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Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European, and Central Asian Languages, Indiana University

Intensive language training has been offered at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since 1950. The Summer Workshop provides up to 200 participants in Slavic, East European and Central Asian languages the opportunity to complete a full year of college language instruction during an eight-week summer session.

Utilizing the resources of Indiana University’s own specialists as well as native speakers from other universities and abroad, the Summer Workshop has developed and maintained a national program of the highest quality. Allowing all participants to pay in-state tuition fees, the program has as its goal the enhancement of speaking, reading, listening and writing skills through classroom instruction and a full range of extra-curricular activities. Fellowships and funding are available.

Please visit the Program’s website for more information.

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2011 Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes

2011 Summer Institutes

Summer Institute

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its 2011 Summer Teacher Institutes in Washington, D.C. The five-day institutes will provide educators with the tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into classroom teaching.

In the institutes, Library of Congress education specialists will instruct participants in the best practices for using primary sources in the K-12 classroom, while helping them explore some of the millions of digitized primary sources available on the Library’s Web site. All sessions will expose participants to a wide variety of primary sources from the Library’s collections. Session 4, July 11-15, 2011, will focus specifically on the use of Civil War primary sources. Participants will be able to work with teachers from around the country to explore methods for effectively integrating primary sources into classroom activities.

After participating in the Summer Teacher Institutes, participants will:

  • Know how to access primary sources from the Library of Congress.
  • Become skilled at analyzing primary sources of different formats.
  • Learn various teaching strategies for using primary sources in the classroom.
  • Be able to successfully facilitate a primary source-based activity with students.
  • Gain knowledge of how to use primary sources to enable students to be engaged, think critically and construct knowledge.
  • Develop a Primary Source Project Plan that will be implemented in the participant’s instructional setting.

As follow up to the Summer Teacher Institutes, participants will:

  • Continue work on their Primary Source Project and share their results with Library staff.
  • Implement a Primary Source Project Plan in the participant’s instructional setting.
  • Have the option of obtaining 3 graduate credits (for a fee) from George Mason University for completing all Summer Teacher Institute requirements.

Sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • Session 1 – May 23-27, 2011
  • Session 2 – June 6-10, 2011
  • Session 3 – June 13-17, 2011
  • Session 4 – July 11-15, 2011 (Civil War Focus)*
  • Session 5 – July 18-22, 2011
  • Session 6 – August 1-5, 2011
  • Session 7 – August 8-12, 2011

Application Deadline: February 4, 2011

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Russian Strategic Language Initiative Program, California State University

EXTENDED DEADLINE: March 25th, 2011

Russian Language Immersion Program at CSUN


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UPDATED: Follow up message from the program organizers.

This program is part of the federally funded Strategic Language Initiative (SLI). SLI aims to bolster U.S. national security by expanding foreign language education in this country, especially in the critically needed languages of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian. The Russian Language Immersion Program at CSUN is a component of the Southern California Consortium of California State Universities for the Strategic Language Initiative.

The SLI Language Program Model

The SLI Language Program Model includes three language development phases for each cohort of participants to move from low or mid-intermediate proficiency level to high intermediate or low-advanced level:


Summer Language Immersion:

A 6-week residential or extended day program that integrates language and culture courses of study.  The program is open to students from any CSU campus or local community college who meet our admission criteria.  Students receive in-class language instruction in the mornings and participate in cultural activities in the target language in the afternoons.  The program includes language instruction, group activities, projects, online and individualized learning, guest lectures and field trips. Students also have access to a body of specialized language materials including target language websites, video/DVD documentaries, newspapers, magazines and other relevant and contemporary reading materials

MCj03035810000[1]Academic Year Individualized Language Study:

During the 10-month academic year, SLI participants continue to engage in language development activities, including face-to-face, mentoring, tutorial, and online coursework.  All learning activities are designed to further advance language proficiency and to connect each student’s language learning with the content in his or her academic discipline via authentic written material and oral interaction. Faculty members from the student’s discipline, with native language skills may serve as mentors during the academic year.  On-line language materials, organized and matched to the student’s abilities and academic needs, provide the majority of the reading and writing assignments. In addition to meetings with the mentor, periodic face-to-face intensive colloquia ensure oral proficiency development. Consistent tracking of student progress and feedback is provided via weekly and monthly activity logs and reports.

j0293234Summer Study Abroad Immersion:

SLI students who reach at least mid-intermediate level of the target language participate in a study abroad program designed to further advance students’ language proficiency and broaden their cross-cultural experience.   Students are obliged to use the target language at all times. SLI study abroad students design an independent field study project that will provide them with an in-depth experience in the host country and its culture, beyond the experience at the university and on excursions.  The project should relate to students’ field of study and future professional goals. Upon return, each student will make a formal presentation of the portfolio or report in the target language.

2011 Summer Russian Language Immersion Residential Program

Red Plaza, Moscow, Russia

Level of Proficiency:

Low Intermediate to High Intermediate, to Advanced


Campus of California State University, Northridge


May – July, 2011


Must be a heritage or non-heritage non-native speaker. There will be a screening test before selecting the participants, who will be expected to achieve Intermediate fluency level at the end of the Summer Program. Priority is given to current CSU students followed by those from California community colleges and Universities of California. Selected participants must commit to fully apply themselves to the goals of the program and to follow it to completion.

Church of Blessed Virgin, Moscow, Russia

Number of Students Accepted:


Application Deadline:

March 1, 2010

Download application: Adobe Acrobat

For more information contact:

Professor Dina Mokhnatkina
Phone: 818-677-3593


California State University Northridge
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8247

For more information about the Strategic Language Initiative at California State University, go to:

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Summer Research Laboratory 2011, UIUC

Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

Summer Research Lab: 13 June – 5 August 2011

The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia (SRL) is open to all REEE scholars for eight weeks, from 13 June to 5 August. The SRL provides scholars:

  • access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic and East European Library
  • an opportunity to seek advice from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS), and
  • specialized workshops for graduate students and junior scholars.

During the first four weeks of the Lab, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center also organizes conferences, evening films, noontime speakers, and social events for Lab associates.

For graduate students, it provides an opportunity to conduct research prior to going abroad for dissertation research or as they are working on their dissertation.

SRL Programming Dates: 13 June to 30 June

For programming information, click on Lab Programs

Research-Only Dates: 1 July to 5 August

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Application Procedures

All applicants are required to submit an on-line application and clearly stated policy relevant proposal. Limited funding is available for international applicants; applicants seeking funding for a research workshop or research practicum must be U.S. citizens. Additional funding is available for permanent residents.

The SRL application can be found here.

Eligibility Criteria

Limited funding is available for international applicants; applicants seeking funding for a research workshop or research practicum must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. All applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Faculty or graduate students at a university or college.
  • Individuals with a PhD doing research on the region.
  • Credentialed independent scholars.
  • Individuals working in an area of government, NGO, or business related to the region.
  • Librarians specializing in the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian field.

A variety of other events and conferences are held in conjunction with the SRL:


This summer we will host two interdisciplinary research workshops for junior scholars.  Though the structure of the workshops is the choice of the individual workshop leader, participating scholars usually provide papers which are then critiqued by other participants.  The purpose of the workshops is to share interdisciplinary knowledge and sources on the regions, network with scholars of different fields, and hone current research.  In addition, participants receive an orientation to the SRS (Slavic Reference Service) and the Slavic and East European Library. Since the JSTW is an all-day event, participants are highly encouraged to apply for additional housing beyond the term of the workshop in order to conduct research in the UIUC Library.

Central Asian Sovereignty in the Face of Massive Economic Dislocation:Globalization, Labor Migration and Other Discontents

June 13-15, 2011

Moderator:  Russell Zanca, Ph.D., Northeastern Illinois University, Anthropology

When the U.S.S.R. disbanded, many western scholars reasoned that Central Asian countries would be well united and form a kind of economic development bloc that would enable the growth of prosperous states based on shared history, education, language, religion, and culture. Little of this reasoning has come to pass. Antagonism is strong, and prosperity seems more than limited for most citizens. One of the major globalizing elements in contemporary Central Asian society is labor migration to Russia, Europe, Asia and North America. While migration has proven beneficial for millions of people in myriad ways, it also has upset social relations and caused resentment between governments and citizens.

In bringing together young scholars who are cognizant of and interested in this main globalizing dynamic in Central Asia, participants will examine the question of why Central Asia has traveled down this road, and what innovations or mechanisms will need to arise or be put in place so that failing state models don’t characterize the Central Asian states in the future. Dr. Russell Zanca, Professor of Anthropology and Central Asia Specialist, Northeastern Illinois University, will be moderating the workshop.

Sources will include scholarship, institutional reports, and analytical journalism focusing on labor migration, weak and failed states, foreign aid/advice programs, international disputes, state resources management, attempts to strengthen alliances, and inter-ethnic conflict.

Space and Circulation in Russian and Eurasian Studies

June 13-15, 2011

Moderators: John Randolph, Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, History and Kelly O’Neill, Ph.D. Harvard University, History

This workshop will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are interested in using the analysis of spatial relationships—and of the circulation of people, things and information across our geography—to discover and interpret important problems in Russian and Eurasian studies.  We will consider such topics as the potential meaning of recent literatures on space and mobility for our discipline; the variety of tools (such as Geographical Information Systems, or GIS) that scholars are using to analyze spaces and the relationships that cross them; and the question of how to frame and visualize research, in terms of space and circulation, to maximum effect. Dr. John Randolph, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. Kelly O’Neill, Assistant Professor of History, Harvard University, will be co-moderating this workshop.

The workshop will build from a short selection of readings and web-based materials, as a basis for common discussion.  It will then revolve around presentation of participants’ ongoing research projects, focusing on the role of space and systems of circulation within them.  The moderators, who are currently working on projects imagining what GIS can tell us about the making of the Early Russian Empire, will present examples from their work. Participants will have time to consult with GIS experts at the University of Illinois Scholarly Commons; to work in the University’s famed Slavic Collections; and to attend a number of concurrent workshops and symposia, as part of the University’s Summer Lab.

2011 Ralph and Ruth Fisher Forum: June 27-28, 2011

The 2011 Fisher Forum will be held in conjunction with the 2011 SRL.  This year’s Forum is entitled“Finding a Place in the Soviet Empire: Cultural Production and the Friendship of Nations,” a free and public conference, will take place June 27-28, 2011 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The symposium brings together leading scholars from Russia, Canada, the UK, and the US, with expertise in a variety of disciplines (including history, literature, cinema, linguistics, and anthropology), who will explore the problem of empire, subjectivity, and cultural production in the Soviet Union. The conference will focus on: the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of national cultures developed in the new socialist society of the 1920s and 30s, language planning, the subsequent creation of national cultural heroes, the relation between emerging models of Soviet subjectivity and national identity, the institutions and institutional practices that provided the framework for the production, translation, and transmission of national literatures and cultures, the Soviet vision of world literature, and its translation into Russian, the impact of the Second World War on the development of Soviet and national cultures and subjectivities, the tension between Soviet and national histories and memories, late and post-Soviet consequences of policies and practices that were initiated in the 20s and 30s, and the role of post-colonial theory and other critical models in analyzing Soviet cultural practices and policies. Papers should address broad questions from a theoretically sophisticated perspective, but should also focus on a specific set of literary/cultural formations and subjectivities. Comparative analysis is most welcome, as well as work that situates Yiddish in the broad context of the friendship of nations. The co-conveners are Gennady Estriakh, Professor of Jewish Studies at NYU and Harriet Muray from UIUC.

Individualized Research Practicum

Slavic Reference Service

The SRS librarians are phenomenally well-versed in the reference sources of the region.  SRL scholars who are graduate students are highly encouraged to apply for an Individualized Research Practicum.  SRS staff will develop a personalized, project-based program for each participant covering electronic tools and software, print and electronic bibliographic resources and databases, archival sources, vernacular-language search techniques, vernacular keyboard options, vernacular full-text resources, and as needed, online consultations with information specialists located in Eurasia and Eastern Europe.  The practicum is also a wonderful way to learn of research resources available in a REEE country before travelling to that country.

In order to maximize the worth of the practicum, applicants are encouraged to contact the SRS before attending.  Scholars are asked to share the extent of research already accomplished, an abstract of their project, whether they have travelled to the region, and any other relevant information.

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Baltic Studies Summer Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Baltic Studies Summer Institute at UW-Madison

The application for the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) is now live! Program dates: June 13-August 5, 2011. Instruction in first- and second-year Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian will be offered. BALSSI 2011 will also include lectures (in English) on Baltic history and culture and a rich program of cultural events and field trips related to the Baltic countries.

Information and application materials are available on the BALSSI Web site:

The priority deadline for admission and the fee remission grant is April 11, 2011.
Application deadline for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships at UW-Madison is February 15, 2011. More information on FLAS at UW-Madison can be found at:

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Czech Language Classes in Summer 2011, UCLA

Letní škola českých studií v Kalifornii

Intensive Introductory or Intermediate Czech at UCLA

Six-week courses: June 20–July 29, 2011

Each course will be the credit equivalent of two semesters of instruction.

Classes will meet Monday to Friday, 9am to 2pm.

Both courses will emphasize practical skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Films, music, speakers, and Czech cultural activities will be an essential part of the learning experience.

As an ACLS-sponsored program, there is no tuition for graduate students in related fields!

For more information, see UCLA’s Summer Program website.

Summer School of Czech Studies in California

Intensive Intermediate Czech
Dr. David Danaher, University of Wisconsin-Madison

David first visited the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia) months after the 1989 Velvet Revolution and has been studying and teaching Czech ever since.

We will use L. Holá’s Step by Step 2 as our textbook and will work in detail with Miloš Forman’s acclaimed film Lásky jedné plavovlásky (Loves of a Blonde).

Visit David’s website for Czech-related materials or email him at pes “at”

Intensive Introductory Czech
Dr. Susan Kresin, UCLA

Susan teaches Czech at UCLA.  As the textbook for the introductory course, we will be using Čeština hrou (Czech for Fun), which she co-authored with Ilona Kořánová, Hope Subak-Kašpar, and Filip Kašpar.

Visit UCLA’s website for Czech studies or email Susan at kresin “at”

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