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KU Summer Ukrainian Program

The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES), has offered for 20 years a summer intensive Ukrainian program at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. Given the current state of affairs in Ukraine, KU has elected to instead offer a 6-week intensive Ukrainian program at the Lawrence campus this summer. This is one of few domestic options for the intensive study of Ukrainian.

Chicago Sinfonietta Concert

The Chicago Sinfonietta, a professional orchestra that forms unique cultural connections through the universal language of symphonic music, will be holding its "Identities" concert on May 11-12, 2014 at the Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, IL. The program centers around the juxtaposition of Eastern European Jewish, and Chinese identities, and their connection to the Silk Road through gypsy-jazz tinged Klezmer music and the sound of the guzheng. Tickets are available for as little as $10.

Summer Teacher Institute

The Center for International Studies is partnering with campus area centers and museums to present the annual Summer Teacher Institute, which will take place from June 23rd to 25th at the Logan Center for the Arts. The three-day institute incorporates perspectives from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to examine how concerns over energy scarcity and energy sustainability can be translated into creative classroom instruction.

Lecture: "When Central Eurasia was Not Central: Strange and Familiar Parallels, 1350-1750"

As a part of the CESC Lecture Series, Yale Professor of History Peter Perdue will present a lecture titled "When Central Eurasia was not Central: Strange and Familiar Parallels, 1350-1750" from 4 PM to 5:30 PM in Stuart 102 on April 18th. Perdue is the author of "Exhausting the Earth: State and Peasant in Hunan 1500-1850 A.D." (Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1987) and "China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia" (Harvard University Press, 2005).

MA Mini Conference

The Knowledge/Value Workshop is pleased to announce its MA Mini Conference. It will take place Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 3:30 PM to 6:00PM in Haskell Hall 315. Presenters will include students from the MAPH and MAPSS programs, as well as the history department.

27th World Congress of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences

This is a call for papers for the 27th World Congress of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) to be held in Plzeň, Czech Republic, June 29 – July 5, 2014. The congress is organized into panels, similar to the ASEEES arrangement. One of the panels will be on Slavic languages and linguistics - a topic broad enough to accommodate a wide variety of papers. (The actual topic of the panel can be reshaped by the submissions, of course.

Film Screening: The Pin

On May 28th at 5 PM at Doc Films, there will be a special screening at Doc Films of The Pin (Di shpilke), a brand new Yiddish film from the director and writer Naomi Jaye. Following the screening, there will be a skype Q&A with the director. This is the description: An elderly shomer, or religious watchman responsible for guarding the corpse before burial, comes face to face with the body of his first love, Leah. As he stands guard over the body, he relives the days and nights he spent hiding with Leah in a barn in Lithuania, fighting for survival as WWII raged around them.

Lecture: "The Prague Spring, the Polish Anti-Zionist Campaign, and the Crucible of Israel Activism"

The Central Europe Workshop is delighted that next week, on Tuesday, April 22, at 4:30 in Cobb 103, Ilana Miller will be presenting her work "The Prague Spring, the Polish Anti-Zionist Campaign, and the Crucible of Israel Activism: Discourse on Israel after the Six-Day War in Poland and Czechoslovakia." The paper is on our website and can be found here: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/centraleurope/workshop-documents/. The password, as always, is Mitteleuropa. Refreshments will be provided.

19th Biennial Balkan and South Slavic Conference

From April 25th to 27th, CEERES will host the 19th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature, and Folklore at the University of Chicago. The series of conferences, initiated in 1978 here at Chicago, showcases research in South Slavic (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian), Romance (Romanian, Aromanian, Meglenoromanian, Judezmo), Greek, Albanian, Romani, and Turkic (Turkish and Gagauz) languages, literature, and folklore.

ASEEES Student Essay Prizes

The Midwest Slavic Association is currently running an essay prize competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate and graduate students can submit a paper on any topic related to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian studies to the Midwest Slavic Association for consideration.


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