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Armenian Circle – “In search of the footprints of “one little girl” or St. Hripsime in Armenia”, October 12

You are cordially invited to the first Armenian Circle of the year featuring: Hripsime Haroutunian “In search of the footprints of “one little girl” or St. Hripsime in Armenia” (an informal presentation in English). Tuesday, October 12, 6:00pm (Cobb 218)

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Education in Afghanistan Talk Co-Sponsored by the Center for International Studies, November 16

When: Tuesday, November 16, 1:30pm
Where: Foster Hall, Room 103 (1130 E 59th Street, Chicago)

Sadiqa Basiri Saleem will be discussing her efforts to raise awareness about the rights of Afghan women and girls to education, healthcare, and civic participation. Ms. Saleem is a powerful and articulate advocate for change in Afghanistan. She is co-founder and board member of the Oruj Learning Center in Afghanistan.The Center was established to provide primary school education in remote provinces of Afghanistan that previously lacked schools entirely. Since 2002, Oruj has worked to establish six girls’ schools in rural provinces of Afghanistan. Building on the success of its primary education efforts, Oruj has expanded its mission to provide complementary social and advocacy services. The Center also provides legal assistance and counseling to victims of family violence. Since July 2009, Ms. Saleem has served as a professional development centers manager for USAID’s Higher Education Project in Afghanistan, while continuing her work with Oruj.

In recognition of her significant contributions to education and women and girls’ empowerment in Afghanistan, Ms. Saleem has received several distinguished awards. In March 2009, she was honored with Vital Voices’ Rising Voices Award. Shortly thereafter, she was honored with the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award to support her efforts on behalf of primary education in Afghanistan. She was honored with the Diane Von Furstenberg Award in March 2010, with an accompanying $50,000 grant to establish the first women’s leadership schools in Afghanistan. And most recently, Ms. Saleem has been named the 2010 Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellow.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is cosponsored by the Center for International Studies, Southern Asia at Chicago, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Gender Studies, and the Committee on International Relations.

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Assistant Director for Programs at The Center for International Studies at The University of Chicago

The following message comes to CEERES from our friends at The University of Chicago’s Center for International Studies:

Position Description

Assistant Director for Programs (CIS)

Standard Summary
Plans and executes logistics (e.g., facility selection, menu planning, transportation arrangements, and audio/visual equipment) for organization meetings and special events. Negotiates contracts with vendors and coordinates vendor services to ensure that meeting and event needs are met. May oversee and coordinate the work of an events staff. Manages event budgets. Develops a communications plan for events. Frequently assists in developing event programming. May train and oversee the work of other special event staff members.

About the Unit
Created in 1968, the Center for International Studies (CIS) sponsors and coordinates a wide variety of activities related to research, teaching, curriculum, and public outreach on global and international topics. The Center hosts the Program on the Global Environment and the undergraduate International Studies Program.

Unit Job Summary
The Assistant Director for Programs (AD) is primarily responsible for the organization and planning of the Center’s public and scholarly events, including lectures, conferences, public outreach presentations, and workshops; and coordinating with other units of the University through planning and facilitating joint programs. The AD manages the Center’s finances. Assists the CIS Director with fund-raising and developing grant proposals which includes communicating with University of Chicago Development Office. The AD is expected to participate in long-term strategic planning for the Center and its constituent programs. Supervises the Center’s administrator and collaborates with the communications coordinator.

Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s degree preferred.

A minimum of two years of relevant experience required.
Experience in public education programs required.
Experience with fund raising and/or grant writing required.
Experience working at a large research university or knowledge of the University of Chicago preferred.
Demonstrated expertise in developing outreach and public education initiatives preferred.

Familiarity with international and/or area studies required.
Competence using Microsoft Access, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and various web applications required.
Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and complete independent projects required.

The position posting can be found at:

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“Linguistic Terrains: Landscapes and Socioscapes,” 12th Annual Michicagoan Linguistic Anthropology Conference, May 14-15

Linguistic Terrains: Landscapes and Socioscapes
The 12th Annual University of Michigan – University of Chicago
Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology

The University of Chicago, May 14th and 15th, 2010

Gordon Center for Integrative Science
929 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Room W301/303

Keynote speech: Friday, May 14th, 6:00 PM
John Singler, Professor of Linguistics, NYU
“Keeping Pace with Space: The Creation and Negotiation of Stigmatized Linguistic Elements”
A crucial element of the social use of language involves the creation and negotiation of stigma, ranging in scope from the single shibboleth to the wholly stigmatized dialect. The present paper assumes that the assignment of stigma to linguistic elements arises from social motivation, but it then examines the specifically linguistic properties of stigmatized elements. It addresses a chain of linked questions, including the following:
• How much control do speakers exert over their production of stigmatized speech?
• Are there linguistic constraints on the creation of stigmatized forms? That is, are there elements of language that are likely candidates for stigma and elements which are not?
• What role, if any, does stigma play in linguistic change?

The focus of the paper is the individual as well as society, and it considers matters of agency, appropriation, and speaker awareness (while incorporating identity, ideology, and indexicality). Evidence is drawn primarily from pidgins and creoles but also from dialects of American English.

Please see the website ( for the conference schedule! (Directions to the conference venue will be added to the website shortly.)

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Language Symposium 2010: Best Practices in Language Instruction, Univ. of Chicago, April 16-17

The Center for the Study of Languages in the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago
together with The Council on Language Instruction and The Multimedia Learning Center at Northwestern University and The Sandi Port Errant Language and Culture Learning Center

Language Symposium 2010: Best Practices in Language Instruction
April 16-17, 2010
at the University of Chicago, Hyde Park Campus, Center for the Study of Languages

Join us on Friday evening for an opening keynote address and dinner.

Motivated Students = Skilled Communicators
Donna L. Clementi, Director of Education & Research
Concordia Language Villages, Moorhead, Minnesota
Saturday’s program features 10 presentations in morning and
afternoon sessions.
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For more information visit:
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Questions? Contact:
Catherine Baumann <>
The Early Registration deadline is April 2, 2010. Please make checks payable to: Center for the Study of Languages.
Credit/Debit card payments cannot be accepted. Your registration will be confirmed via e-mail. If you have any questions about your registration, please contact: Steven Clancy

The CSL will cover the pre-registration fee for graduate students who register by the Early Registration deadline of April 2, 2010. All those registering after the deadline will be responsible for their own registration fees and should make checks payable to: Center for the Study of Languages. Credit/Debit card payments cannot be accepted. Your registration will be confirmed via e-mail. If you have any questions about your registration, please contact: Steven Clancy <>.

Symposium Schedule of Events
All events: Center for the Study of Languages
Cobb Hall, 2nd Floor, 5811 South Ellis Avenue
Friday, April 16
5:00 PM Facility Tours, Center for the
Study of Languages
5:30 PM Registration and Wine Reception)
6:30 PM Keynote Address (CSL)
8:00 PM Catered Dinner (CSL)
Saturday, April 17
8:30AM-9:00AM Registration and Breakfast
9:00AM-10:30AM Session One
10:30AM-11:00AM Break
11:00PM-12:30PM Session Two
12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch
1:30PM-3:30 PM Session Three
3:00PM-4:30 PM Closing Reception

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Call for Proposals: The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society, Deadline: April 30

Call for Proposals:

The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society
University of Chicago
29-31 October 2010

The purpose of the Slavic Linguistic Society is to create a community of students and scholars interested in Slavic linguistics in its broadest sense, that is, the systematic and scholarly study of the Slavic languages and the contacts of Slavic with non-Slavic languages. The Society aspires to be as open and inclusive as possible; no school, framework, approach, or theory is presupposed, nor is there any restriction in terms of geography, academic affiliation or status.

Papers dealing with any aspect of Slavic linguistics as understood above and within any framework are appropriate including sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, language acquisition, etc.. The only restriction is that all papers should address an issue pertaining to Slavic linguistics as defined above. We encourage everyone to participate and ask you to share this announcement with as many colleagues and students as possible. In view of the openness of our orientation, all papers are expected to be readily intelligible to other scholars, regardless of theoretical orientation.

-500 word maximum
-2 page maximum (the second page may be used for tables, figures and references)
-Word doc or PDF format
-Place the title at the top of the first page; do not include your name, institution, or any identifying information on the abstract



We are also pleased to announce a special workshop on contact linguistics & Slavic languages in connection with the conference:


Jouko Lindstedt (Professor of Slavonic Philology, Department of Modern Languages, University of Helsinki)
Aleksandr Rusakov (Professor, Department of General Linguistics, University of St. Petersburg & Researcher in Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences)

We invite paper proposals on all aspects of contact and Slavic, diachronic and synchronic, including such topics as
contact and the development of the Slavic languages, contact between different Slavic languages, and contact between Slavic and non-Slavic languages. [Note: if you have already submitted an abstract and wish to have it considered for the workshop, please send a message to us at]


For millennia, speakers of Slavic languages have expanded over a considerable territory, coming into contact with speakers of other languages, both Slavic and non-Slavic. These contacts have left their imprint on the Slavic languages and have played important roles in their differentiation over time. By the same token, many of the Slavic languages have had a significant impact on the other languages they have come in contact with. The introduction of writing in the late first millennium brought yet another vehicle for contact influences, in particular from Greek in the early period, but continuing as a vehicle for change with the development of the literary traditions of the different Slavic languages.
The range and extent of contact-induced phenomena vary according to time and language and are often difficult to assess. Cases of lexical borrowing are generally clear, in terms of what is the source and what is the target, but in other areas of potential contact-induced change, it can be difficult if not impossible, to prove without question that a given phenomenon or feature is the result of contact and not independent innovation or shared inheritance. This is perhaps
particularly true for the impact of one Slavic variety upon the other, where the genetic and typological properties of
both are extremely close to one another. Additional ambiguities are introduced by the fact that some important contact phenomena occurred during the prehistoric period.***

The organizing committee:
Victor Friedman
Yaroslav Gorbachov
Lenore Grenoble

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FLAS Fellowship (FLAS Workshop on January 7)

FLAS Fellowship

Don’t miss the FLAS Workshop on January 7, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. in the Reynolds Club South Lounge (5706 S University Ave, 2nd floor).

Award Overview
The Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (also known as FLAS or Title VI) is an award for students concentrating in modern foreign language and international or area studies. Institutions have to make a competitive application to the US Dept. of Education for funding in the world areas in which they want to offer languages. Thus, languages offered vary from one institution to another.

The U of C has applied for the following languages in 5 world areas. No FLAS awards in these languages can be guaranteed until funding notification from the Department of Education in early to mid Spring.

  • EAST ASIA (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)
  • EAST EUROPE (Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian BCS, Czech, Kazakh, Polish, Russian, Uzbek)
  • LATIN AMERICA (Portuguese, others)
  • MIDDLE EAST (Arabic, Hebrew, Perisan, Turkish)
  • SOUTH ASIA (Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, Urdu)

There are two FLAS Fellowships available at the University of Chicago: academic-year and summer.

For more information, please visit:

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Fulbright/mtvU Award Competition Reopened, UChicago Deadline: February 9

Fulbright/mtvU Award Competition Reopened

The Fulbright/mtvU competition has been reopened.  Graduate students’ applications must be submitted by the UChicago internal deadline of FEBRUARY 9 at 4:00 p.m. in order to be reviewed and processed by Chicago’s Fulbright Program Advisor, Brooke Noonan, Graduate Student Affairs, before the agency’s deadline of March 1.  Students who are interested in applying should review the following criteria and contact Brooke Noonan right away for one-on-one advising:

  • WHO?  U.S. citizens
  • WHAT?  Supports research around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression and mutual understanding
  • WHEN? 9-12 mos of research, beginning no sooner than July 2010 and no later than March 2011 (generally)
  • WHERE?  Almost any country with a U.S. diplomatic presence (see “Participating Countries” at
  • WHY?  Dissertation research, independent project, coursework
  • HOW?  Apply through UChicago’s Fulbright Program Advisor, Brooke Noonan whom you can contact at for details on the application which includes:
    • Project statement (1-2 pp)
    • Personal statement (1 p)
    • Letters of academic reference (x3)
    • Foreign Language evaluation (if relevant)
    • Official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
    • Letters of affiliation/invitation from host country

NOTE: students who have already submitted an application for the Fulbright IIE U.S. Student Program are ineligible to apply for the mtvU Award.

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