2011.
Participants will be notified about results by April 5, 2011.

There is no conference fee. Participants will make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation and the organizers will provide lunch and coffee breaks on the day of the conferences.

With the support of the Regional Research Promotional Programme in the Western Balkans, the organizer will provide funding for travel and accommodation for maximum 10 participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro.

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American Exchange to Serbia 2011 Program, WorldChicago

Please find bellow a message from our friends at WorldChicago:

We are excited to announce an opportunity for Chicago-area adults and students to participate in the American Exchange to Serbia (AES) in March 2011 as part of the Serbia Youth Leadership Program (SYLP).  The AES in March 2011 will be comprised of 15 American students and 3 adults from various communities throughout the United States that hosted the SYLP participants throughout 2010 (WorldChicago administers this program in Chicago).  Two students will be selected from the Chicagoland area to participate.  This two-week exchange will begin in Belgrade, providing the group with an overview of Serbian culture and youth rights and involvement.  The SYLP alumni will be responsible for designing the local community programs in their towns, where the Americans will be hosted for five days before retuning to Belgrade for synthesis, reflection, and dialogue workshops about the program.

Timeline (Students):

  • Student Application Deadline (must be submitted to WorldChicago c/o Lexy Sobel): December 8, 2010
  • Student Application Interviews: Week of December 13, 2010
  • Student Finalists Notified: Week of January 3, 2011
  • Pre-Departure Info Sessions @ WorldChicago: February 14-18, 2011
  • Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, DC: March 18, 2011
  • American Exchange to Serbia: March 19-April 2, 2011

Timeline (Adults):

  • Adult Applications Sent to World Learning (must be submitted to World Learning): December 13, 2010
  • Adult Application Review and Interviews: January 3-13, 2011
  • Adult Finalists Accepted/Notified: January 14, 2011
  • Pre-Departure Info Sessions @ WorldChicago: February 14-18, 2011
  • Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, DC: March 18, 2011
  • American Exchange to Serbia: March 19-April 2, 2011


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“History and Fiction: The Work of Danilo Kiš, Milorad Pavić and Radoslav Petković”, November 15

Slavic Colloquium, sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages & Literature and CEERES:

“History and Fiction: The Work of Danilo Kiš, Milorad Pavić abd Radoslav Petković”. Presented by Professor Adrijana Marčetić, University of Belgrade, Department of Comparative Literature.

The lecture will take place on Monday, November 15, at 4pm in Foster 103.

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Film screening and discussion with Goran Radovanović, November 12

CEERES is proud to present a film screening and discussion with an acclaimed writer, director, and documentarian Doran Radonović.

“Otpor: The Fight to Save Serbia” and “Casting – A South Europe Transition Film” will be shown on Friday, November 12, at 5pm, at the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

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Concert of Sacred Music of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Serbian Choir “Branko,” June 1-3

Concert of sacred music of the Eastern Orthodox Church
featuring Serbian Singing Society “BRANKO”  from the City of
Nis – Serbia one of the oldest church choirs in the whole Balkans
conducted by : Sara Cincarevic

With this American Midwest Tour Choir “BRANKO
is musicaly announcing a great Christian Jubilee
in 2013 – 1700 years from the Edict of Milan, issued by
St. Emperor Constantine, borne in the City of Nis


Wednesday May 26 – 7 pm.  Concert at St. Basil of Ostrog Church in Lake Forest, IL
Thursday May 27 – 7 pm.  Concert at St Mary’s Church in Whiting, IN
Friday May 28 – 7 pm. Concert at St. Nicholas Church in Indianapolis, IN
Saturday May 29 – 7 pm. Concert at Announciation Church in Homer Glen, IL
Sunday May 30 – 10 am. Divine Liturgy at St. George Church in Schererville, IN
Monday May 31 – 10 am. Divine Liturgy at New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, IL
3 pm. Concert at New Gracanica Monastery, Third Lake, IL on the occasion of Memorial Day
Tuesday June 1- 7 pm. Concert at St. Sava Cathedral in Milwaukee, WI
Wednesday June 2 – 7 pm. Concert at St. Athanasius Church in Evanston, IL
Thursday June 3 – 7 pm. Concert at St. Archangel Michael Church in Lansing, IL


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“A Serbian Story,” Concert of Serbian dance, music, and song by 80 member Openlac, May 23

A Serbian Story
Concert of Serbian dance, music, and song by the 80 member SCA Oplenac of Toronto with guest soloists from the Serbian National Folk Ensemble “Kolo” of Belgrade, Serbia, May 23, 7pm, at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park

Come experience the most beautiful past, a present and future!

Travel through beautiful and inspirational moments while childhood memories of young Serbian bride, tales told, songs and dances from the past come alive on the stage! On this magical journey through tradition you will end up at the wedding and party afterwards in a big explosion of energy and emotions in the form of a dance!

An experience you will love, enjoy and remember!

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EthNoise Workshop: “Serbian Musical Dialects: A Survey of Local Traditions and Regional Influences,” November 16


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