Lunch with Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is hosting a lunch with Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan. His Excellency Ali Babacan is deputy prime minister for Economic and Financial Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. He is also a member of the Turkish National Security Council. Previously, he served as minister for Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2009. He was the minister of the Treasury from 2002 to 2007 and was chief negotiator in Turkey’s accession negotiations with the European Union from 2005 to 2007.

Cold War Intelligence Resource

This collection of 2,360 formerly classified U.S. government documents (most of them classified Top Secret or higher) provides readers for the first time with the declassified documentary record about the successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community in its efforts to spy on the Soviet Union during the Cold War. URL:

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, the American teachers will record songs and stories, document traditional holiday customs, and photograph traditional handicrafts in the Russian host village.

Looking for Speakers of Russian as a Heritage or Second Language

If you are learning Russian or speak it as a Second/Foreign/Heritage language, please help researchers at the University of Illinois pilot a new proficiency test in Russian. They have been able to recruit over 70 participants and need just 30 more to validate the test. Your participation is voluntary. Your responses will remain confidential and will be used for research purposes only. Contact graduate student Tatiana Luchkina with questions at You can help by completing a questionnaire and a cloze test, located here:

Event - Mircea Cărtărescu Reading and Discussion

The Central Europe Workshop welcomes world-renowned Romanian novelist Mircea Cărtărescu to the University of Chicago for a reading of his newly translated novel Blinding on October 15, at 4:30 at the Franke Institute, with an introduction and questions from Delia Ungureanu (Harvard University, University of Bucharest) followed by a more general discussion.

Call for Papers - "And After Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia! New Histories & New Approaches"

The last twenty years of scholarship on former Yugoslavia and its successor states have undergone significant shifts, not least of which has been the introduction of new theoretical positions and paradigms (Bakić-Hayden and Hayden, Wolff, Todorova).

Pianist Yana Reznik - Event

Russian-born pianist Yana Reznik is performing a traditional concert on a non-traditional Roland V-Piano® Grand in Geneva on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Cordogan’s Pianoland is hosting the unique performance by this world-class performer. "Ms.Reznik’s expertise places her at the highest levels of technical, musical, and interpretive abilities,” said James Walker, flute faculty at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.

Arts|Science Graduate Collaborative Grants

This regards the Arts|Science Graduate Collaborative Grants for the 2013-2014 academic year. Up to $3,000 is available to support projects that encourage independent cross-disciplinary research between students in the arts and the sciences. Graduate students from areas such as art history, music, cinema and media studies, theater and performance studies, creative writing, or visual arts are encouraged to pair up with graduate students from the physical and biological sciences for joint creative projects.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

The applications for the 2014-2015 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble Event

The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble is regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world. “Crackling with dancing that snaps like a whip,” raves The New York Times. Working with the traditional folk songs and tunes that inspired such classical composers as Bartók, Liszt, and Kodály, the ensemble performs dances from throughout Hungary, choreographed for theatrical presentation. The performance will be on November 22nd at 7:30 PM.


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