An Afternoon with Lev Rubinstein

One of the most visible Moscow Conceptualists, Lev Rubinstein is a central figure in contemporary Russian art and literature, notably as an avant-garde poet. Rubinstein has also emerged in the last few years as a leading voice in the political opposition to Vladimir Putin's ruling party. A discussion with him will take place at 3 P.M. on November 18th in Foster 103.

Lessons from Emerging Democracies: A Conversation with the Croatian and Lithuanian Ambassadors to the U.S.

The Institute of Politics presents an informal discussion with Croatian and Lithuanian ambassadors to the U.S. (Joško Paro and Žygimantas Pavilionis). The discussion event will take place at the Institute at noon on November 12th and lunch will be provided. The session is off the record and closed to the press. Institute Executive Director Darren Reisberg will introduce Ambassadors Paro and Pavilionis who will then offer 15-20 minutes of opening remarks, after which they will open it up to questions from the students.

Alash Ensemble in Concert

The Alash Ensemble will be performing at International House on Sunday, November 17th. The event will begin with a 6 PM reception, followed by a 7 PM concert in the Assembly Hall. The Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music.

Polish Film Festival in America

The Polish Film Festival in America (PFFA) is organized by the Society for Arts, a 503 (c) 3 non-for-profit organization established in 1981 with an objective to promote European arts and film in the United States. The festival was launched in 1989 after a collapse of communism in Poland when official contacts with the country were again possible. The PFFA is the most extensive annual showcase of Polish cinema outside of Poland. This year's festival will run from November 8 to 24 this year.

Security Conference - Turkey's Regional and Global Impact

In March, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas will host its annual security conference — this year the topic is Turkey's Regional and Global Impact. Two-hundred word proposals for papers in the Social Sciences and Humanities that address the conference theme are invited. Papers should be sent to, subject line: “Turkey Conference.” The submission deadline is December 1, 2013.

Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics

This spring, the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) will be hosting the first ever Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL) at Indiana University during the weekend of May 16 & 17, 2014.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Competition

American Research Center in Sofia is hosting a 2014-2015 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Competition. The submission deadline for applications is January 20, 2014. Graduate students of any citizenship enrolled at North American academic institutions who engaged in research in the humanities and/or social sciences with a focus on Bulgaria or the Balkan Peninsula (antiquity through modern day) are eligible. The fellowships are of 9-month (September to May) or 3-month (September to November, February to April) duration.

Russian/American Educators' Exchange

The Russian/American Educators’ Exchange will send American teachers to rural Russian schools to meet their fellow teachers and to exchange curriculum materials based on folklore. Each American teacher will prepare a short lesson on some aspect of American folklore, to be presented to teachers in Russia. In addition, the American teachers will work under the guidance of an experienced Russian folklorist, to record songs and stories, document traditional holiday customs, and photograph traditional handicrafts in the Russian host village.

Chicago Course Connection Grants

As you plan your courses for the winter and spring quarters, the University Community Service Center (UCSC) invites you to take advantage of the resources of the Chicago Studies Program. The goal of Chicago Studies is to help you and your students make connections between coursework and the wealth of resources available in the city of Chicago, in the form of (1) guest speakers, (2) field trips, or (3) experiential learning projects. In addition to providing consultation and logistical support, UCSC also offer Chicago Course Connection grants (up to $750) to defray expenses.

CAORC Meditteranean Regional Research Fellowship Program

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers is pleased to announce a new focused regional fellowship enabling pre- and post-doctoral scholars to carry out research in the humanities and the related social sciences in countries bordering the Mediterranean, including Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt. For more information, please visit


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