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Semiotics Workshop - Lecture By Owen Kohl

Anthropology Ph.D. student Owen Kohl will be presenting a lecture titled "The Stakes of Storytelling: Hip Hop Historiography and Narrating an Ex-YU Scene" at the Semiotics Workshop, on May 29th. More details to follow.

Workshop: Transnational Approaches to Modern Europe

Join the Transnational Approaches to Modern Europe workshop next week on Wednesday, April 2nd, to discuss Natalie Belsky’s dissertation chapter, “Childhoods Cut Short: Evacuated Soviet Youth at Sites of Resettlement and the Problem of Anti-Semitism.” The paper is now available on Chalk. The workshop will be held in the John Hope Franklin Room (Social Science 224) from 5:00-6:30pm, with refreshments following discussion. For more information, please visit http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/transnationaleurope/

REEI Summer Russian Scholarship

The Russian and East European Institute (REEI) of Indiana University announces the REEI Summer Russian Scholarship. The REEI Summer Russian Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who meet the following criteria: current enrollment in a full-time undergraduate degree program, current enrollment in a course of Russian language study at an institute of higher education, enrollment in a course of study in Russian at the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop in 2014 and have parents/guardians who have not received an education degree beyond a high school diploma or GED.

A Lecture by Branislav Radeljić

Branislav Radeljić will give a talk entitled “Europe and the Collapse of Yugoslavia: The Role of Non-State Actors and European Diplomacy.” Radeljić is an Associate Professor in International Politics at the University of East London and a Visiting Faculty Fellow for the Telluride Association and the Department of History at the University of Michigan. The talk will take place at the Franke Institute for the Humanities on April 7th at 4:30 PM. The event is co-sponsored by Slavic Colloquium and CEERES.

Taube Center's Educational Heritage Tours

The Taube Center in Warsaw has received a grant to organize and lead Educational Heritage Tours to Poland this summer. The heritage tour initiative is a program of outreach to Americans whose families emigrated from Poland. The innovative tours will immerse American students, of Polish and Polish Jewish heritage, in the complex and dynamic history of Poland. Two 11-day heritage trips will bring students to Warszaw, the Bieszczady Mountains and Krakow. Applications from undergraduate and graduate students are welcome.

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot - An Author Night with Masha Gessen

This discussion of author Masha Gessen's acclaimed book about the Russian activist group Pussy Riot will take place on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at the Lecture Hall of the Harris School of Public Policy. Her book, Words Will Break Cement, tells "the heroic story of Pussy Riot, the activist group who resurrected the power of truth in a society built on lies." Gessen is a journalist who has written for Slate, the New Republic, the New York Times and other publications.

Sarajevo 1914-2014 Program on War and Peace

The Balkan Institute and the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations are organizing the Sarajevo 1914-2014 Academic Summer Program on War and Peace from June 16-28. The program will commemorate the centenary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that took place in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, and explore a myriad of issues associated with the century of regional and global conflicts spawned by this event. Featuring prominent scholars and practitioners, the programe will seek to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Spring Festival

The 49th Anniversary Spring Festival features workshops, a concert, parties, and culture sessions emphasizing the dance and music of Eastern Europe and Mediterranean. The events will be held in International House (1414 East 59th Street) from March 28th to 30th. The festival is co-sponsored by University of Chicago International House, Center for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES), and the Ensemble Balkanske Igre. Information and reservations are available at ihouse.uchicago.edu or at 847-858-9822.

What’s Next for Afghanistan? at the Institute of Politics

This event is a talk by former U.S Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann; sponsored by the Institute of Politics, it will take place on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM. Neumann currently serves as the president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, a Washington, DC-based think tank. He is also the author of The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan, a book exploring political and military issues of Afghanistan.

CEERES & The Seminary Co-op Present Two Bulgarian Authors: Virginia Zaharieva & Albena Stambolova

Readings by two Bulgarian authors - Virginia Zaharieva and Albena Stambolova - will take place at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore on Friday, April 18th at 6 PM. This event is co-sponsored by CEERES. What follows is some information about both writers: Virginia Zaharieva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1959. Her novel "Nine Rabbits" is among the most celebrated Bulgarian books to appear over the past two decades and the first of Zaharieva's work made available in North America.


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