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Opportunities at Crossroads Eurasia

Crossroads Eurasia offers university students internships in off-the-beaten-path cities in Russia such as Voronezh and Ryazan. Students can work as teachers, camp counselors, and translators for small local businesses. This organization provides them with in-country support, food and board, and a cultural program, all from US$150/week. Program alumni have gone on to win Boren and Fulbright scholarships and to intern at institutions such as the US Embassy in Moscow and the Russian Center for Policy Studies in St. Petersburg.

2014 Summer Research Lab in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Scholars are invited to apply to this Summer Research Lab to utilize the University Library’s resources on Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and/or to attend two workshops, as well as obtain assistance from the Librarian for the Middle East and North Africa and the staff of the International and Area Studies Library. This will take place from May 19 – August 8, 2014. To register, complete the online form and submit payment at http://go.illinois.edu/2014SummerResearchLabregister. Deadline to apply: April 15, 2014.

Cinema and Media Studies Conference

This conference is entitled "Silver Screen: Theories and Histories of Cinematic Color." Details forthcoming.

Lecture - Khotan and Beyond: Through the Lens of Secular Documents in Khotanese

Since the 1890s, a large number of secular manuscripts in Khotanese have been found in Khotan. These documents, highly prized for their historical value, also pose the greatest difficulty to us students of Khotanese, for we need both linguistic aptitude and historical background to understand them. However, we have made considerable progress since the last decade. In this talk, Harvard Ph.D. candidate Zhan Zhang will show the state of the art in interpreting these documents, which allow vivid glimpses into the society of Khotan.

Pulaski Day 2014

Celebrate Pulaski Day (Mar. 3) with the Polish Museum of America! The presence of distinguished leaders of national, state, county, and city government is anticipated, as well as leaders of Polonia. A short program of speakers will take place, concluding with an official wreath laying ceremony at the painting, Pulaski at Savannah, by Stefan Batowski. Admission is free. General Kazimierz (Casimir) Pulaski (b. Warsaw, Poland, March 6, 1745 - d.

"A Truly European Story: Lithuania in the Twenty-First-Century World"

This is a lecture by Dr. Leonidas Donskis, to be held on Mar. 3, 2014 at UIC. Dr. Donskis is a Member of the European Parliament (2009–2014) and has written and edited over thirty books combining political theory, history of ideas, philosophy of culture, and philosophy of literature. In 2004, the European Commission awarded him the title of Ambassador for Tolerance and Diversity in Lithuania. This lecture is part of the program celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Endowed Chair in Lithuanian Studies at UIC. Attached is an invitation, also to share with the CEERES community.

Conference: Living after the Fall(?): Past-Present in Southeastern Europe

In order to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the end of Communism, the American Research Center in Sofia will host a Conference: Living after the Fall(?): Past-Present in Southeastern Europe, which will take place June 12-13, 2014. The ARCS organizing committee seeks papers from across the humanities and social sciences that address this theme globally or locally, synchronically or diachronically. The conference seeks papers studying the history of Southeastern Europe broadly: from the earliest times to the present.

Procházka Funds

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures is soliciting applications for those interested in any area in Czech or Slovak Studies during Summer 2014 with the support of a fellowship from the Procházka Funds. All applicants must be graduate students. Priority will be given to graduate students in the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago.

Fifteenth Annual CESS Conference

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) invites panel and paper proposals for the Fifteenth Annual CESS Conference, October 23-26, 2014, in New York City. The event will be held at Columbia University, hosted by the Harriman Institute. Registration starts Thursday evening, October 23. Panels begin Friday morning, October 24, and continue through mid-day on Sunday, October 26. Panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia are welcome.

CESC Lecture

There will be a talk by Christine Gruber, titled "The Timurid Book of Ascension and its Relationship to Sino-Central Asian Buddhist Art." It will take place on March 7.

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