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Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW), University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, June 13 – August 6

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with theCenter for South Asian and Middle Eastern StudiesCenter for African StudiesCIBERCenter for Global StudiesEuropean Union Center and REEEC is pleased to host the 3rd Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World in summer 2011 (June 13 – August 6, 2011). 

SILMW will offer intensive courses in a variety of Muslim world languages, including Arabic, Arabic-English Translation, Bamana/Bambara, Bosnian/Serbian/Croat/Montenegran, Pashto, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu and Wolof.

SILMW provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World and interact with experts in this region. In addition to classroom instruction, SILMW will offer a variety of extracurricular activities designed to enhance classroom instruction, provide additional channels for language contact and practice, and expose learners to the traditions of the Muslim World communities. These extracurricular activities include research forums, picnics, conversation tables, cooking classes, music & dance performances, movie screenings, field trips, lectures and other cultural activities.

The SILMW is being organized by a committee consists of Drs. Eyamba Bokamba (Director),Peyman Nojoumian (Associate Director), Rakesh BhattJames YoonErcan BalciMargaret Njeru, and Eman Saadah from the Department of Linguistics.

The deadline for sending applications has been extended to April 30, 2011. Please access Online Application here.

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Conference: Shostakovich Symposium “The Quartets in Context,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 21-22

Shostakovich Symposium

Monday-Tuesday, February 21-22, 2011

Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana)

Leading scholars of Russian music will speak on Dmitry Shostakovich and the string quartets performed by the Pacifica Quartet throughout the Krannert Center season. A keynote address will be given by Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley) at Krannert Center prior to the Pacifica Quartet performance on February 22. All talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact

Highlights of the symposium include:

February 21 Afternoon keynote address by Simon Morrison, Princeton University
Evening keynote address by Laurel Fay, independent scholar

February 22 Pre-concert talk by Richard Taruskin, University of California, Berkeley

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Krannert Center; the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; the European Union Center; the Department of German Languages and Literatures; the Program on Jewish Culture and Society; the Program in Comparative and World Literature; and the School of Music.

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