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Lecturer and Language Assistants positions 2011-2012, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Application Deadline April 29





DEADLINE: Friday, April 29, 2011

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is soliciting applications
for the following positions in the 2011-2012 Slavic Languages and Literatures program.
All positions are dependent on availability of funds, final budgetary approval, and sufficient enrollments.


Russian: Elementary Russian, Russian through Pushkin, 2nd-Year Russian, Russian through Literary Readings, Russian for Heritage Learners, Russian Culture (see NOTE)
Czech: Elementary Czech, Intermediate Czech

Language Assistants

Russian: Elementary Russian, Russian through Pushkin, 2nd-Year Russian, Russian through Literary Readings,
3rd-Year Russian, 4th-Year Russian, Advanced Russian

Polish: Elementary, Intermediate
Czech: Elementary, Intermediate
Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced


Applicants for all positions should have completed the course ‘Teaching in Slavic Languages & Literatures’ (SLAV 31500) or equivalent training in language pedagogy.
Applicants for lectureships are normally expected to have served previously as language assistants or course assistants.

Those interested in any of these positions should submit: 

1) a completed application form (attached) and 2) a current CV to:

“Teaching Positions”
c/o Dr. Steven Clancy
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (Foster 406)

Electronic submissions may be made by email to <>.

NOTE: Applicants for the Russian Culture (RUSS 244) course should note the following:
1) this course is taught by a team of two graduate student co-lecturers,
2) applicant teams should submit a course proposal and syllabus with their application,
3) this is a one quarter course that can be offered Aut, Win, or Spr; and
4) applicant teams should consult with Prof. Robert Bird or Prof. Malynne Sternstein before applying.

Application forms available in Foster 406 and here: slavicteaching2011(fill-in)


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Funding: Jewish Studies UChicago Undergraduate Essay Prize, The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, Deadline May 2

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies Undergraduate Essay Prize

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce its second essay prize competition for essays on any topic relating to Jewish Studies, including (but not restricted to) the study of Judaic history, culture, thought, classical and modern texts, and languages.

This year the Center will award two prizes, each of $500.  One prize will be awarded for the best essay related to Jewish Studies written for a course.  The essay need not have been written for a course in Jewish Studies or for a course taught by a faculty member in Jewish Studies.  A second prize will be awarded for the best B.A. Essay on a topic related to Jewish Studies.

Eligibility: The essay prize competition is open to all students currently registered in the College of the University of Chicago.

Application: Essays should be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday, May 2, 2011 to Christina Heisser (Tel: 773-702-7108), Walker 109, 1115 E. 58th St. Chicago IL 60637. Applicants should submit both paper and electronic copies of their essays. Paper copies may be mailed or dropped off; electronic copies should be e-mailed as Word attachments to


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University of Chicago CAPS Graduate Student Externship Program, Application Deadline February 25

CAPS Graduate Student Externship Program

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Graduate Student Externships are a chance for Master’s and PhD students in the Biological Sciences, Divinity School, Humanities, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences to shadow a graduate alum at their place of work. These externships give students an opportunity to meet advanced degree alumni and get a sense of the kind of stimulating and rewarding career paths that exist outside of academe.  The emphasis of the program is exploratory.  Students are encouraged to apply to any externship that interests them, even if they have no prior experience in that industry. All that is required is a strong interest in learning more about working in that field.

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Benefits of the Program

Meet Alumni Who Pursued a Career Outside of Academe

Externs will have the chance to talk with their host about the following:

  • How did they decide to pursue a post-academic career?
  • How did they make the transition from academia to the “real world”?
  • How did they frame their skills and knowledge to prospective employers?
  • What are the employment options for a newly-minted MA, MS, or PhD in that career field?
  • What kind of career trajectories exist for advanced degree graduates in that field?
  • How can students use their time remaining in graduate school to prepare for employment in that field?
Learn About a Post-Academic Career Field

There are many employment options open to individuals with academic graduate degrees.  This is your chance to learn about some of them and to get an inside look at what the day-to-day work life is like in a career field that interests you.


Meeting and talking with people in your prospective career field is a crucial part of any job search process, especially when changing career tracks. This externship gives students a chance to meet someone with a similar educational background who has experience working in the student’s desired industry.

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Available Externships

Externships are located in Chicago or the surrounding area and take place over Spring Break or in the Summer Quarter.  Additional information about each opportunity is posted on Chicago Career Connection.  Note: Opportunities for Biological and Physical Sciences will be available in late February.

Humanities and Divinity

  • Aon Corporation
  • Aurora University
  • Cook County Circuit Court
  • Doculabs
  • Hyde Park Art Center
  • The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
  • Morningstar, Inc.
  • NeighborSpace
  • Open Books
  • Project on Civic Reflection
  • Soliant Consulting
  • Story Club
  • TimeOut Chicago

Social Sciences

  • Conifer Research
  • Chapin Hall Center for Children
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Chicago Metropolis 2020
  • DMI
  • Ernst & Young
  • Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • MacArthur Foundation, Program on Community and Economic Development
  • The Ounce of Prevention Fund
  • Prevent Blindness America
  • Project Exploration
  • University HealthSystem Consortium
  • US EPA
  • US GSA, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings

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To apply for a CAPS Grad Externship, you need to log in to Chicago Career Connection.  Instructions can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Sevener at

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Conference: Historical Poetics: Past, Present and Future, May 20-21

May 20-21st

Historical Poetics: Past, Present and Future


This spring CEERES will co-sponsor the conference “Historical Poetics: Past, Present and Future.” Organized by Profs. Boris Maslov (UofC), Lina Steiner (UofC) and Michael Kunichika (NYU), the conference is intended as a forum in which to reflect upon the methodological potential of Historical Poetics in the wake of New Historicism.

Since the mid-1980s, the intersections of history and the arts have provided a focal point for much exciting work in the Humanities, often identified with New Historicism. At a time of the sustained deployment of historical approaches to the study of the arts, our conference will seek to supplement the new-historicist emphasis on the proximate sociocultural and political context with attention to phenomena that belong to the longue durée of literary history and history of art, such as the formation and evolution of devices, genres, styles, artistic systems and literary fields.

These issues lie at the center of Historical Poetics – an approach to literary history and the history of culture pioneered by Alexander Veselovsky (1838-1906) that has supplied the theoretical basis for the work of major 20th c. Russian literary theorists and historians, including Viktor Shklovsky, Mikhail Bakhtin, Olga Freidenberg, and Mikhail  L. Gasparov.

In particular, the symposium will consider several theoretical hypotheses: that literary form is often central to maintaining and disseminating cultural meaning in space and time; that literary-historical inquiry contains a possible synthesis for contextualist approaches and those which are predicated on the immanence of literary phenomena; and lastly, that a historically grounded theoretical approach to literary praxis may productively engage with a set of questions which other methods (such as aesthetics, Marxism, and psychoanalysis) have sought to answer in universalist terms.

The conference will take place at the University of Chicago, from May 20-21, 2011. For more details please see the conference website:

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