University and Student Events

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.

Summer 2014 - Introductory Intensive Georgian

This six-week course provides a comprehensive introduction to modern Georgian. Class time will emphasize basic communicative skills (reading, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking). Students will also become familiar with Georgian history and culture by working with authentic texts, audio and video, multimedia activities, and film screenings. After completing the course sequence, students will straddle the novice and intermediate proficiency levels in speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The University of Chicago is the only university in the U.S. to offer Georgian regularly.

Between Resistance and Compliance: The Ambivalent Bequest of the Theresienstadt "Ghetto" Films: Lecture by Natascha Drubek

This event will be on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5 PM in the Logan Center, Seminar Terrace 801. Natascha Drubek is Heisenberg Fellow at the University of Regensburg. She received her MA and PhD in Slavic Studies and History of Eastern Europe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat in Munich. Parallel to her university career she took up studying film at the Filmmuseum in Munich, where she also curated film series.

Winter Quarter Yiddish Tish

Join us in Cobb 500 (5811 S. Ellis) for the quarterly Yiddish kosher breakfast spread ("Tish") and share bagels, coffee and conversation with other Yiddish speakers from around the university. ALL Yiddish speakers, regardless of level, are encouraged to attend. Organized by Sunny Yudkoff, lecturer in Yiddish language, Dept. of Germanic Studies, and supported by the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. For information,

Chicago Language Symposium

The theme for this year's event is "Bridges to Everywhere: Language Learning Collaborations." The 2014 Symposium is being co-sponsored by these institutions: University of Chicago Language Center, the Council on Language Instruction and the Multimedia Learning Center at Northwestern University, the Sandi Port Errant Language and Culture Learning Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Department of Modern Languages at DePaul University, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (Big Ten), the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning and the University of Calif

Ensemble Allioni at the Folk Festival

Ensemble Alioni will run a workshop on Georgian polyphonic singing. This event will take place on Sat., Feb. 15 from 12:00-1:00, West Lounge of Ida Noyes. Workshop attendees will learn several traditional Georgian 3-part folk songs from the singers of Alioni, and learn about the cultural background of the songs. Be ready to sing!

Golosa at UChicago Folk Festival

Golosa is a Chicago-based choir dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich and multi-faced tradition of Russian folk singing. The Folk Festival is a two-day affair that consists of free daytime workshops and performances in Ida Noyes Hall, followed by ticketed concerts each evening in Mandel Hall. Golosa will be performing Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1:30 PM in the Third-Floor Theater of Ida Noyes Hall. More information can be found at

Central Europe Workshop - Alison Davis Talk

On Tuesday, February 11, in Cobb 119 at 4:30 Alison Davis, Divinity School, will present her paper "National Hermaphroditism in Bohemia and Moravia, 1939-1945." This is apart of the Central Europe workshop, which will have more upcoming events posted soon.

Teacher Appreciation Night

May is Teacher Appreciation Month! To express their appreciation, the Oriental Institute is hosting a reception and event for classroom teachers and school administrators. Meet staff from a wide range of K-12 education and outreach offices at the University of Chicago. Take this opportunity to explore the premier educational resources and research materials available to teachers at the University. Enjoy a thematic tour of the Museum and explore its world-class archaeological collection. This event will be on May 21, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7 PM.

OI Tour with Dr. Jack Green

Join Dr. Jack Green, Chief Curator of the Oriental Institute Museum, to tour the upcoming mini-exhibit of artwork by Michael Rakowitz, "The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist," and the ongoing exhibit "Catastrophe! Ten Years Later: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq's Past." Find out the importance of museum stewardship of antiquities from the Middle East. You will leave the tour inspired with ways that you and your students can help protect global cultural heritage. The event will be on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 4:00 PM. Space is limited.


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